Who Is Eligible to Take the GED?

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If you are interested in taking the GED, it is important to ensure that you are eligible for the test before beginning the process. This article discusses the various age requirements.
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If you think you might want to take the GED instead of completing your high school education, you may be wondering if you qualify to do so. While many states have various requirements and information, the main eligibility requirement in all cases is a minimum age.

Most states have an age minimum for those who can take the GED, such as 16, 17 or 18 years of age. There are special conditions that may allow a person to take the GED if he or she does not meet the age minimum. Some states note that female students who are pregnant and under the age of 18 may be allowed to take the GED should they so choose to. Other exceptions for those who are underage include waivers, school and parental permission, completion of a preparation class or enrollment in a particular program. These exceptions vary greatly from state to state.

Some states also require that test takers be residents. Proof of residency is generally required to be shown at the testing center.

In order to further understand if you meet the age requirements for your state, visit the article on GED requirements for your state on this Web site, visit your state website or call your local testing center. You can find a local testing center by going to ged.com, scrolling to the bottom and clicking on the 'Locate a test center in the United States' link.

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