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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 Maryland, the minimum age required to take the GED® test without exceptions is 19 years old.  

What do I need to do to take the test if I am under 19 years of age?

Test takers under 19 years of age may test only if the test taker has officially withdrawn from school and has provided the signed, embossed or sealed documentation form to the Maryland GED® office. Only after the GED® Office reviews and approves the withdrawal form can the candidate continue with registration. However, they must have started registration in order for their withdrawal to be approved.

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

No, Maryland 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 Maryland to take the test?

Yes, you are required to be a resident of Maryland to take the GED® test in Maryland.

You must present your Maryland-issued, current Driver’s License, Permit or ID or Active Duty Military ID at the testing center as proof of residency. ID waiver information is available at the website: www.gogedgo.org or by calling the Maryland GED® Office at 410-767-0538.

The closest testing center is in a different state.  Can I take the exam there?

In order to qualify for a Maryland High School diploma, the test taker must take the test in Maryland and prove residency. Some states do not have a residency requirement and so may permit non-residents to test. 

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

There are no additional requirements in Maryland to pass the GED® test.

Questions? Feel free to contact Maryland's state office via email at ged.dllr@maryland.gov or via phone at (410) 767-0538.

Price & Payment (top)

How much does the GED® test cost?

Due to a State subsidy, the GED® test in Maryland is $11.25 per module and $45.00 for the entire battery of four tests.

Maryland does not subsidize any retesting.

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
  • Testers are restricted to a total of three tests per module per calendar year. Marylanders are limited to the number of forms available per module from GEDTS.  There are currently three forms of each test in English and three forms of each test in Spanish. Re- testers may take two retests per calendar year of either language test. Remember, the RLA test in Maryland must always be taken in English. GEDTS issues new forms of each test on January first each year.
  • Retesters pay a $10 testing center fee for the first and second retest. However, the cost per module for retesting a fourth time is $30.00 with two retests at $10.00 each per module. A fourth test can only occur in the next calendar year.

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 Maryland you can take all test parts in the same day if you can find a testing center with hours that accommodate it, but this is not recommended.

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. In Maryland you must be able to prove residency to take the test.

Check the residency requirements in other states and don’t hesitate to contact the GED Administrator™ in that state with questions.

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

In Maryland, test scores expire five years after the date of testing or until a new series test is introduced.

 

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 Maryland, there is no waiting period if you do not pass a subject area test the first time; however, since you are restricted to three tests per calendar year, it is advisable to pace retesting.  (Testers are restricted to the number of forms available from GEDTS.  There are currently three forms of each test.  Re- testers may take two retests per calendar year.  GEDTS issues new forms of each test on January first each year.)  Retake rules are enforced for students retesting in either language.

Finding an adult education center is easy. Enter your ZIP code in our locator tool and we’ll show you the closest learning centers to you. 

Questions? Feel free to contact Maryland's state office via email at ged.dllr@maryland.gov or via phone at (410) 767-0538.

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
  • Testers are restricted to a total of three tests per module per calendar year. Marylanders are limited to the number of forms available per module from GEDTS. There are currently three forms of each test in English and three forms of each test in Spanish.
  • Re- testers may take two retests per calendar year of either language test. Remember, the RLA test in Maryland must always be taken in English. GEDTS issues new forms of each test on January first each year.
  • Retesters pay a $10 testing center fee for the first and second retest. However, the cost per module for retesting a fourth time is $30.00 with two retests at $10.00 each per module. A fourth test can only occur in the next calendar year.

Sign up for your next test now at GED.com.

GED® Test Credential (top)

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

Your Maryland High School diploma is issued automatically within three weeks after you pass the last module.  If you do not receive your diploma, contact your state’s office at ged.dllr@maryland.gov or (410) 767-0538.

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.  

Questions? Feel free to contact Maryland's state office via email at ged.dllr@maryland.gov or via phone at (410) 767-0538.

After I start taking the exam modules, how much time do I have to complete all of them to get credentialed?

In Maryland you have five years to complete all four content areas of the GED® test.    

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

To order a copy of your transcript complete the transcript request form found at www.gogedgo.org and submit along with required fee to the Maryland GED® testing office. Maryland does not provide duplicate or replacement diplomas. 

The Maryland GED Office requires three business days after the scores are reported to process transcripts.

Questions? Feel free to contact Maryland's state office via email at ged.dllr@maryland.gov or via phone at (410) 767-0538.

What is the GED® credential in my state called?

In Maryland the credential is called the Maryland High School Diploma.


GED® Test Language Versions (top)

Can I take my GED® test in Spanish?

Yes, in Maryland you can take the GED® test in Spanish; however, the Reasoning Through Language Arts module must be taken in English.

Can I take the GED® test in French?

No. The GED® test is available in English or Spanish only.

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

Yes, Maryland residents are allowed to combine different language versions of the GED® test to earn their credential.

Does Maryland have requirements for English as a Second Language (ESL)?

No, but please keep in mind that candidates taking the GED® test in Spanish must take the Reasoning through Language Arts portion of the test in English.