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GED Age Requirements By State

From January 2014, the GED® test is only available in a computer-based format at state- and Pearson VUE-approved testing centers. Applicants must register at GED.com and create an account with the portal MyGED. There are four Subtests (modules) that must be passed within a 2-year time frame to earn a GED High School Equivalency Diploma.

Not all states use the GED exam for high school equivalency testing. Some opted for the HiSET (High School Equivalency Test), others for the TASC exam (Test Assessing Secondary Completion), and a number of states offer multiple options. To find out the situation in your state, go to https://bestgedclasses.org/ged-test-by-state/ and click on your state. Testing fees (that may vary by state) can be found here as well.

States can impose their own GED® testing fees and qualification requirements, and this page shows you age requirements per state. Required additional documentation shows just some of the prerequisites. Please check your state’s websites for a full report. The HiSET and TASC exams are available (in most states) both on paper and on a computer whereas the GED is entirely computerized. The TASC and HiSET come with five subtests.

Required additional documentation:
In general, proof of withdrawal from school, official permission from a parent or guardian and the applicant’s school district is required. Young test takers may also be eligible if they can present a court order, or an official request by an employer, a college official, or a military recruiter.

Alabama
The Alabama Community College System is responsible for the GED exam in Alabama.
Minimum Age for Testing – 18
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Required additional documentation:
Proof of withdrawal from high school, official permission from a parent or guardian, and more.
For more Alabama details click here

Alaska
In Alaska, the Alaska Department of Labor and Workforce Development, through the Alaska Job Center Network, is responsible for the GED exam.
Minimum Age for Testing – 18
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Required additional documentation:
Proof of school withdrawal and written permission parent or guardian, and more.
For more Alaska details click here

Arizona
The Arizona Department of Education Arizona (Adult Education Services) is responsible for the GED exam in Arizona.
Minimum Age for Testing – 18
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Required additional documentation:
Applicants must be officially withdrawn from the last school they attended and present a notarized and dated approval letter from a parent or guardian.
For more Arizona information click here

Arkansas
The Arkansas Department of Career Education (Adult Education) is responsible for GED testing in Arkansas.
Minimum Age for Testing – 16
Required additional documentation for 16 and 17-year-olds:
They must prove official withdrawal from their last school and hold parental approval (or by a guardian).
For more Arkansas information click here

California
The California Department of Education is responsible for High School Equivalency testing in California. The state has approved three high school equivalency tests (TASC™, GED®, and HiSET®).
Minimum Age for Testing – 18 (or within 60 days of your 18th birthday)
17-year-olds must be officially out of high school for no less than 60 days. They must present a written request from a prospective employer, the military, or a post-secondary educational institution. 17-year-old students who pass the GED test will not receive their California High School Equivalency Certificate until they will be 18 years old. If needed, they can receive a letter of intent that proves that the state holds their certificate pending their 18th birthday.
For more California information click here

Colorado
The Colorado Department of Education is responsible for the state’s HSE (high school equivalency) testing program. Colorado also approved three HSE tests (HiSET®, TASC™, and GED®.
Minimum Age for Testing – 17
Required additional documentation for 16-year-olds (among other):
They must have been officially withdrawn from school and present written permission by a parent or guardian.
For more Colorado information click here

Connecticut
The Connecticut State Department of Education is responsible for GED testing in Connecticut.
Minimum Age for Testing – 19
Required additional documentation for 17 and 18-year-olds:
Applicants 17 and 18 years of age must be officially withdrawn from school for no less than months and hold permission by parent or guardian.
In Connecticut, GED testing is free for state residents under the age of 21 and veterans. All others pay a $13 registration fee which includes the cost of the GED diploma.
For more Connecticut information click here

Delaware
In Delaware, the state’s Department of Education is responsible for GED testing.
Minimum Age for Testing – 18
Required additional documentation:
Applicants 16 or 17 years of age must have a waiver issued by the Delaware Department of Education. They must be Delaware residents, officially withdrawn from high school, and be 16 years old at the time they apply for an age waiver.
For more Delaware information click here

Florida
In Florida, the Florida Department of Education (DOE) is responsible for GED testing in Florida.
Minimum Age for Testing – 18
Required additional documentation:
16 and 17 years olds must have approval from their school districts before they can schedule test appointments. They must hold an age waiver as well as written parental consent. All Florida underage testing contacts are listed on this page.
For more Florida information click here

Georgia
The Technical College System of Georgia (in cooperation with GED Testing Service) is responsible for GED testing in Georgia.
Minimum Age for Testing – 18
16 and 17-year-olds must be officially withdrawn from high school, they are required to sign up for a state-approved adult education program, and have parental consent to be able to take the GED tests. Local Adult Education Centers can provide more information.
For more Georgia details click here

Hawaii
The Hawaii State Department of Education (DOE) is responsible for GED or HiSET testing in Hawaii
Minimum Age for Testing – 18
Applicants 16 and 17 years old are required to be officially withdrawn from their high school and must have permission from a parent or guardian to be able to take the GED or HiSET high school equivalency exam.
Click here for more Hawaii information

Idaho
In Idaho, the state’s Division of  Career and Technical Education is responsible for GED testing.
Minimum Age for Testing – 18
Applicants who are 16 or 17 years of age may also qualify if they are officially withdrawn from their high school program, have parental consent, and have applied for and received a GED Age Waiver.
Click here for more Idaho details

Illinois
The Illinois Community College Board (Adult Education & Literacy) is responsible for GED, TASC, and HiSET testing in Illinois.
Minimum Age for Testing – 18
17 year-olds must hold an official withdrawal letter from their last school and present a letter of consent from a parent or guardian. Applicants must also pass the Constitution Test to earn their High School Equivalency Certificate. Illinois uses three options, the HiSET, TASC, and GED exams.
More Illinois details can be found here

Indiana
The Indiana Department of Workforce Development is responsible for HSE (high school equivalency) testing, in Indiana: TASC (Test Assessing Secondary Completion).
Minimum Age for Testing – 18 and applicants must be Indiana residents.
16 and 17-year-olds may also take the test if they have an exit interview form from the last school they attended as well as a letter of recommendation from their school and parental consent.
For more Indiana information click here

Iowa
The Iowa Department of Education is responsible for high school equivalency testing in the state. Iowa uses the HiSET exam.
Minimum Age for Testing – 17
16-year-olds may also apply if they hold an official withdrawal form from their last school and parental consent.
Students must sign up for an Adult Education and Literacy program, complete the pre-CASAS Assessment (Math & Reading), and pass the Official Practice Test (OPT).
For more Iowa information click here

Kansas
The Kansas Board of Regents is responsible for GED testing in the state and issues the Kansas State High School Diploma upon successful completion of the four GED subtests.
Minimum Age for Testing – 18
Sixteen and seventeen-year-olds may also qualify, but they present a Compulsory School Attendance Disclaimer or a Compulsory Attendance Exemption Form signed by a parent or a legal guardian. These forms need to be from the school district in which the applicant resides.
For more Kansas information click here

Kentucky
In Kentucky, the Council on Postsecondary Education/Commonwealth of Kentucky is responsible for GED testing in the state.
Minimum Age for Testing – 19
Applicants aged 17 or 18 must be officially withdrawn from school for at least 90 days (certified by their school district) and hold parental consent to qualify for scheduling their tests (more restrictions apply so get well-informed).
For more Kentucky details click here

Louisiana
The Louisiana Department of Education is responsible for the state’s high school equivalency testing (HiSET in Louisiana).
Minimum Age for Testing – 18
16 and 17-year-olds must enroll in a state-approved adult education program and hold an approved age waiver signed by the local superintendent and have official parental consent.
For more Louisiana information click here

Maine
The Maine Department of Education (DOE) is responsible for the state’s HSE (high school equivalency) program. Maine uses the HiSET exam for this program.
Minimum Age for Testing – 18
You may qualify to take the HiSET exam at age 17 if you can prove that you been out of school for at least one year, are homeschooled, or hold a state-approved “Immediate Need” waiver. Sixteen-year-olds cannot take the high school equivalency test in Maine.
For more Maine details click here

Maryland
In Maryland, the Department of Labor, Licencing & Regulation is responsible for  GED testing.
Minimum Age for Testing – 18
You must be a resident of Maryland and Maryland subsidizes GED testing.  for state residents. Candidates under the age of 19 years need to be officially withdrawn from their high school program. 16 and 17-year-olds may also be eligible if they additionally provide approval from the school district and from a parent or guardian. They must also meet some further criteria.
For more Maryland information click here

Massachusetts
The Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (High School Equivalency Office) is responsible for high school equivalency testing. Massachusetts uses two alternatives for this purpose, the HiSET and the GED.
Minimum Age for GED or HiSET Testing – 18
16 or 17-year-olds may also qualify if they present an official Letter of Withdrawal from the last school they attended that was approved by the Massachusetts High School Equivalency Office. This document must include the last date of school attendance and date of withdrawal, and be issued and signed by the school’s Principal/Headmaster/Head of Guidance.
For more Massachusetts information click here

Michigan
The Michigan Workforce Development Agency (Division of Education and Career Success) is responsible for the state’s GED testing program.
Minimum Age for Testing – 18
The applicant’s former high school class must have graduated in order to receive a GED diploma.
Applicants 16 and 17 years olds may also take the GED tests if they are Michigan Department of Military and Veterans Affairs graduates or completed the state’s National Guard Youth Challenge Program.
More information about GED testing in Michigan is available here

Minnesota
The Minnesota Department of Education is responsible for GED testing in the state.
Minimum Age for Testing – 19
Applicants 17 and 18 years of age may also qualify for GED testing if they have been withdrawn from high school for no less than one year and meet some other requirements.
For more Minnesota details click here

Mississippi
In Mississippi, the State Department of Education is responsible for GED testing.
Minimum Age for Testing – 18
16 and 17-year-old applicants may also qualify if they are a year behind their 9th-grade cohort and if the school’s superintendent determines that they are eligible to take the GED tests.
For more Mississippi information click here

Missouri
in Missouri, the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education is responsible for high school equivalency testing in the state. Missouri uses the HiSET exam for this purpose.Test takers must be residents of Missouri and not be enrolled in any school program.
Minimum Age for Testing – 17
Applicants who are 16 years old may also qualify if they provide sufficient credits toward high school graduation in addition to written permission from their last school’s superintendent or principal of the school last attended. Sixteen-year-old homeschoolers may also be eligible and must provide parental or guardian approval.
For more Missouri information click here

Montana
The Montana Office of Public Instruction is responsible for the state’s high school equivalency program. Montana uses the HiSET exam for this purpose.
Minimum Age for Testing – 19
Younger applicants (16, 17, or 18 years old) may also qualify if they meet the state’s criteria and proved an Age Waiver. Applicants need to be residents of Montana and also provide proof that they live in Montana.
For more Montana HiSET information click here

Nebraska
The Nebraska Department of Education is responsible for the state’s GED testing program.
Minimum Age for Testing – 18
Nebraska residents ages 16 and 17 may also be eligible for GED testing if they provide a handwritten letter that states the circumstances of withdrawal from their regular high school program and why they want to take the GED test. They must have been withdrawn from school for at least 30 days and meet more criteria.
For more Nebraska information click here

Nevada
The Nevada Department of Education (Division Adult Education) is responsible for high school equivalency testing in Nevada. Nevada offers multiple options for this purpose, the GED, HiSET, and TASC exams. Test takers must be Nevada residents.
Minimum Age for Testing – 18
16-17 years olds may also qualify under certain conditions. They are required to have the permission of withdrawal from their school district and signed parental permission. Younger test takers may also have to pass a practice test.
More Nevada information is available if you click here

New Hampshire
In New Hampshire, the Department of Education (Bureau of Adult Education) is responsible for high school equivalency testing (in New Hampshire: the HiSET exam).
Minimum Age for Testing – 18
Applicants 16 or 17 years old may take the HiSET exam if they passed the Official HiSET Practice Test. They also must provide permission from their school district and a parent or guardian.
For more New Hampshire details click here

New Jersey
The New Jersey Department of Education is responsible for high school equivalency testing in the state. New Jersey offers all three nationally available options, the GED, TASC, and HiSET exams.
Minimum Age for Testing – 18
16 and 17-year-old test takers must prove that they are not enrolled in a school program and present permission from a parent or legal guardian. Test takers must be New Jersey residents.
For more New Jersey information click here

New Mexico
The New Mexico Public Education Department is responsible for the state’s high school equivalency program. The state offers two options, the HiSET exam and the GED test.
Minimum Age for Testing – 18
Applicants ages 16 and 17 can also take the GED or HiSET exam if they have a permission form from their school district as well as consent from a parent or legal guardian. For more New Mexico information click here

New York State
In New York State, the New York State Education Department (Adult Career & Continuing Education Services) is responsible for high school equivalency testing. New York State uses the TASC exam for this purpose.
Minimum Age for Testing – 16
For 16, 17, and 18-year-olds there are restrictions and extra requirements.
More New York State information is available here

North Carolina
In North Carolina, high school equivalency testing is administered by the North Carolina State Board of Community Colleges. The state offers three exams for this purpose, GED, HiSET, and TASC. Note that not all options may be available at the state’s community colleges.
Minimum Age for Testing – 18
Students ages 16 and 17 years may be eligible, though, if they meet certain requirements. They should contact their local community college’s Basic Skills Director to get permission for taking the high school equivalency exam.
For more North Carolina information click here

North Dakota
The North Dakota Department of Public Instruction is responsible for GED testing. GED instruction is available at the Adult Learning Centers and satellite locations across North Dakota and also online at this website.
Minimum Age for Testing – 16
Students who take part in GED prep classes at a North Dakota Adult Learning Center (or satellite location) before testing may qualify to have the testing fee of the first and last test paid (if passed) by the Bank of North Dakota. Applicants must also pass a Civics exam.
For more North Dakota information click here

Ohio
The Ohio State Department of Education (Ohio High School Equivalence Office) is responsible for high school equivalency (GED) testing in the state.
Minimum Age for Testing – 18
16, 17, and 18-year-olds may take the GED tests if they are officially withdrawn from their high school without a diploma and those applicants ages 16 and 17 must also provide a consent form signed by a parent, legal guardian, or court official.
More Ohio information is available here

Oklahoma
The Oklahoma Department of Career and Technology Education (ODCTE – Adult Education Basic Division) is responsible for HSE (high school equivalency) testing in Oklahoma. Oklahoma offers three options, the HiSET, TASC, and GED exams.
Minimum Age for Testing – 18
Applicants 16 or 17 years of age may also qualify to take the HSE test if they have permission from their school district, a parent or legal guardian, and a school administrator.
For more Oklahoma information click here

Oregon
In Oregon, the Higher Education Coordinating Commission (HECC) – Office of Community Colleges and Workforce Development (CCWD) – is responsible for the state’s GED testing program.
Minimum Age for Testing – 18
Applicants 16 and 17 years old may also qualify if they are officially withdrawn from high school, hold permission from their school district, are married or legally emancipated. Younger applicants may also qualify if they are enrolled in an Oregon Option Program for In School Youth.
For more Oregon information click here

Pennsylvania
Pennsylvania’s State Department of Education is responsible for the state’s high school equivalency testing program. Pennsylvania offers two options for this purpose, the GED and HiSET exams. Successful test takers will receive the Commonwealth Secondary School Diploma (CSSD).
Minimum Age for Testing – 18
16 or 17-year-olds who are officially withdrawn from secondary school may also qualify if they have completed an Age Waiver form, hold an official letter from an employer stating the applicant must pass the GED or HiSET exam for employment purposes. A letter from a post-secondary educational institution or a branch of the Armed Services requesting permission will also do, just like an official request from a state institution in which the applicants is a resident, patient, or inmate. Test takers will not receive their Commonwealth Secondary School Diploma before they turn 18. Until then they will be issued a transcript.

Rhode Island
Rhode Island’s Department of Education is responsible for high school equivalency testing. The High School Equivalency Diploma (GED) is administered by testing centers authorized by Rhode Island’s Board of Education.
Minimum Age for Testing – 18
Rhode Island residents ages 16 or 17 can also take the GED tests if they are officially withdrawn from school or provide an official Alternative Learning Plan. There are also Rhode Island school districts that provide a high school diploma to test takers who successfully complete the National External Diploma Program (NEDP).
For more Rhode Island information click here

South Carolina
South Carolina’s Department of Education (Office of Adult Education/GED) is responsible for the state’s high school equivalency program. South Carolina additionally introduced the two available alternative tests HiSET and TASC.
Minimum Age for Testing – 19
Applicants 17 or 18 years of age may be eligible for testing if they hold a South Carolina “Verification of School Withdrawal” form signed by an official from the school they last attended. 16-year-olds may qualify if they are under the jurisdiction of DJJ.
More South Carolina information is available here

South Dakota
The South Dakota Department of Labor and Regulation is responsible for sta state’s high school equivalency (GED) testing program.
Minimum Age for Testing – 18
16 and 17-year-old applicants may also take the GED test if a school administrator states that the applicant has credit deficiency; if they are authorized by a court officer; if there is a court order requiring GED testing,; if the applicant is under the direction of the state’s Department of Corrections; or if the applicant is enrolled in a Job Corps Program.
For more South Dakota information click here

Tennessee
Tennessee’s Department of Labor and Workforce Development is responsible for the state’s high school equivalency testing program. Tennessee is using the HiSET exam for this purpose.
Minimum Age for Testing – 18
17-year-olds may also qualify if they have an age waiver form signed by the Director of Schools and if they partake in a state approved HiSET Option Program. Sixteen-year-olds cannot take the HiSET in Tennessee. There is no state residency requirement in Tennessee.
For more Tennessee information click here

Texas
The Texas Education Agency (TEA) is responsible for the state’s high school equivalency testing program. Texas offers all three nationally available exams, GED, HiSET, and TASC. Successful test takers will receive the Texas Certificate of High School Equivalency (TxCHSE). Applicants must be residents of Texas.
Minimum Age for Testing – 18
17-year-olds may qualify if they are officially withdrawn from school and have permission from a parent or guardian.
16-year-olds may qualify if they under the direction of a state agency or a Family Code court order, or if they partake in a Texas Job Corps program or the Texas Challenge Academy.
For more Texas information click here

Utah
Utah’s State Board of Education is responsible for the state’s high school equivalency (GED) program.
Minimum Age for Testing – 18
Younger applicants (16 or 17 years of age) may also qualify if they provide an official letter from the school they last attended or from their school district that states that the applicant is formally withdrawn from a K-12 education program. They must additionally provide a signed permission letter from a parent or legal guardian (note that a marriage certificate can also be used for this purpose).
More Utah information is available here

Vermont
Vermont’s Agency of Education is responsible for the state’s high school equivalency testing. Vermont Adult Learning (VAL) offers prep facilities all through the state.
Minimum Age for Testing – 18
16 and 17-year-old applicants may also be eligible to take the GED tests if they hold written permission from a parent or a legal guardian. In Vermont, there are no further restrictions for these younger test takers.
For more Vermont information click here

Virginia
Virginia’s Department of Education (VDOE – HSE/GED Office) is responsible for the state’s high school equivalency testing program.
Minimum Age for Testing – 18
Applicants 16 and 17 years old may also take the GED tests if they have officially completed a home instruction program; if their school board released them from compulsory attendance; if they are ISAEP students and scored at least 145 on all GED Ready practice tests; if they have written permission from the state Department of Correctional Education; if they have official documentation stating they have been expelled from school; or if there is a court order that they must participate in the GED testing program.
More Virginia information is available here

Washington State
The Washington State Board of Education is responsible for the GED high school equivalency testing program in Washington State.
Minimum Age for Testing – 18
Candidates 16 and 17 years of age may also qualify if they are officially withdrawn from school and if they hold documentation stating that they must take the GED exam to attend a post-secondary educational institution, to enter the military, or for employment purposes. These younger applicants must have permission from a parent, guardian, or legal custodian.
For more Washington State information click here

Washington D.C.
The Washington D.C. Office of the State Superintendent of Education is responsible for high school equivalency (GED) testing in the District of Columbia.
Minimum Age for Testing – 18
Applicants 16 and 17 years of age may also take the GED exam if they have written permission from a parent or a legal guardian and have been officially out of school for at least six months. There are more requirements (click below) and young applicants who are in an out-of-home placement program of the juvenile justice system or who are incarcerated may also be eligible for under-age GED testing if they are enrolled in a federal law GED program.
For more Washington D.C. information click here

West Virginia
West Virginia’s Department of Education is responsible for the state’s high school equivalency testing program. Since January 2014, West Virginia uses the TASC (Test Assessing Secondary Completion) for this purpose.
Minimum Age for Testing – 16
There are specific guidelines for applicants 16, 17, or 18 years of age. Applicants under 18 years of age need to provide consent from a parent or legal guardian unless they are court-ordered, emancipated, or married. They all must first pass the TASC Readiness Assessment (TRA).
More West Virginia information is available here

Wisconsin
The Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction is responsible for the state’s high school equivalency (GED) testing program. A civics test must also be passed.
Minimum Age for Testing – 18.5
Applicants need to demonstrate that at the time of testing, they are at least 18.5 years of age or that their 9th-grade high school class has graduated. Applicants ages 17 to 18.5 may also qualify years if they have permission from their school district, through a juvenile correctional facility, or if they are signed up for the Challenge Academy.
For more Wisconsin information click here

Wyoming
Wyoming’s Department of Education, through the Wyoming Community College Commission, is responsible for the state’s high school equivalency testing. Wyoming offers all three nationally available testing options: GED, TASC, and HiSET.
Minimum Age for Testing – 18
Applicants 16 and 17 years old may also qualify for the Wyoming High School Equivalency Certificate (HSEC) if they hold an Age Waiver. 16-year-olds must additionally provide written permission from a parent, a guardian, an adult basic education instructor or a GED Examiner. A court order may also qualify these youngsters for HSE testing.
For more Wyoming information click here