Florida GED Test Guidelines and Requirements

The General Educational Development test, which is also known as the GED, was created by the Council on Education to ensure people who were unable to graduate from high school are able to receive an equivalency diploma to enhance their work and academic lives. If you live in Florida, the GED examination is overseen by the Florida Literacy Coalition, and in order to take the Florida GED you must meet certain eligibility requirements.

Florida GED Test Eligibility:

To take the Florida GED test you must be at least 18 years old or older; however, those who are 16 and 17 years of age are able to take the Florida GED test if they obtain an GED Age Waiver by their local educational agency. If you are under the age of 18 and are interested in taking the GED then you may contact the Florida GED Hotline at 1-877-352-4331.

You must also be a resident of Florida to take the Florida GED test. In order to prove you are a resident you must provide the testing facility with a Florida driver’s license or Florida-issued identification card. You must also bring your Social Security Card with you to prove your identity.

Of course, in order to take the Florida GED examination you must not be currently enrolled in high school and must not have received a diploma or high school equivalency diploma.

To register for the Florida GED test, you must bring all of the aforementioned documentation to your nearest testing facility. Contact the facility prior to arriving to determine what their registration process is, and the fee to take the examination. The exact testing fee for the Florida GED examination is determined by local educational agencies; however, state law reports no testing facility may charge more than $75.00 for the GED exam. A list of all official GED testing facility by the Florida Department of Education is located in the Sources section below.

Passing the Florida GED Test:

To pass the Florida GED examination you must successfully pass a total of five subject areas. These subjects consist of: Reading, Writing, Science, Social Studies and Mathematics. The entire GED examination takes seven hours to complete, which may be done at one time or over a period of three days.

The minimum per-section score to pass is 410, and you must have an average section score of 450 to pass. Thus, in order to receive your high school equivalency diploma you must have a total minimum score of 2250.

SOURCES:

Florida Literacy Council: GED Frequently Asked Questions
http://www.floridaliteracy.org/ged_information__faq.html

Florida Department of Education: GED Testing Centers – Open to Public
http://data.fldoe.org/workforce/contacts/default.cfm?action=showList&ListID=59