You are about to embark on a brand new adventure! Committing to getting your Utah GEDⓇ credential means opening yourself up to more opportunities. You can go further at work or achieve higher education. That promotion or advanced degree can finally be yours. You don’t have to be a Utah resident to take this step. Anyone living within the state who meets certain requirements can enjoy a better future with their high school equivalency diploma. As the official site of the GED test, we know the process and can guide you every step of the way.  

FAQs for Earning a GED in Utah

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

You must be 18 years old to test in Utah.

In Utah, you can be 16 or 17 and take the GED® test if you meet the following requirements:

  • You have been formally withdrawn from the public secondary school system and have completed the HSE Candidate and Adult Education Eligibility form. This form is obtained from Utah public high schools, charter schools or special purpose residential schools and should be turned into a Utah state-sponsored adult education program.
  • If you are 16, in addition to completing the withdrawal form, you must access a Utah state-sponsored adult education program for verification of academic readiness necessary to take the GED® tests.


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 Utah.

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, Utah 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: Utah charges $36 per subject for the GED® test at a Test Center.


What is my cost if I test Online?

  • Utah 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.

Test Retake Policies

For those testing in-person at a Testing Center 

  • In Utah, there is no waiting period for your first two retakes. 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 Utah, 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 Utah. Discounted retakes are not offered on the Online Proctored Exam. 

Transcripts & Diploma

Utah 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 Utah the credential is called the Utah High School Completion Diploma.


For those testing in-person at a Testing Center:

  • Yes, in Utah 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 Utah, 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.

Stephanie Patton
GED Testing Administrator
Utah State Board of Education
250 East 500 South
P.O. Box 144200
Salt Lake City, UT 84114-4200
Phone: (801)538-7989
Fax: (801)538-7882
Utah GED Testing

How to Get Your GED in Utah

Let’s start by exploring the process and requirements of earning a GED in Utah.

Who Is Eligible?

The option to earn a GED in Utah is available to those who have not previously graduated from high school and are not currently enrolled. Those 18 years and older can take the test at any time. Those between the ages of 16 and 17 must meet the following requirements:
  • Formal withdrawal from high school
  • Completion of the Adult Education Program and/or GED Testing Application form
Those living in Utah must take the GED test online. The online test can happen at your home, your office, or an official GED test center.

Create Your Account

Begin this process by signing up for a free account and providing all the required information. Use the name and contact information on your state-issued ID. For assistance, follow these detailed account set-up instructions. Do you already have an account with us? Log in now to continue and check your GED status.

Take Time to Prepare

It’s recommended (but not required) to take preparatory classes, which are often available free of charge. Reaching the “likely to pass” status on the GED ReadyⓇ test shows you’re ready for the real deal. Prepare well for two to three months, and you should pass the exam. After this impressive achievement, you will receive a GED certificate from the state of Utah. The certificate signifies you have achieved the same level of knowledge as someone who graduated from a public high school in the state.

How to Find Classes

Are you able to concentrate and focus only by taking classes in person? You’re in luck! Utah has several traditional learning environments where you and your fellow students can learn together. Find in-person GED classes in Utah and work closely with other GED-seekers from every background. Our informative and engaging courses include:
  • Experienced instructors
  • Accommodations for different learning styles
  • Flexible times and schedules
  • Group learning opportunities
  • Self-pacing curriculum
  • Employment tips and suggestions
  • Rigorous preparation
  • Higher education counseling
  • Quiz reviews
  • Practice tests
  • Supportive staff
If you prefer online GED classes in Utah, benefits include working at your own pace and when you have spare time. You don’t have to fight traffic or leave home to prepare for this critical exam. Online learning is beneficial if you have other commitments. Practice quizzes and test-taking tips are also available in online programs.

Online GED Testing

Although GED classes are available online and in person, the official test is only available online. You can take it from your personal computer or work laptop, as long as you have access to a reliable computer, internet connection, and webcam. If you don’t have a quiet space or the right equipment, you can always take the test at one of the testing centers throughout Utah. After reaching a “likely to pass” score on your GED Ready test, it’s time to take the exam! Get the information you need to find test centers or attend in-person classes near you.