GED Test Fees and Requirements

GED Test Fees and Requirements

You may have heard about a new kind of GED test. It's true that one is one the way, but it won't be here until 2014. All the information below is current and up to date.

GED requirements can vary according to the rules and regulations that govern public education within the individual states or territories of the United States. As a result, persons applying for the GED should check with either their state's Department of Education or their local GED Testing Center's administrator. The following paragraphs offer a glimpse into some of the most common GED eligibility requirements, the GED sign-up requirements in terms of an individual's documentation, and the identification and expenses involved.

Common GED Eligibility Requirements
A GED applicant must be 17 years of age or older, although some states or territories require a minimum age of 16 years. Furthermore, applicants must not have graduated previously from high school or already obtained their GED. In addition to meeting the residency requirements, applicants must wait the required length of time after leaving high school. It is important to note that these requirements may vary according to regulations in the state or territory in which he or she applies. In most cases, individual states require that a GED applicant reside in the state in which they plan to take the test.

Common GED Sign-up Requirements
A GED applicant must sign up at the state's Regional Office of Education or at an Official GED Testing Center. During sign up, an applicant must show picture identification, typically a driver's license, a valid passport, a military identification card, a state issued identification card, or another form of identification considered acceptable by the state. Applicants who are 16 or 17 years of age commonly must provide additional documentation such as a transcript listing their last day of school attendance prior to becoming eligible to take the GED.

Common GED Costs
Costs for GED applicants vary according to state and jurisdiction, but fees generally range from $35 to $200 for the full battery of the five GED exams. In some cases applicants must pay a separate sign up fee and then additional separate fees of varying amounts for the individual GED tests. If an applicant reapplies for GED testing based upon an earlier failure, he or she generally has to pay new fees in order to sit for the tests again.

Last Updated: 05/15/2014