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Adult Basic Education (GED)

Agency: Department of Education

Program Description:
GED Testing Program

The primary aim of the General Educational Development (GED) testing program in Connecticut is to provide a second opportunity for individuals to obtain their high school diplomas. The GED Tests are designed to measure the major and lasting academic outcomes students normally acquired by completing a typical high school program of study. Individuals who pass the GED Tests are eligible to receive a state high school diploma.

In order to apply for the GED examination, an individual should be 17 years of age or older, no longer enrolled in school and not have graduated from high school. At the time of registration, individuals 17 and 18 years old must submit documentation from the last high school attended that they have either been officially withdrawn from school for at least six months (17 year-olds must have a withdrawal form with a parent or guardian signature) or the class with which they entered ninth grade (or would have entered if never enrolled in high school) has already graduated. Individuals who are home schooled and wish to take the GED test should contact the GED office at 860-807-2111. Individuals whose high school diplomas are from unaccredited high schools or individuals who have secondary school diplomas from countries outside the United States and Canada, are eligible to take the GED Tests if they meet all other eligibility and identity requirements.

To ensure that potential GED examines have access to the GED test, the Connecticut State Department of Education (SDE) has 43 approved GED registration sites located at adult education offices across the state. Each approved registration site is under contract with SDE to meet with each potential test applicant to verify identity and eligibility.

GED Test Fee: $13 for individuals 21 years of age and older. Veterans ( who have served at least 181 days of active duty at the time of registration) and individuals under 21 are free of charge. The fee to retake or reapply for the test is also $13.00.

Program Region: Statewide

Program Contact(s):
State of Connecticut GED Office
Bureau of Health/Nutrition, Family Services and Adult Education
25 Industrial Park Road
Middletown, CT 06457
Phone: (860) 807-2111
Fax: (860) 807-2112

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Agency Profile

Agency: Department of Education

Mission: To provide through leadership and service insight, expertise, training, encouragement and resources to assist those in education and related communities to succeed in helping all Connecticut students become effective lifelong learners able to reach their personal and career goals and become involved, productive, confident and satisfied members of society.

Contact Information:
Office of the Commissioner
165 Capitol Avenue
Hartford, CT 06106-1630
Phone: (860) 713-6500

Regional Office
Connecticut Technical High School System & Division of Family and Student Support Services
25 Industrial Park Road
Middletown, CT 06457
Phone: (860) 807-2200
Phone: (860) 807-2005

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