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Where and how to get your GED®

You can take the GED® test online or in person at a testing center. Find current information on how to take the test and the requirements. Learn how to sign up and schedule your GED® test. 


Đã cập nhật April 16, 2024

What is the GED®?

The GED® test is made for people who are not currently enrolled in high school but wish to obtain a high school equivalency credential. In most states, you have to be 16 or older to take the test. It covers four main subjects: math, language arts, social studies, and science.

The GED® test shows you have the same knowledge and skills as someone who completed high school in the USA. If you pass the GED® test, you get a certificate that offers you the same opportunities as a high school diploma. 

Currently, the GED® test is available in 47 states and some territories. Each state has its own specific rules.

How do I take the GED® test?

You have to create a free account with the official GED® website to schedule and pay for your test. You will need to provide your name, date of birth, email address, mailing address, and phone number to get started. 

You do not need to pay until you are ready to schedule your test.

Scheduling the test

You will need to log into your GED® account to schedule your test. You will then need to choose which tests you want to take. The GED® has 4 separate tests for the following subjects: language arts, social studies, science, and math. 

You will also be asked for the following information:

  • Preferred language of the test
  • Where you want to schedule your test (online or an in-person test center)
  • When you want to schedule the test (you can take it sooner or later)
  • Payment for the test 

Choosing the test subjects

You can take the 4 subject tests on the same day or different days. Many states require you to take all 4 tests within 2 years of each other to get your GED® diploma. If you schedule 2 tests at the same time, you will only get a 10-minute break between them.

Test lengths:

  • Math test: 115 minutes
  • Language Arts test: 150 minutes
  • Science test: 90 minutes 
  • Social Studies test: 70 minutes

Paying for the test

You can pay for your test online with a debit or credit card. Find out how much the GED® subject test costs in your state. 

Where can I take the GED® test?

You can take the GED® test online or in person at a testing center. Both need to be scheduled through your GED® account.

Online test

You can take an online GED® test from home in most states if you meet certain requirements. Check if your state offers online GED® testing. 

To take the GED® test online, you will need to have: 

  • A computer with a webcam, sound, and microphone 
  • Good internet service and pass a system test on your computer
  • A quiet and private room to take the test
  • Your ID (to photograph and upload)

You will also need to take the GED® Ready Practice Test in the 60 days before your test and score green.


Rules for in-person test takers:

  • You cannot have any personal items on your desk such as phones, watches, and paper. 
  • You will have access to a scratchpad and whiteboard on your screen for notes.
  • You cannot use your handheld calculator. You can use an onscreen calculator.

In-person test

You can take the GED® test in person at a testing center. Based on what subject test and language you are taking the test in, you will be given options for testing centers in your area. When you choose the center, you will be shown the available days and times for that location.

Rules for taking the test in person: 

  • You will need to bring your ID to your appointment. 
  • You cannot bring personal items such as phones, bags, watches, and wallets to the test.
  • You can bring your own scientific calculator for the math, science, and social studies tests. The test center will not have calculators for you to borrow. 
  • The test center will give you 3 erasable noteboards and a marker for notes.

How can I prepare for the GED®?

Take the GED® practice test

Taking a practice test can help you prepare and know if you are ready. The GED® website offers free practice tests and a more in depth GED® Ready Practice Test.

You are required to take the GED® Ready Practice Test if you are taking the test online. You will need to do it within 60 days of taking the test online and get a green score.  The score tells you if you are likely to pass the official test. It costs $6.99 per test or $22.99 for all 4 subjects. 

Take a free preparation class

USAHello offers free online GED® classes. These classes are self-paced and cover all 4 subjects. It also includes a practice test. You can sign in at any time to study from your computer, tablet, or mobile device.

You can also find free in-person classes near you with Finish Your Diploma

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Other frequently asked questions

What is the cost?

The cost can be different depending on which state you live in. They average around $30-45 per test. Some states offer free or discounted GED® testing. Prices may also differ depending on if you are taking your test in person or online.

Which languages can I take the test in?

The GED® test is offered in English or Spanish. Check your state policies to see if they offer both languages in your area. 

Are testing accommodations available to people with disabilities? 

You can request testing accommodations such as extra testing time, extra breaks, and a separate testing room. When you create an account on, you will be asked if you need modified testing or accommodations. 

If you select “Yes,” you will receive additional information on how to submit an accommodations request. You will need supporting documentation from your doctor. Each request is considered on a case-by-case basis. 

Your request can take up to 30 days to process after you submit the required forms. If approved, your request is valid for 2 years. You may request an extension if needed.

Can I take the test if I am undocumented or not a U.S. citizen?

Yes. Anyone can take the GED® test if they meet all of the standard eligibility and ID requirements. This includes immigrants of all statuses.

Some states may require residency documentation. You are generally not required to share your social security number. 

Can I reschedule or cancel?

If you wish to reschedule or cancel your test, you must contact Pearson VUE 24 hours (one full business day) prior to your scheduled appointment at 1-877-(EXAM-GED) 392-6433. 

What if I fail the test?

If you do not pass a subject test, you can retake each test 2 more times without any time restrictions. If you don’t pass your third retest, you must wait 60 days before retaking a subject test. 

You can do it!

Join the many others who are improving their opportunities with a GED® high school equivalency diploma.


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