While it is common practice to go to school, the days of classes and books aren't for everyone. Yet, in today's job market, a high school diploma is needed. Once a child reaches the age of 17, they are eligible to take the General Educational Development (or GED) tests; however, there are a few requirements that must be met.

Withdrawal and Parental Permission

Most states have set the legal age to take the GED at 17 years old. Once a child has reached this age and opts to seek his degree without attending school, he must withdraw from the school. A parental or guardian signature is needed to sign a child out of school and to complete an age waiver allowing the child to test.

School Documentation

In order to test, the interested party must provide the testing center with the school's approval of the child to test for the GED, documentation stating the child's finished classes from the high school and a letter stating that the child is a resident of the state.

Proper Identification

In order to be eligible for the GED, the student must provide the testing center with proper identification. A photo ID, such as drivers license or state ID, proof of birth date and residency are required, as well as a payment of the GED fee.


In some instances, a student may not have legal guardians, such as in the case of emancipation. Or, the student may be married. In these cases, the testing center needs proper documentation, such as marriage licenses or court documents.

Some states require anyone taking the test to be 18, unless special circumstances occur. Certain states may have different laws; call your local testing center for more information.

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