Who can take the GED test?
You are eligible to take the GED test if meet any one of the
- The individual is 18 years of age or older, or within 60 days of
his or her 18th birthday (regardless of school enrollment status).
- The individual must be within 60 days of when he or she would
have graduated from high school had he or she remained in school and
followed the usual course of study (please note that examinees
testing under this criteria may not be enrolled in school).
- The individual is 17 years of age, has been out of school for at
least 60 consecutive school days, and provides a letter of request
for the test from the military, a post-secondary educational
institution or a prospective employer.
- The individual is 17 years of age and is incarcerated in a
California state or county correctional facility; persons testing
under these conditions must meet all of the following criteria:
- The examinee does not have a realistic chance of completing
the requirements for a high school diploma.
- The examinee has adequate academic skills to successfully
complete the GED test battery.
- The examinee understands the options available regarding
acquisition of a high school diploma, the high school
equivalency certificate or the high school proficiency
certificate, and the requirements, expectations, benefits, and
limitations of each option.
- The examinee has sufficient commitment time left to complete
the entire GED test battery; however, if released before the
test is completed, the examinee may complete testing at an
authorized testing center.
Persons who pass the GED test at age 17 will
not receive the equivalency certificate until their 18th birthday; a
letter of intent is issued which states that the certificate is being
held pending the examinee's 18th birthday.
Valid identification is required by the National GED
Testing Service. All
examinees must present acceptable identification at registration
and at each testing session. The identification source must
include the examinee’s name, birth date, signature and photograph.
United States Government issued photographic identification is the
only means to verify identity and age. The following are acceptable
forms of identification:
- Permanent and current driver’s license
- United States or Foreign Passports
- Employment or Work Visa
- Alien Registration Receipt Card (Green card)
- Tribal identification cards
- Military and other government identification cards
- DMV identification card
- Post secondary school identification cards