Louisiana GED Test Programs
Ms. Debi FaucetteLouisiana GED Information
Director, Division of Dropout Prevention, Adult and Family Services
Louisiana Department of Education
1201 North 3rd Street
Baton Rouge, LA 70802
Louisiana Eligibility Requirements
Students who are not enrolled in K-12 schools and who are 17 years old or older may be authorized to take the GED tests. Students 17-18 years of age must enroll in Adult Education classes and qualify to sit for the GED Test by passing the Official Half-Length GED Practice Test. The minimum passing requirements for the GED Practice and the Official GED Test are standard scores of 410 on each of five subtests and an overall average standard score of 450 on all five tests.
1. Those who are 19 years old or older may be authorized to take the test without enrolling in
adult education or passing a qualifying test.
2. Those who are 19+ years of age can contact the Louisiana Adult Education program in their
area and be scheduled to take the GED.
3. Those who are 17-18 years old will have to enroll in the Adult Education program, where
they will be required to take classes until demonstration of their readiness to take the GED
Test. These qualification criteria will be discussed with each person upon enrollment into the
program. The classes are free.
4. Those who are 17-18 years old will need documentation from the school system that they
have officially withdrawn.
5. Special accommodations are available for those meeting the GED Testing Service
requirements and completing the proper documentation.
6. Those who are 16 years of age will have to satisfy certain criteria before enrolling in an Adult
Education program. Louisiana State law states that a 16-year-old student cannot drop out of
the K-12 school system unless that student meets certain hardship criteria:
a) Pregnant or actively parenting,
b) Incarcerated or adjudicated,
c) Institutionalized or living in a residential facility,
d) Chronic physical or mental illness, or
e) Family and/or economic hardships.
WHERE CAN I TAKE THE GED TEST in LOUISIANA?
You may contact the Adult Education Program Supervisor in your parish, or information is available at www.louisianaschools.net.
IS IT POSSIBLE TO TAKE THE GED TEST ONLINE?
No. The GED Testing Service does not have a system in place to allow a candidate to take the GED Test online.
WHAT ARE THE MINIMUM PASSING TEST SCORES?
The minimum passing scores for the GED Test is an earned standard score of 410 on each test and an average standard score of 450 on all five tests.
IS THERE A FEE FOR TAKING THE GED TEST?
The GED Test fee for Louisiana is $50.00 for initial testing and $30.00 for any retesting. The retesting candidate must retake the test(s) if the standard score(s) is/are less than 410 and/or the average standard score is less than 450.
WHAT HAPPENS IF I DO NOT PASS THE TEST?
Students 16-18 years old:
Required to return to classes and re-qualify by passing the half-length GED Official Practice Test.
Students may retake any or all parts of the test in order to improve individual or overall scores. Persons may only test three times in a calendar year and are required to wait at least 30 days between each subsequent testing period.
Students 19 years of age or older:
Students 19 years of age or older may retake the test after a 30-day wait, for a maximum of three (3) times per calendar year. Any or all parts of the test may be retaken in order to improve individual or overall scores.
IS CLASS ATTENDENCE REQUIRED?
Students who are 16-18 years of age must enroll in an adult education program.
Others are encouraged to participate in an adult education program. These programs are designed to offer access to class resources, including GED acquisition training and test preparation skills, and to enhance workplace skills.
WHAT ARE THE GED TESTING REQUIREMENTS?
Louisiana State policy requires that students who are 16-18 years of age attend classes and demonstrate, by taking the GED Official Practice Test (OPT), their ability to pass the GED Test.
? Those who are 16 years of age will have additional requirements before they can enroll in an Adult Education program. The Adult Education Program Supervisor or High School Guidance Counselor in your area will assist the participant in qualifying for an adult education program.
? Those who are 17-18 years old are required to enroll in the Adult Education program in their area.
? Those who are 19 years of age can contact the Adult Education program in their area to be scheduled to take the GED test without the necessity of enrolling in Adult Education classes.
Contact the nearest Adult Education Program Supervisor for times and locations of classes and testing and/or any additional requirements.
HOW CAN A 16-YEAR-OLD TAKE THE GED?
Compulsory School Age Attendance Law for Louisiana requires that students meet attendance criteria until the age of 17. The process of exiting school prior to 17 years of age will require contacting the current school of attendance and petitioning the LEA for a waiver. For details on specific requirements for this process, please contact the High School Guidance Counselor or Principal in your school.
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