General Educational Development (GED)

What are the requirements for earning your GED in Michigan?



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1. Title of State Credential: High School Equivalency Certificate 2. Requirements for Issuance of Certificate: A. Minimum Test Scores: For ALL LANGUAGE editions (i.e., English, Spanish and French) of the GED test, a standard score of 410 on each of the five tests and an average standard score of 450 for all five tests is required. B. Minimum Age: 18 years of age and class of which applicant would have been a member must have graduated. Individuals who are graduates of the Michigan Department of Military and Veterans Affairs, National Guard Michigan Youth Challenge Program qualify for a Michigan GED certificate if they are at least 16 years of age, and successfully complete all GED tests in accordance with Michigan jurisdictional score requirements. C. High Schools are authorized to issue high school diplomas or certificates on the basis of the GED test to adult residents provided applicants meet the following requirements: I. Minimum Test Scores: A standard score of 410 on each of the five tests and an average standard score of 450 on all five tests. II. Minimum Age: None, but diplomas or certificates will not be granted ahead of the time applicants would have received the credentials had they remained in school, except for Michigan Youth Challenge Program graduates. III. Residence: Must be a former student or present resident of the school district from which the diploma or certificate of equivalency is sought; residents in a non-high school district may apply to the high school serving the particular district. IV. Previous High School Enrollment: The local high school may require a year or more of previous high school enrollment in addition to attaining the minimum test scores on the GED test. 3. Minimum Age for Testing: A. Individuals who are at least 16 years of age and have been out of a regular school program for one calendar year may be tested. The calendar year waiting requirement may be waived if it is in the best interest of the individual as determined by a school district's superintendent or designee and parent/guardian and is in accordance with State approved GED testing center guidelines. A GED testing center must retain documentation of this waiver requirement signed by the student, parent/guardian and school district's superintendent or designee. This documentation shall include language that GED testing is in the best interest of the examinee and has been approved by the above-mentioned signatories. B. Michigan National Guard Youth Challenge Program graduates who are at least 16 years of age and no longer enrolled in high school are eligible for testing upon completion of the program. C. Applicants for induction into the U.S. Armed Forces who are age 17 may be admitted to testing, provided a written request is made by the recruiting office of any branch of the Armed Forces stating that the applicant has met all military requirements for induction except for GED test scores, and provided request is accompanied by letter or written statement signed by the local school official stating that the individual has left school and that it would probably be in the best interest of the person to be admitted to testing and, also, a letter of permission for induction from the applicant's parent or guardian is furnished. 4. Requirements for Retesting: Retesting is at discretion of the chief examiner, however, applicants are counseled to enroll in preparatory programs and it is recommended that six months should have elapsed before retesting. 5. Method of Applying: No State application is required. Testing scores and applicant information is obtained directly from GED Testing Centers and GED High School Equivalency certificates are mailed when applicants meet all requirements. 6. Official Transcripts: Test scores are accepted as official only when reported directly by: A. Official GED Testing Centers B. Transcript Service of the Defense Activity for Non-Traditional Education Support (DANTES C. GED Testing Service. 7. Fees: A. Testing fees at Official GED Testing centers varies and there is no fee for a certificate. B. An official report of GED test scores may be obtained from the GED testing centers. Transcript cost information is available from each test center C. Duplicate certificates are not issued 8. Testing Center Locations: Information on the location of Michigan GED testing centers is available on the internet at: by following the links to GED. Benjamin C. Williams, State GED AdministratorMichigan Department of Labor & Economic GrowthOffice of Adult EducationVictor Bldg, 3rd Floor201 N. Washington Sq.Lansing, Michigan 48913Telephone Number: (517) 373-1692Fax Number: (517) 335-3461

Visit the official GED Testing Service website at for more information or call 1-800-62-MYGED (1-800-626-9433) to find your local GED Testing Center. The center can tell you: * Whether you can take the GED Tests * Where to find the Official GED Practice Tests * Where to find a GED instructional program * How much it costs to take the tests * When the tests are given * Other useful information