GED Testing

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

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

I’m underage. What do I need to do to take the test?

You can be 16 or 17 years old and take the GED® test if you

Do I need to prove I’m a resident of New Jersey to take the test?

Yes, you must provide photo identification to demonstrate eligibility to take the GED® test.  

  • Driver’s Licenses, Permits, Passports, Voter registrations, School/College ID, Employee ID, or other photo identification, valid or expired, that has been issued by a public entity or private third party;

In addition to photo identification you must provide one or more of the following:

  • Property tax bills; deeds; contracts of sale; leases; mortgages; signed letters from landlords; and other evidence of property ownership,  tenancy, or residency;
  • Financial account information; utility bills; delivery receipts; and other evidence of personal attachment to a particular location;
  • Court orders; State agency agreements; and other evidence of court or agency placements or directives;
  • Receipts; bills; cancelled checks; insurance claims or payments; and other evidence of expenditures demonstrating personal attachment to a particular location or to support the test taker
  • Medical reports; counselor or social worker assessments; employment documents; unemployment claims; benefit statements; and other evidence of circumstances demonstrating family or economic hardship, or temporary residency;
  • Affidavits, certifications, and sworn attestations pertaining to statutory criteria from the parent, guardian, person keeping an “affidavit student,” adult student, person(s) with whom a family is living, or others, as appropriate;
  • Documents pertaining to military status and assignment; and
  • Any other business record or document issued by a governmental entity.

The closest testing center is in a different state. Can I take the test there?

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.

Do I need to take a GED class or receive instruction from a local prep center before I can take the test?

No, New Jersey doesn’t require you to prepare for the GED® test in an adult education classroom.

Do I have to take the GED Ready practice test before testing?

No, you’re not required to take the GED Ready® practice test before taking the official GED® test.

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