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

The Kentucky GED® testing program requires all those under the age of 19 to be officially withdrawn from public or private school for 90 days as certified by the local school district or meet other requirements in order to be eligible to schedule your test.

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 Kentucky, you can take the GED® test if you have reached the legal age of withdrawal in the local school district where you live and have officially withdrawn from school for at least 90 days as certified by the local school district. The local school superintendent may waive the 90 day school withdrawal requirement due to post-secondary enrollment, employment, medical reason, family crises or other extenuating circumstances. Students must complete the documentation of withdrawal form or receive other permissions.

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

In Kentucky all first-time test-takers are required to successfully complete GED Ready™:The Official GED Practice Test with the same passing scores required to pass the GED® test.

 

Where can I find an adult education center?

Your local Kentucky Adult Education center offers FREE GED® test preparation. Click here to find the center in your county. 

Do I have to take the practice test before testing?

In Kentucky you’re required to take and pass GED Ready™:The Official GED Practice Test before scheduling your test.

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 150 on each subject area test and a 600 total (all four parts combined).

  • Below Passing: 100-149
  • GED® Passing Score: 150-169
  • GED® Honors Score: 170-200

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

Yes, in Kentucky you’re required to be a resident of the state with a Kentucky mailing address.

If you have more questions about proof of residency, please contact the state office at (800) 928-7323.

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.

Sorry, Kentucky doesn’t allow people to take the test there unless they have a Kentucky mailing address.  

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

In Kentucky, you must pass the GED Ready™:The Official GED Practice Test before you can take the GED® test. If you have more questions about the state’s testing program, please contact the state office at (800) 928-7323.

 

Price & Payment (top)

How much does the GED® test cost?

Kentucky 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 Kentucky 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.

For Kentucky: In Kentucky you’re required to be a resident 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?

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

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 Kentucky, 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.

While there are no additional requirements in Kentucky for a retest, your local Kentucky Adult Education center (one in every county) offers FREE GED® test preparation.

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

No, there are no requirements in Kentucky before you take a re-test, but you can get FREE GED® test preparation at your local Adult Education Program. Questions? Feel free to call Kentucky’s state office at (800) 928-7323.

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. In Kentucky, you’re not required to finish the entire test before re-testing on any subjects. Questions? Feel free to call Kentucky’s state office at (800) 928-7323.

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?

When you pass the GED® test in Kentucky, you are automatically mailed a free diploma, transcript, and information about accessing your electronic transcript.

My guess is that there may be additional requirements that you need to meet. You can call your state’s office at (800) 928-7323 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 Kentucky’s state office at (800) 928-7323.

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 Kentucky you have no time limit to complete all four content areas of the GED® test.

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

 

When you pass the GED® tests in Kentucky you are automatically mailed a free diploma, transcript and information about accessing your electronic transcript. If you need to order additional transcripts, a replacement diploma or need an electronic transcript sent to a school or employer, please go to www.GED.KY.gov . A transcript is $10. A replacement diploma is $25.

What is the GED® credential in my state called?

In Kentucky the credential is called the Commonwealth of Kentucky High School Equivalency Diploma.


GED® Test Language Versions (top)

Can I take my GED® test in Spanish?

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

Find a local testing center.

Questions? Please contact Kentucky’s state office at (800) 928-7323.

Can I take the GED® test in French?

No, you can’t take the French version of the GED® test in Kentucky.

Questions? Please contact Kentucky’s state office at (800) 928-7323.

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

No, Kentucky 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 Kentucky’s state office at (800) 928-7323.

Does Kentucky 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 Kentucky.