What Are the Requirements for Getting Your GED?

GED Checklist

Most high school students take their required classes and graduate in four years. However, not everyone does. In 2019, the United States had a graduation rate of 84.6%. This means just over 15% of students did not graduate high school. 

Maybe they failed too many classes. Perhaps they are bored and skip class frequently. Some drop out of school altogether. Sometimes they need to quit school and work to provide for their families. Some are teen mothers who are unable to attend school because they are caring for a child. The reasons behind this large percentage go on and on.

However, dropping out of school is not the end of the world. While those who don’t graduate from high school tend to struggle more in life than those who do graduate, they can remedy the lack of a diploma by taking the GED tests. By passing these tests, students are able to receive a high school equivalency diploma, which is the same as graduating from high school. Those students can use this diploma to enroll in college and apply for jobs. 

What Is Needed to Get a GED?

However, not everyone can get this diploma. There are GED requirements that apply. 

  • You are not currently attending high school.
  • You have never graduated from high school.
  • You are at least 18 years old (although some states allow testing at younger ages).

Additional requirements may be needed, based on where you live. For example, you may need to be a resident of a state or have been out of school for a certain amount of time. Click here and select your state to see what other GED requirements apply to you. 

What Happens Next?

Once you meet all the GED requirements, the next step is to study. You will be tested on the same knowledge as high school seniors, so it can be quite rigorous. You will need to understand what types of questions to expect on the tests and be prepared to answer them. 

The GED test consists of four separate tests: Social Studies, Science, Mathematical Reasoning, and Reasoning Through Language Arts. You can take all four tests at once, or you can opt to space them out and take them at your own pace.

You choose how you want to study. While it’s easier to study online through practice tests and interactive study tools, you may be able to take in-person classes at a prep center. If you need a little guidance, consider paid courses. In fewer than six weeks, you can be prepared to pass your GED. Test scores are measured on a scale of 100-200, with the passing score being 145 on all four tests. 

Contact Us Today

Now that you know what is needed to get a GED, are you ready to pursue your diploma? GED Testing Service can help. We offer numerous tips and resources to help you study and prepare for the test. Find a testing center near you and schedule your GED test today


  1. Can British Columbia residences take this GED test online? I didn’t see BC listed in the drop down menu.

    1. Hi Katherine, online GED testing is only available in U.S. territories as of right now.

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