New Mexico

Top Policies

You must be 18 years old to test in New Mexico.

You can be 16 or 17 years old and take the GED® test if you submit a permission form with consent from your  local school district, as well as from your parents or guardians.

 

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 New Mexico.

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, New Mexico 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. 

Yes, there is. You have 3 years to complete all modules.

Price & Payment

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

  • New Mexico charges $20 per module for the GED® test. Additional test center sitting fees may apply.

What is my cost if I test Online?

  • New Mexico charges $36 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.

Test Retake Policies

For those testing in-person at a Testing Center 

  • In New Mexico, 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: 

  • 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. 

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

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

Transcripts & Diploma

You can request a duplicate transcript or diploma through Diploma Sender. You will need a credit or debit card to complete your order online. If after visiting Diploma Sender's website you continue to have questions please contact your state's official at (505) 827-6507.

You can request a duplicate transcript or diploma through Diploma Sender. You will need a credit or debit card to complete your order online.

In New Mexico, the credential is called the New Mexico High School Diploma.

Other

For those testing in-person at a Testing Center:

  • Yes, in New Mexico 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 New Mexico you can test in English or Spanish and you can combine tests from different 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.

Dyanne Salazar
GED Administrator
State Department of Education
300 Don Gaspar, Room 122
Santa Fe, NM 87501-2786
(505) 827-6507