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Local Classes & Information

In January 2014, the GED test changed significantly from its previous version. You can read about the changes here.  


What is the GED test like?

The GED consists of four subjects:

  • Mathematical Reasoning
  • Reasoning Through Language Arts
  • Science
  • Social Studies

How is the GED test given?

As of January 2014, all GED testing is computer based (you must go to a designated testing site to take the computer-based test).

You will need the following computer skills:

  • Mouse skills (click, double-click, drag-and-drop)
  • Keyboard and typing skills to type answers
  • Copy and paste
  • Use a scroll bar
  • Undo/redo edits
  • Use an online calculator
If you need brush up on your computer skills, the GED Testing Service website has many GED-specific tutorials available, including:

How much does the GED test cost?

You can expect to pay around $120-$150 for the GED test.

How can I prepare for the GED test?

 Study on your own:

  • Books: Search the library catalog for study books (we also have books available for purchase at the service desk).
  • Online: Use our Testing and Education Reference Center Database or Learning Express Library, both of which offer online practice tests and online books (requires Mesa Public Library card and PIN to access). The GED Testing Service site also offers free online GED practice tests for each subject
  • Computer tutorials:  the computer tutorials listed above will help you prepare for the computer-based GED test.

Take classes:

  • In-person (face-to-face) preparation classes (see list below)
  • Online (distance learning) preparation classes (see list below)


In-person (face-to-face) preparation classes:

Arizona Department of Education – Adult Ed and GED Testing 
For a list of in-person and online classes throughout the state
Maricopa County Superior Court Education Program
For members of the community and adults on probation
Mesa Community College – Community Outreach Center 
GED Preparation - 480-461-6200
GED Preparation en Español - 480-461-6106
Fee-based, 3-month GED classes in English and Spanish. Morning, evening and weekend classes available.

Mesa Community College - GED to MCC 
Focuses on an enriched curriculum to better prepare you for college-level classes.

Mesa Counts on College
Classes are $10, which includes test prep, materials, tutoring and the test. Classes run Mondays through Fridays, 8:30am-12:30pm, for 12 weeks. 

Mesa Public Schools - Adult Education Department & Family Literacy Program 
Fees based on household income.

Online (distance learning) preparation:

Arizona Department of Education – Adult Ed and GED Testing 
For a list of in-person and online classes throughout the state
Rio Salado College - Online Classes
480-517-8110 or
Call Monday through Friday, 8:30am - 5:30pm. GED Prep classes - in-person (fee based on a sliding scale) or online ($125)

Where Can I Take the GED Test?

Arizona Department of Education (PDF)
Find testing centers in Arizona