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GED Test Requirements in Florida

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Thinking of taking the GED exam in Florida? Since each state does things a little differently, it’s important to get the facts about the state where you plan to test. Read on for the GED Florida test requirements.

How Old Do I Have to be to Take the GED in Florida?

To take the GED, Florida requires that you be at least 18 years old (unless you meet certain requirements for an exception). You must never have completed high school and not be currently enrolled in high school.

For those underage, you need the approval of your local school district. If you are 16 or 17 and want to take the GED, Florida has an Underage Waiver Form that must be completed by the Florida school district where you live. To be eligible, you have to meet the conditions set by your school district. Contact your district representative for information. If you meet the requirements, the representative can submit the waiver on your behalf so that you can test.

Do I Have to Live in Florida to Take the GED There?

No, there is no residency requirement. Out-of-state testers are welcome to take the GED exam in Florida. However, a Florida GED exam can only be used toward a Florida GED credential. So, for example, if you are a Louisiana resident and you take the test in Florida, your GED credential will say Florida, not Louisiana.

Likewise, if you’re a Florida resident, you can take the GED test in another state that allows out-of-state testing (check with them, as not all do), but your credential would then list that state and not Florida.

Locate your GED testing center.

How Much Does it Cost to Take the GED in Florida?

In Florida, the total cost of the GED is $128 ($32 for each of the four subject tests).

Reasoning Through Language Arts$32
Mathematical Reasoning$32
Social Studies $32

If you have to retake any subject test, you can do so at a reduced rate of $12 per subject test (up to 2 retakes; after that, the price returns to $32).

What Do I Have to Do to Prepare for the GED in Florida?

Legally, you are not required to do anything to prepare for the GED exam. There aren’t any required courses or practice tests. Simply sign up for the exam using MyGED.

Practically, though, it’s definitely a good idea to come in prepared. There are lots of ways to ensure that you walk in with confidence on test day.

If you want to take a class locally, the Florida Department of Education has a list of locations offering GED preparation programs by county.

MyGED also has a locator tool to help you find an adult education center near you. Just click on the “Study” tab, then “GED Test Prep Centers.”

If you’re thinking of prepping on your own, our list of 5 Ways to Study for the GED Online is a great place to start.

Further Information on GED Testing in Florida

For more information on testing in Florida, visit the GED Testing Service’s Florida Policy page or the Florida Department of Education’s High School Equivalency Diploma Program page.

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About Sarah Bradstreet

Sarah is an educator and writer with a Master’s degree in education from Syracuse University who has helped students succeed on standardized tests since 2008. She loves reading, theater, and chasing around her two kids.

8 Responses to “GED Test Requirements in Florida”

  1. Kathlyne says:

    Hello, I am currently looking into getting my GED. I am in high school and am needing only 2.5 credits to graduate. Can someone please tell me what course of action is needed to be done to I am able to get my GED

    • David Recine David Recine says:

      If you haven’t finished high school and want the equivalent of a high school diploma without taking any more courses, you can do that with a passing GED score. As for the course of action needed, simply find a GED test center an take the exam. (OK, good preparation is important too. Check this website for Magoosh GED practice materials and links to other practice resources!)

  2. Cass Smailis says:

    I have severe Dyscalculia and in Florida, my high school diploma from Canada doesn’t count. They helped me avoid math and just take extra courses only In the state of Florida, my transcripts are nullified. I can’t learn or understand Math because of how severe my learning disability is. I am good at many other subjects but again the State of Florida refuses to see Dyscalculia as a real learning disability. How can I get an American high school diploma or GED without the use of any Math? I am an American Citizen I just finished high school in Canada.

    • David Recine David Recine says:

      Hi Cass,

      Sorry to hear that you’re having these struggles getting your high school diploma accepted and getting dyscalculia recognized as a learning disability. That sounds frustrating!

      One thing I can tell you is that Florida state officials are supposed to recognize dyscalculia as a real disability. I say this because the official Florida Department of Education website specifically lists dyscalculia as a disability. So the next time someone form the state is failing to recognize dyscalculia, you may want to direct them to this Florida DOE web page: http://www.fldoe.org/academics/exceptional-student-edu/ese-eligibility/specific-learning-disabilities-sld

      The other thing I can tell you is that Florida colleges and universities are supposed to also accept Canadian high school transcripts. However, you may need to first have your Canadian high school record analyzed and certified by a foreign credit evaluator. For details on how to do this, see an article I wrote in a different part of the Magoosh website: “Transferring Course Credit from Abroad.”

      Hopefully, you can get a local school to accept your Canadian diploma (and I agree that it’s very frustrating that schools have been rejecting the credential!). But if you can’t, there are some ways you can get help with the GED. While it’s not possible to pass the GED with no math, you may be able to get accommodations such as extended time in the GED Math section. For details, see the official GED page on requesting accommodations: https://ged.com/about_test/accommodations/

      I hope all of this helps at least a little!

  3. Tasha Tillman says:

    I was born in New York back and forth out of children’s home never got a chance to go school. I did try going here in Florida . But couldn’t finish after my mom passed I didn’t have anyone to put me back in school. I moved to Townsend Georgia  and received my High school diploma there move back to Florida but hospitals doesn’t accept it. What can I do . By me not being taught or learn anything about education I can not  seem to do the GED 

    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert Magoosh Test Prep Expert says:

      Hi Tasha,

      I’m sorry to hear about these issues! If you graduated high school in Georgia, then your transcript should be valid even if you are in Florida. I’d recommend contacting your high school to get your official transcript before trying to take the GED. I know the GED is intimidating, but there are a lot of online programs to help you prepare if need be. Good luck!

  4. Nichole says:

    Why does the state of Florida charge to take the GED? 

    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert Magoosh Test Prep Expert says:

      Hi Nichole, you’d have to ask the powers that be in Florida about that! We report information as accurately as possible, but don’t necessarily have insight into the reasons for a particular policy or decision.

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