Arkansas

Top Policies

You must be 18 years old to test in Arkansas without age restriction requirements.

In Arkansas, you can be 16 or 17 and take the GED® test if you have met the provisions specified in the approved Adult Education Attendance and Enrollment Policies. Any test taker ages 16, 17, or 18 must first pass the Civics Exam, which can be administered at any Adult Education Center. Please call the state GED Testing office at (501) 682-1980 for information or email GED@arkansas.gov.

 

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. 

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.

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 you’re interested in testing in.

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

For those testing in-person at a Testing Center:

  • In Arkansas, you’re required to take the GED Ready® practice test at an approved adult education center or GED® test center before scheduling your test. However, you may take one subject of the GED® Ready practice test at an approved adult education or GED® test center and then take that subject of the official GED® test upon approval.

 

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?

  • Arkansas charges $4 per subject for the GED® test.

What is my cost if I test Online?

  • Arkansas charges $36 per subject for the GED® test taken online (pricing effective 9/1/21) 

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

Test Retake Policies

For those testing in-person at a Testing Center 

  • In Arkansas, 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 

  • You will receive two discounted retakes for every GED® test subject you purchase but don’t pass. You have 365 days after your full price test to use these retakes. After receiving two retakes at the reduced price, the price of the test subject returns to the regular price. If you do not pass that subject again, you will receive two more retakes at the reduced rate. GED Testing Service waives its $20 testing fee, however additional testing fees may still apply in your state.
  • Arkansas does not charge an additional fee.

For those testing on the Online Exam: (pricing effective 9/1/21)

  • The Online Proctored Exam costs $36 for a retake in Arkansas. Discounted retakes are not offered on the Online Proctored Exam. 

Transcripts & 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 your request on the Arkansas Division of Workforce Services website.

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

Other

For those testing in-person at a Testing Center:

  • Yes, in Arkansas you can take all test subjects in the same day if you can find a testing 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 Arkansas you can test in English and Spanish and you can combine test from different language versions of the GED® test 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.

Dianne Doyle
GED Administrator
Arkansas Department of Commerce
Division of Workforce Services, Adult Education Section
1 Commerce Way, Suite 202
Little Rock, AR  72202
Phone:  501-682-1980