Since the beginning of 2002, over 65,000 people have gotten their General Equivalency Diploma in Arkansas. And thousands more continue to do so every year. This is because the GED is one of the most commonly-accepted substitutes for a traditional high school diploma across the United States and Canada. Without a high school education, it is impossible to take college-level courses or compete for higher positions in the workforce. Even for those people that have spent years out of school, the test can be passed on the first try. There are hundreds of educational resources available and none are more highly recommended than free GED classes. With the new computerized format rolling out in 2014, it will be more important than ever to have some guided test-preparation and most study programs can also offer the test to students.
Unemployment in Arkansas hovers around the national average at 7.5% and in the past six months of 2013, about 2,000 people have lost their jobs. If you want to find a job that is recession-proof and will bring rewards for many years to come, you need to invest in your education. The fastest growing job fields in Arkansas are all within reach after you get your high school credential. For example, Healthcare added over 3,000 jobs in Arkansas so far this year and most of these are entry-level positions like CNAs or medical assistants. Taking the time now to prepare for a new career can bring you many rewards in the future.
Frequently Asked Questions
How do I Get my GED in Arkansas?
To take the GED test in Arkansas, you must meet the following requirements:
- Be at least 18 years old
- Not have completed high school
- Legally reside in Arkansas
- Achieve an adequate score on an Official GED Practice test
There are five subjects that must be completed on the test and there is no time limit to finishing them all. Test-takers can take one section at a time or all at once, depending on the testing center’s hours of operations. Once all sections have been passed, you have completed your GED credential.
What is Required to Take GED Classes in Arkansas?
GED classes are available to anyone who wants to take them. Many are offered for free and some can be found online. For some educational institutions, you may have to verify your financial need in order to receive free tuition. At other places, it may be necessary to take placement tests to determine which class is appropriate for your skill-level.
Where are GED Classes in Arkansas?
The main places to find study programs and GED classes in Arkansas:
- Adult Education Centers
- Community Colleges
- Community Support Programs / Workforce Education
In Little Rock, classes can be found at the Union Rescue Mission, the Little Rock School District, Our House Inc., and the Let Our Violence End program.
In Fort Smith, the best place to find GED classes is the Fort Smith Adult Education Center and the For Smith School District.
In Fayetteville, the Fayetteville Public School is the main option for classes.
The best place to start your search for study programs and test-preparation classes in Arkansas is online at the National Literacy Directory.
When is the next Official GED Test in Arkansas?
You can register to take the GED Test whenever you want. Testing sites are sponsored by the state and you must take the official test in person for credit. Most test centers are opened on business days and have regular hours, but others offer weekend hours. The new computer-based testing system allows test-takers to register online for the test at their convenience. Remember that there is no time limit for completing the test, so you can take one section at a time or all at once. Only register to take the test when you feel adequately prepared to pass each section.