New Jersey GED Requirements

In New Jersey, students can earn the state’s GED diploma if they attain passing scores on the four independent GED subtests. These tests are available at one of New Jersey’s state-designated GED Testing centers and online.

To register for the GED® test or the GED Ready® practice tests, the students need to create an account online at the website.


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The state also uses the 5-test HiSET exam for HSE (high school equivalency) testing. For HiSET registration, creating an account at is required.

The GED exam is challenging, so it is essential to become optimally prepared. On average, GED students require at least 2 to 3 months to become sufficiently prepared.

New Jersey GED Test Requirements

  • Applicants can not already hold a secondary education degree (high school or equivalent degree).
  • Applicants can not be registered for another education program.
  • The minimum age in New Jersey is 18.
  • 16 and 17-year-olds only qualify if they meet additional strict criteria. They must, for instance, have permission from their school boards and a parent or guardian.
  • Underage test-takers must complete a Certificate of Consent to Participate Form verifying they are not enrolled in a school program and have permission to sit for the GED exam. They must have a parent or legal guardian accompany them to the test center with their completed Certificate of Consent to Participate Forms. They must bring their Certificate of Consent Forms regardless of whether they plan to take the exam online or at a test center.
  • Test-takers with a legal guardian must bring copies of the court documents awarding guardianship. In case a parent cannot come to the test center in person, the parent must sign the Consent to Participate Form before a certified New Jersey Notary, and the applicant brings it to the chief examiner. Once the form to release age restrictions is approved, the student can register for the exam online or at a test center.
  • High School Equivalency testing in New Jersey is only for state residents.

New Jersey GED Price

The New Jersey GED exam costs $144 (or $36 for each subtest) if you take the exam at a testing facility.

If taken in an online format, the GED exam costs $36 per subtest as well ($144 overall). You should, however, count the cost of four GED Ready tests ($28) as well, totaling $172.


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For each of the four GED subtests, there’s a GED Ready practice test available from for $6.99 each. To qualify for inline testing, students must first reach passing scores (in the “green” range) on the GED Ready official practice tests.

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New Jersey GED Online Classes

Onsego has designed a complete preparatory program for the GED exam. It includes many short GED online classes and numerous practice tests. Onsego’s online GED classes offer great support for taking on the GED challenge and succeeding.

The lessons are short and cover one GED topic at a time in bite-sized chunks, which makes the lessons engaging and easy to understand. You can watch the short lessons whenever you have some time available, and you won’t get hooked up in complicated study material.

We explain each and every GED topic, and we will additionally teach you a few clever strategies to find correct answers to even the most complicated GED questions.

FAQ About GED In New Jersey

How to get a GED in New Jersey?

To get your GED diploma, you must pass the four separate subtests of the GED exam. These subtests cover English Literacy (Reasoning through Language Arts), Math (Mathematical Reasoning), Social Studies, and Science.

What are the New Jersey GED testing requirements?

The GED exams are for adults who have never finished high school. In New Jersey, state residency is required, but test-takers don’t need to attend a prep course or take a qualification practice test first. The minimum age to qualify for testing in New Jersey is 16, but 16 and 17-year-olds must meet additional requirements. Read also this post about the New Jersey online GED test.

What is the GED cost in New Jersey?

In New Jersey, the GED exam costs $144 when taken at a test center. Online GED testing also costs $36 per sub-exam, so $144 in total, but you should also add the cost for the four GED Ready tests (one for each subject exam, $6.99 a piece, so $28 overall), which totals $172. Onsego Advantage students receive 4 GED Ready tests at no cost.

Important: Onsego prides itself on providing outstanding GED preparation courses online. While the information here is a helpful resource, we recommend you validate the accuracy with official GED sources.