Maryland

Top Policies

You must be 19 years old to test in Maryland without proof of withdrawal or verification of home instruction.

In Maryland, you may test if ages 16-18 if you:

  • Provide proof of legal withdraw from school and provide signed, embossed, or sealed documentation to the Maryland GED® office. OR
  • Provide verification of enrollment in Home Instruction with signed, embossed, or sealed documentation to the Maryland GED® office

You can continue with registration as soon as the GED®  office reviews and approves your withdrawal form.

Testers under the age of 18 are not eligible to take the Online Exam in Maryland, regardless of withdrawal status

Yes. You must present your Maryland-issued, (MVA), current driver’s license, permit or ID, active duty Military dependent ID card** or a passport and proof of MD residency to the testing center or for Online testing. You will be turned away from the test center or Online testing without adequate proof of identification or residency.

**Military ID cards are not accepted for Online Testing.

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, Maryland doesn’t require you to prepare for the GED® test in an adult education classroom.

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 and achieve a GREEN ready score (145 or higher) within 60 days of testing. 

Price & Payment

  • Maryland subsidizes $18.75 for the first attempt of each module at either at a test center or Online. Maryland does not subsidize any retests.
  • Maryland charges $11.25 for the first attempt of each GED® test taken at a test center

NOTE: You must apply the Discount Code MDGED1875 at checkout in order to pay $11.25 for the first attempt.

 

(As of 9/1/2021)

  • Maryland subsidizes $18.75 for the first attempt of each module at either at a test center or Online. Maryland does not subsidize any retests.
  • Maryland charges $17.25 for the first attempt of each GED® test taken online

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 Maryland, there is no waiting period if you do not pass a subject area test the first time; however, since you are restricted to three (3) tests per module per calendar year (the first attempt and two retests) it is advisable to pace retesting. Retake rules are enforced for those retesting in either language, but Reasoning through Language Arts must be taken in English.

Questions? Feel free to contact Maryland's state office via email at ged.dllr@maryland.gov. 

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 at the discounted retake rate of $10.00 per module.
  • After receiving two retakes at the reduced price, the price of the test subject returns to the regular price, $30.00, not subsidized. If you do not pass that subject again, you will receive two more retakes at the reduced rate of $10.00. GED Testing Service waives its $20 testing fee
  • In Maryland, you are restricted to a total of three tests per module per calendar year and are limited to the number of forms available per module from GED Testing Service. There are currently three forms of each test in English and three forms of each test in Spanish. If you retest, you may take two retests per calendar year of either language test. Remember, the RLA test in Maryland must always be taken in English. GED Testing Service issues new forms of each test on January first every year. 
  • Maryland subsidizes the cost for the first attempt of each subject so that the $30.00 per subject fee is reduced to $11.25 per subject. The voucher code: MDGED1875 must be applied at checkout to obtain the subsidy.
  • Maryland does not subsidize retests. 

 

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

  • The Online Proctored Exam first attempt costs $17.25 for a retake in Maryland. The voucher code MDGED1875 must be applied at checkout to obtain the subsidy.
  • Subsequent online testing costs $36.00. Discounted retakes are not offered on the Online Proctored Exam

 

Transcripts & Diploma

The Maryland State 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.

In Maryland, the credential is called the Maryland High School Diploma.

Other

For those testing in-person at a Testing Center:

  • Yes, in Maryland you can take all test subjects in the same day if you can find a testing 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 Maryland you can test in English and Spanish, and you can combine different language versions of the GED® test to earn your credential, however, the Reasoning Through Language Arts test must be taken in English.

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.

Molly Dugan
GED Administrator
Maryland Department of Labor
1100 North Eutaw St.
Baltimore, MD 21201
Phone: (410) 767-0069 Email: molly.dugan@maryland.gov
Fax: (410) 225-7207