FAQs for Earning a GED® in Mississippi

Top Policies

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

You must be 18 years old to test in Mississippi.

Age Exceptions for testing:

16 and 17 year olds must:

  • Not be currently enrolled in K12 school.
  • Provide documentation (withdrawal form) signed by the superintendent/designee certifying the applicant has been released from compulsory school attendance by the school board.
  • Have consent from parent or legal guardian.

Other Exceptions:

  • Home School examinees: proof of registration as a home-schooled student from local school district or home school association.
  • An applicant with documentation verifying any one of the following conditions:
  1. Incarcerated in a correctional institution, correctional youth center, training school for adjudicated youth or similar institution
  2. Confined as a patient or resident of a state-operated hospital or alcoholic rehabilitation center
  3. Enrolled in or has completed a program of instruction provided by the Job Corps or other such agency, or an apprenticeship training program.
  4. Married with minor status removed
  5. A member of the United States Armed Forces; or
  6. An Emancipated minor, (Court order with case number)
  7. An applicant who is enrolled in an official Option/alternative education program as stipulated in Senate Bill #2855
  8. An applicant with extenuating or extreme personal circumstances showing proper documentation. These include, but are not necessarily limited to the following:
    a. An illness of long-range duration
    b. Sole support of family; or
    c. Untenable situation at home which required the person to leave school to earn a livelihood

Note: Any situation in which the local Chief Examiner cannot render a determination on granting a waiver will be referred to the State High School Equivalency Office for guidance


For those testing on the Online Exam: 

  • Minimum age for testing Online in Mississippi is 18. 
  • Your parent/guardian must be present at the pre-test check in to give consent and authorize underage tester to be recorded during testing. If parent/guardian is not present the exam session will be revoked. 

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

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, Mississippi 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. 

Price & Payment

What is my cost if I test at a Test Center?

  • Starting July 1, 2023: Mississippi charges $36 per subject for the GED® test at a Test Center.

What is my cost if I test Online?

  • Mississippi charges $36 per subject for the GED® test via 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 Mississippi, 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.  

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: 

  • Starting July 1, 2023: You will receive one discounted* retake for every GED® test subject you purchase but don’t pass. You have 365 days after your full price test to use this retake. This retake offer (1 full price:1 discount) repeats until you pass the test. GED Testing Service waives its $26 testing fee, however additional testing fees may still apply in your state.

*In Mississippi, there is a $10 test center fee for GED® test retakes.

Note: We have extended the limited-time offer of up to 2 discounted retakes for exams taken in test centers, as long as both retakes are completed by June 30, 2024.  

For those testing on the Online Exam: 

  • The Online Proctored Exam costs $36 for a retake in Mississippi. Discounted retakes are not offered on the Online Proctored Exam. 

Transcripts & Diploma

To request additional transcripts or diplomas in Mississippi contact Diploma Sender or phone 855-876-3774.

In Mississippi the credential is called the State of Mississippi High School Equivalency Diploma.


For those testing in-person at a Testing Center:

  • Yes, in Mississippi 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 Mississippi, 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.

Beth Little
Mississippi Community College Board
State Director for Adult Education & High School Equivalency
3825 Ridgewood Road
Jackson, MS 39211
Phone: 601-432-6518
Fax: 601-432-6890

How to Get a GED® in Mississippi

Earning your GED® in Mississippi can be an exciting journey—and can open the door to more career opportunities, higher earning potential, further education, and a sense of personal accomplishment. And while this journey may have its challenges, you’re not alone. GED.com is your #1 resource for study guides, Mississippi GED® practice tests, and more. We’re here to help you accomplish your goals, whether you’re just getting started or have already begun making headway.

Creating Your Online Account

Your first step in working toward your Mississippi GED® is to create your free online GED.com account. With a GED.com account, you’ll gain access to invaluable resources, including:
  • Study guides
  • Mississippi GED® practice tests
  • Goal tracking
  • Online and in-person GED® classes and testing locations
Creating your free account only takes a couple of minutes, and you’ll only need to provide some basic information about yourself, including your name, contact information, preferred email address, and a password for your account.

Classes and Testing Centers Near You

Do you prefer traditional classroom settings? In-person GED® classes and testing centers provide many benefits, including:
  • A structured schedule
  • Interactive learning with peers and instructors
  • Faster question response times
  • Fewer distractions
We make it easy for you to use your GED.com account to find in-person GED® courses and testing centers near you. You’ll just need to provide your city and state or zip code to gain quick access to location and contact information.

Online Classes

Would you prefer to earn your GED® online in Mississippi? With GED.com on your side, enrolling in online courses is a breeze. Online courses provide benefits like:
  • Greater flexibility
  • No commute
  • Create your own learning schedule
  • Easy access to online study guides and resources
  • The ability to learn at your own pace
To learn more about online classes and enroll in a course, log into your GED.com account and click “Study.” Then, Select “Find GED® Classes” to view online course information.

GED® Tests Online in Mississippi

Did you know you can take the official Mississippi GED® exam online? Online testing is available 24/7, allowing you to take the exam from the comfort of your own home while being monitored by an online tester. To take the exam online, you will need:
  • A valid, unexpired, government-Issued ID
  • A private workspace
  • A reliable computer, webcam, and internet connection
  • A ‘Green’ GED Ready™ score within the last 60 days
After scheduling your GED® exam, you must log into your GED.com account at least 30 minutes before your scheduled exam and follow on-screen steps to verify your ID, workspace, and computer.

Ready to Earn Your GED® in Mississippi?

Ready to start working toward earning your GED® in Mississippi? We’re here to support you every step of the way! Create your online account to start accessing resources and study guides to help you on your path to success. Ready for the next step? Find a GED® class in your area or schedule your Mississippi GED® exam now.