The General Education Development (GED) test is an alternative to receiving a high school diploma and measures the knowledge and skills that are associated with completing a four-year high school program. Residents of Tennessee must meet several requirements in order to take their GED test. The examination consists of five tests and can only be administered at an official GED test site. The GED is available in English, French and Spanish. Tests for the visually-impaired are also available.
Before registering for the GED exam, Tennessee applicants must take a practice examination. You must provide proof of this pretest before taking your official GED exam. To take the practice exam, call the Adult Education program that corresponds with your county of residence. A list of programs statewide in Tennessee can be found in the resources below.
You must be 18 or older to take the GED test, and you must not have received a diploma or equivalent. If you are 17 or younger, you may take the test if you can provide an age waiver from the superintendent of the school district in which you reside, and you are not currently enrolled in school or any other GED program.
Applicants must provide identification, such as a passport, military ID, driver's license or any other national or foreign government-issued identification that shows the applicant's name, address and date of birth. These IDs must also include a photo and a signature.
All applicants are required to pay the appropriate fee for the examination, which is not to exceed $65 for all five parts. If you are not registering for the entire test, you may pay for each part separately.
In order to receive your GED, you must have an average score of 450 for each section, with a total score of at least 2250 or higher. You will not pass if you receive a 410 or below on any section. You are allowed to take the GED exam three times, and must wait at least 30 days between tests.
Courtney Watson was first published in 2008 at her campus newspaper, "MTSU Sidelines," working a local news beat and later writing her own opinion column. She holds a Bachelor of Science in mass communication from Middle Tennessee State University.