New Student Age Requirement, Retakes, Spanish Testing and Other Important Updates for the Online Proctored GED® Test 

Due to the continued importance of the Online Proctored (O.P.) GED test during the pandemic, we have continued to make this option more robust.

In consultation with state policymakers, we have made updates to age eligibility requirements, specifically for students 16 and 17 who were not previously eligible for O.P. In a few weeks we will begin offering the option for retakes and we will launch the Spanish-language test, giving even more students access to this remote testing option.

Most states now allow approved 16 and 17-year-olds access to the Online Proctored GED test.

Remember that eligible 16 and 17-year-olds in participating states will need to go through an underage approval process, as they do for in-person testing. The underage testing approval process differs by state and information specific to each state can be found on the state policy pages on GED.com.

The updated State-by-State Info on Online GED Testing webpage now shows what states are participating, underage testing eligibility and what states are offering free or discounted testing fees.

You can find an updated policy fact sheet that covers the major policy differences between in-person and online testing on GED.com.

Test retakes through the Online Proctored GED® test 

Starting in early October, eligible students in participating states will be able to retake GED test subjects through online testing (currently failed test subjects must be retaken in-person at an authorized test center). Students will be able to schedule a retake on O.P. after a failed attempt.

After their second failed test attempt, they’ll be required to wait 60 days before scheduling another online proctored retake. A 60-day wait will be required between each subsequent online proctored retake.

Students will be notified of this change through their GED.com accounts and through email when the option becomes available.

Spanish-language testing option 

Starting in early October, eligible students will also have the option to take the GED test subjects in Spanish.

It is important that educators and students know that the check-in process for the O.P. test is in English at this time, whether the student is taking the actual test in English or Spanish. Based on the feedback of state policymakers and an advisory group of educators working in programs with a large number of students who test in Spanish, we have developed communications and deliverables to help you and your students prepare for the check-in process.

A key resource is this Spanish-language video that will take students through the check-in screens that they’ll see and the process they’ll experience prior to testing in Spanish.

Students will be notified of this additional option in their GED.com accounts and by email. Students scheduling a Spanish-language test will also be notified and highly encouraged to watch the check-in process video.

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