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Who Can Take The GED Test? Prerequisites To Consider

Updated on October 9, 2019
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Are You Qualified To Take The GED Test? Go Further In Your Career Or Education

There are over 39 million of adults in the U.S. who dropped out of high school. Not having been able to graduate, it makes it difficult for these individuals to find decently-paid work, get a promotion or further their education by going to college. The best recourse for these people is to take the GED test and obtain a GED diploma. Who can take the GED test?

GED Brings Career and Educational Advancement

Adults over the age of 17 who haven’t graduated from high school are eligible to take the GED test. The GED test was actually developed in 1942 and was designed to assist military veterans in finishing their fundamental education. From then, the test has evolved into a high school equivalency exam that can help high school drop outs attain a HSE diploma that qualifies them to pursue better careers and advance in their education.

Passing the GED test allows an individual to get hold of a GED diploma signifying that they have the same skills set and knowledge as a high school graduate. There are four subjects covered by the test, and namely they are Math, Science, Social Studies and Reasoning Through Language Arts. A GED passer receives a HSE diploma that is issued by the state.

Particularly who are eligible to take the GED test? The following are the criteria:

  • Not being currently enrolled or studying in high school
  • A high school drop out; not being a high school graduate
  • At least 18 years of age, or 16 or 17, depending on state and special requirements
  • Having met the requirements of one’s locality in terms of residency, age, preparation and how long they have been out of school.

Who can take the GED test varies from one province or state to the other, especially as each of them has the autonomy to administer the said test and award its corresponding diploma. For instance, in some states like Texas, residency may be a prerequisite, but it Florida, it is not. You thus have to accurately research the GED test requirements of the state you reside in.

Other Reasons Why People Take The GED

There are other circumstances that may compel individuals to take the GED test as well, such as holding an unaccredited high school diploma or having been home-schooled. The same goes for people who graduated from high schools outside the U.S. If you possess a legitimate GED credential, you become eligible to be admitted to over 95% of colleges and institutions in the United States and Canada. In most cases, institutions in the U.S. and Canada would accept a GED diploma than a non-U.S. certificate.

You don’t need to be a US citizen to take the GED test either. Adults who are non-US citizens can take the GED test and earn their credentials.

Can You Take The GED Test Online?

Contrary to what many people believe, you cannot take the GED test online. The state approves the administration of the GED test and it is only taken at official testing centers. Your identity will be verified by the testing center and you have to abide by their test-taking requirements. Due value is imposed on the GED test and colleges, employers and the government are aware of who passed the test and its underlying circumstances. They fully rely on the results.

Pertinent skills are tested by the GED, and they are the abilities to compute, read and interpret information and writing. Your level when it comes to these skills should be equal or above to the 60% of high school seniors. You can resort to a plethora of GED test prep books, online GED study guides and other community programs to prepare and pass the test.

It would take a rigorous 7.5 hours to finish taking all 4 subjects of the GED exam. However, you can take each of the subjects individually on different dates. Tackling the GED test need not be difficult. There are various tips, tricks and techniques that can help hone your test-taking skills and know-how. Who can take the GED test is not limited to academically adept learners. Even if you have average aptitude, you can inculcate smart studying habits and the right amount of effort to pass with flying colors.


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