June 4, 2015

GED Testing Fees and Requirements

Each state is allowed to select its own requirements or limitations for GED candidates as long as the rules adhere to minimum requirements set by The General Educational Development Testing Service, or GEDTS. Each state can choose the fee it wishes to charge for taking the GED tests. States may also select additional age requirements for GED candidates.

GED testing fees are determined by each state or jurisdiction. Candidates can contact their local GED Administrator by phone, in person, or by visiting their website. The GED Administrator can provide the information regarding testing fees, schedules, age requirements, eligibility requirements, and passing scores. The General Educational Development Testing Service, or GEDTS, requires only that candidates be at least 16 years old and not enrolled in high school. As long as this minimum standard is met, each state or jurisdiction can amend the requirements to suit their own needs.

For example, the state of Montana requires that candidates be 17 years old. If a 16 year old would like to apply for the GED they must provide specific documentation. The fee charged by the state of Montana for GED testing at an official testing center is $55.00. The retest fee is $14.00 for the Language Arts Writing test. A retake fee of $7.00 is assessed for each additional part of the test. This is just an example of the fees charged by one state. Each state determines its own fees and requirements. Candidates should contact their local testing center to determine the fees and requirements for their specific location.

What Are the Requirements for Taking the GED Test?

Each state sets its own GED requirements, although they are similar. For instance, in most states a person can’t take the GED unless he or she is at least 18 years old (with a few exceptions). At first this might seem like an odd rule, but the reason is that the authorities don’t want to give high school students any reason to think about dropping out. If students could drop out and then just take the GED, no doubt many would do so, but the authorities believe they would be better off finishing high school. Whether or not they would be better off is debatable, but that is the rule in most states and the age limit is one of the most common GED requirements.

What are other requirements to take the GED? Generally speaking, you’ll need to be a resident of the state where you’re planning on taking the test. You’ll also need to have a driver’s license or an ID card issued by the state. A military ID or passport will also meet the requirements. Furthermore, high school graduates are usually forbidden from taking the test (although why a high school graduate would be taking a test to earn a high school equivalency diploma is hard to understand). Students currently enrolled in a high school are also not allowed to take the test in most states.

Finally, the last of the GED requirements is that you’ll have to pay a fee to take the test. This fee varies from state to state, but you can easily find out what your state charges by looking it up on the internet. It’s usually pretty affordable, but if you’re in a bad place financially, there may be programs run by the government or nonprofit groups that can help you cover the testing fee. Again, do an internet search to look for help in paying your fee if you need it.

The GED requirements listed above are typical of most states, but double-check to see what is required where you reside.