Adults - Jump-start your education, life and career by getting your GED in Kentucky

The nationally recognized GED® test offers you an opportunity to earn a Kentucky high school equivalency diploma aligned with current high school standards (including grade 12 standards) and career- and college-readiness expectations. The GED® test is four tests that show you have the same level of knowledge as graduating high school seniors in Reasoning Through Language Arts, Mathematical Reasoning, Science, and Social Studies

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Step 1 - Make sure you qualify

To take the GED® test in Kentucky, you must:

  • Have a Kentucky address.
  • Be 19 or have reached the legal age of withdrawal in the local school district where you live and be withdrawn for at least 90 days.
  • Pass GED Ready, the official practice test.

Step 2 - Contact a local adult education center

Lots of help is available to help you prepare for the GED® test.

  • Adult education centers in every Kentucky county offer free classes.
  • The adult education centers can also help get you started.  There may be distance distance learning options, such as KET's Fast Forward, so you can study at home.
  • But, please beware of any online programs that purport to offer the GED® credential.  The credential is only issued by the state when taken at official test centers under contract to GED Testing Service®.

Step 3 - Take the test

The national fee to take the GED® test is $30 for each of the four modules, which amounts to $120 for the complete test. Discounts may be available through the local adult education centers. The test can be taken at Pearson VUE/GED Testing Centers at numerous Kentucky locations. You can find a test center near you at the test center locator at

You can earn a GED® test credential only by going in person and taking the test at an Official Person VUE/GED® Testing Center.

Step 4 - Receive your results

You can view your test results online at If you pass, you'll receive your diploma in about a week.

Your Score

Test-takers must earn a minimum score of 145 on each of the four content areas (Reasoning Through Language Arts, Mathematical Reasoning, Science, and Social Studies) in order to earn a high school equivalency credential. 

To demonstrate higher level skills, the GED® test has two additional score designations: GED® College Ready (165-174) and GED® College Ready + Credit (175-200).  GED College Ready and College Ready + Credit are performance level designations evaluated and recommended by the American Council on Education's College Credit Recommendation Service (CREDIT®). 

If you do not pass, you can study some more and take the test again. GED Testing Service® discounts the cost of retakes to $10 for two additional attempts per content area per year.