Correctional facilities offering the GED® test in their testing center follow processes and procedures separate from traditional testing centers. Here’s what you need to know to administer the GED® program in your correctional facility.

Corrections and the 2014 GED® Program

Corrections Basics

  • Computers ARE required
  • Internet access is NOT required
    • Can use a mobile solution and bring tests in on laptops
    • GED Ready™ and GED® test run as software downloaded to computers
  • Security protocol is NOT required
  • Costs do NOT include $40 compensation (approximately $10 per test)

Student Set Up and Scheduling

  • Test administrators set up a test-taker account in GED Manager™
  • Test administrators can complete a test-taker’s demographic information
  • Approve exceptions in GED Manager™ (If your state office manages the exceptions queue in your jurisdiction, they will be responsible for approving exceptions)
  • Schedule GED Ready® and GED® tests in Registration Manager
  • Once test-takers complete the test, you can review scores and access the Enhanced Score Report in GED Manager™

To get access to GED Manager™, contact your GED Administrator™.

Corrections Testing and the Transitional Waiver Program

Most correctional institutions will be offering the 2014 GED® test on computer. Certain institutions, however, may be granted a waiver to continue administering the 2002 Series test on paper for a limited period of time while they improve their computer infrastructure. Check with your local GED Administrator™ for more information on the Transitional Waiver Program in your jurisdiction and institution.

Will there be an offline version of the 2014 GED® test tutorial?

Yes, there is an offline version of the tutorial for use in corrections. Download it here.


Transitional Waiver Program (TWP)

The Transitional Waiver Program is a program introduced in 2013 to allow correctional facilities to continue delivering the 2002 Series GED® Tests on paper for a period of time, until they can convert to computer-based testing.

The length of the program will depend on each facility’s needs; some will need the program for 3–6 months, while others may need it 12 months or longer. Each facility’s needs will be reviewed on an annual basis. For more information on the Transitional Waiver Program, contact

How does it work?

  • The State/Jurisdiction applied for the program, listing facilities that needed to participate for some period of time. The application was approved at the state level.
  • Materials can be ordered by emailing requests to See “How to Order Materials” for additional details.

Who will do fulfillment (diplomas/transcripts)?

  • There are some states on the program that have elected to go with our Parchment Service offering, part of GED Credentialing™. For those states, Parchment will do the fulfillment.
  • For states that have not elected to use the Parchment service, they will fulfill their own diplomas and transcripts.

How to Order Materials

Orders are placed via

  • Test Center contract must be signed and returned
  • Test Security Memo must be printed and acknowledged
  • Order is submitted by testing center, approved by GED Administrator™
  • Order placed and fulfilled, then shipped to testing center

How to Request Materials

  • Send all requests for materials to
    • Include a description of your 2002 series testing material needs
    • A GED Testing Service representative will contact you for additional details and to complete the order
  • The GED Testing Service representatives will work with you and your GED Administrator™ to get necessary approvals
  • Once the order is approved and fulfilled, it is shipped to your testing center

Testing After Incarceration

If your students would like information about how to continue their testing after incarceration (either on paper or on computer), you can print out the following (PDF) documents. (NOTE: This is designed to provide 2 flyers per sheet. Cut along the dotted line.)