Each state, province or territory has its own local administrator that governs GED Testing for their region. The local administration manages the testing centers and overall test processes for the GED test. Because of this, each test site will determine the dates that the give the GED test. Some test centers have regular scheduled test dates (e.g., two weekends a month), while other test centers allow you to schedule the exam at your convenience.
GED State Information - Find your state's GED Test Dates and Location
You can schedule your GED General test year round at various test centers in the U.S., Canada and select international locations. The GED tests must be taken in person and cannot be taken online. The costs of the GED tests will vary by testing location and can range from free up to $80 in some locations.
The GED Tests are comprised of five separate content area tests (mathematics, social studies, science, language arts/reading, and language arts/writing). The test questions are multiple choice and one written essay. The GED Tests provide adults a way to demonstrate that they have high school level academic skills and knowledge.
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GED Test Duration
The entire set of five GED tests takes a total of 7 hours and 5 minutes to complete. Each test center can choose how to administer the test. Most test centers offer the test in two sittings, while some test centers require you to take the entire test in one sitting. Several test centers allow you to take individual tests one at a time. Some test centers also offer evening test hours and spanish versions of the test.
GED Registration and Eligibility
Before you register for a GED test, you must insure that you meet your individual state, province or territories' eligibity requirements. In general, you are eligible to sit for the GED exams if you meet the following requirements:
- You are not currently enrolled/attending a high school
- You have not graduated from high school
- You are at least 16 years old
- You meet the requirements of the state, province or territory where you are testing. These requirements typically spell out age, residency and length of time since leaving school parameters.
For current high school students considering dripping out of school, it is recommended that you talk to your high school guidance counselor to understand the GED requirements and the academic skills required to pass the GED exams.
Special GED Test Editions
The GED tests are offered in multiple languages and alternative formats to meet the needs of individual test takers. The GED exams are currently offered in three languages (English, Spanish and French). The Spanish and French versions of the tests are not available at all locations. Additionally, if you test in a non-English language you may be required to pass an English as a Second Language (ESL) test.
GED tests are also available for test takers with vision or hearing impairments. Additionally, special testing accomodations can also be made for conditions such as ADHD, emotional or mental health conditions, chronic health disabilities or other conditions that may impact your ability to take a test under normal testing conditions.
GED Test Locations
There are over 3,400 GRE Test Centers located at many locations throughout the world. You may also locate testing centers in the U.S. and Canada by calling (800) 626-9433 (800-62-MY GED). International testing centers for the GED tests are offered by Prometric.