How Do I Know if I am Eligible to Take the GED?

By Murray Shukyn, Dale E. Shuttleworth, Achim K. Krull

Before you schedule your test, make sure you meet the requirements to take the GED test. You’re eligible to apply to take the GED test only if you meet the following:

  • You’re not currently enrolled in a high school. If you’re currently enrolled in a high school, you’re expected to complete your diploma there. The purpose of the GED test is to give people who aren’t in high school a fair chance to get an equivalent high-school diploma.

  • You’re not a high-school graduate. If you’re a high-school graduate, you should have a diploma, which means you don’t need to take the GED test. However, you can use the GED to upgrade or update your skills and to prove that you’re ready for further education and training.

  • You meet state requirements regarding age, residency, and the length of time since leaving high school. Check with your local GED test administrator to determine your state’s requirements concerning these criteria. Residency requirements are sometimes an issue, because you may have to take the test in a different jurisdiction, depending on how long you’ve lived at your present address.