2014 Alabama

Use the links below to find out about your local testing center rules and requirements. If you’re still looking for information, visit your state’s GED® testing program website to learn more, or go back to the main map.

 

State Requirements

Price & Payment

Registration & Scheduling

Test Scores

Retake Policies

GED® Test Credential

Language Versions

 

State Requirements (top)

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

In Alabama, the minimum age required to take the GED® test is 18 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 Alabama, you can be 16 or 17 and take the GED® test if you meet the following exception(s):

Seventeen years of age:

  • Resident of Alabama and exited an Alabama public school.
  • Present to the GED Examiner™ a notarized Student Exit Interview form from the school system
  • A Notarized letter from a parent/legal guardian giving permission to administer the GED® test 

Sixteen years of age:

  • Resident of Alabama and exited an Alabama public school.
  • Present to the GED Examiner™ a notarized Certificate of Exemption issued by his/her local superintendent
  • Notarized letter from a parent/legal guardian giving permission to administer the GED® test to the applicant
  • Receive a minimum score of ASE low on the TABE Test or "Likely to Pass" score on the GED Ready® Mathematical Reasoning and Reasoning Through Language Arts tests

Sixteen or seventeen years of age:

  • Resident of Alabama
  • Exited a private school, a church school, or a private tutor program
  • Present to the GED Examiner™ a notarized letter from a parent/legal guardian that the applicant has permission to be administered the GED® test and evidence of withdrawal on school/program letterhead
  • Receive a minimum score of ASE low on the TABE Test or "Likely to Pass" score on the GED Ready® Mathematical Reasoning and Reasoning Through Language Arts tests

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

There is no residency requirement for test-takers 18 years of age or older in Alabama. However, in Alabama under age test takers (16 and 17 year olds) must be residents.

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.

Alabama doesn’t allow people under the age of 18 to take the test there unless they can prove residency.

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

No, Alabama doesn’t require you to prepare for the GED® test in an adult education classroom. However, studying in a classroom setting is a good opportunity to get up to speed on the topics and areas you’ll find on the GED® test.

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?

No, you’re not required to take the Official GED Practice Test™ before taking the test. However, the Official GED Practice Test™ is available at GEDmarketplace.com and is a good measure to see if you’re ready to take the GED® test or not.


 

Price & Payment (top)

How much does the GED® test cost?

Alabama charges $30 per module for the GED® test.

 
Registration & Scheduling (top)

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

Yes, in Alabama 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 my 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.

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

There is no limit to finish the test in Alabama.

 

 

Test Scores (top)

What score do I need to pass the test?

You need to score a 145 on each module and 580 on the entire test battery (all four parts combined).

  • Below Passing: 100-144
  • GED® Passing Score: 145-164
  • GED® College Ready: 165-174
  • GED® College Ready + Credit: 175-200

 

Retake Policies (top)

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

In Alabama, there is no waiting period if you do not pass a subject area test the first time. After taking a test subject 3 times, you'll have to wait 60 days before retesting. There's no limit to how many times you can test in a year.

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

In Alabama, after taking a test subject 3 times, you'll have to wait 60 days before retesting. There's no limit to how many times you can test in a year.

How much does it cost to retake the exam? Can I take the retest for free?

GED Testing Service offers a discounted retake program for all GED® test-takers. According to the program’s policy, you are eligible for:

  • Two discounted retakes for each subject area taken
  • GED Testing Service fees are waived every retake ($20 per subject area test)
  • States and testing centers can choose to waive their fees
  • You must schedule retakes one at a time for the discount to apply
  • Discounted retakes cannot be combined with any other discounts
  • Retakes must occur within 12 calendar months of your initial attempt
  • After your two discounted retakes, you will need to wait at least 60 days, pay the full retake price and then you will receive two more discounted retakes
  • The discounted retake price is Alabama is $10

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GED® Test Credential (top)

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

Alabama State GED Program Testing of the Alabama Community College System has partnered with GED Testing Service for fulfillment of requests for GED transcripts and diplomas.

A Test-taker who passes the GED® test will automatically receive one free electronic diploma, one free electronic transcript. You must take action to receive one free printed diploma

Electronic Diploma and Transcript
The electronic diploma and transcript download links will be e-mailed to the e-mail address associated with your MyGED® account once you have passed all the tests and earned your diploma. Make sure to download your electronic documents right away since the links are only available for a limited time. Follow the instructions provided in the e-mail. These PDF documents are very valuable since they can be forwarded to employers and colleges that accept electronic credentials. The PDF documents are verified by GED Testing Service/Parchment each time they are opened using Blue Ribbon Security. The blue ribbon symbol displayed in the PDF is assurance that the digital credential is valid, the document is authentic, and the contents of the credential have not been altered.

Printed Diploma
The printed diploma can be ordered in your MyGED® account at GED.com. In your MyGED® account navigate to My Scores and select the Order Duplicates link. Select Diploma option and then select the Printed Diploma – Free option. You will then be asked who and what address you want the diploma to be mailed to. The free diploma link will only be available until it has been used; it can only be used one time. Carefully follow the instructions presented during the ordering process.

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

For diplomas earned on or after January 1, 2014:
Duplicate credential requests can be made by logging in to your MyGED® account at GED.com. Use the login at the top right of the page. Select the My Scores tab and click the Order Duplicates button on the Scores page.

For diplomas earned prior to January 1, 2014:
You will request your credentials from GED Credentialing™ here.

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 Alabama you can complete all four content areas during the period that the 2014 test series is in use.

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

For diplomas earned on or after January 1, 2014:
Duplicate credential requests can be made by logging in to your MyGED®  account at GED.com. Use the login at the top right of the page. Select the My Scores tab and click the Order Duplicates button on the Scores page.

For diplomas earned prior to January 1, 2014:
You will request your credentials from GED Credentialing™ here.

What is the GED® credential in my state called?

In Alabama the credential is called the State of Alabama High School Equivalency Diploma.

 


GED Test® Language Versions (top)

Can I take my GED® test in Spanish?

Yes, in Alabama you can take the GED® test in Spanish. 

You are allowed to combine Spanish and English language versions of the GED® test. You can combine the tests together to earn your GED® test credential.

Find a local testing center.

Questions? Please contact Alabama’s state office at (334) 293-4567 or 1-866-550-1433.

Can I take the GED® test in French?

No, you cannot take a French version of the GED® test.

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

Yes, Alabama residents are allowed to combine different language versions of the GED® test to earn their credential.

Does Alabama 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 Alabama.