Adults (17 and older) who do not graduate from high school may obtain the GED credential by passing a standardized test (consisting of five parts) that proves that their reading, writing, math, social studies and science knowledge and skills are comparable to those of traditional high school graduates. One out of six high school students receive a GED diploma rather than a traditional diploma.
Is a GED credential just as good as a high school diploma?
Yes! Every four years, the GED test is given to a large group of high school seniors from across the country and from many different types of schools. Only about two-thirds of those students actually pass the GED test.
How much does it cost to take the test?
The Learning Source charges $110 for the full battery of 5 tests or $25 per individual test. If you do not pass one of the tests, you may retake that test at a later time for $25 per re-test. You will be charged for each test you retake. You may retake a specific test three times within a calendar year. If you need to re-test and are part of a program that pays your testing fee, you need to make the appropriate arrangements with your case manager. Students enrolled in Learning Source instructional programs are eligible for a scholarship to offset part of the cost of the test. For Scholarship information please call 303-422-4683.
Who is eligible to take the test?
You must be a resident of Colorado AND at least 17 years old. If you are not attending public school and are at least 16 years old, you can apply for an age waiver. Download an Age Waiver Application Form from the State GED website, or call the office at 303-866-6613 .
How will I know if I am ready for the tests?
Your learning center has practice GED tests which can give you an idea what your score may be, given your current level of skill development. Be sure to follow the directions carefully and time yourself when taking the practice tests. If you are not enrolled in a GED preparation class you can take the Official GED Practice Tests at the Belmar GED Testing Center for $10. The cost of the practice test can be deducted from the cost of enrolling in classes at The Learning Source or taking the Official GED Examination at the Belmar GED Testing Center within 30 days of taking the practice test.
What has changed with the new Block Testing Schedule?
The State GED Office is requiring all testing centers in Colorado to move to block testing as of April 1, 2010. While we understand this is more restrictive to our testers' schedules than the open testing format we have been using, we have designed a testing schedule that still allows an individual to start and complete all 5 tests in the battery in a single week. With the move to Block testing, all new testers will be required to register in advance of taking any of the tests.
What are the next steps?
1. Complete Pre-Registration at www.ged123.org and print out proof of registration.
2. Attend registration session at Learning Source) with proof of registration, ID, and payment (complete one more form at office L-5).
3. Schedule to take your tests (at registration or by calling in).
4. Arrive 20 minutes early to scheduled testing time with ID for verification.
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