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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

Different Languages

 

State Requirements (top)

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

In Delaware, 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 taking the test. In Delaware, you can be 16 or 17 and take the GED® test if you have the following exception:

  • Seek a waiver of the 18 years of age requirement by completing a written application to the Delaware Department of Education that includes showing good cause for taking the test early and designating where the test will be taken; and
  • Be a resident of the State of Delaware; and
  • Verify that they are at least 16 years of age at the time of the application for the waiver of the age requirement using a birth certificate, drivers license, a State of Delaware Identification Card or other comparable and reliable documentation of age; and
  • Provide verification of withdrawal from the applicant’s public or non public school program; and
  • Provide a transcript from the applicant’s public or non public school program

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

No, Delaware 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?

You’re not required to take GED ReadyTM:The Official Practice Test before taking the test. 

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

To test in Delaware, you must be a current resident of the Delaware or, if a resident from another state be actively employed in Delaware or be registered with a Delaware Department of Labor Program. You will need to provide proof to the test center that you meet the above state requirements. If you do not, you will not be allowed to test and not receive a refund for the exam fee.

You can prove your residency at the testing center with a valid driver's license or state issued identification card or other proof of residency. If you are a resident from another state and actively employed in the state of Delaware, as proof of this status bring a pay stub or a letter from your employer confirming your employment. Or if you are a resident from another state and you are registered with a Delaware Department of Labor Program, as proof of this status bring a letter of verification from the Delaware Department of Labor (letter must be on their letterhead).

If you have more questions about proof of residency, please contact the state office at (302) 857-3342.

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

Delaware doesn’t allow people to take the test there unless they can prove residency or are employed within the state.  If you test in a different state, you will have to check that state's residency requirements.

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

There aren’t any additional requirements in Delaware. If you have more questions about the state’s testing program, please contact the state office at (302) 857-3342.

Price & Payment (top)

How much does the GED® test cost?

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

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

Sign up for your next test now at GED.com.

Registration & Scheduling (top)

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

Yes, in Delaware 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.

You’re required to be a resident of Delaware or be employed in the state to take the test there.  

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

This depends on the state you’re testing in. Delaware does not require a time limit to finish all four subject area tests. 

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 Delaware, 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. 

Retake rules are enforced for students retesting in different languages. For example, if you take an English test three times, then move to a Spanish test, the GED Testing Service 60-day wait period is enforced. If a state has additional retesting requirements, these requirements will also be enforced.

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

Sign up for your next test now at GED.com.

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

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

 

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 (302) 857-3342 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 Delaware’s state office at (302) 857-3342.

More information about ordering your credential.

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. Delaware does not enforce a time limit to complete all four subject area tests. 

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

To request a duplicate transcript and/or diploma fill out the transcript request form and mail or fax form to the Delaware Department of Education.

If you are requesting a duplicate diploma, Include a $5 money order made payable to Delaware Department of Education.

What is the GED® credential in my state called?

In Delaware the credential is called the Delaware State Board of Education Endorsement Secondary Credential. More information about ordering your credential.


GED® Test Language Versions (top)

Can I take my GED® test in Spanish?

Yes, the GED® test is offered in Spanish.

You can also combine scores across languages to earn your credential.

Find a local testing center.

Questions? Please contact Delaware’s state office at (302) 857-3342.

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

No, Delaware residents aren’t allowed to combine language versions to complete the test. This means you must take all four subjects in one language to earn your GED® test credential. You will not be allowed to combine Spanish tests with English tests or any other language version.

Questions? Please contact Delaware’s state office at (302) 857-3342.

Does Delaware have any 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 Delaware.