Earn Your GED® Diploma

​​​Free GED® Testing!

The state of Kentucky ​will pay for your first GED ​test in each subject plus limited retakes (two per subject in a testing center and/or one per subject via online proctored) while funding lasts. To qualify, you must first pass the GED Ready Official Practice Test (free at a Kentucky Adult Education Prep Center).

If scheduling your test in a test center, enter promo code KYFREEGED1 during checkout. If scheduling your ​online proctored GED test, enter OPKYRETAKE​ first, then enter promo code OPKYFREEGED during checkout.

For test center-based retakes, enter promo code KYRETAKE during checkout. For online proctored retakes, enter promo code OPKYRETAKE during checkout.

The GED® Diploma is recognized by employers and colleges as the equivalent of a high school diploma. Free classes to prepare eligible Kentuckians to take the four-part test are available at KY Adult Education centers in every county.

If you didn't finish high school, there are free classes at KY Adult Education Centers to prepare you to take the GED® test and the GED Ready™ test is offered there at no charge as well.


In Kentucky, the minimum age required to take the GED® test with no age approval is 19 years old. The Kentucky GED® testing program requires all those under the age of 19 to be officially withdrawn from public or private school for 90 days, as certified by the local school district, or meet other requirements in order to be eligible to schedule the GED® test. 17-year-olds may test only if they fall into one of the following categories (as defined by KRS 158.143):

  • State Agency Child
  • Child in Custody of Department of Juvenile Justice
  • Student in a District-Operated Alternative Education Program who is not on track to graduate

Students under 19 must complete the documentation of underage testing form. Submit your form through any of the methods below:

  1. Email a scanned copy to ged@ky.gov
  2. Mail to: Kentucky GED Testing/500 Mero Street/Mail Stop 5SC/Frankfort, KY 40601
  3. Fax to 502-696-5863

If you are in one of the following groups, please email ged@ky.gov for additional instructions:

  • Enrolled in Job Corps
  • Enrolled in ChalleNGe Academy
  • State agency child
  • In juvenile detention center or education program
  • Student in a district-operated alternative education program

If you are a high school graduate and need to improve your reading, math or communication skills, you may be eligible for free adult education services in every Kentucky county. Contact your Kentucky Adult Education center today to find out what services are available.

More information concerning the GED® test update.

Verify a GED® Diploma

Kentucky Adult Education services does not verify an employee’s or potential employee’s GED® Diploma status by phone ​or e-mail. The process and the request form are available here.

Contact your local Kentucky Adult Education center to learn more about earning your GED