GED Frequently Asked Questions

What does "GED" stand for?
What we commonly refer to as the "GED®" is actually the "Tests of General Educational Development." The GED® is the test that Arizona currently uses as its official high school equivalency or (HSE) exam. The GED® test is, in fact, a battery of four separate tests: Reasoning through Language Arts, Mathematical Reasoning, Social Studies and Science.

Do I have to take a GED® class in order to take the GED tests?
No, it is not necessary to take a GED® class before scheduling and taking the test. Some people feel they can pass the GED® tests on their own, so they choose to take the test without attending a class. Others, however, prefer to register for a class so they can assess their academic skills and then work on the subject areas that need to be improved.

How do I know if I'm ready to take the GED® test?
One way to determine your readiness to take the test is to try a practice test. You can do this by going to and then setting up a MyGEDTM account. Once you've done that, you can access a free abbreviated practice test. You can also choose to take the official GED practice test (currently $6 per subject) called "GED® Ready" by using that same MyGEDTM account. These official practice tests have the same type of questions and level of difficulty as the real GED® test and can help you decide if you're ready for the real GED® test, which is given at Central Arizona College.

If I attend classes, how long will it take to get my GED®?
How long it will take you to prepare for the GED® test depends on a number of factors, such as your skill level in the subject areas tested, how regularly you attend class, how much time you spend outside of the classroom on your studies, etc.

Do I need to buy a GED® book?
As a registered student, you will have access to a web-based instructional software program to support your studies. Textbooks are not required, but many students like to have their own GED® books so they can study at home. GED® preparation books are sold at the Central Arizona College Bookstore.

How much does the GED® class cost?
Beginning May 19, 2014, students will need to pay a supplemental fee to attend GED® classes. The college will continue to provide scholarships to Arizona residents to cover the course tuition, but the supplemental fee is needed to help support the program. The sliding scale fee will range from $20 to $50, depending on household income. For more specific information, please click here. Non-residents have to pay the out of state portion of the tuition.

Where are the classes located?
We hold GED® classes at campuses and centers throughout the county. For specific locations and times, please visit our website and click on "GED class schedule" or call your nearest campus or center.

How do I sign up for a GED® class?
Students may register at any one of CAC's campuses or centers in Pinal County and must show proof of legal presence in the United States. You may view the schedule of classes here.

How do I register to take the GED test?
When you sign up for MyGEDTM at, you'll be able to register to take the test on the day and time that is convenient for you. The schedule for each testing center is listed on the website.

When can I schedule the test?
Scheduling is available 24 hours a day 7 days a week with MyGEDTM at Log in and click on "Schedule Test" on the top. Once you complete the scheduling questions you'll be directed to choose your language, subject, and the day and time that works best for you. You can also schedule one test at a time to make sure you feel prepared each time.

How much does the GED® test cost?
Currently, the entire test is $140. Each of the four tests costs $35, and you can schedule and pay for one at a time if you'd like. You must pay online at the MyGEDTM site when you schedule the test(s).

Where is the GED test given?
You may take the test at either the Signal Peak Campus or the Superstition Mountain Campus or any location listed on the website.

I have more questions. Where can I find the answers?
The GED Testing Service website has a series of FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions) that may have the answer you need. The FAQs link is located on the home page.



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