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Underage Policy

(Under no circumstances may the GED be given to persons less than 16 years of age)


The following requirements shall govern eligibility of candidates to take the GED Tests:

(1) A person who is not at least eighteen (18) years of age may be permitted to take
the General Educational Development (GED) tests upon submission of a
statement of justification recommended by the Superintendent's designee. The
statement of justification shall be based on at least one of the following

(a) The candidate justifies a need to be employed that would prevent school
attendance; or
(b) The candidate is a parent who does not have access to child care; or
(c) The candidate justifies health condition (s) that would prevent school
attendance; or
(d) The candidate desires to enter a vocational program, a college or university
or military service; or
(e) The candidate’s school record indicates that he/she has been unsuccessful in
high school and is unable to earn the required credits to graduate by the maximum allowed age

(2) Initial approval, by the Superintendent’s designee, shall be based on the candidate’s Application for Extraordinary Circumstances. Final approval for a waiver to take the official GED Examination will be granted by the Director of Adult Education only after the applicant has enrolled and completed 240 hours of instruction in a GED class or has demonstrated competence to the instructional staff using published standardized measures. Additionally, the student must score at least 150 on the GED Ready (official practice test) for each subject prior to taking the official GED.


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