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All About the GED: Colorado

Colorado provides residents with a number of resources to help earn their GEDs, including a federally-funded Adult Education and Family Literacy program. For those who are already prepared to take the test, Colorado offers multiple testing opportunities and the possibility to improve upon existing GED test scores.

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The GED Test in Colorado

The American Council on Education (ACE) manages the official GED test, which consists of five subject areas: math, social studies, science, reading and writing. In order to receive a passing score, students must earn no less than 410 points on each individual subject and must maintain an average score of 450 for all sections. The test is timed, with all five subject areas totaling just over seven hours. Students can choose to take the entire test in one sitting or over the course of multiple test sessions. You can visit ACE's website for more information about the GED test structure (www.acenet.edu).

Testing Requirements

Adults wishing to receive their GEDs in the state of Colorado must usually be at least 17 years of age and provide proof of residency. However, you may take the test at the age of 16 if you apply for a waiver with the Colorado Department of Education (CDE). It's not necessary to prove readiness for testing in Colorado.

Preparing for the Test

Colorado residents can choose from 50 different GED prep centers located throughout the state. The courses cover all five subject areas of the GED test and provide pre-tests which can serve as the basis of a learning plan. Most of the prep centers are located at community colleges and adult learning centers. Federally-funded GED prep programs are available through the CDE's Adult Education and Family Literacy organization. You may be able to receive free instruction or a reduced rate on your classes. A listing of the various testing centers can be found at the CDE's website (www.cde.state.co.us).

In addition to onsite instruction, adults pursuing their GEDs in Colorado also have the option of studying remotely, through correspondence courses or television programs. Many of these online correspondence courses have affiliations with ACE to help ensure the accuracy and timeliness of the study materials offered. If you wish to learn through TV, the Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) has partnered with ACE to broadcast GED prep classes through their LiteracyLink program. Availability and airing times vary. Students should consult their local TV listings or check with PBS for more information (litlink.ket.org).

Testing and Fees

There are over 100 different GED testing sites in Colorado. Each testing site has its own hours of operation and testing schedules. Students are advised to contact individual testing centers for more information. Students should arrive at the testing center with a government-issued ID that also proves their residency. A list of testing centers can be found at the CDE's website.

The cost for taking the GED test in Colorado varies from one testing center to another. Fees are based on the price of testing materials and processing requirements.

Retesting

If you don't pass the entire GED test or one section of it, you may retake the test twice per year. Retaking the test involves a fee, and the retest must be in a different form than the one used previously. Retesting is also permissible if the student needs a higher score in order to obtain a job or gain admission into college. The student must show proof from the prospective employer or school explaining that a higher score is needed.

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