Michigan Prisons

Top Policies

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

You must be 16 years old to test in a Michigan Prison.

The minimum age required to take the test at a Michigan Prison is 16 years old.

Yes, Michigan Prisons require residency. You can prove your residency at the testing center with a valid prison ID or other proof of residency. If you have more questions about proof of residency, please contact your local testing center to learn more.

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.

Yes, Michigan Prisons require that you prepare for the GED® test in an adult education classroom.

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

Price & Payment

Michigan Prisons charge $30 per module for the GED® test.

As a student inmate, your corrections officer will work with you to schedule your tests. The state of Michigan will pay for tests taken while at a Michigan Corrections facility.

Test Retake Policies

For Michigan Prisons, 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.

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 rateGED Testing Service waives its $20 testing fee, however additional testing fees may still apply in your state.

In Michigan Prisons, there is a $10 test center fee for test retakes.

Transcripts & Diploma

The State of Michigan uses DiplomaSender, an external internet-based service to help students order their GED® transcripts. DiplomaSender can fax, email, or mail your GED® transcript to you, an employer, school, or other organization.

To begin your request, or for more information about obtaining your GED® transcript, please visit: www.DiplomaSender.com

You can request your official transcript at Diploma Sender.

In Michigan Prisons the credential is called the High School Equivalency Certificate.


No; most correctional facilities in Michigan cannot accommodate taking all 4 tests in one day.

Yes, in Michigan, 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.

Heather Gay
Education Manager
Michigan Department of Corrections
206 E. Michigan Ave
Lansing, MI 48909
Phone: (517) 241-4655
Fax: (517) 373-3882