Earning a GED in New Mexico: Requirements and Prep Info

In New Mexico, residents 18 and older can take the GED (General Educational Development) test without any special conditions. Find out more about requirements, testing centers and preparation information in New Mexico.

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What Is the GED Test?

The GED test is given to adults who have not earned a high school diploma, to allow them to demonstrate they have knowledge of the high school curriculum. The exam is divided into five subject areas, including reading, writing, science, mathematics and social studies.

Most of the questions are multiple-choice and an essay is required for the writing portion of the test. A high school equivalency certificate is awarded upon passing the exam.

Who Is Eligible?

Those who are residents of New Mexico (as shown by having possession of a state-issued driver's license or ID card for at least 30 days) can take the test if they are 18 and:

  • Are not enrolled in an accredited high school
  • Have not graduated from an accredited high school

In addition, 16- and 17-year-olds may qualify to take the test by meeting additional criteria. Contact the New Mexico Public Education Department for more information.

All examinees are required to show two approved forms of identification at the time of testing. One form must be a photo ID with a current address and phone number, such as a driver's license or military ID. Check with your testing office for other acceptable forms of identification.

Where Can I Find a Testing Center?

The GED must be taken at an official test center; it can't be taken over the Internet or by mail. Currently 29 GED testing centers with schedules and contact information are listed on the New Mexico Public Education Department website.

What's a Passing Score?

To earn a GED diploma, you must attain a total score of 2,250 and no single test score lower than 410. You may take the entire test battery or any section a total of three times a year.

Where Can I Find Preparation Programs?

To prepare, take a practice test and enroll in GED classes offered at adult basic education (ABE) centers. The New Mexico Public Education Department website has a directory of ABE centers.

You can prepare on your own through self-study manuals available at bookstores and libraries. Online classes are also an option for those with computer access. In addition, your adult education center might offer distance-learning instruction.

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