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A Guide to the Colorado GED

If you were not able to graduate from high school and get your diploma, there is still hope. A General Educational Development (GED) certificate is a high school diploma equivalent that is accepted at almost every college and by the majority of employers in America and Canada. Use this guide to the Colorado GED exam to help you obtain this useful credential.

How is the GED Test Formatted?

The format of the GED test is standard in every state and province. There are five main sections: mathematics, language arts reading, science, language arts writing, and social studies. The majority of the test is comprised of multiple-choice questions but there is one essay question in the language arts writing part. For the math section, you can use a calculator for the first part but not the second.

What is the Minimum Passing Score?

To pass the Colorado GED exam, you must earn at least 2,250 points out of an available 4,000 points. This averages out to 450 points per test. However, any test with a score less than 410 will be given a failing grade and you must take it again to pass the exam. Colorado allows you to retake the test up to three times in one year. If you fail to pass, you must wait until January the following year to try again.

Who Can Take the Colorado GED?

The Colorado Department of Education has set the following eligibility requirements for taking the GED exam in the state:

  • Minimum age: 17
  • Colorado resident
  • Cannot have received a high school or GED diploma
  • Cannot be enrolled in an accredited high school

The eligibility requirements can change. It is best to contact an official GED testing center or the Colorado Department of Education for current information.

Colorado GED Registration and Cost Information

The Colorado GED exam can only be taken at official testing centers. You can find a list of testing centers at the Colorado Department of Education website. To register for the test, you must bring photo ID that lists your name, date of birth, address, photo, and signature. Acceptable forms of ID include:

  • Driver’s license
  • Passport
  • State ID
  • Military ID
  • National or foreign government identification

Each testing center sets it own rates for the GED test. The maximum amount is $150 for the complete test and $30 per section for retests. Please see more on the Colorado Department  of  Education website ( www cde.state.co.us/cdeadult/GEDindex.htm)

How do I Get Ready for the Test?

Successfully passing the GED test requires a certain amount of preparation, especially if it has been several years since you’ve been in school. You have several options available to you. One popular option is to take a GED preparatory class. These courses are designed to help you improve your skills in reading, writing, and mathematics. These classes are typically offered at community colleges and adult learning centers. However, you can now take them online as well.

The other option is to study on your own using GED study guides. Many people like this option as opposed to taking a preparatory course because they can do it on their own time. To help you test your knowledge, you can find a number of practice exams online. Study guides can be purchased at bookstores. Many libraries also have GED study guides you can check out for free.