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The Alaska GED Test

State of Alaska High School Diploma By Examination

The Alaska High School Diploma by Exam, The GED Test.

Requirements for issuance of diploma:

Minimum test scores: A standard score of 410 on each of the five tests and an average of 450 on all five tests (total standard score of 2250).

Minimum age:
Applicants who are at least eighteen (18) years of age and have not received a high school diploma, or high school equivalency certificate may test. Applicants who are sixteen to seventeen (16-17) years of age must present a withdrawal slip from the last school attended in Alaska, a legal emancipation document or written permission from a parent or guardian before testing is allowed.

Residence:
Applicants must be physically present in the state at the time application is made. An Alaskan temporarily residing out of the state may receive a diploma upon submission of an application by the GED Testing Service, a United States Armed Forces Institute, a Veteran's Administration Hospital, or a federal correctional institution.

Requirements for re-testing:
If a GED examinee fails a test, they may re-test on any of the five individual GED tests (writing, social studies, science, reading, and math). During a calendar year, three forms of the GED test are available for each subject area. If a GED examinee needs to re-test a fourth time during the calendar year, they must wait until at least January of the next calendar year.

Issuance of diploma:
The Alaska Department of Labor and Workforce Development will issue the transcript and diploma upon completion of GED testing.

Official transcripts:
Test scores are accepted as official only when reported directly by:

Official GED Testing Centers;

Transcript Service of Defense Activity for Non-Traditional Education Support (DANTES);

Veterans Administration hospitals and centers; and

The GED Testing Service

Fees:
Testing at Official GED Testing Centers: Varies, but fees may not exceed the following amounts:
$25.00 for a complete battery; or $5.00 for a single test or retest.
Issuance of diploma: No fee for initial diploma.

Re-issuance of diploma: $10.

Transcript: No fee

GED Administrator of the GED Testing Program, State of Alaska:
Amy Iutzi, ABE/GED State Director
Department of Labor and Workforce Development
Employment Security Division
PO Box 115509
Juneau, AK 99811-5509
Phone: (907) 465-8714 Fax: (907) 465-4186
Email: amy.iutzi@alaska.gov

Donna Collins, Education Associate
Department of Labor and Workforce Development
Employment Security Division
PO Box 115509
Juneau, AK 99811-5509
Phone: (907) 465-4685 Fax: (907) 465-4186
Email: ged@alaska.gov

The GED test was selected by the Alaska State Legislature as the official high school diploma equivalency exam.

The test battery includes five separate timed tests, which are proctored under strict test security regulations. Testers must be at least 18 and not attending school. Under special circumstances a tester may test after his/her 16th birthday. By the early 1970s GED test versions in Spanish, Braille, large print, and cassette were developed.

On July 1, 1999, the GED program transferred from the Department of Education and Early Development to the Department of Labor and Workforce Development. The statutory authority for this program is the Workforce Investment Act of 1998, Title II, Adult Education and Family Literacy and Alaska State Statute 44 AAC 31.020: Delegations of Authority to Issue Diplomas in Connection with the Adult Basic Education Programs.

There are currently 19 GED Test Centers in Alaska. Each Test Center must sign an annual contract with the private company The American Council on Education. These Centers are administered by the State GED Administrator who is responsible for test security, transcript archival and retrieval, and the production of GED Diplomas and duplicate diplomas. The Alaskan GED Test program archives over 80,000 transcripts and responds to over 2,000 requests for official transcripts annually.

Alaska residents without a GED credential are at a serious disadvantage in the growing competitive marketplace. This article contains information to help you get started in obtaining your AK GED.

How Is the GED Structured?

The GED exam is composed of five subject areas just like the required classes in a traditional high school, Language Arts-Writing, Social Studies, Science, Language Arts-Reading and Mathematics. Most questions in each section are multiple choice, but the Language Arts-Writing portion requires that you write an essay.

What About Scoring and What if I Fail?

The Alaska Jobs Center Network, www.ajcn.state.ak.us, states that to pass the exam you need to earn a standard score of 410 on each test and an average score of 450 on all tests (total score of 2250.)

If you don't pass the first time, that's okay. Fortunately, in Alaska, there's no limit to the number of times you can retake the GED exam. In addition, if you only failed one section of the exam you only have to retake that section instead of the entire exam.

Am I Eligible?

According to the Alaska Jobs Center Network, you are eligible for the GED if you meet the following three requirements:

You are at least 18 years of age or older

You have no high school diploma or equivalent

You are present in the state at the time your application is made

The best to determine eligibility is to contact your local testing center (explained below.) They will be able to tell the most up-to-date requirements and exemptions for taking the GED. For example, 16 and 17-year-olds may be eligible to take the GED exam under certain circumstances.

What About Cost and Registration?

Registration takes place at your local testing center. Be sure to contact the testing center where you intend to take the actual GED. The following Alaska Jobs Center Network web-link offers a list of all 27 testing centers in Alaska, www.ajcn.state.ak.us/abe/testcenters.html. When registering, be sure to bring the testing center fee with you. Contact your nearest testing center to determine the initial amount to take the entire GED exam because fees vary from one testing center to another. Still, the cost can't exceed $25 for the entire test.

What About Preparation?

You can either study independently or take a preparation class to prepare for the GED. If you choose to study independently, visit your local library and use its study materials. In addition, go online and look for websites that offer free GED preparation lessons and free practice tests. Of course, you can always purchase the study materials online or at your local bookstore.

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GED Test Website for a High School Diploma

Nine Star Enterprises, Inc.
125 West Fifth Avenue
Anchorage, AK 99501
(907) 279-7827
Fax: (907) 279-3299
Phone: (907) 375-3713

Anchorage Testing for the GED (High School Diploma by Examination)

Aleutian Pribilof Islands Association, Inc.
1131 East International Airport Road
Anchorage, AK 99518-1408
Phone: (907) 276-2700
Fax: (907) 279-4351

Anchorage Testing for the GED Exam

Ilisagvik College
P.O. Box 749
Barrow, AK 99723
Phone: (907) 852-1742
Fax: (907) 852-1746

University of Alaska Fairbanks
Kuskokwim Campus
P.O. Box 368
Bethel, AK 99559
Phone: (907) 543-0951 or 543-0953
Fax: (907) 543-0959

North Slope Borough

University of Alaska Fairbanks
Bristol Bay Campus
P.O. Box 1070
Dillingham, AK 99576
Phone: (907) 842-3505
Fax: (907) 842-3506

Taking the Bristol Bay Borough GED Test

Adult Learning Programs of Alaska
122 First Avenue, Suite 201
Fairbanks, AK 99701
Phone: (907) 452-6434 ext. 230
Fax: (907) 451-6598

North Slope Borough

Ft. Richardson Education Center
ACES
ATTN: IMPC-FRA-HRE
724 Postal Service Loop, Suite 4960
Fort Richardson, AK 99505
Phone: (907) 384-0970
Fax: (907) 384-0716

Fairbanks North Star Borough

Alaska Military Youth Academy
Camp Carroll Training Site
P.O. Box 5727
Fort Richardson, AK 99505-0727
Phone: (907) 384-6033
Fax: (907) 384-1030

GED Test Scores Aleutians East Borough

Lemon Creek Correctional Center
2000 Lemon Creek Road
Juneau, AK 99801
Phone: (907) 465-6289
Fax: (907) 465-6207

Northwest Arctic Borough

Wanda Whitcomb
Southeast Regional Resource Center
210 Ferry Way, Suite 200
Juneau, AK 99801
Phone: (907) 586-5718
Fax: (907) 586-5673

Matanuska-Susitna Borough High School Diploma

University of Alaska Anchorage
Kodiak College
117 Benny Benson Drive
Kodiak, AK 99615
Phone: (907) 486-1243
Fax: (907) 486-1264

High School Diploma Exam in Denali Borough

Alaska Technical Center
P.O. Box 51
Kotzebue, AK 99752
Phone: (907) 442-3733
Fax: (907) 442-2216

Kenai Peninsula Borough

Kawerak Adult Education Center
P.O. Box 948
Nome, AK 99762
Phone: (907) 443-4468
Fax: (907) 443-4471

Municipality of Skagway Borough

AVTEC – Alaska’s Institute of Technology
P.O. Box 889
Seward, AK 99664
Phone: (907) 224-6170
Fax: (907) 224-4400

Ketchikan Gateway Borough

University of Alaska Anchorage
Kenai Peninsula College-Soldotna
34820 College Drive
Soldotna, AK 99669
Phone: (907) 262-0328
Fax: (907)262-0398

Juneau G.E.D. Test

Kenai Peninsula College
Kachemak Bay Campus
533 East Pioneer Avenue
Homer, AK 99603
Phone: (907) 235-1602
Fax: (907) 235-1626

City and Borough of Wrangell High School Diploma

University of Alaska Anchorage
Prince William Sound Community College
P.O. Box 97
Valdez, AK 99686
Phone: (907) 834-1671
Fax: (907) 834-1661

City and Borough of Sitka

Human Resources Company, Inc.
839 South Dimond Boulevard
Palmer, AK 99645
Phone: (907) 745-5877
Fax: (907) 745-5899

Kodiak Island Borough

ABE/GED State Office
Alaska Department of Labor
P.O. Box 115509
Juneau, AK 99811-5509
Phone: (907) 465-8714 or (907) 465-4685
Fax: (907) 465-4186