You are eligible to take the GED test if you are a resident of California and meet any one of the following criteria:
The individual is 18 years of age or older, or within 60 days of his
or her 18th bithday (regardless of school enrollment status).
The individual must be within 60 days of when he or she would have
graduated from high school had he or she remained in school and followed
the usual course of study (please note that examinees testing under
this criteria may not
be enrolled in school).
The individual is 17 years of age, has been out of school for at least
60 consecutive school days, and provides a letter of request for the
test from the military, a post-secondary educational institution or a
The individual is 17 years of age and is incarcerated in a California
state or county correctional facility; persons testing under these
conditions must meet all of the following criteria:
who pass the GED test at age 17 will not receive the equivalency
certificate until their 18th birthday; a letter of intent is issued
which states that the certificate is being held pending the examinee's
- The examinee does not have a realistic chance of completing the requirements for a high school diploma.
- The examinee has adequate academic skills to successfully complete the GED test battery.
examinee understands the options available regarding acquisition of a
high school diploma, hte high school equivalency certificate or the high
school proficiency certificate, and the requirements, expectations,
benefits and limitations of eah option.
examinee has sufficient commitment time left to complete the entire GED
test battery; however, if released before the test is completed, the
examinee may complete testing at an authorized testing center.