Having to retake the GED exam is not the end of the world. If you didn’t get the required 410 or higher in each subject area or 2,250 for the combined score, you’ll just have to take another stab at one or more areas of the test. Depending on your jurisdiction, you do have to follow certain protocols in order to qualify for the exam retake. The extra effort you put into preparing and retaking the exam will be well worth the GED certificate you receive in the end.
Just like the first time around, you must take the GED exam at a proctored testing center to be able to obtain an official GED certificate. You can return to the testing center where you originally tested, or you can choose another. The GED Testing Service website can help you locate the closest official testing center in your area, along with other useful retest information. This is a handy tool if you have moved since you took the test or want to see if there is a center that is closer to you.
You must look up your state, province or territory’s retake policy to determine exactly how long you must wait before you can retest. Washington state doesn’t require you to wait if you didn’t pass your first time taking the exam. Minnesota, Texas, Florida and Maine don’t require a wait period, either. In New York, you must wait 60 days before retesting, and you must complete all content areas of the exam before retesting one specific subject area.
Retake fees vary from state to state and even among testing centers. Some are free, while others charge for each content area retest. For example, Washington’s retake fee is $30. Ohio charges $10 for a paper retest and $24 for a computer retest per subject area. Texas’s retest fees vary from $5 to $30, depending on the testing center. Pennsylvania fees also vary according to where you choose to retake the exam. Florida will charge $14 to $16 for one content area retest and $26 for a computer retest. New York and Maine retests are free.
To ensure that you succeed on your next attempt at the GED exam, review and study for the subject area that you’ll be retaking. Your local telephone book can help you get connected to adult education and GED preparation classes. Grab a GED prep book from the library, bookstore or order one online. Although you can’t take the official GED exam online, you can complete practice questions on the Web.