The Colorado GED

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The Colorado General Education Development (GED) credential is accepted by nearly all of the colleges, universities and employers in the United States; it truly is a high school diploma equivalent. This article answers many questions you may have about the CO GED.
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What is the Format?

The GED exam is comprised of four test areas: Language Arts; Social Studies; Science; and Mathematical Reasoning. Question types include multiple choice, fill in the blank, hot spot, drag and drop, and short and extended answer. While a calculator is not allowed for the first part of the math test, one is provided for Part II of that section.

How is the Exam Scored and What if I Don't Pass?

The passing standard for each section or subtest is 150, with a total score of 600 required to pass the exam. Scoring 170 or over is considered Honors.

Should you fail any subtest, you can retake that portion of the GED without having to wait; however, after a third attempt, a 60-day waiting period applies.

Who is Eligible?

To take the GED exam in Colorado, according to the GED Testing Service,, you need to be at least 17 years old and a resident of the state. You can take the exam at 16 with an approved GED Age Waiver; requirements for this waiver are found on the waiver application which can be accessed at the GED Testing Service website. Those under the age of 16 are not eligible to apply for a waiver.

How do I Register and What Does it Cost?

You need to register for the GED online at and create a MyGED account. The cost to take the GED in Colorado is $37.50 for each of the four subtests.

How do I Prepare?

Preparing independently or attending preparation classes are the two major ways to prepare for the GED. To prepare independently, visit your local library and use the GED preparation materials they have available. Otherwise, you can either purchase your own study materials or you can go online and take practice tests. Practice materials are available on the GED website. You can also contact local community colleges to see if they offer GED preparation classes.

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