A Guide to the Alaska GED
Are you unable to get ahead at work or enter a college program because you don’t have a high school diploma? One way to overcome this challenge is to obtain your Alaska General Education Development (GED) certificate. If you live in Alaska, here is information about obtaining an Alaska GED.
What is the Configuration of the Alaska GED Exam?
The Alaska GED is broken up into five parts that must be completed within 7.5 hours:
- Social studies
- Language arts reading
- Language arts writing
The exam consists primarily of multiple choice questions. However, you are required to write an essay for part of the language arts writing exam. You can use a calculator for the first part of the mathematics exam but not the second.
What is the Minimum Score and Can I Retake the Test If I Fail?
The Alaska GED test is worth a total of 4,000 points. You must earn a minimum of 2,250 points (450 points per section) to pass the test. However, any test score below 410 is considered a failing score and you must retake that part of the exam. You can retake each part of the test up to three times per year. If you are not able to pass the test within that allotted number of tries, you must wait until January of the next year to try again.
What are the Exam’s Eligibility Requirements?
To take the Alaska GED, you must meet the following eligibility requirements as stipulated by the Alaska Jobs Center Network:
- The minimum age is 18 years old. Teenagers 16 and 17 years old can take the test if they have emancipation documentation or written permission from their parents or guardians, and a withdrawal slip from their school.
- You cannot have obtained a GED or high school diploma already.
- You must be a legal resident of Alaska and in the state when you take the test. If you are temporarily relocated outside of the state, you can still obtain the certification if the application is submitted on your behalf by a U.S. armed forces institute, a GED testing service, a federal correctional institution, or a veteran’s administration hospital.
The qualifications to take the Alaska GED test can change at any time. It is best to contact an official Alaska GED testing center or visit the Alaska Jobs Center Network website ( www.ajcn.state.ak.us ) for up-to-date information on eligibility requirements.
What are the GED Testing Fees and How Do I Register for the Test?
It costs $25 to take the whole Alaska GED test. If you need to retake part of the test, the fee is $5 per section. The original diploma is free but you must pay $10 if you need to have it reissued for any reason. To register for the GED test, you must take identification that has your current address and birth date on it to an official Alaska GED testing center.
Preparing for the Alaska GED Exam
The options available to you for preparing for the Alaska GED exam are independent study or taking a GED preparatory course. If you choose to study on your own, you can purchase study guides and books from a bookstore or get them for free from your local library. There are also a number of websites dedicated to helping Alaska residents prepare for the GED Test.
GED preparatory courses are usually available at your community college or adult education center. If you are not able to commute, you can also find GED prep classes online for a fee.
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