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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

Options Program

Different Languages

 

State Requirements (top)

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

In Tennessee, 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 Tennessee, you can be 17 and take the GED® test if you have the following exception:

Individuals who are seventeen may be tested, if the applicant:

  • Presents to the test examiner an age waiver signed by the superintendent of the school system where the applicant resides, and
  • Is not presently enrolled in high school, or is currently enrolled in a state approved GED® Option Program

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

No, Tennessee 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?

In order to increase success, a student in the State of Tennessee who is preparing to take the GED® test must first take a practice test which will indicate readiness. The practice test is half the length of the real test. A student can take a free Practice test at the local adult education center or GED Ready™: The Official Practice test at www.GED.com.

For information about the practice test, please contact your local adult education program at 1-800-531-1515 or visit their web site www.tn.gov/labor-wfd/AE/aeprgstw.shtml

What is the score I’m required to make on the practice test before I can take the GED® test?

Participation in the Official GED Practice Test™ is all that’s required in Tennessee. There is no minimum practice test score required.

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

No, there is no residency requirement to take the test in Tennessee.  That means you don’t have to prove you live in that state to take the GED® test there.

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.

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

Price & Payment (top)

How much does the GED® test cost?

Tennessee 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 Tennessee 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 Tennessee:  In Tennessee 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?

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

Test Scores (top)

What score do I need to pass the test?

Tennessee test-takers need to score a 150 on each test and 600 on the entire test battery (all four parts combined). 

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

 

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 Tennessee 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. 

How much does it cost to re-test? Can I take the retest 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 Tennessee, you’re not required to finish the entire test before re-testing on any subjects.

Questions? Feel free to call Tennessee’s state office at (615) 741-7055.

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 (615) 741-7055 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 Tennessee’s state office at (615) 741-7055.

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 Tennessee you don’t have a time limit to complete the GED® test.

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

If the original diploma is lost, a duplicate diploma may be obtained by contacting the test center where the exam was administered.

If a copy of the transcript is needed for enrolling in school or for job placement, contact the test center where exam was administered.

What is the GED® credential in my state called?

In Tennessee the credential is called the High School Equivalency Diploma.

Options Program (top)

What is the Options Program?

The Options Program allows students who are currently enrolled in high school to take the GED® test. Not everyone is eligible for the program. The Options Program is only available in a few states and school districts.

For more information call Tennessee’s state office at (615) 741-7055.


GED® Test Language Versions (top)

Can I take my GED® test in Spanish?

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

Find a local testing center.

Questions? Please contact Tennessee’s state office at (615) 741-7055.

Can I take the GED® test in French?

In Tennessee, you can NOT take the GED® test in French. 

Find a local testing center.

Questions? Please contact Tennessee’s state office at (615) 741-7055.

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

Yes, Tennessee residents are allowed to combine different language versions of the GED® test. You can combine different language versions of the test to earn the GED® test credential.

Questions? Please contact Tennessee’s state office at (615) 741-7055.

Does Tennessee 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 Tennessee.