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The GED test may be the most important exam you ever take. Treat it seriously and come prepared. Make sure you bring the following items with you on test day:

  • You: The most important thing to bring to the GED test is obviously you. If you enroll to take the tests, you have to show up; otherwise, you'll receive a big fat zero and lose your testing fee. If something unfortunate happens after you enroll, contact the test center and explain your situation to the test administrators. They may reschedule the test without an additional charge.

  • Correct identification: Before test officials let you into the room to take the test, they want to make sure you're you. Bring the approved photo ID — your state GED office can tell you what's an approved form of photo ID. Have your ID in a place where you can reach it easily. And when asked to identify yourself, don't pull out a mirror and say, “Yep, that's me.”

  • Fees you still owe: The same people don't run all test centers. With some, you may have to pay in advance, when booking the test. If so, bring your receipt to avoid any misunderstandings. Others may allow you to pay at the door. If so, find out whether you can use cash, check, or credit card.

    The amount of the GED test registration fee also varies from state to state. (Check with your local administrator to confirm when and where the fee has to be paid and how to pay it.) If you don't pay the fee, you can't take the exam.

    If needed, you may be able to get financial assistance to help with the testing fees. Further, if you do the tests one section at a time, you can probably pay for each test section as you complete it. Check with your state or local education authorities.

  • Registration confirmation: The registration confirmation is your proof that you did register. If you're taking the tests in an area where everybody knows you and everything you do, you may not need the confirmation, but it’s a good idea to take it anyway. It's light and doesn't take up much room in your pocket.

  • Other miscellaneous items: In the instructions you receive after you register for the test, you get a list of what you need to bring with you. Other items you want to bring or wear include the following:

    • Comfortable clothes and shoes: When you're taking the test, you want to be as relaxed as possible. Uncomfortable clothes and shoes may distract you from doing your best. You're taking the GED test, not modeling the most recent couture.

    • A bottle of water or some coffee: Check with the administrators whether drinks are allowed beforehand. Computers and liquids don't mix, so they may not allow you to take drinks in with you. Mints and gum may be an alternative.

    • Reading glasses: If you need glasses to read a computer monitor, don't forget to bring them to the test. Bring a spare pair, if you have one. You can't do the test if you can't read the screen.

The rules about what enters the testing room are strict. Don't take any chances. If an item isn't on the list of acceptable items and isn't normal clothing, leave it at home. The last place on earth to discuss whether you can bring something into the test room is at the door on test day. If you have questions, contact the test center in advance.

Check out GEDcomputer.com to start the registration process and find a list of sites close to your home with their addresses and phone numbers. You can also call 800-62-MYGED to ask your questions of real people.

Whatever you do, be sure not to bring the following with you to the GED testing center:

  • Books

  • Calculator (one is provided for you on-screen)

  • Notes or scratch paper

  • MP3 players or tablets

  • Cellphone (leave it at home or in your car)

  • Anything valuable, like a laptop computer, that you don't feel comfortable leaving outside the room while you take the test

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