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Computer vs. Pencil and Paper

State Requirements

Price & Payment

Registration & Scheduling

Test Scores

Retake Policies

GED® Test Credential

Options Program

Different Languages

 

Computer vs. Pencil and Paper (top)

Can I take the GED® test on computer in my state?

Yes, Louisiana is currently offering the GED® test on computer at select testing centers. Let me find the testing on computer site that is closest to you.

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Why don’t all jurisdictions offer both computer and paper exams?

GED Testing Service is currently introducing the GED® test on computer to all the states and jurisdictions that offer the test. But not every state offers the GED® test on computer yet. In Louisiana, you may take the test on computer or on paper.  

Why isn’t the test available on paper in the future?

The new 2014 GED® test will only be delivered by computer in order to support the new questions on the test. The GED® test on computer also makes it easier to register and schedule, allows for a more individualized testing experience, and provides instant unofficial test results on 4 of the 5 parts of the test.

Can I switch between paper and computer testing? Can I combine them?

Currently, Louisiana doesn’t allow you to switch between the GED® test on paper and the GED® test on computer. If you begin the GED® test on paper, you need to finish on paper; if you begin on computer, you need to finish on computer.

 

State Requirements (top)

How old do I need to be to take the test (without exceptions)?

In Louisiana, the minimum age required to take the GED® test is 19 years old.     

I’m underage. What do I need to do to take the test?

This rule changes based on which state you’re testing in. In Louisiana, you can be 16, 17, or 18 and take the GED® test if you meet the following exception:

  • 17-18 year olds will have to enroll in the adult education program, where they will be required to take classes until demonstration of their readiness to take the GED® test. These qualification criteria will be discussed with each person upon enrollment into the program. The classes are free.
  • 17-18 year olds will need documentation from the school system that they have officially withdrawn.
  • Special accommodations are available for those meeting the GED Testing Service requirements and completing the proper documentation.
  • 16 year olds will have to satisfy certain criteria before enrolling in an Adult Education program. State law states that a 16-year-old student cannot drop out of the K-12 school system unless that student meets certain hardship criteria:
    • Pregnant or actively parenting,Incarcerated or adjudicated,

    • Institutionalized or living in a residential facility,
    • Chronic physical or mental illness, or

    • Family and/or economic hardships.

Do I need to take a class or receive instruction before I can take the test?

Yes, Louisiana requires all test-takers under the age of 18 to receive instruction from an adult education program before taking the GED® test.

Questions? Call Louisiana’s state office at (225) 922-2800.

Where can I find an adult education center?

Finding an adult education center is easy. Enter your ZIP code in our locator tool and we’ll show you the adult education centers closest to you.

Do I have to take the practice test before testing?

In Louisiana you’re required to take the Official GED Practice Test™ before scheduling your test if you’re under the age of 19.

What is the score I’m required to make on the practice test before I can take the GED® test?

Before you take the GED® test, you’re required to score a 410 on each subject and a 450 average.  

How much does the practice test cost?

The paper version of the Official GED Practice Test™ is free in Louisiana.

Do I need to prove I’m a resident of Louisiana to take the test?

No, there is no residency requirement to take the test in Louisiana. That means you don’t have to prove you live in that state to take the GED® test there.

The closest testing center is in a different state.  Can I take the exam there?

Some states allow people who don’t live there to take the GED® test and others don’t. You’ll need to check the residency requirement for the state that you’re interested to test in.

Louisiana doesn’t have a residency requirement, so they’ll allow you to take the GED® test there.  

Are there any additional state requirements for me to pass my GED® test?

There aren’t any additional requirements in Louisiana. If you have more questions about the state’s testing program, please contact the state office at (225) 922-2800.

 

Price & Payment (top)

How much does the GED® test on paper cost?

Louisiana charges approximately $75 for the entire test battery for the pencil-and-paper GED® test.

How much does the GED® test on computer cost?

Louisiana charges $135 for all five subjects of the GED® test on computer ($27 per subject).  

Learn more about the test on computer.

How much does it cost to retake the test? Can I retake the test for free?

In Louisiana, you can re-test a subject for approximately $50.

The GED® test on computer re-testing fee is $27 per subject.

Learn more about retaking the test.

Questions? Feel free to call Louisiana’s state office at (225) 922-2800.

 

Registration & Scheduling (top)

Can I take all of the parts at once or do I need to setup different appointment times?

Yes, in Louisiana you can take all test parts in the same day if you can find a testing center with hours that accommodate it.

What happens if I move to a different state in the middle of testing? Can I continue testing in my new state or do I have to start all over?

It depends on whether or not that state has a residency requirement.  Check the residency requirements in that state and don’t hesitate to contact the GED Administrator™ in that state with questions.

For Louisiana: In Louisiana you’re not required to be a resident to take the test there.   

Once I start testing, is there a time limit for me to finish all five subjects before my scores begin to expire?

No, there isn’t a time limit to finish the test in Louisiana.

However, all incomplete GED® tests must be finished by December 31, 2013, or they will expire. Beginning in 2014 there will be a new version of the GED® test.

 

Test Scores (top)

What score do I need to pass the test?

Louisiana test-takers need to score a 410 on each test and 450 on the entire test battery (all five parts combined).  

 

Retake Policies (top)

If I don’t pass, how long do I have to wait before taking the test again?

That’s a question that varies from state to state. In Louisiana, you’re required to wait 30 days before taking the test again.

Finding an adult education center is easy. Enter your ZIP code in our locator tool and we’ll show you the closest learning centers to you.

Questions? Call Louisiana’s state office at (225) 922-2800.

Are there any requirements before I take a re-test?

Louisiana test-takers under the age of 19 are required to receive classroom instructions before taking a re-test.

How much does it cost to retake the test? Can I retake the test for free?

In Louisiana, you can re-test a subject for approximately $50.

The GED® test on computer re-testing fee is $27 per subject.

Learn more about retaking the test.

Questions? Feel free to call Louisiana’s state office at (225) 922-2800.

Why can’t I re-test the subject that I failed?

Some states require people to finish taking all five subjects before being allowed to re-test in the areas that weren’t passed.

In Louisiana, you’re not required to finish the entire test before re-testing on any subjects.

Questions? Feel free to call Louisiana’s state office at (225) 922-2800.

 

GED® Test Credential (top)

I took and passed the test but the jurisdiction won’t issue my diploma. Can you help me?

Sorry to hear that you’re having trouble with your diploma. Have you contacted your local testing center or state administrator yet?

My guess is that there may be additional requirements that you need to meet. You can call your state’s office at (225) 922-2800 to find out more about your credential.

Why do I need to work with my jurisdiction? Can’t I just get the diploma from you?

GED Testing Service develops the GED® test and works with each state to offer the test. The credential is issued based upon rules of each individual state—most states have slightly different rules and regulations.

Because of the state-by-state differences, GED Testing Service doesn’t issue diplomas. That’s why we encourage you to work closely with your state to get an answer. You can call Louisiana’s state office at (225) 922-2800.

After I start taking the exam modules, how much time do I have to complete all of them to get credentialed?

This depends on the state you’re testing in. In Louisiana you don’t have a time limit to complete all five content areas of the GED® test.

However, all incomplete GED® tests must be finished by December 31, 2013, or they will expire. Beginning in 2014 there will be a new version of the GED® test.  

I want to order a copy of my transcript and/or diploma.

To obtain a copy of your GED® test scores, or a duplicate high school equivalency diploma, please complete the form and return it to our office. It is mandatory that you sign this form before returning it or we cannot process your request. This form is for Louisiana students only; if you received an equivalency diploma in another state, you may contact the agency that issued the credential in that state.

Do not complete this form to obtain a copy of a regular high school diploma/transcript. (For duplicates of regular high school diplomas, contact the Louisiana Department of Education, Duplicate Transcripts/Reissued Diplomas at (225) 342-2150.

What is the GED® credential in my state called?

In Louisiana the credential is called the Louisiana High School Equivalency Diploma.

 

Options Program (top)

What is the Options Program?

The Options Program allows students who are currently enrolled in high school to take the GED® test. Not everyone is eligible for the program. The Options Program is only available in a few states and school districts.

For more information call Louisiana’s state office at (225) 922-2800.

 


GED® Test Language Versions (top)

Can I take my GED® test in Spanish?

Yes, in Louisiana you can take the GED® test in Spanish. The Spanish version of the test is available for test-takers interested in taking the GED® test on computer or the pencil-and-paper version.

Find a local testing center and register for the GED® test on computer.

Questions? Please contact Louisiana’s state office at (225) 922-2800.

Can I take the GED® test in French?

In Louisiana, you can take the French language GED® test on pencil and paper only. The French version of the GED® test on computer is not available.

Find a local testing center.

Questions? Please contact Louisiana’s state office at (225) 922-2800.

Am I allowed to combine different language versions of the test together?

Yes, Louisiana residents are allowed to combine different language versions of the GED® test. You can combine different language versions of the test together to earn your credential.

Questions? Please contact Louisiana’s state office at (225) 922-2800.

Does Louisiana have requirements for English as a Second Language (ESL)?

English as a Second Language (ESL) instruction can help any non-native English speaker, but there aren’t any requirements for ESL classes in Louisiana.

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