Arizona Judicial Branch

Correctional Education GED Preparation & Testing

bullet The AOC had been providing administrative and funding support for GED preparation and testing since 1998 for both eligible juveniles when appropriate and adults in recognition of the GED achievement as a transitional step to post secondary education, training and life-long learning.

bullet Only persons 16 years of age or older who have not graduated form an accredited high school or received a high school equivalency diploma are eligible to take the GED test pursuant to the Arizona Department of Education (ADE) policy.

bullet Since the statute regulating juvenile detention education in Arizona (A.R.S.§15-913) requires that students be prepared to transition back to their home school district, only detained students who are not prepared to successfully return to their home school district and have few high school credits are allowed to begin the GED preparation program.  Students who complete the GED preparation program and score at least 410 on the GED Pre-test are allowed to take the GED Test while detained.


The GED Test is provided in English-Language and Spanish-Language forms.  Audiocassette, Braille and large print tests are also made available to provide for necessary testing accommodations upon approval of the ADE and GEDTS.


GED Testing Fact Sheet