GED Test Costs-Online vs At A Test Center

The price of the GED Online Test changed. Now, in almost every state, you are charged more for taking the GED test at a remote location than taking the GED test at a GED test center.

So, the price of the GED® test has become a bit more complex. Most states charge $30 per subject if the GED test is taken at a GED test center and $36 if a student takes a GED test online. However, some states charge only $20 for an in-person test at a test center and $36 for online testing.

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Additionally, if you choose online testing, you will need to take the GED Ready® practice test for each of the four modules. This practice test costs $6.99 per subject, and you need to score in the “green” (“likely to pass”) zone before you can take the GED exam online.

This means that the cost of taking the GED exam raises an additional $6.99 per subject. There is also the possibility that you will need to repeat the GED Ready test, so keep it in mind.

It’s also worth mentioning that you don’t need to take all 4 subject tests at once. Your GED test score will not expire in most states until a new version of the GED test will be introduced, so you take one test per month or even per year.

Online GED testing is NOT available in South Carolina and New York State!

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Cost of GED Test by State – Test Center vs Online

Here is an overview of what states use and the cost for the full exam. The HiSET exam has different fees for computer-based and paper-formatted testing.

GED Test Cost at a Test Center vs GED Test Online Cost by state. The listed prices are per subject test:

State GED Test Cost at a Test Center Cost of the GED Online Test Residency required?
Alabama $30.00 $36.00 No
Alaska $30.00 $36.00 No
Arizona $35.00 $41.00 No
Arkansas $4.00 $36.00 Yes
California $35.00 $41.00 Yes
Colorado $37.50 $43.50 No
Connecticut $13.00 $13.00 Yes
Delaware $30.00 $36.00 Yes
District of Columbia $3.75 $3.75 Yes
Florida $32.00 $38.00 No
Georgia $40.00 $46.00 No
Hawaii $37.50 $43.50 No
Idaho $30.00 $36.00 No
Illinois $30.00 $36.00 Yes
Indiana No GED-HiSET instead Yes
Iowa No GED-HiSET instead No
Kansas $33.00 $39.00 No
Kentucky $30.00 $36.00 Yes
Louisiana No GED-HiSET instead No
Maine No GED-HiSET instead No
Maryland $11.25 $11.25 Yes
Massachusetts $31.25 $37.25 Yes
Michigan $37.50 $43.50 No
Minnesota $30.00 $36.00 No
Mississippi $30.00 $36.00 No
Missouri No GED-HiSET instead Yes
Montana No GED-HiSET instead Yes
Nebraska $30.00 $36.00 No
Nevada $23.75 $36.00 Yes
New Hampshire No GED-HiSET instead Yes
New Jersey $30.00 $36.00 Yes
New Mexico $20.00 $36.00 No
New York Free N/A Yes
North Carolina $20.00 $36.00 No
North Dakota $30.00 $36.00 No
Ohio $30.00 $36.00 Yes
Oklahoma $34.00 $40.00 No
Oregon $38.00 $44.00 No
Pennsylvania $30.00 $36.00 Yes
Rhode Island $30.00 $36.00 Yes
South Carolina $37.50 N/A Yes
South Dakota $37.50 $37.50 No
Tennessee No GED-HiSET instead N/A No
Texas $36.50 $42.50 Yes
Utah $30.00 $36.00 No
Vermont $30.00 $36.00 No
Virginia $30.00 $36.00 No
Washington $30.00 $36.00 Yes
West Virginia No GED-HiSET instead Free Yes
Wisconsin $33.75 $39.75 Yes
Wyoming $20.00 $36.00 No

As you see, you get a different price indication depending on the state where you live and how you want to/need to take the exam. Please note that Illinois lowered the cost of GED testing considerably.

Obviously, students who want to take the online test need to account for extra costs (online GED test + GED Ready test), but if you compare it with the costs of traveling to a traditional testing center, it might be worth it.

States without the GED test

Some states offer a different exam instead of the GED test. This exam is the HiSET exam. Passing the GED or HiSET exam gives you a High School Equivalency Diploma. This diploma has the same value as a regular high school diploma, so you can use it for getting into college or trade/vocational school.

These states do NOT offer the GED test; they offer the HiSET alternative:

  • Indiana – HiSET (no GED)
  • Iowa – HiSET (no GED)
  • Louisiana – HiSET (no GED)
  • Maine – HiSET (no GED)
  • Missouri – HiSET (no GED)
  • Montana – HiSET (no GED)
  • New Hampshire – HiSET (no GED)
  • Tennessee – HISET (no GED)
  • West Virginia – HiSET (no GED)

Free GED test

One state, Connecticut, offers free GED testing for applicants under 21 and veterans. All others pay $13 for the entire GED battery. To qualify for free testing, students need to provide proof of Connecticut residency for at least 30 days. New York offers the GED exam for free to state residents.

Proof of residency is an official document that shows the student’s address, such as a bank statement, a utility bill (phone, water, gas), a voter registration card, etc.

Taking the GED test in a different state

Many students ask us if they can take the online GED test in another state than the state where they live. The answer is that it depends on the state. Some states require proof of residency from GED candidates; others do not. Keep also in mind that GED ID requirements may vary from state to state, so get optimally informed!

For example, GED candidates in Maryland are required to present proof of residency, but in Idaho, it’s not needed. Both states offer online testing possibilities, but in Maryland, the price of the GED test is subsidized by the state, and it’s just $11.25 per subject, while in Idaho, students need to pay $30 per subject.

Practically all states that require residency have the same policies. It has to be a document that mentions a student’s name and the address in that particular state. The most popular documents shown as proof of residency are bank statements and phone bills.

But if a state offers the online GED test and does NOT require state residency, you may very well take the online proctored GED exam there. Your GED diploma will be issued by the state where you completed your last of the four GED sub-exams.

GED retests and costs

In case students don’t pass a GED subtest, they can retake that test.

The first two retakes on each GED module are offered at reduced rates. GED Testing Service will waive the fee ($20), but, in general, a testing site fee is due (often $10 per subtest). So, students can receive 8 free (2 for each subject) or reduced-price retakes, but they need to attempt to take these retakes within a year after the first (failed) exam.

Please bear in mind that this retake policy doesn’t apply to online testing! This only counts for tests taken at traditional testing centers.

GED test prep

It’s also important to remember that you should think about the cost of GED preparation. Almost every student needs some form of preparation.

You can use free online resources such as this website, Khan Academy, or YouTube videos, and there are also plenty of great premium GED prep courses, such as GED Academy or Onsego, available at modest fees. And, of course, you can also sign up for a traditional prep class offered by many schools and organizations.

Many students also buy books. The most popular GED prep book is Kaplan GED test prep. If you have a library card, you can borrow this book from your local library.

Whatever you choose, make sure you are well-prepared before taking the GED test.

GED test alternatives

9 states do not offer the GED test. Instead, these states utilize the HiSET exam. The TASC exam was discontinued. The HiSET assessment is another option that delivers the same result.

Similar to the GED test, students who successfully complete the HiSET exam also receive their High School Equivalency (HSE) diplomas.

Residents of West Virginia who want to secure a High School Equivalency diploma can take only the HiSET test. This test is subsidized by this state, and it’s free to residents.

Cost of all High School Equivalency Tests by state

  • Alabama: GED – $30 per subject for at a Test Center. Online GED Test-$36 per subject.
  • Alaska: GED – $30 per subject for at a Test Center. Online GED Test-$36 per subject.
  • Arizona: GED – $35 per subject for at a Test Center. Online GED Test-$41 per subject.
  • Arkansas: GED-  $4 per subject for at a Test Center. Online GED Test-$36 per subject.
  • California: GED – $35 per subject for at a Test Center. Online GED Test-$41 per subject.
    • California HiSET – $100-$140 for all subjects.
  • Colorado: GED – $37.50 per subject for at a Test Center. Online GED Test-$43.50 per subject.
    • Colorado HiSET – $141.25-$162.50 all subjects.
  • Connecticut: GED – $13 per subject for at a Test Center. Online GED Test-$13 per subject.
  • Delaware: GED – $30 per subject for at a Test Center. Online GED Test-$36 per subject.
  • District of Columbia: GED – $3.75 per subject for at a Test Center. Online GED Test-$3.75 per subject.
  • Florida: GED – $32 per subject for at a Test Center. Online GED Test-$38 per subject.
  • Georgia: GED – $40 per subject for at a Test Center. Online GED Test-$46 per subject.
    • Georgia HiSET – $133.75 computer-based, $181.25 paper-based-all subjects.
  • Hawaii: GED – $37.50 per subject for at a Test Center. Online GED Test-$43.50 per subject.
  • Idaho: GED – $30 per subject for at a Test Center. Online GED Test-$36 per subject.
  • Illinois: GED – $30 per subject for at a Test Center. Online GED Test-$36 per subject.
  • Indiana: No GED Testing, only HiSET.
    • Indiana HiSET – $119.75 computer-based- all subjects.
  • Iowa: No GED Testing, only HiSET.
    • Iowa HiSET – $53.75 computer-based, $75 paper-based for all subjects.
  • Kansas: GED – $29 per subject for at a Test Center. Online GED Test-$39 per subject.
  • Kentucky: GED – $30 per subject for at a Test Center. Online GED Test-$36 per subject.
  • Louisiana: No GED Testing, only HiSET.
    • Louisiana HiSET – $83.75-$95 for all subjects.
  • Maine: No GED Testing, only HiSET.
    • Maine HiSET – free.
  • Maryland: GED – $11.25 per subject for at a Test Center. Online GED Test $11.25 per subject for the first attempt; otherwise, the test fee is $30.
  • Massachusetts: GED – $31.25 per subject for at a Test Center. Online GED Test-$37.25 per subject.
    • Massachusetts HiSET – $103.75-$125 for all subjects.
  • Michigan: GED – $37.50 per subject for at a Test Center. Online GED Test-$43.50 per subject.
    • Michigan HiSET – $118.75-$133 for all subjects.
  • Minnesota: GED – $30 per subject for at a Test Center. Online GED Test-$36 per subject.
  • Mississippi: GED – $30 per subject for at a Test Center. Online GED Test-$36 per subject.
    • Mississippi HiSET – $88.75-$110 for all subjects.
  • Missouri: No GED Testing, only HiSET.
    • Missouri HiSET – $98.75-$120 for all subjects – online HiSET at Home exam $151.25.
  • Montana: No GED Testing, only HiSET.
    • Montana HiSET – $78.75-$100 for all subejcts.
  • Nebraska: GED – $30 per subject for at a Test Center. Online GED Test-$36 per subject.
  • Nevada: – $23.75 per subject for at a Test Center. Online GED Test-$36 per subject.
    • Nevada HiSET – $78.75-$100 for all subjects.
  • New Hampshire: No GED Testing, only HiSET.
    • New Hampshire HiSET – $125 for all subjects (compter-delivered), $103.75 (paper-based)
  • New Jersey: – $30 per subject for at a Test Center. Online GED Test-$36 per subject.
    • New Jersey HiSET – $103.75.
  • New Mexico: GED – $20 per subject for at a Test Center. Online GED Test-$36 per subject.
    • New Mexico: HiSET – $53.75-$75- all subjects.
  • New York State: GED Testing.
    • New York State GED – Free at a Test Center.
  • North Carolina: GED – $20 per subject for at a Test Center. Online GED Test-$36 per subject.
    • North Carolina: HiSET – 53.75-$75 all subjects.
  • North Dakota: GED – $30 per subject for at a Test Center. Online GED Test-$36 per subject
  • Ohio: GED – $30 per subject for at a Test Center. Online GED Test-$36 per subject. First-time testers pay less.
    • Ohio HiSET – $93.75-$115 – First-time testers pay less.
  • Oklahoma: GED – $34 per subject for at a Test Center. Online GED Test-$40 per subject.
    • Oklahoma HiSET – $91.25-$112.50 for all subjects.
  • Oregon: GED – $38 per subject for at a Test Center. Online GED Test-$44 per subject.
  • Pennsylvania: GED – $30 per subject for at a Test Center. Online GED Test-$36 per subject.
    • Pennsylvania HiSET – $93.75-$115 for all subjects.
  • Rhode Island: GED – $30 per subject for at a Test Center. Online GED Test-$36 per subject. A fee waiver is possible.
  • South Carolina: GED – $37.50 per subject for at a Test Center.
  • South Dakota: GED – $37.50 per subject at a Test Center. Online GED Test-$37.50 per subject.
  • Tennessee: No GED Testing, only HiSET.
    • Tennessee HiSET – $78.75-$100 for all subjects.
  • Texas: GED – $36.50 per subject for at a Test Center. Online GED Test-$42.50 per subject.
  • Utah: GED – $30 per subject for at a Test Center. Online GED Test-$36 per subject.
  • Vermont: GED – $30 per subject for at a Test Center. Online GED Test-$36 per subject.
  • Virginia: GED – $30 per subject for at a Test Center. Online GED Test-$36 per subject.
  • Washington: GED – $30 per subject for at a Test Center. Online GED Test-$36 per subject.
  • West Virginia: No GED Testing, only HiSET.
    • West Virginia HiSET – Free.
  • Wisconsin: GED – $29.75 per subject for at a Test Center. Online GED Test-$39.75 per subject.
  • Wyoming: GED – $20 per subject for at a Test Center. Online GED Test-$36 per subject.
    • Wyoming HiSET – $53.75-$75 for all subjects.

Conclusion

The price of the GED test depends on the state. Some states mitigate the costs of the exam for their residents; others require students to pay the full price. It’s worth remembering that the GED test is one of two HSE (High School Equivalency) exams, and in some states, students can choose the HiSET exam.

Financial obstacles are a big factor when it comes to making decisions, and they undoubtedly alter the thinking of many people, especially those who do not have stable jobs. So, make sure you are well-informed, use our GED cost calculator to find out how much you need to spend on taking the GED test. One thing is certain, taking the GED test and earning your HSE diploma is worth it.