Frequently Asked Questions about GED Testing
What is the GED test?
- The GED test is a four-subject high school equivalency test that measures skills required by high schools and requested by colleges and employers. The four subjects are:
- Social Studies
- Mathematical Reasoning
- Reasoning through Language Arts
Click on each subject above for sample questions. Click here to see an overview of what is on the GED test.
Is there a fee to take the GED test?
- In Georgia, each subject-area test is $40.
Who is eligible to take the GED test?
- The GED test can only be administered to individuals who:
- Are at least 16 years of age* (*16 and 17-year-olds must enroll in a state-approved adult education program and receive approval to test. Contact your local Adult Education Center for more information.)
- Have not graduated from an accredited high school
- Are not currently enrolled in a regular high school; and
- Can provide a valid photo ID (driver’s license, state identification card, military ID or Passport).
Do I have to be a resident of Georgia to take the GED test in Georgia?
- No. You do not need to be a resident of Georgia to take the GED test in Georgia; however, you must take and pass your last test in Georgia to earn the state credential.
How do I register to take the GED test on computer?
- Visit www.ged.com or call 1-877 EXAM GED to register, schedule, and pay for the GED test. Credit and debit cards are acceptable forms of payment. You must bring a valid photo ID (driver’s license, state identification card, military ID or Passport) with you on test day. After you create an account, when you are ready to register for a test, the application will display the testing centers in your area based on your zip code.
What score is required to pass the GED test?
- In order to pass the GED test, a candidate must score 145 on each subject-area test.
When can I retest and what is the cost?
- Candidates may take each subject-area test three times without any waiting period. After the third attempt, candidates must wait 60-days after their last attempt before they can test again. The first two retakes will be $20 if the retakes occur within 12 calendar months. Any additional retakes will be $40.
When will I receive my transcript and/or diploma?
- Candidates should expect to receive credentials in the mail within 2-3 weeks from the test date.
How do I get duplicate official transcripts or diplomas?
- See Request GED Transcript and Diplomas.
What can I do once I receive my GED diploma in Georgia?
- Georgia residents may be eligible for the $500 HOPE GED Grant, which can be used toward postsecondary education in Georgia. Test-takers must enter their social security number into the GED.com account to qualify. Many employers recognize the GED Diploma as a high school equivalency credential. GED Graduates may also attend technical college with free tuition if you enroll in one of the 17 areas funded by the HOPE Career Grant. Visit here for detailed information on HOPE Career Grant programs.
How can I take the GED test during the COVID-19 pandemic?
- To address public health concerns during the COVID-19 pandemic, GED Testing Service is now offering the Online Proctored GED Test. Georgia residents may select the Online Proctored GED Test and take the GED test from home while securely monitored by an online proctor. All subject area tests are $40 each.
- To participate in the Online Proctored GED Test, you will need a computer, webcam, and reliable internet — no tablets or phones are allowed. You will also need to take the test in a private room with a closed door. Before scheduling and paying for the test, it’s important to run a system check to be sure that your computer meets the requirements.
- To find out more about the Online Proctored GED Test and to see if you are eligible, visit this website and watch this video.
- To view the differences between an Online Proctored Test vs. In-Person GED Test, click here.
What are the differences between the GED test and HiSET exam?
- Both the GED test and HiSET exam are recognized high school equivalency credentials in Georgia.