Top Policies

You must be 18 years old to test in Delaware.

In Delaware, you can be 16 or 17 and take the GED® test if you:

  • Are a resident of the state of Delaware,
    • Complete a written age waiver application and send it to the Delaware Department of Education. Your application should include good cause for taking the test early and designating where the test will be taken.; and
    • Verification that you are at least 16 years of age at the time of the application using a birth certificate, driver’s license, a State of Delaware Identification Card or other comparable and reliable documentation of age
    • Verification of withdrawal from the applicant’s public or non public school program
    • And a transcript from the applicant’s public or non public school program


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.

Yes, you must be a current resident of the Delaware or, if a resident from another state be actively employed in Delaware or be registered with a Delaware Department of Labor Program in order to test.

You will need to provide proof to the test center that you meet the above state requirements.

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 to test in.

No, you do not need to take a GED® class before taking the official GED® test.

For those testing in-person at a Testing Center: 

  • No, you’re 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?

  • Delaware charges $30 per module for the GED® test.

What is my cost if I test Online?

  • Delaware charges $36 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.

Test Retake Policies

For those testing in-person at a Testing Center 

  • In Delaware, you may re-test a subject area up to two times with no wait time between re-tests. After the third attempt each must be preceded by a 60-day waiting period.

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 Delaware, there is a $10 test center fee for test retakes. 

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

  • The Online Proctored Exam costs $36 for a retake in Delaware. 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 state’s office at (302) 857-3342 to find out more about your credential.

In Delaware, the best way to order your first and/or duplicate Credential or Transcript is to go to Set up an account and place your document order. Call 855-313-5799 if you prefer to order by phone. Additional fees apply to phone orders.

For additional questions contact

In Delaware the credential is called the Delaware State Board of Education Endorsement Secondary Credential.


For those testing in-person at a Testing Center 

  • Yes, in Delaware 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 Delaware, 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. In Delaware, you have to be a resident or employed in the state to take the test.

Maureen Whelan
GED Administrator
Delaware Department of Education
Collette Education Resource Center
35 Commerce Way, Suite 1
Dover, DE 11904
Phone: (302) 857-3342
Fax: (302) 739-1770