Connecticut GED Programs and Information

Residents of Connecticut can take the GED exam to receive a Connecticut State High School Diploma. Those who wish to take the test must fulfill age and residency requirements. Keep reading for more information on how to study for and take the GED exam in Connecticut.

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GED Programs and Information for Connecticut Residents

Individuals in Connecticut who wish to take the 2014 GED exam must pass all four subject areas of the exam after meeting certain age, education and residency requirements. GED study programs are available at community centers, high schools, adult education centers and community colleges across Connecticut.

Test Requirements

Applicants for the Connecticut GED test must be residents of the state and at least 17 years old. Individuals must provide evidence that they have not participated in any high school program for more than six months and have not graduated from a high school. Applicants under the age of 19 must submit this information in the form of an official withdrawal letter from their last high school. Those who are 17 years of age also need a withdrawal letter with a guardian signature.

Testing Locations

The GED exam, currently offered in both English and Spanish, is given at locations in Bridgeport, New Britain, New Haven, Danbury, Hartford, Waterbury, Enfield, Manchester, Shelton and New London. Other testing sites can be found in a list on the Connecticut State Department of Education website (www.sde.ct.gov). Tests are administered during the day, evening and on the weekend. Visit the above website for specific times and locations.

Test Content

The 2014 GED test is an entirely computer-based exam that measures students' proficiencies in four subject areas: reasoning through language arts, mathematical reasoning, science and social studies. Test takers must earn an overall score of 600 on all sections, with no one section score falling below 150. To retest a section in Connecticut, students must first wait 60 days.

Reasoning Through Language Arts

This test, focused on language arts, is broken into three sections that include multiple choice and extended response questions. Students have 150 minutes to complete the entire reasoning through language arts test.

Mathematical Reasoning

The mathematical reasoning test measures students' ability to perform algebraic and quantitative problem solving. The test is one section, but students must complete a first part of the test with no calculator. The entire test is 90 minutes long.

Science

The science test is based on the life sciences, Earth/space sciences and physical sciences. It is one entire section that must be completed in 90 minutes. Test takers must complete short answer questions, in addition to multiple choice problems.

Social Studies

The social studies test focuses on economics, civics, geography, U.S. history and world history. Students have 90 minutes to complete two sections, which include an extended response portion.

Preparation Programs

Connecticut does not require its residents to pursue a study program before taking the GRE exam. However, free study programs are available across the state at junior colleges, high schools, libraries, YMCAs and adult education centers. Students may also purchase test prep materials and study on their own.

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