Where is the test given?
There are numerous testing sites located throughout Nevada. You may take it
at any site convenient to you. Some versions of the test may not be offered at
Directory of GED Testing Centers
Can I take the test online?
No, there is no online version of the official GED test available anywhere in
the world. The test must be taken in person at an authorized testing site.
How much does it cost to take the test?
Currently the fee is $60.00 for
the entire battery of tests. The fee is payable at the time of registration and
Is advance registration necessary?
All test sites require advance
reservations and registration. Check with your individual test site for
registration requirements. If you are over eighteen, you will need proof of
Nevada residency, a government issued picture ID (driverís license or
identification card) and another form of identification. If you are under
eighteen you will need other documentation, so check with your test registrar
ahead of time to be sure you bring the proper papers with you when you register.
If you are not a U.S. citizen, see below.
How often is the test offered?
Check with the test site of your choice for scheduling information. Some
sites give the entire test in one day, in which case all parts of the test must
be completed on the same day. Some sites give the test over two days.
Do I have to take the entire test over if I miss one part?
who takes the GED for the first time must complete the entire battery of five
tests before retesting on any individual tests. An applicant who completes
initial testing but fails to achieve the minimum scores may be retested on the
entire battery of tests or on the failed individual test or tests. You only have
to retake the parts of the test below the required minimum score of 410 points
unless you need a higher score to bring your average up to 450. Also, if you
score below 1.5 on the essay, you must take the entire writing test over.
How many times can I take the tests?
A different form of
the edition will be used for the retests. An applicant may be retested any number
of times, although availability of alternative forms of the test may limit the
number of possible retests in any calendar year.
How is the test scored?
Each part of the test is scored separately. An
overall score of 2250 with an average standard score of 450 is required to pass
the test. No score may be under 410.
Must I be a resident of Nevada to take the test?
Yes. Certificates of High
School Equivalency (proof of passing the GED) are only issued to persons who
reside in the State of Nevada or who are on active military duty and have
attended secondary school in Nevada. Nevadaís residency policy for GED testing
allows for testing certain non-residents who live near the border of Nevada in
adjacent states when a testing site is not easily accessible to the
Is there are minimum age requirement to take the test?
Yes. The minimum
age is 18, except in the following cases:
The board of trustees of a school district may, upon request and for good
cause shown, grant permission to take the tests of general educational
development prescribed by the state board to a person who:
resides in the school district
is at least 16 years of age but less than 17 years of age
submits to the board of trustees written permission signed by his parent or legal guardian
has not graduated from a high school
is not currently enrolled in a high school, and
satisfies any other requirements prescribed by the board of trustees.
Note: it is no longer necessary for 16 year olds to seek permission for GED testing from the Nevada State Board of Education.
Applicants who are 17 years of age, but less than 18 years of age may register to take the GED exam after presenting:
written permission signed by parent or legal guardian, and
verification of withdrawal from school.
Is it possible to take the test in a language besides English?
Yes. There are seven
different versions of the test. The Spanish version of the test is offered at
many of the sites in Nevada. Call your local test site or the Adult Education
Office (775-687-7294) to learn where alternate versions of the test are offered.
If I am a foreign language student taking the test in English, may I use
No. If you feel your English skills are not sufficient, you may
take the test in Spanish or French.
Are there other versions of the test available?
Yes, there are seven
versions of the GED test (English, Spanish, French, Canadian, audio, large
print, and Braille). Not all sites will have all the versions. You will need
special permission to take the test in audio, large print, or Braille, so make
those arrangements well in advance of testing.
Do I need a Social Security Number to take the test?
May I take the GED test if I am not a U.S. Citizen?
Yes. GED Testing
Service guidelines stipulate that in order for a person to take the GED tests,
he or she must possess verification of identity and eligibility for testing.
Identity and age must be verified using acceptable photograph-bearing
identification. Driver's licenses, valid passports, military IDs, or other forms
of government-issued (national or foreign) identification that show name,
address, date of birth, signature, and photograph are all acceptable forms of
identification, unless there is any reason to question their authenticity. An
appropriate combination of documents may be used to satisfy the requirements.
Non-citizens, including refugees, legal and illegal immigrants, resident and
nonresident aliens, and other foreign nationals are eligible to take the GED
Tests if they meet all of the requirements of the Commission and the state,
province, or territory, including requirements on age and withdrawal from
May I take the GED test if I have a high school diploma from another
Yes. Persons whose high school diploma is from an unaccredited high
school are eligible to take the GED Tests if they meet all other requirements of
the Commission and state, province, or territory. Persons who earn diplomas in
countries that do not participate in the GED testing program are likewise
eligible to take the GED Tests if they meet all other requirements