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A Guide to the Alabama GED

Having the proper education credentials is essential to getting ahead these days. If you are thinking about getting your General Education Development (GED) certificate in Alabama, here is the information you need to know to acquire this credential.

What are the Eligibility Requirements for Taking the Alabama GED Test?

The Alabama College System lists the following eligibility requirements for taking the GED test in the state:

  • You cannot be currently enrolled in school at the K-12 level
  • You cannot have obtained a high school diploma from an accredited school

Those with the follow residency requirements can take the test:

  • Legal resident of Alabama
  • Non-resident enrolled in an adult education program (must be funded by the Alabama’s Department of Postsecondary Education)
  • Non-U.S. citizen living in Alabama
  • Military personnel and their dependents
  • You must be at least 18 years old
  • You can take the test at age 16 or 17 but you must have been out of school at least year and you must submit a notarized permission letter from your parent or guardian and official documentation showing you have withdrawn from school.

For the most current information on eligibility requirements, visit the website (http://www.accs.cc/ged.aspx) of the Alabama College System or contact the GED testing center nearest you.

How is the Alabama GED test Formatted?

The exam is split into five parts:

  • Language Arts Writing
  • Language Arts Reading
  • Social Studies
  • Science
  • Mathematics

The language arts writing section has two parts, the first part is a multiple choice exam and the second is an essay. The mathematics section also has two sections but you can only use a calculator on the first part.

What is the Minimum Passing Score?

Each section of the Alabama GED exam is worth up to 800 points for a total of 4,000 points for the entire test. You must pass each part with a score of at least 410 points and, overall, you must get an average of 450 points per section. You can retake the portions (or all) of the test that you failed. However, there is a waiting period of six weeks before you can do so.

How to Prepare for the Alabama GED Exam?

There are a number of ways you can prepare for the Alabama GED exam:

  • Free GED preparation classes
  • GED study sessions broadcasted on TV
  • ndependent study using review guides and the Internet.

You can take GED prep classes at adult education centers or your local community college. GED review guides can be purchased from a bookstore or checked out from the library. There are also a number of websites that provide review materials and online courses to help you prepare for the test.

How Much Does the GED Test Cost and How to Register?

It costs $50 to take the Alabama GED test. If you failed parts of the exam and need to retake them, it will cost $10 per section. You must register for the exam at your local testing center. You can find a list of official GED exam facilities on the Alabama College System website. (http://www.accs.cc/ged.aspx)