All candidates must be at least 16 years old to be admitted to GED® testing.
- There are specific guidelines for 16, 17, and 18 year-olds.
- 16, 17, and 18 year-olds who are still enrolled in school may qualify for the GED® Option Pathway Program.
All candidates must pass the Official GED® Practice Test™ (OPT) with a total score of 2250 points of above AND a standard score of at least a 420 on all of the five sub-tests. All adult basic education (ABE) programs are authorized to give the OPT.
- West Virginia does not have a residency requirement, but if you decide to take the GED® test in West Virginia, your diploma will be issued as a State of West Virginia GED® Diploma.
- If you wish to take the GED® test in another state, you must contact the state of your choice for its guidelines on testing out-of-state residents.
- West Virginia honors GED® test scores from other states.
- Current valid photo identification with current name and address, birth date, and preferably a Social Security number is required prior to all testing sessions.
- A current valid driver's license.
- A valid Department of Motor Vehicles picture identification.
- A valid passport.
- An institutional identification while a resident of the facility (i.e., Job Corps, correctional institutions, etc.).
- Option students may use their current school ID.
- The examiner has the authority to require additional identification for positive verification.
Note: Mountaineer Challenge Academy (MCA) cadets may use the MCA ID during the post-residential phase of the program by providing documentation of their status with MCA.