Top Policies

You must be 18 years old to test in Georgia. If you are 16 or 17 years old, you are considered Underage Youth and must enroll in a state-approved adult education program and receive approval to test by the Office of Adult Education in Georgia.

If you are age 16 or 17, you must meet the following requirements to take the GED® test:

  1. Enroll in a free state approved adult education class for a minimum of 40 hours.
  2. Meet pre and post-test assessment guidelines.
  3. Achieve the minimum score to determine readiness (GED Ready® practice test or Aztec’s GED® Practice Test).
  4. Attend the adult education program until successful completion of GED® Testing.

Contact your local Adult Education Center for more information.


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, there is no residency requirement to take the test in Georgia.

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 in which you are interested in taking the test. The credential will be issued from the state in which you pass your final subject.

Georgia only requires adult education classes for Underage Youth; however, classes are highly recommended for all students. Students who take the free adult education classes pass at have a 10–15 % higher pass rate. In addition, the classes offer a free opportunity to obtain an assessment of test readiness; test fee scholarships to assist with financial hardships; and graduations ceremonies in which to share your accomplishments with friends and family.

Contact your state-approved adult education program for more information.

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, unless you are an Underage Youth (16 or 17).

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?

  • Georgia charges $40 per module for the GED® test.

What is my cost if I test Online?

  • Georgia charges $46 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 Georgia, there is no waiting period for your first two retakes. 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. 

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 Georgia, your first two retakes will be $20 if the retakes occur within 12 calendar months. Any additional retakes will be $40.  

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

  • The Online Proctored Exam costs $46 for a retake in Georgia. Discounted retakes are not offered on the Online Proctored Exam. 

Transcripts & Diploma

There may be additional requirements that you need to meet. You can call your state’s office at (404) 679-1645 or 1-800-94 MY GED® to find out more about your credential.

In Georgia, you will receive your credential package which includes a congratulatory letter, diploma and transcript approximately 2 weeks after successfully completing the GED® test.  

To order additional documents, visit Georgia’s website for more information. Official transcripts and/ or duplicate diploma are $15 each.

In Georgia, the credential is called the Georgia GED® Diploma.


For those testing in-person at a Testing Center 

  • Yes, in Georgia you may take all test subjects in the same day if the testing schedule allows.  Please consult the testing schedule of your local test center for their availability. We recommend that you schedule the test in multiple sessions since the four subject area GED® test may take over 7 hours.

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 Georgia you can take the test in English and/or Spanish 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.

Shawn Watts
GED Administrator
Technical College System of Georgia
1800 Century Place NE, Suite 300B
Atlanta, GA 30345-4304
Phone: (404) 679-4959
Fax: (404) 679-4911