Top Policies

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

You must be 19 years old to test in Montana. If you are under 19 years old, you may qualify for an age waiver.  Please see additional details in the next question.

You must be at least 16 years of age to take the GED exam, and you cannot be enrolled in high school.

Note: If you are 16, 17 or 18 years of age, some additional requirements and policies apply. For more information, please visit the Montana State website.

Yes, there is a residency requirement to take the test in Montana.

You must be a resident of Montana to take the GED exam in Montana. You will need to provide proof that you live in Montana with a valid driver's license or other proof of residency. Contact your state office for information about proof of residency. If testing on a military installation or in a federal correctional institution, you must claim Montana as your state of residency.

Some states allow people who do not live there to take the GED® test and others do not. You will need to check the residency requirement for the state where you are interested in testing. Please be aware that the high school equivalency credential will be issued by the state in which the test was completed, not in Montana.

Montana does not require you to prepare for the GED® test at an adult education program, but it is highly recommended. Please visit Contact WIOA Adult Education Programs ( to find a program near you.

Montana does not require you to take the GED Ready practice test, but it is highly recommended.

Price & Payment

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

  • Montana charges $36 per subject for the GED® test.

What is my cost if I test Online?

  • Montana charges $36 per subject for the GED® test taken online.

You will pay for the test online with a debit or credit card when you schedule your test.

If you do not have a debit or credit card, you may use a prepaid credit card to pay.

Check with your local adult education center for scholarships to assist with paying for the test. Programs such as WIOA Youth, as well as some school districts, employers, health insurance companies and local churches may also assist with the cost of the test.

Test Retake Policies

There is no waiting period for the first three attempts.  GED Testing Service does require a 60 day wait period before each additional attempt, per calendar year.

For those testing in-person on computer at a Testing Center:

  • 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. After receiving a retake 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 one retake at a reduced rate. GED Testing Service waives its $26 testing fee.
  • In Montana there is a $10 test center fee for test retakes.

For those testing on the Online Exam:

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

Transcripts & Diploma

Please contact DiplomaSender or phone 855-876-3774.

To request additional transcripts in Montana contact DiplomaSender or phone 855-876-3774.

In Montana, the credential is called the Montana High School Equivalency (HSE) Diploma.


For those testing in-person at a Testing Center:

  • Yes, in Montana you can take all test subjects in the same day if you can find a testing center with hours that accommodate it. You may also take the subjects one at a time as you are ready.

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 Montana, 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 that state offers the GED. Check the requirements and contact the GED Administrator in that state with questions.

Katie Madsen

High School Equivalency State Administrator

Office of Public Instruction



Emily Fuller

High School Equivalency Program Specialist

Office of Public Instruction




High School Equivalency Program

Office of Public Instruction

PO Box 202501

Helena, MT 59620-2501