Examiner Resources - Policies and Procedures
Eligibility for GED Testing
Who Is Eligible to Take the GED Tests
- 1. Persons age 16 and older who are no longer attending a K-12 program of instruction are eligible to take the GED Tests in the state of Utah.
- 2. Residency is not a requirement for GED test-takers to take the GED Tests in the state of Utah.
Eligibility Specific Parameters
- 1. A marriage certificate replaces the parent/guardian signature allowing a school age youth age 16-18 to take the GED Tests. A copy of the marriage certificate must be attached to the GED Testing Application.
- 2. GED Testing Applications do not have an expiration date.
- 3. All GED Testing Applications, for persons who were in a Utah public school from 2005 forward, should contain the student’s Statewide Student Identification (SSID) number. This is particular true of youth between the ages of 16-18. However, if the test-taker does not have or know this number he/she is to be allowed to take the GED Tests.
Youth Eligibility Specifics
- 1. If the test-taker’s class has graduated the candidate must be at least 17-years of age.
- 2. If the test-taker’s class has NOT graduated:
- a. The candidate must be out of school and at least 16-years of age.
- b. To ensure that the candidate understands the implications/consequences of dropping out of school and taking the GED Tests the GED Testing Centers require the candidate to submit a completed “Adult Education Program and/or GED Testing Application for 16-18 Year-Old Non-Graduates." This application is obtained from Utah public high schools, charter schools or special purpose residential schools.
- c. Signing the application the GED testing candidate and parent/guardian acknowledge:
- i. That counseling has been provided with the candidate explaining the major consequences of the candidate’s education choices;
- ii. That the candidate is formally withdrawn from a program of K-12 instruction; and
- iii. Parental/guardian permission has been given for the candidate to take the tests.
Note: If the candidate is married he/she must present a marriage certificate in lieu of parent/guardian permission.
- d. A 16 year-old test-taker, before seeking admission to a GED Testing Center, must first access a Utah state-sponsored adult education program for verification of academic readiness necessary to take the GED Tests. Verification by an adult education program is not a guarantee that the candidate will pass the tests.
- 3. Utah home-schooled test-takers must complete the application listed in 2b unless they meet the criteria in 1. Forms can be obtained and signed by at the district or school the test-taker is formally withdrawn from. SSID numbers are to be included on the application if the home-schooled student was enrolled in a public education school at anytime 2005 forward.
- 4. Out-of-state test-takers may use the application listed in 2b or bring two letters to the GED Testing Center.
- a. Letter 1 (on letterhead) must state that the candidate is formally withdrawn from a K-12 program of instruction.
- b. Letter 2 is the completed “Adult Education Program and/or GED Testing Application for 16-18 Year-Old Non-Graduates” in lieu of a parental/guardian letter granting permission for the candidate to take the GED Tests.
Note: A marriage certificate may be used in lieu of a parent/guardian letter.
- 5. Incarcerated test-takers do not need admission applications.
- 6. Residential treatment/special purpose schools (including Job Corps) test-takers are required to have parent/guardian signature granting permission to take the GED Tests. Permission must be obtained prior to GED Tests registration. Testing centers may accept a faxed copy of the GED Testing Application signed by the parent/guardian attached to an original application as proof of parental/guardian permission.
Note: Clearfield and Weber Basin Job Corps have permission to conduct the necessary pre-testing of 16 year old GED Tests test-takers using the Official Practice Test (OPT) to demonstrate GED Tests readiness. Job Corps staff signatures will appear in section 3 of the GED Testing Application rather than adult education program staff.
- 7. Test-takers, who took but did not complete the GED Tests prior to 2002, must take all five GED Tests of the current GED Tests series.