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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 Florida, 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?

All students under the age of 18 must have an Underage Waiver prior to scheduling your test. In Florida, a student who is 16 or 17 is required to meet the conditions set by the school district in which he/she resides or attends school. You will have to meet the conditions as set forth by your school district before the Underage Waiver will be granted by the school district representative. You must contact a representative from the district in which you live or go to school for information on the specific requirements for testing. A list of district representatives is found here.

Once you meet the requirement, this staff member will be responsible for notifying the Florida GED® testing office. Once this Underage Waiver has been submitted to the office, it will be processed within 3-5 business days of receipt. If you have any questions about the underage testing process, please contact the Florida GED® testing office at 850-245-0449 or via email at GEDagewaiver@fldoe.org.

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

No, Florida 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. You can also visit the Florida website for a list of adult education centers.

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.

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

No, there is no residency requirement to take the test in Florida. That means you don’t have to live in that state to take the GED® test there. However, Florida test-takers have to take the test in Florida to receive a Florida GED® credential. Florida will accept students from Georgia (for example) to test and get credentialed and receive a Florida GED credential. Students do not need to show an ID that has a Florida address listed on it to be admitted to the test center.

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 want to check the specific residency requirements of the state you’re interested in testing in.

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

What is the options program?

The Florida Options Program allows students who are currently enrolled in high school to take the GED® test. This is a special program for students who have not dropped out of high school and who continue to be enrolled in a K-12 school while working toward the achievement of the performance-based high school diploma. This program does not apply to individuals who have dropped out and are now enrolled in adult high school, GED® test preparation, or other adult education programs. If you are enrolled in the Florida Exit Options Program, your school district's Options Coordinator will need to review and approve your eligibility before you will be able to take the GED® test. A list of Options Coordinators is found here.

If you have incorrectly selected that you are enrolled in this program, please call 877-392-6433 to request that your registration record is updated.

If you have questions, please contact the Florida State office at (850) 245-0449 or gedexitoption@fldoe.org

Price & Payment (top)

How much does the GED® test cost?

Florida charges $32 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
  • The discounted retake price in Florida is $12

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 Florida 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.

In Florida you’re not required to be a resident to take the test there. However, Florida test-takers have to take the test in Florida to receive a Florida GED® credential. Florida will accept students from Georgia (for example) to test and get credentialed and receive a Florida GED Certificate. Students do not need to show an ID that has a Florida address listed on it to be admitted to the test center.

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. In Florida you don’t have a time limit to finish all four subjects.

 

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?

There’s no wait period in Florida for people who didn’t pass the first time. You can take the test again whenever you’re ready, however, we encourage you receive additional instruction in the classroom or try your hand at a practice test before you re-test.

For the English version of the test, you are allowed to test three times on the same subject without waiting. After the third attempt, you have to wait 60 days before trying again and for any subsequent attempt.

For the Spanish version of the test, you are allowed to test two times on the same subject without waiting. After the third attempt, you have to wait 60 days before trying again and for any subsequent attempt.

The total number of attempts per year is dependent on when the individual schedules the 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
  • The discounted retake price in Florida is $12

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

GED® Test Credential (top)

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

There may be additional requirements that you need to meet. You can contact your state’s office at (850) 245-0449 or FLGEDHelp@fldoe.org.

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 the 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 are entitled to one free electronic diploma, one free electronic transcript, and one free printed diploma. You must take action to ensure you receive your documents.

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.

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 Florida you don’t have a time limit to finish all four subjects.

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

For diplomas earned in Florida:

For diplomas earned on or after January 1, 2014:
Duplicate credential requests can be made by logging in to your myGEDTM 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 Florida the credential is called the State of Florida High School Diploma.


GED® Test Language Versions (top)

Can I take my GED® test in Spanish?

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

Find a local testing center.

Questions? Please contact Florida’s state office at (850) 245-0449.

Can I take the GED® test in French?

No, you cannot take the GED® test in French, in Florida.

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

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

Does Florida 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 Florida.