People who have not had the opportunity to complete their high school education may earn an Arizona High School Equivalency Diploma by successfully completing the General Education Development testing series.
The test is made up of the five sub-tests outlined below. Most questions on the GED are multiple choice but Part II of the Writing Skills Test requires you to write an essay. The questions cover a wide range of subjects:
The GED Test is available in Spanish. However, requirements differ slightly from the English version. For bilingual assistance and special instructions, call 480-461-7480. For assistance to prepare for the GED in Spanish call 480-461-6106.
La prueba de GED es disponible en español. Los requisitos son diferentes de la versión en ingles. Para asistencia bilingüe e instrucciones especiales favor de llamar al 480-461-6106.
You may take one or more of the sub-tests each day until all five are completed. It takes approximately six hours and twenty-five minutes to complete all five. It will take a minimum of two afternoons to complete the GED exam.
There is a $90.00 charge for the initial series of five sub-tests. The retest fee is $15.00 per subject that you did not pass. We accept money orders, debit and credit cards. Cash is also accepted.
Pre-registration for the GED test is available Monday through Thursday between 8 am and 6 pm in the Testing Center, 1833 W. Southern Avenue, Building 38-A (east end of campus), Mesa, Arizona 85202. GED testing is scheduled by appointment. Call the GED Testing Center at (480) 461-7480 if you need additional information.
You must be 18 years or older and present two forms of identification. At least one must have a photo, and at least one must show your birth date. Both must be official school or government issued, i.e.: driver's license, school ID or passport. Picture IDs may be obtained at your local Motor Vehicle Department. If you are 16 or 17 years old, you may test if you provide the following:
There are several aids available to prepare for the testing:
Every college and university has different entrance requirements. Verify the specific requirements for admission at the college you plan to attend. Most community colleges accept the minimum passing standard score of 450. Arizona State University (ASU) requires a standard score of 500 for admission.
The diploma is mailed to your home address by the Arizona Department of Education. If retesting is required, the MCC Testing Center will notify you by mail. When you finish your last GED sub-test you will receive a completion letter that includes an access code. You can use this access code to verify your GED test score results via a web site.
We cannot give information over the phone concerning test applicants or test scores. You can come in with a photo ID Monday through Thursday between the hours of 8:00am until 6:00pm to get a copy of your test scores also.
The number of correct answers you receive on each test is converted to a standard score. In order to pass, all individual subject standard scores must be 410 or higher. In addition, the five sub-test scores must add up to 2250 points, for an average of 450 or higher. If either of these criteria is not met, then retesting is necessary. You may begin retesting in one or more subject areas 30 days from the completion date of your original testing series.