To earn your high school equivalency diploma in Arkansas, you’ll need to pass the four separate modules (subtests) of the GED® Exam. GED stands for General Education Development.
When you successfully complete the tests, you will be awarded a credential that is all across North America accepted just like a normal high school degree by virtually every US educational institution, governmental organization, or employer.
There’s no need to take all four tests at the same time. You can take one subtest at a time.
Arkansas GED Testing Requirements
- You never earned your high school degree or equivalent
- You are not currently registered for any other school program
- The minimum age to take the GED exam is 16. Applicants under 18 need to have permission from their school district as well as parental consent
In Arkansas, you must be a state resident to take the GED as the state subsidizes the test. The cost is only $16 for the entire battery of four tests $4 for each individual subtest).
GED testing is scored on a 100-200 scale where the following applies:
- 100-144: Below Passing
- 145-164: High School Equivalency
- 165-174: College-Ready
- 175-200: College-Ready Plus Credit
The GED exam is fully computerized and the four modules are covering the subject areas of Social Studies, Math (Mathematical Reasoning), Science, and Language (RLA-Reasoning through Language Arts).
Before taking the Arkansas GED exam, you must first take and pass the state’s official GED Practice Test, and taking preparatory classes is strongly advised. There are also some pretty good online prep courses and whichever way you decide to get ready for the exam, make sure you’ll get as prepared as can be because the GED has become quite challenging.
GED testing can be done at one of Arkansas’ many state-approved GED testing sites or online (for qualifying students). If you require any accommodation, be sure to apply for that in time at the GED website GED.com. You need to set up an account (MyGED) where you can schedule and pay for your tests as well.