Persons who have not graduated from an accredited high school nor received a high school equivalency diploma are eligible to take the GED® test. Applicants must be at least sixteen years of age and not enrolled in a secondary school. They must present proof of positive identification that shows name, date of birth, address, signature and photograph. Driver’s licenses, passports, military, or other forms of government (national and foreign) identification that shows required information are all acceptable forms of identification. Examinees must be a legal resident of Arkansas. The term "legal resident" has been clarified by the Arkansas Department of Education to mean a person who spends most of his/her time in Arkansas, who pays property taxes, or who possess a valid Arkansas driver's license. All candidates must complete a written confirmation of eligibility.
Prior to taking the GED® test, applicants must pass the official GED® Ready Test with a score of 145 on each of the four tests in the battery. The applicant may pass one area of the Ready Test and take that area of the official GED® test. These tests must be administered through an adult education program or a GED Testing CenterTM.
Persons 16 (sixteen) and 17 (seventeen) years old will be approved to take the official GED® test after having met the provisions specified in the approved Adult Education Attendance and Enrollment Policies as a result of Acts 30 and 31 of 1994 or fulfill test eligibility as determined by Act 1659 of 2001 and Act 604 of 2003 and Arkansas Compulsory Attendance Law - Annotated Code 6-18-201. Testing of home school youth is specifically governed by Act 1659, Act 604 and Arkansas Compulsory Attendance Law - Annotated Code 6-18-201.
This regulation is established in accordance with the Commission of Educational Adult Learning and Educational Credentials of the American Council on Education (ACE) for the GED Testing Service®, Arkansas Acts 30 and 31 of 1994, Act 1659 of 2001, Act 604 of 2003, and Arkansas Compulsory Attendance Law - Annotated Code 6-18-201 which allow, after certain provisions have been met, for persons ages 16 and 17 to enroll in adult education programs or take the GED® test.