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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)?

The minimum age required to take the GED® test is 18 years old. You also must be incarcerated at Federal Prison.

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

You are required to be 18 years old and incarcerated at Federal Prison to take the GED® test.

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

Yes, FBOP requires that you prepare for the GED® test in an adult education classroom. 

Do I have to take the practice test before testing?

Yes, you’re required to take GED Ready® before taking the test. You are also required to earn a passing score of 145 per subject.

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

Yes, the FBOP requires that you are incarcerated at a FBOP facility to take the test.

If you have more questions about proof of residency, please contact your local testing center to learn more.

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

Any additional requirements that are mandated by the state issuing the GED® credential.

Price & Payment (top)

How much does the GED® test cost?

The Federal Bureau of Prisons charges $20 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, 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 FBOP: You’re required to be incarcerated at a Federal Prison facility.

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 time limit to finish all four subjects. Please check with your local testing center to learn more.

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?

For FBOP, 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. 

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.

The FBOP, doesn't require you to finish the entire test before re-testing on any subjects.

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 try to request another certificate on this page.

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 contact your local jurisdiction for more information.

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. For the FBOP, you do not have a time limit for completing the GED® test.

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

You can order a copy of your transcript and/or diploma on our Request a Transcript page.

What is the GED® credential in my state called?

The FBOP credential title is per awarding state or territorial jurisdiction. The FBOP credential is issued through Washington D.C.

GED® Test Language Versions (top)

Can I take my GED® test in Spanish?

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

Find a local testing center.

Can I take the GED® test in French?

Yes, you can take the GED® test in French.

Find a local testing center.

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

No, 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.

Does FBOP 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 FBOP.