2014 New Mexico

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 New Mexico, 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 New Mexico, you can be 16 or 17 and take the GED® test if you meet the following exception:

  • Candidates under the age of 18 are required to obtain and submit a permission form with consent from their local school district, as well as from their parents or guardians.

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

No, New Mexico 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.

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

No, there is no residency requirement to take the test in New Mexico. That means you don’t have to prove you live in that state to take the GED® test there and earn that state’s GED® test credential

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.

 

Price & Payment (top)

How much does the GED® test cost?

New Mexico 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, in New Mexico 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 New Mexico: In New Mexico you’re not 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?

This depends on the state you’re testing in. In New Mexico you have three years from the moment you take the first test until you’ve finished all four.

 

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 New Mexico, 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.

Questions? Call New Mexico’s state office at (505) 827-6507.

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

It is strongly recommended you take an adult education class or some other form of preparation if you don't pass a particular subject area on two attempts.

Questions? Feel free to call New Mexico’s state office at (505) 827-6507.

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?

In New Mexico, you’re not required to finish the entire test before re-testing on any subjects.  

Questions? Feel free to call New Mexico’s state office at (505) 827-6507.

 

GED® Test Credential (top)

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

Anyone seeking a duplicate transcript or diploma must do so using the state's GED® document fufillment service: Diploma Sender. You will need a credit or debit card to complete your order online

If after visiting Diploma Sender's website you continue to have questions please contact your state's official at (505) 827-6507

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 New Mexico’s state office at (505) 827-6507.

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 New Mexico you have three years to complete all four content areas of the GED® test.   

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

Anyone seeking a duplicate transcript or diploma must do so using the state's GED® document fufillment service: Diploma Sender. You will need a credit or debit card to complete your order online. 

What is the GED® credential in my state called?

In New Mexico the credential is called the New Mexico High School Diploma.


GED® Test Language Versions (top)

Can I take my GED® test in Spanish?

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

Find a local testing center.

Questions? Please contact New Mexico’s state office at (505) 827-6507.

Can I take the GED® test in French?

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

Questions? Please contact New Mexico’s state office at (505) 827-6507.

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

Yes, New Mexico residents are allowed to combine different language versions to complete the test. 

Questions? Please contact New Mexico’s state office at (505) 827-6507.

Does New Mexico 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 New Mexico.