Here are some of the benefits of obtaining your GED®:
- Get a better job: The majority of jobs in this country require a high school diploma. The GED® transcript is accepted by employers, just like a high school diploma.
- Continue your education: A GED® transcript is accepted at most colleges and universities across the country as proof you have completed your high school education. GED® graduates are eligible to apply for federal financial aid, such as Pell Grants. Some colleges even have scholarship programs specifically for GED® graduates.
- Feel more self-respect: By earning their diplomas, many GED® graduates experience a remarkable improvement in how they feel about themselves and their lives. It can make a difference!
- Increase your income: Income increases with your level of education. A better job usually means better pay.
- Invest in the future: Educated parents have better educated children. Earning a GED® isn't just an investment in yourself, it is also an investment in the future of your children.
- Earn a bonus: Those who pass the GED® examination at NPC are awarded a six-credit hour NPC scholarship that also covers the media fee – more than a $400 value!
Read our story about the GED in our Career Focus magazine.
NPC can help YOU be successful!
- Cost: FREE
We want to make sure you're ready to take and PASS the GED® test. To ensure your success NPC has created a FREE one-day, eight-hour noncredit class to asses your skill level. This course is NOT mandatory to take the GED® test, but it will tell you if you're ready to pass so you don't waste money. Students in this class take the Test of Adult Basic Education (TABE) to assess their skill levels in reading, mathematics, language and writing. Based on your scores, NPC will recommend you take the GED test or suggest other courses that will allow you to practice the skills you need to pass the GED®.
To see when this two-day class is offered in your area, go to the NPC Class Schedule Search. Set the "term" to the correct semester and year. Set the "department" to College and Career Preparation. Do not set any other fields. Click the yellow "search" button at the bottom of the page. Click the "show all" link at the top of the list and then scroll down the page until you see: CCP 055x • Opportunities Through Education. Select a location, date and time that works for you.
- QUESTIONS? Call (800) 266-7845 and ask for an academic adviser. Stop by any NPC campus/center location to register.
The GED® test measures your knowledge and academic skills against those of today's traditional high school graduates. The test covers four subjects: Reasoning Through Language Arts, Mathematical Reasoning, Science and Social Studies. The test is taken online through Pearson VUE and is made up of the following types of questions: multiple choice, drag and drop, hot spot (select an area), fill in the blank, short answer and extended response. You may take the entire exam at once, or schedule individual components on different dates.
COST: The four-part test costs $140, or $35 per section/module. (Fees are set by Pearson VUE -- not by NPC!)
*Arizona also requires that you pass the Arizona Civics test in addition to passing the GED® test (Add $9).
- You must appear in person at one of NPC's two Pearson VUE testing sites to take the GED® exam. Testing sites are located at the Show Low and Holbrook campuses.
- All test scheduling is done through Pearson VUE at https://ged.com or by calling (877) 392-6433. Any test cancellations must also be made through Pearson VUE.
- See the Pearson VUE frequently asked questions page for more details.
- The GED® test has a passing score of 145 on each test part. You will need to achieve a total score of 580 for the four-part battery in order to receive your GED® test credential. Arizona also requires that you pass the Arizona Civics test in addition to passing the GED® test.
- Scores are available the same day you test on your MyGED® online portal.
- Re-testing: You can take a test module, and two subsequent module retests, with no restrictions between retakes. If you fail the second or any subsequent retest, you must wait 60 days in between each successive attempt.
- Tester must FIRST set up an account and register on the MyGED portal. You will need a working email account. You must create this BEFORE you submit any documentation to NPC.
- You must have proper ID (see list below) and be 18 years or older. 16- and 17-year-olds can be cleared to test with notarized parental consent AND an official notice of withdrawal from the last school attended.
- Failure to provide proper identification will be grounds for refusal to admit you to the testing area.
- A tester is NOT eligible for a refund if turned away from the testing site for not having acceptable identification.
IDENTIFICATION: You MUST have one form of identification from the list below. Identification is required by the GED® Testing Service and the Arizona Department of Education. Documentation must be presented at every GED® Test Center visit.
|CURRENT DRIVER'S LICENSE
or government-issued Identification Card
|ID may be from any state, as long as it is valid.
An Arizona ID card may be obtained through the Arizona Department of Motor Vehicles. Social Security card and certified birth certificate are required to get the ID.
|VALID PASSPORT||May be foreign or domestic. Must have photograph.|
|OTHER FORMS of GOVERNMENT-ISSUED ID: Foreign/Domestic/Tribal||Must show: name, address, date-of-birth, signature and photograph|
|CURRENT MATRICULAR CONSULAR CARD||Must be current; credit-card sized plastic ID issued by Mexican Consulate.|
*Outdated identification or identification suspected of being forged will NOT be accepted. Identification suspected of being forged will be reported to the authorities. When a chief examiner or examiner has reasonable doubts concerning the validity of a candidate's identification, he/she has the right to question that candidate and withhold the candidate's admission to testing until such time as questions have been answered and doubts resolved.*
**Non-citizens, including refugees, legal and illegal immigrants, resident and non-resident aliens and other foreign nationals are eligible to take the GED® Test if meeting ALL requirements for identification and eligibility established by the GED® Testing Service and the Arizona Department of Education.**
- You will not be allowed to eat, drink or smoke during the test. Cell phones are strictly forbidden in the testing room. Family members, friends or anyone accompanying you to testing will not be allowed to stay in the testing center during your test. If you schedule more than one subject test in the same day, you will automatically be given a 10-minute break in between tests.
- You should arrive 15-30 minutes before your scheduled test time.
- How do I request accommodations if I need them? All GED® test candidates have the right to demonstrate their ability in a way that provides them equal access. People with disabilities may be able to test using GED® testing accommodations that ensure them equal access. If you would like to request modified testing conditions, you may do so on the MyGED portal. All GED® testing accommodations are handled through Pearson VUE. Read more here.
- If you are approved for accommodations, you will receive an approval email along with instructions for scheduling your test by phone. You cannot schedule for an accommodated test online.
- This exam is also available in Spanish. (Arizona Civics test is only available in English)
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To access the Testing Center, you must present an acceptable ID. See Admission Requirements Tab for acceptable forms of ID.
You will not be eligible for a refund if you are turned away for not having proper ID.