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What Are The GED Tests?

The GED Tests measures the major and lasting outcomes and concepts associated with a traditional four-year high school education. In Utah, GED Tests are offered in English or Spanish. The complete GED Tests take approximately 8 hours to complete and tests may be taken over multiple testing sessions.

The GED Tests consists of four subtests:

  • Reasoning through Language Arts
  • Mathematical Reasoning 
  • Science
  • Social Studies

Eligibility

Who is Eligible?

Anyone who is 18 years of age or older whose high school class has graduated is eligible to take the GED® Test. Anyone ages 16-18 whose class has not graduated is eligible to take the GED® Test with the following requirements.

16 year-old applicants

  • Must contact the school or district last attended to obtain and complete the Utah K-12 Education Withdrawal and GED® Testing Registration Application form. The signatures on this form indicate the student has been formally withdrawn from the K-12 education system.
  • Must 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 test-taker will pass the tests.
  • Test Registration
    Computer-Based Test (CBT): Must submit a copy of the form to the adult education program to release registration record. The GED® Testing registration process cannot be continued until this step is completed.

Utah School District Adult Education Programs

17-18 year-old applicants

  • Must contact the school or district last attended to obtain and complete the Utah K-12 Education Withdrawal and GED® Testing Registration Application form. The signatures on this form indicate the student has been formally withdrawn from the K-12 education system.
  • Test Registration
    Computer-Based Test (CBT): Must submit a copy of the form to the adult education program to release registration record. The GED® Testing registration process cannot be continued until this step is completed.
     

School districts do not have the authority to delay or deny access to the GED Tests if the test-taker meets the eligibility requirements. This is inclusive of correctional facilities, detention centers and jails providing education services under the direction of the local school district’s board of education.

School-age GED test-takers who have an IEP are eligible for Free Access to Public Education (FAPE) regardless of successfully obtaining a GED and the resulting Utah High School Completion Diploma.

School-age GED test-takers whose class has not graduated who do not pass all four of the GED Test modules may return to a K-12 program of instruction and will be required to complete all necessary graduation requirements for a traditional K-12 diploma.

Out-of-state test-takers age 16-18 may use the “Adult Education Program and/or GED Testing Application for 16-18 Year-Old Non-Graduates” form and a current government issued photo ID or bring the following two letters to a Utah Adult Education program for registration release.

  • Letter 1 (on letterhead) from last school attended or school district stating that the candidate is formally withdrawn from a K-12 program of instruction.
  • Letter 2 from parent/guardian granting permission for the candidate to take the GED Tests.
    Note: A marriage certificate may be used in lieu of a parent/guardian letter.

Incarcerated test-takers do not need withdrawal applications, but cannot be participating in any education programs.

Residential treatment/special purpose schools, including Job Corps

  1. 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 “Adult Education Program and/or GED Testing Application for 16-18 Year-Old Non-Graduates” signed by the parent/guardian attached to an original application as proof of parental/guardian permission.
  2. Residential treatment/special purpose schools students who are 16 must comply with all requirements for 16-year-old applicants
  3. Note: When all four of the GED Test modules are passed, the test-taker may not be re-enrolled in a residential treatment/special purpose or Job Corps K-12 educational program of instruction as the successful passing of the GED Test in the state of Utah is a Utah High School Completion Diploma.

Residency is not a requirement for a GED test-taker to take the GED Test.

Branches of the military may or may not accept GED credentials for enlistment. GED test-takers are strongly advised to contact the military recruiters to see what the current policies are prior to taking the GED Tests.
Note: When all modules of the GED Test are passed the test-taker may not enroll in an adult education program to pursue an Adult Education Secondary Diploma.