What is a GED?

  • It is a General Equivalency Diploma or General Educational Development testing administered by the American Council on Education (ACE).
  • It is a group of 5 tests that when passed, certifies that the taker has high-school level academic skills.
  • It is accepted as equivalent to a high school diploma in areas of higher education, employment and military service.

Who can take the GED?

  • Any person age 17 or older may take the GED, if the student’s class has graduated or if the student has been out of school for at least 12 months.
  • If the student has been enrolled in a school (public or private) in the last 12 months, the student needs a letter of separation from the school.

Why do people take the GED?

  • There are many different reasons a student would choose to take the GED over a traditional diploma.
    • If a student is not successful at their public school due to extended illnesses or other reasons, the GED may be a better fit.
    • For one reason or another a student may not have attended school in quite a while, so the GED is a better option in returning to an education.
    • For some teen parents, the responsibility of parenting and working demands so much of their time, that a GED is a more practical solution due to less classroom time.

How do I register for the GED?

  • To register, please visit or call 1-877-392-6433

What if I fail the test?

  • You may take each test three (3) times in a calendar year. If you do not pass in three attempts, you must wait until the next calendar year to test again. (New tests are distributed every January).

How much does it cost to take the test?

  • The cost is $30 per modules for a total of $120.
  • The last component of the GED test is the Constitution Test, offered at the Regional Office of Education on the computer.

Are there prep courses available?