GED - General Educational Development

Individuals may earn a General Educational Development (GED) diploma by passing five tests that verify that they have gained the knowledge equivalent to accepted high school standards. The tests are English language arts/reading, English language arts/writing, math, science and social studies. An individual must score a minimum of 410 on each test and an average of 450 to earn a GED diploma.

The Louisiana Department of Education does not administer Adult Education and does not issue the General Educational Development (GED) diploma. For more information about the GED, please visit the Louisiana Community & Technical College System, Adult Education.


Individuals who are at least 19 years old are eligible to take the exam without enrolling in Adult Education or passing a qualifying test.

Individuals who are 17 and 18 years old must:

  • Have withdrawn from K12 school, 
  • Provide documentation from the school district that they have withdrawn,
  • Enroll in free Adult Education, and
  • Pass the Official Half-Length GED Practice Test.

Individuals who are 16 years old must meet one or more of the following criteria to pursue the route for 17 and 18 year olds:

  • Pregnant or parenting,
  • Incarcerated or adjudicated,
  • Institutionalized or living in a residential facility,
  • Have chronic physical or mental illness, or
  • Family or economic hardship.