2014 Arkansas

Use the links below to find out about your local testing center rules and requirements. If you’re still looking for information, visit your state’s GED® testing program website to learn more, or go back to the main map.


State Requirements

Price & Payment

Registration & Scheduling

Test Scores


Retake Policies

GED® Test Credential

Language Versions

State Requirements (top)

How old do I need to be to take the test (without exceptions)?

In Arkansas, the minimum age required to take the GED® test without exception is 18 years old.  

I’m underage. What do I need to do to take the test?

This rule changes based on which state you’re taking the test. In Arkansas, you can be 16 and take the GED® test if you have the following exception:
  • Candidates 16 and 17 years old will be approved to take the official GED® test after having met the provisions specified in the approved Adult Education Attendance and Enrollment Policies. Please call the state GED Testing office at (501)682-1980 for information or email GED@arkansas.gov.

Do I need to prove I’m a resident of Arkansas to take the test?

Yes, in Arkansas you’re required to be a resident. You can prove your residency at the testing center with a valid driver’s license or other proof of residency.

The closest testing center is in a different state.  Can I take the exam there?

Some states allow people who don’t live there to take the GED® test and others don’t. You’ll need to check the residency requirement for the state that where you’re interested to test in. in testing.

For Arkansas: Sorry, Arkansas doesn’t allow people to take the test there unless you can prove residency.  

Does my jurisdiction have any other state requirements that I should be aware of?

There aren’t any additional requirements in Arkansas. If you have more questions about the state’s testing program, please contact the state office at (501) 682-1980.

Do I need to take a class or receive instruction before I can take the test?

No, Arkansas doesn’t require you to prepare for the GED® test in an adult education classroom. However, studying in a classroom setting is a good opportunity to get up to speed on the topics and areas you’ll find on the GED® test.

In Arkansas you’re required to take the Official GED Ready (Practice) Test at an approved Adult Education Center or GED Testing Center before scheduling your test. However, the test taker may take one part of the Ready test at an approved adult education or GED Testing center and then take that part of the official GED test upon release from the exception queue.

Where can I find an adult education center?

Finding an adult education center is easy. Enter your ZIP code in our locator tool and we’ll show you the adult education centers closest to you.

Do I have to take the practice test before testing?

In Arkansas,  you are required to take and pass the Official GED Practice test for a specific content area at an approved Adult Education Center or GED Testing Center before scheduling your test for that specific content area.  For example, you must take and pass the Science Official GED Practice test before you can schedule the Science GED(R) Test.  You  do not  have to take and pass all four parts of the Official Practice Test before you can schedule any one of the GED(R) Tests.


Price & Payment (top)

How much does the GED® test cost?

Arkansas charges $4 per subject area test and $16 for the entire battery of tests (all four parts combined). 

How much does it cost to retake the test? Can I retake the test for free?

GED Testing Service offers a discounted retake program for all GED® test-takers. According to the program’s policy, you are eligible for:

  • Two discounted retakes for each subject area taken
  • GED Testing Service fees are waived every retake ($20 per subject area test)
  • States and testing centers can choose to waive their fees
  • You must schedule retakes one at a time for the discount to apply
  • Discounted retakes cannot be combined with any other discounts
  • Retakes must occur within 12 calendar months of your initial attempt
  • After your two discounted retakes, you will need to wait at least 60 days, pay the full retake price and then you will receive two more discounted retakes

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Registration & Scheduling (top)

Can I take all of the parts at once or do I need to setup different appointment times?

Yes, in Arkansas you can take all test parts in the same day if you can find a testing center with hours that accommodate it.

What happens if I move to a different state in the middle of testing? Can I continue my testing in my new state or do I have to start all over?

It depends on whether or not that state has a residency requirement.  Check the residency requirements in that state and don’t hesitate to contact the GED Administrator™ in that state with questions.

Once I start testing, is there a time limit for me to finish all four subjects before my scores begin to expire?

There isn’t a time limit to finish the test in Arkansas.

Test Scores (top)

What score do I need to pass the test?

You need to score a 145 on each module and 580 on the entire test battery (all four parts combined).

  • Below Passing: 100-144
  • GED® Passing Score: 145-164
  • GED® College Ready: 165-174
  • GED® College Ready + Credit: 175-200

Retake Policies (top)

If I don’t pass, how long do I have to wait before taking the test again?

In Arkansas, there is no waiting period if you do not pass a subject area test the first time. After taking a test subject 3 times, you'll have to wait 60 days before retesting. There's no limit to how many times you can test in a year. 

Retake rules are enforced for students retesting in different languages. For example, if you take an English test three times, then move to a Spanish test, the GED Testing Service 60-day wait period is enforced. If a state has additional retesting requirements, these requirements will also be enforced.

Why can’t I re-test the subject that I failed?

Some states require people to finish taking all four subjects before being allowed to re-test in the areas that weren’t passed.

In Arkansas, you’re not required to finish the entire test before re-testing on any subjects.

GED® Test Credential (top)

I took and passed the test but the jurisdiction won’t issue my diploma. Can you help me?

Sorry to hear that you’re having trouble with your diploma. Have you contacted your local testing center or state administrator yet?

My guess is that there may be additional requirements that you need to meet. You can call your state’s office at (501) 682-1980.

Why do I need to work with my jurisdiction? Can’t I just get the diploma from you?

GED Testing Service develops the GED® test and works with each state to offer the test. The credential is issued based upon rules of each individual state—most states have slightly different rules and regulations.

Because of the state-by-state differences, GED Testing Service doesn’t issue diplomas. That’s why we encourage you to work closely with your state to get an answer. You can call Arkansas’s state office at (501) 682-1980.

After I start taking the exam modules, how much time do I have to complete all of them to get credentialed?

This depends on the state you’re testing in. In Arkansas you have no time limit to complete all four content areas.

I want to order a copy of my transcript and/or diploma.

If you have taken the GED® test in Arkansas and wish to have an official copy of your scores mailed to a college/institution, employer, agency, or yourself, you must submit a written/signed request to the Arkansas GED® Testing Office:

Arkansas GED® Testing Office
Three Capitol Mall
Luther S. Hardin Building
Little Rock, AR 72201

Click here for a copy of the form to request an official diploma or transcript.

What is the GED® credential in my state called?

In Arkansas the credential is called the Arkansas High School Diploma.

GED® Test Language Versions (top)

Can I take my GED® test in Spanish?

Yes, the GED® test is given in Spanish in Arkansas

Find a local testing center.

Questions? Please contact Arkansas’ state office at (501) 682-1980.

Can I take the GED® test in French?

No, the GED® test is not given in French in Arkansas.

Find a local testing center.

Questions? Please contact Arkansas’ state office at (501) 682-1980.

Am I allowed to combine different language versions of the test together?

No, Arkansas residents aren’t allowed to combine language versions to complete the test. This means you must take all four subjects in one language to earn your GED® test credential. You will not be allowed to combine Spanish tests with English tests or any other language version.

Does Arkansas have requirements for English as a Second Language (ESL)?

English as a Second Language (ESL) instruction can help any non-native English speaker, but there aren’t any requirements for ESL classes in Arkansas.