Whether you are looking to complete your high school education to help with a job search, or you are interested in getting your GED so that you can apply to college, this is a great way to take positive steps in your life and improve your personal and professional life! Getting a GED is the first step in improving your life. On this page, I will discuss what you need to do in order to complete your high school education. If you are interested in other ways to improve your life, such as getting a Connecticut pardon in order to move on from your criminal history, contact my office.
Getting Your GED in Connecticut
Connecticut only offers a computer-based GED test. You can no longer take a paper test for the GED. In order to register for the GED in Connecticut, you need to meet the following requirements:
- You must be a Connecticut resident.
- You must be at least 17 years old and you must be officially withdrawn from high school for at least six months.
- You can’t be currently enrolled in school.
- You can’t have already graduated from high school.
There are GED testing centers located throughout the state. If you are over the age of 21 and you want to take the GED test, there is a $13 registration fee. Those under 21 or those who are veterans do not have to pay this fee.
Taking the Test
Once you register to take the test, you need to bring certain documentation on the day of your test. You need to prove your identity. This can be done by bringing a valid form of identification to the test. Connecticut requires that you are a resident of the state in order to take the test, so if possible, it is best to bring Connecticut identification. Common options include a learner’s permit or driver’s license, a passport, or a Connecticut Identification Card. If you do not have Connecticut identification, you will also have to prove your residency by bringing a piece of mail with you that contains your address and name. This mail must be dated in the past 90 days, and it has to be computer generated. Some options for proving residency include:
- Bank statements.
- Tax bill.
- Medicare/Medicaid statement.
- Tax bill.
- Motor vehicle registration.
- Connecticut voter registration card.
- Change of address confirmation.
- Mortgage contract.
- Paystub with your employer’s information.
- Valid insurance policy.
- Survey of Connecticut property.
During the test, there are scheduled breaks. Take advantage of these breaks, because taking unscheduled breaks could result in the invalidation of your test and test results.
After you take the test, it will take anywhere from a few hours to three days for the results to be processed. If you fail the test or a part of the test, you will have to wait 60 days to retake the test.
Your Fresh Start
Taking and passing the GED can be your first step towards a brighter future. If you still feel that a criminal conviction is holding you back, my office can help! We can assist you in the pardon process in an attempt to have your criminal record erased. Getting a GED and furthering your education can strengthen your pardon application. For more information, reach out to us. We are here to help!