Which states offer free GED testing?

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4 states have offered GED or HiSET testing for free for many years: New York, West Virginia, Connecticut, and Maine. For residents of these states, the GED or HiSET exam is fully subsidized.

  • New York and Connecticut use the GED® (General Education Development) exam
  • Maine and West Virginia are using the HiSET® (High School Equivalency Test)
  • In Connecticut, there is a small registration fee

In Illinois, Missouri, and Kentucky, the HSE (High School Equivalency) test is now also free but only for first-time test-takers. Nebraska and Alaska also joined the states that offer the GED test now for free! Ohio offers first-time testers reduced rates on the GED exam.

So now, FREE High School Equivalency Testing (GED or HiSET) is possible in the following states:

  • New York is using the GED test
  • Maine uses the HiSET (simply short for High School Equivalency Test)
  • Connecticut is using the GED exam (General Education Development) but there is a modest administration fee
  • West Virginia uses the HiSET test
  • Illinois offers the GED and HiSET exams
  • Missouri uses the HiSET
  • Kentucky is using the GED test
  • Alaska offers the GED
  • Nebraska uses the GED

Then, there are two states and Washington DC that are partly subsidizing the GED exam:

  • Arkansas offers GED testing for $16 ($4 per subtest)
  • Maryland offers GED testing for $45 (all four modules so $11,25 per subtest)
  • Washington DC offers GED testing for $15 (for the entire GED test so $3.75 per module)

Recently, Texas and New Mexico also joined the group of states that offer their HSE (High School Equivalency exam) for free. These states introduced a voucher program that allows eligible test-takers to take the exam at no cost.

So there are states that are partly or entirely subsidizing HSE testing. Some offer free testing at only certain time frames, but in just about all states, GED prep courses are offered at no cost.

The fact of the matter is that an increasing number of states offer the GED or HiSET test at no cost to first-time test-takers. Bear in mind, however, that taking the GED test online is usually more expensive!

To see details about your state go to https://onsego.com/ged-state/

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