It isn’t always easy to make a big change, but you can do this! Getting your GED credential in Arizona is one giant step toward a better future. Move ahead with a passing score, and you’ll discover better jobs and enriching education opportunities just waiting for you. You do not have to be an official resident of Arizona to take advantage of a more stable future. A high school equivalency diploma will set you up for success no matter where you call home. We are the only official site for the GED that can make sure you’re thoroughly prepared.  

FAQs for Earning a GED in Arizona

Top Policies

How old do I need to be to take the test?

You must be 18 years old to test in Arizona.

If you are 16 or 17 years old, you must also meet additional requirements. More information at

The examinee must be eighteen (18) years of age and has not received a High School Diploma or a High School Equivalency Diploma. An examinee age sixteen (16) and seventeen (17) years of age may take the assessment upon providing the required documentation:

  1. Verification from the last school attended certifying formal withdrawal from high school
  2. A signed, notarized, and dated statement of consent from a parent or guardian

The examinee must present the two documents listed above and a current government-issued photo ID to any Authorized Testing Location.

For further assistance, please call (602) 258-2410 between 8:00am and 4:30pm on weekdays except state holidays.


For those testing on the Online Exam 

  • A parent or guardian must be present at the pre-test check-in order to give consent and authorize the underage tester to be recorded during testing. If the parent or guardian is not present, the exam session will be revoked. 


No, there is no residency requirement to take the test in Arizona.

You’ll need to check the residency requirement for the state that you’re interested to test in.

No, Arizona doesn’t require you to prepare for the GED® test in an adult education classroom.

Arizona also requires that you pass the Arizona Civics test in addition to passing the GED® test to receive the Arizona High School Equivalency Diploma.

Students will be required to score 60% on the Arizona Civics Test to pass. The test can only be taken at authorized GED®/Pearson VUE Test Centers and registered for on The test can be taken at any time during your GED® testing experience and may be taken as many times as you need to pass with no required waiting time in between attempts.

If you have more questions about the state's testing program, please contact the Arizona Department of Education services at (602)258-2410 ext. 2.

For those testing in-person at a Testing Center:

  • No, you’re not required to take the GED Ready® practice test before taking the official GED® test.

For those testing on the Online Exam:

  • Yes, you are required to take the GED Ready® practice test before taking the official GED® test online.

Price & Payment

What is my cost if I test at a Test Center?

  • Starting August 1, 2023: Arizona charges $41 per subject for the GED® test at a Test Center

What is my cost if I test Online?

  • Arizona charges $41 per subject for the GED® test taken online 

You will pay for the test online with a debit or credit card when you schedule your test.

Don’t have a credit or debit card? Some students use American Express Bluebird. Register for a free Bluebird card online and add funds with cash at a Walmart location. Learn more about Bluebird.

Test Retake Policies

For those testing in-person at a Testing Center 

  • In Arizona, there is no waiting period for your first two retakes. After taking a test subject three times, you'll have to wait 60 days before retesting. There's no limit to how many times you can test in a year. 

For those testing on the Online Exam: 

  • The Online Proctored Exam allows for one retake before a 60 day waiting period. After taking a test subject two times online, you’ll have to wait 60 days before retesting.  

For those testing in-person at a Testing Center: 

  • Starting August 1, 2023: You will receive one discounted* retake for every GED® test subject you purchase but don’t pass. You have 365 days after your full price test to use this retake. This retake offer (1 full price:1 discount) repeats until you pass the test. GED Testing Service waives its $26 testing fee, however additional testing fees may still apply in your state.
    *In Arizona, there is a $15 test center fee for GED® test retakes.
  • Note: We have extended the limited-time offer of up to 2 discounted retakes for exams taken in test centers, as long as both retakes are completed by June 30, 2024.  

For those testing on the Online Exam:

  • The Online Proctored Exam costs $41 for a retake in Arizona. Discounted retakes are not offered on the Online Proctored Exam. 

Transcripts & Diploma

There may be additional requirements that you need to meet. We recommend contacting your local test center or your state’s office at (602) 258-2410, ext. 2.

You are required to take your last test in Arizona in order to receive the Arizona High School Equivalency Diploma credential. You must pass the Arizona Civics test in addition to passing the GED® test to receive the Arizona High School Equivalency Diploma.

The Arizona High School Equivalency Diploma Credential is issued to you approximately two weeks after passing the four subject areas of the GED® test and passing the Arizona Civics test. For further instruction on how to order a transcript please visit the Arizona Department of Education's Adult Education's website.

In Arizona the credential is called the Arizona High School Equivalency Diploma.


For those testing in-person at a Testing Center: 

  • Yes, in Arizona you can take all test subjects in the same day if you can find a test center with hours that accommodate it. 

For those testing on the Online Exam: 

  • No, you must schedule your test appointments separately, one at a time. After you complete one online exam you may schedule another, based on appointment availability. 

Yes, in Arizona you can take the test in English or Spanish.  As of August 1, 2019, you can also combine two different languages to earn your credential.

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.

Beverly Wilson
State Director or Adult Education
Arizona Department of Education

1535 West Jefferson BIN #26
Phoenix, AZ 85007
Main office: 602-258-2410

Alternate contact:
Janice Cruz
Adult Education Services
Arizona Department of Education
Office: (602) 364-2602

How to Get a GED in Arizona

Understanding the requirements and qualifications can help you prepare to achieve your GED in Arizona.

Meet the Requirements

You can take the Arizona GED subject tests if you haven’t graduated from high school and are not currently enrolled in classes. You must also be at least 18 years old, although those between 16 and 17 who have withdrawn from high school can qualify with a parent or guardian’s permission. Arizona requires students to take the GED in a computer-based format. You can do this at an official GED test center or through an online proctored exam. If you want to take the online exam from home or work, the first step is achieving a passing score on the official GED Ready® practice test.

Sign Up for an Account

Simply sign up for a free account to get started. Use your email address and password to create your account and provide the necessary details, including your mailing address and date of birth. Ensure your name matches what’s on your government-issued ID. You can opt into receiving texts and emails regarding GED offers and news. The next step is confirming whether you work for any companies listed on the account creation page. You’ll also indicate whether you need any accommodations for taking the test. These easy-to-follow step-by-step instructions further explain the process. Are you already signed up? Log into your account now.

Prepare for the Exam

Your GED certificate from the state of Arizona means you have achieved the same level of proficiency as a high school graduate. Give yourself time to prepare. Set aside about 2-3 months to study and get ready.

In-Person Classes and Testing Centers

Some people prefer studying alone or in a remote setting. Others do better in a more traditional classroom setting with other students. Check out all the GED classes you will find throughout Arizona and choose an option that works with your preferred learning style. Both in-person and online classes provide access to the following:
  • Preparatory materials
  • Practice tests
  • Quizzes and reviews
  • Experienced teachers
  • Test-taking tips and strategies
  • Group learning opportunities
  • Current job market information
  • Supportive staff members
  • College counseling and guidance
  • Flexible schedules
  • Curriculum for various kinds of learners
State-of-the-art testing centers in Arizona also provide secure and private areas to take the GED exam when you’re finished with classes.

GED Online in Arizona

In Arizona, you can effectively prepare for the GED and take the test from the comfort of your home, office, or other preferred location. If you choose this option, test your system ahead of time. It requires a reliable computer and webcam, a stable Wi-Fi connection, and a quiet area to work. You will also need to prove you are ready for the exam. When you achieve passing, or green, scores on the official GED Ready® practice test, you’re likely ready to move forward with the real thing. Online learning programs can help you prepare. With convenient schedules, you won’t have to waste time commuting. Easily balance studying for the GED while working or taking care of your family's needs. Learn more about how to get your GED online and find a testing center or in-person class near you to get started.