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High School Alternatives


The GED can be a solid option for those who have dropped out and are trying to go back to school.

Learn more about this high school equivalency and discover the best options for Arizona residents who haven’t completed high school.

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Understanding the GED

The General Educational Development (GED) test debuted as a government program in 1942 to help returning World War II soldiers achieve high school equivalency. Now, it’s a high school equivalency available to those who meet the requirements.

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Overview of the GED

  • The GED test is comprised of four subject tests: social studies, math, science, and language arts.
  • As of August 2023, each GED exam section costs $41. Practice tests, preparation classes, and other study materials are available at an additional cost.
  • Each test can be attempted an unlimited number of times. There’s no waiting period for the first two retakes, but after that, you’ll need to wait 60 days between attempts.
  • There are many testing locations throughout the state of Arizona.

Quick Facts

Arizona GED Requirements

The Arizona GED has a few stringent requirements students should be aware of if they wish to attempt the exams.



Students are responsible for the cost of the exam sections and study materials.



Students must be at least 18 years old to take the GED tests in Arizona. 16 and 17 year olds withdrawn from school are eligible with a parent or guardian’s permission.



In addition to passing all four section tests, Arizona residents must also pass the Arizona Civics Test to obtain a HS equivalency diploma.



Students can take the GED at an approved testing center or online with a test proctoring service.

Arizona GED Preparation & GED Testing Centers

Students must register for the test, pay, and prepare with GED preparation programs on their own. There are very few free resources available. Students are required to pay every time they retake a subject test.

The GED exams must be taken under the supervision of a test proctor. To accommodate students, they may attempt to locate a nearby approved testing center or take the tests online with a virtual proctoring service. While there will be no official transcript, students will receive the scores of their exams.

College & Career Readiness

GED recipients have an advantage over individuals without a high school diploma when it comes to higher education opportunities and workforce development. Recipients can go into most military branches and are accepted by most, but not all colleges in the United States.

The GED does not hold as much weight as a high school diploma, which includes broader and more diverse subject material. The GED does demonstrate a level of basic adult education which is important no matter your future plans. Some states, like Arizona, offer considerable (and free) alternatives to the GED for students who dropped out of high school. 

Understanding Dropout Recovery Programs

  • Earn your accredited high school diploma – not an equivalency
  • No cost to the student since the program is state-funded.
  • Transfer in any earned credits from previous high schools
  • 100% online courses that are self-paced
  • Access to free tutoring, mentoring, and numerous other resources
  • Celebrate your achievement by attending a graduation ceremony

Quick Facts

Earn an Accredited Arizona High School Diploma

State-funded dropout recovery programs help students get back on track with high school by providing them with services beyond that of a regular high school. All at no cost for students between the ages of 16-21.



Earning your high school diploma is free with a dropout recovery program, With Grad Solutions, the process is free, online, and flexible.



High school diplomas are accepted by all colleges.



Diploma recipients have a higher earning potential than GED recipients and those without a diploma.



For graduates interested in enlisting, a diploma is accepted by all military branches. It can also help them advance in their military career.

College & Career Readiness

Obtaining your high school graduate status is the best next step you can take in terms of future success. Every college accepts a high school diploma without the stigma of dropping out and students are most prepared for a career due to the wide range of subjects learned. This is the only option for education programs that will not hinder any life goals, such as attending college, joining the military, or pursuing many occupations.

Regarding future growth and income, high school diploma recipients make more money and advance faster in their careers than GED recipients. The Grad Solutions Dropout Recovery Program offers free online classes, flexibility to go at your own pace, as well as numerous student resources to those who live in Arizona.

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