GED Test Application
How to Apply for GED
The application process is different from other standardized tests in the sense that it can only be done in person in most states. However, in some states you can mail a paper copy of the application to the office after paying by credit card online. You cannot apply for the test online. Since there are more than 3400 official centers spread across the territory of U.S. and Canada as well as some international testing locations around the world, it makes the process of applying for the test quite easy.
Step 1: Locating a Test Center
To find the nearest test center, follow this link - http://www2.acenet.edu/resources/ged/center_locator.cfm. All you need to do is enter your zip code and the software will find all test centers that exist in that zip code. Sometimes there may be only one test center close to you but in other cases, New York for example, a great many test centers will be displayed. Choose the test center which is most suitable for you. For those of you who are planning to give the test in international locations, your test will be conducted by Prometric in partnership with the GED testing service. The test will be conducted via a computer. To find a test center near you, visit https://securereg3.prometric.com/Welcome.aspx.
Step 2: Deciding the Language you Want to Give your Test in
The test is offered in three languages - English, Spanish and French. It is offered in Spanish so as to convenience those individuals living in Puerto Rico while the French version of the test was aimed for use in Canada. To find out in which language the test is offered in your location, contact your local test center. If you decide to give the test in French or Spanish, you will have to give ESL (English as a Second Language) test. The international version of the test is offered only in English.
Step 3: Requesting Special Testing Accommodations
The American Council of Education (ACE) provides a fair testing environment and an equal opportunity to attempt the test. In case you are unable to appear for the test under normal testing conditions, you can request your local test center to provide you with special testing accommodations. This provision is allowed to those with the following disabilities and the application for that particular disability is mentioned alongside.
- Physical/Chronic Health Disabilities: The required application form for GED can be downloaded from http://www.acenet.edu/Content/NavigationMenu/ged/test/take/Accomm_Request_Form_PCH.pdf
- Emotional/Psychological/Psychiatric Disabilities: The requisite application form for GED is http://www.acenet.edu/Content/NavigationMenu/ged/test/take/Accomm_Request_Form_EPP.pdf
- Learning and Other Cognitive Disabilities: Follow this link for the form http://www.acenet.edu/Content/NavigationMenu/ged/test/take/Accomm_Request_Form_LCD.pdf.
- Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder: The application form required in this case is http://www.acenet.edu/Content/NavigationMenu/ged/test/take/Accomm_Request_Form_ADHD.pdf.
Fill in the form and submit it along with your doctor's records to the Chief Examiner of your local testing center. The form should also be attested by a doctor. This form will further be transferred to the exam administrator of your jurisdiction. All special requests are answered by this administrator. It takes up to two months to receive a judgment on your request. If you are not happy with the decision, you can make an appeal to the decision by submitting this downloadable form to your local test center - http://www.acenet.edu/Content/NavigationMenu/ged/test/take/Accomm_Request_Form_APPEAL.pdf.
Step 4: Application Form for Regular Candidates and Eligibility Criteria
Regular candidates who do not require any special accommodations can download their forms from the GED website of their state. For example, the application form for residents of New York can be found at - http://www.acces.nysed.gov/ged/docs/attch-a.pdf. You can also obtain the application form from your local test center. You must be a minimum of 16 years to take the test, though in some states the minimum age is 17 years. You must not have graduated from high school or already have a diploma. You must not be enrolled in a regular high school. After filling up your application form, submit it to your local test center and wait for their response. Payment can done by cash, cheque or credit card.