Find GED and High School Equivalency Programs in the United States

Finding information on earning a GED or high school equivalency certificate in each of the United States can be difficult since various state agencies handle adult education state to state, so we have gathered the links for each state and listed them alphabetically, including which test each state offers.

On January 1, 2014, the GED test, formerly used by all 50 states in the U.S. and available only on paper, changed to a new computer-based test, and the door opened for other testing companies to offer similar high school equivalency tests. There are now three possible tests:

  1. GED Testing Service (partner in the past)
  2. HiSET Program, developed by ETS (Educational Testing Service)
  3. TASC (Test Assessing Secondary Completion) (developed by McGraw Hill)

    The test you will take to earn a GED certificate or high school equivalency certificate is determined by the state in which you live. It is not an individual choice for the test taker.

    Each state had the choice of staying with the GED Test, administered by the GED Testing Service or switching to HISET, TASC, or a combination of programs. Some states do offer students a choice. Most states offer prep courses, and most, if not all, are free to the student. Courses are available online from a number of sources, some of which are free, and some that have various costs involved.

    This list includes the states of Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, and Colorado.

    See Connecticut through Iowa.

    See Kansas through Michigan.

    See Minnesota through New Jersey.

    See New Mexico through South Carolina.

    See South Dakota through Wyoming.

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    Alabama

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    Alabama flag - Martin Helfer - SuperStock - GettyImages-128017939

    GED testing in Alabama is handled by the Alabama Community College System as part of the Department of Postsecondary Education. The information is nearly impossible to find if you don't already know to look at the ACCS site, found at accs.cc. There is no reference that I could find to it on the Alabama Department of Education website. 

    Click on the Adult Education link at the top of the page.

    Alabama offers the 2014 computer-based test provided by GED Testing Service as of January 1, 2014.

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    Alaska

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    Alaska flag - Fotosearch - GettyImages-124279858

    GED testing in Alaska is handled by the Alaska Department of Labor and Workforce Development. The state is continuing its partnership with GED Testing Service and, as of January 1, 2014, offers the new 2014 computer-based GED test.

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    Arizona

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    Arizona flag - Fotosearch - GettyImages-124287264

    GED testing in Arizona is handled by the Arizona Department of Education. The state is continuing its partnership with GED Testing Service and, as of January 1, 2014, offers the new 2014 computer-based GED test.

    Check out the links in the center of the Adult Ed. Services page and follow them to the info you need.

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    Arkansas

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    Arkansas flag - Fotosearch - GettyImages-124279641

    GED testing in Arkansas is handled by the Arkansas Department of Career Education. The state is continuing its partnership with GED Testing Service and, as of January 1, 2014, offers the new 2014 computer-based GED test. Info on the state's site is pretty straight forward, with helpful links on the left navigation bar.

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    California

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    California flag - Glowimages - GettyImages-56134888

    GED testing in California is handled by the California Department of Education. As of January 1, 2014, the sate is offering the new 2014 computer-based test from GED Testing Service. Information on the California GED website is presented in a very simple format with lots of helpful links on the GED home page.

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    Colorado

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    Colorado flag - Fotosearch - GettyImages-124279649

    GED testing in Colorado is handled by the Colorado Department of Education. The state is continuing its partnership with GED Testing Service and, as of January 1, 2014, offers the new 2014 computer-based GED test. Links at the bottom of the navigation bar on the left side of the screen provide additional info.