Federal Bureau of Prisons

Top Policies

How old do I need to be to take the test?

You must be 18 years old to test in a Federal Prison. You must also be incarcerated.

You are required to be 18 years old and incarcerated at a Federal Prison to take the GED® test.

Yes, the FBOP requires that you are incarcerated at a FBOP facility to take the test.

Your Education Department will inform you about GED preparation classes available at your institution.

Yes, before you take the official GED Test in any one subject area, you must obtain a score of 145 or higher on the GED Ready test in that subject. You do not have to pass all four GED Ready tests before taking any official GED Tests. You can progress one subject area at a time.

Price & Payment

Your Education Department will provide you with this information.

Your Education Department will provide you with this information.

Test Retake Policies

For FBOP, there is no waiting period if you do not pass a subject area test the first time. After taking a test subject 3 times, you'll have to wait 60 days before retesting. There's no limit to how many times you can test in a year.

Your Education Department will provide you with this information.

Transcripts & Diploma

The Federal Bureau of Prisons GED® Program has partnered with GED Testing Service for fulfillment of requests for GED® transcripts and diplomas.

After passing the GED® test, you will automatically receive one free electronic diploma, one free electronic transcript. You must take action to receive one free printed diploma.

Electronic Diploma and Transcript

The electronic diploma and transcript download links will be e-mailed to the e-mail address associated with your GED®account once you have passed all GED® test subjects and earned your diploma.

  • Links are only available for a limited time, so be sure to download your electronic documents right away.
  • Follow the instructions provided in the e-mail. These PDF documents are very valuable since they can be forwarded to employers and colleges that accept electronic credentials.
  • The PDF documents are verified by GED Testing Service/Parchment each time they are opened using Blue Ribbon Security. The blue ribbon symbol displayed in the PDF is assurance that the digital credential is valid, the document is authentic, and the contents of the credential have not been altered.

Printed Diploma

The printed diploma can be ordered in your GED® account at GED.com.   After logging in, go to My Scores and select Order Duplicates. Select Diploma option and then select the Printed Diploma – Free option.

  • You will then be asked who and what address you want the diploma to be mailed to.
  • The free diploma link will only be available until it has been used and can only be used one time.
  • Carefully follow the instructions presented during the ordering process.

You can request your transcript and diploma here.

The FBOP credential title is per awarding state or territorial jurisdiction. The FBOP credential is issued through Washington D.C.


Your Education Department will let you know what testing availability looks like at your institution.

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

Miranda Yeager myeager@bop.gov
GED Administrator
Federal Bureau of Prisons
320 First Street, NW
Washington, DC 20534
(202) 305-3800