Colorado

Top Policies

You must be 17 years old to test in Colorado.

This rule changes based on which state you test in. In Colorado, you can be 16 and take the GED® test if you apply for a GED® Age Waiver and are approved by GED Testing Service.

 

For those testing on the Online Exam 

  • A parent or guardian must be present at the pre-test check-in to give consent and authorize the underage tester to be recorded during testing. If the parent or guardian is not present, the exam session will be revoked. 

No, in Colorado you’re not required to be a resident.

Some states allow people who don’t live there to take the GED® test and others don’t. You’ll need to check the residency requirement for the state that you’re interested in testing in.

No, you are not required to take GED® classes before taking the GED® test.

For those testing in-person at a Testing Center: 

  • No, you are not required to take the GED Ready® practice test before taking the official GED® test. 

For those testing on the Online Exam: 

  • Yes, you are required to take the GED Ready® practice test before taking the official GED® test online. 

Price & Payment

 

What is my cost if I test at a Test Center?

  • Colorado charges $37.50 per subject for the GED® test.

What is my cost if I test Online?

  • Colorado charges $43.50 per subject for the GED® test taken online (As of 9/1/21) 

You will pay for the test online with a debit or credit card when you schedule your test.

Don’t have a credit or debit card? Some students use American Express Bluebird. Register for a free Bluebird card online and add funds with cash at a Walmart location. Learn more about Bluebird.

Test Retake Policies

For those testing in-person at a testing center 

  • In Colorado, there is no waiting period for your first two retakes. After taking a test subject three times, you'll have to wait 60 days before retesting. There's no limit to how many times you can test in a year.

For those testing on the Online Exam: 

  • The Online Proctored Exam allows for one retake before a 60 day waiting period. After taking a test subject two times online, you’ll have to wait 60 days before retesting.  

For those testing in-person at a Testing Center: 

  • You will receive two discounted retakes for every GED® test subject you purchase but don’t pass. You have 365 days after your full price test to use these retakes. After receiving two retakes at the reduced price, the price of the test subject returns to the regular price. If you do not pass that subject again, you will receive two more retakes at the reduced rate. GED Testing Service waives its $20 testing fee, however additional testing fees may still apply in your state. 
  • In Colorado, there is a $17.50 test center fee for test retakes. 

For those testing on the Online Exam: (As of 9/1/21) 

  • The Online Proctored Exam costs $43.50 for a retake in Colorado. Discounted retakes are not offered on the Online Proctored Exam. 

Transcripts & Diploma

There may be additional requirements that you need to meet. We recommend contacting your local test center or your office at (303) 866-6613 to find out more about your credential.

Anyone seeking a duplicate transcript or diploma must do so using the state’s GED® document fulfillment service: Diploma Sender. You will need a credit or debit card to complete your online order.

In Colorado the credential is called the High School Equivalency Diploma.

Other

For those testing in-person at a Testing Center:

  • Yes, in Colorado you can take all test subjects in the same day if you can find a test center with hours that accommodate it.

For those testing on the Online Exam:

  • No, you must schedule your test appointments separately, one at a time. After you complete one online exam you may schedule another, based on appointment availability.

Yes, in Colorado, you can take the GED® Test in English or Spanish and you can combine the two languages to earn your credential.

It depends on whether or not that state has a residency requirement. Check the residency requirements in that state and don’t hesitate to contact the GED Administrator™ in that state with questions. You’re not required to be a resident of Colorado to take the test there.

Alena​ Barczak

Barczak_a@cde.state.co.us
Phone: 303-548-8427
201 E. Colfax - 316,
Denver, CO 80203