2014 District of Columbia

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 District of Columbia, 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 taking the test.

In District of Columbia, you can be 16 or 17 and take the GED® test if you apply for and receive an age waiver. Candidates would need to provide, in addition to a notarized letter of permission to test from parent/guardian, documentation that s/he:

  • has not been enrolled in a traditional high school program for at least six months and has submitted a Notice of Intent to Home School with OSSE; or
  • has not been enrolled in a traditional high school program for at least six months, and is enrolled in a DCPS or DC Public Charter School-based educational program that provides academic preparation toward GED® completion;


  • is incarcerated or in an out-of-home secure placement within the juvenile justice system and s/he could not reasonably be able to complete a traditional high school diploma program based on his/her current level of academic credits and time remaining for compulsory education; or
  • is enrolled in a program established by federal law to provide GED® test preparation to youth under the age of 18.

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

No, District of Columbia 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?

Yes, you are required to take the Official GED Practice Test™ before taking the test.  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 the District of Columbia to take the test?

Yes, to take the GED® test in the District of Columbia you’re required to be a resident, enrolled in Job Corps, or court-ordered to test. You can prove your residency at the testing center with a valid driver’s license or other proof of residency.

If you have more questions about proof of residency, please contact the state office at (202) 274-7173.

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 D.C.: Sorry, District of Columbia doesn’t allow people to take the test there unless they can prove residency, enrollment in Job Corps, or court order.  

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

There aren’t any additional requirements in District of Columbia. If you have more questions about the state’s testing program, please contact the state office at (202) 274-7173.

Price & Payment (top)

How much does the GED® test cost?

The District of Columbia charges $3.75 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 
  • 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 District of Columbia 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.

You’re required to be a bona fide resident of District of Columbia to take the test there. You’re also permitted to test there with a court order or if you’re in the Job Corps.

Once I start testing, is there a time limit for me to finish all four subjects before my scores begin to expire?

There is not a time limit to finish the test in District of Columbia.

Test Scores (top)

What score do I need to pass the test?

District of Columbia test-takers need to score a 145 on each subject area test and 580 on the entire test battery (all four parts combined).

  • (145-164) – Pass / High School Equivalency
  • (165-174) – GED® College Ready
  • (175-200) – GED® College Ready + Credit

Retake Policies (top)

If I don’t pass, how long do I have to wait before taking the test again?

In the District of Columbia, there is waiting period of thirty (30) days for the first two (2) retakes of any subject. After taking a test subject 3 (three) times, you'll have to wait sixty (60) calendar days before each retake. There's no limit to how many times you can test in a year.

In addition to the waiting period, you are required to take the GED Ready and score “likely to pass” or “too close to call” in the subject you are seeking to retake.

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 District of Columbia’s state office at (202) 274-7173.

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 District of Columbia, you’re NOT required to finish the entire test before re-testing on any subjects.


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 (202) 274-7173 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 District of Columbia’s state office at (202) 274-7173.

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 District of Columbia you don’t have a time limit to complete the GED® test.

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

An official transcript of scores may be requested online here.

For security and authenticity control GED® certificates (diplomas) are issued only once. No duplicates or reissues.

What is the GED® credential in my state called?

In District of Columbia the credential is called the District of Columbia High School Equivalency Credential.


GED® Test Language Versions (top)

Can I take my GED® test in Spanish?

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

Find a local testing center.

Questions? Please contact DC’s state office at (202) 274-7173.

Can I take the GED® test in French?

The GED test is no longer offered in French.

Find a local testing center.

Questions? Please contact DC’s state office at (202) 274-7173.

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

No, DC residents aren’t allowed to combine language versions to complete the test. This means you must take and pass 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 DC’s state office at (202) 274-7173.

Does DC 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 DC.