Jurisdiction Requirements

Price & Payment

Registration & Scheduling

Test Scores



Retake Policies

GED® Test Credential

Language Versions


Jurisdiction Requirements (top)

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

Internationally, 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?

You need to be at minimum 16 years old to take the test. Prior to testing, you will need to fill out the Age Exception Waiver1 form and have it signed by a parent or guardian then send it to Once the form is reviewed and approved, you will receive a notification in your account stating that you can schedule your test.

Is there a residency requirement to test in my country?

No, you do not need to provide documentation of residency in your country to test.

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

Yes, there is no requirement that all tests must be completed in the same city or country.

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

No, there is no requirement that you need to receive instruction prior to testing. 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?

You can locate the nearest GED® test preparation center by selecting the Study option in your account, then selecting the option that says “Find GED Classes”.

Do I have to take the practice test before testing?

No. There is no requirement that you need to take the GED Practice Test prior to testing. However, the GED Ready® is available at and is a good measure to see if you’re ready to take the GED® Test or not.

Price & Payment (top)

How much does the GED® test cost?

The GED® Test costs $60.00 per module.

Registration & Scheduling (top)

Can I take all of the parts at once or do I need to setup different appointment times?

Yes. You can take all four modules in the same day if you can find a testing center with hours that can accommodate it.

What happens if I move to a different country in the middle of testing? Can I continue my testing in my new country or do I have to start all over?

Yes. You can continue testing in your new country if there are available test centers since all countries (except Canada) offer the same GED® test series.

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

There is no time limit to finish testing to receive your GED® credential.

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

Retake Policies (top)

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

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 will need to wait 60 days before retesting in the same subject. There is no limit to how many times you can test in a year.

GED® Test Credential (top)

I took and passed the test, how will I receive my diploma?

GED Testing Service fulfills requests for GED® transcripts and diplomas.

A test-taker who passes the GED® test will automatically receive one free electronic diploma and one free electronic transcript. You must take action to receive one free printed diploma.

Electronic Diploma and Transcript

  • The electronic diploma and transcript download links will be e-mailed to the e-mail address associated with your MyGED® account once you have passed all the tests and earned your diploma. Make sure to download your electronic documents right away since the links are only available for a limited time. Follow the instructions provided in the e-mail. These PDF documents are very valuable since they can be forwarded to employers and colleges that accept electronic credentials. The PDF documents are verified by GED Testing Service/Parchment each time they are opened using Blue Ribbon Security. The blue ribbon symbol displayed in the PDF is assurance that the digital credential is valid, the document is authentic, and the contents of the credential have not been altered.

Printed Diploma

  • The printed diploma can be ordered through your account. In your account navigate to My Scores and select the Order Duplicates link. Select the Diploma option and then select the Printed Diploma – Free option. You will then be asked who and what address you want the diploma to be mailed to. The free diploma link will only be available until it has been used; it can only be used one time. Carefully follow the instructions presented during the ordering process.

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

Duplicate credential requests can be made by logging in to your account at Use the login at the top right of the page. Select the My Scores tab and click the Order Duplicates button on the Scores page.

What will my GED Credential be called?

District of Columbia High School Equivalency Diploma

How can my employer or education institution validate my Diploma?.

Electronic Document Verification

The Electronic Diploma and Transcript you receive include Blue Ribbon Security, which means they are verified electronically whenever they are opened. These PDF documents are very valuable since they can be forwarded to employers and universities that accept electronic credentials. The blue ribbon symbol displayed in the PDF is assurance that the digital credential is valid, the document is authentic, and the contents of the credential have not been altered.

Third Party Document Verification

A printed diploma or transcript verification can be ordered by employers or universities. The instructions are found here.

My government or institution requires an Apostille authentication, how do I get that?

Some institutions and governments require a tester to obtain an official apostille authentication. GED will provide the notarized documents required for the process, however the apostille process does require additional fees collected by the agency doing the authentication. In most cases, the electronic or third party verification services provided by GED Testing Service and Parchment are sufficient. If you wish to pursue the Apostille authentication process, email your request to

GED® Test Language Versions (top)

Can I take my GED® Test in another language?

The GED® Test can only be taken in English.