Virginia General Educational Development (GED) Certificates

The Board of Education has established a program of testing for general educational development (GED) through which persons may earn a high school equivalency

certificate or a General Achievement Diploma. The following may participate in the testing program:


  1. Persons who are at least 18 years of age and not enrolled in public school or not otherwise meeting the school attendance requirements set forth in Va. Code § 22.1-254;
  2. Persons 16 years of age or older who have been instructed by their parents in their home pursuant to Va. Code § 22.1-254.1 and who have completed such home school instruction;
  3. Persons who have been excused from school attendance pursuant to subsections B and C of Va. Code § 22.1-254;
  4. Persons for whom an individual student alternative education plan has been granted pursuant to subsection D of Va. Code § 22.1-254; and
  5. Persons 16 through 18 years of age who are housed in adult correctional facilities and who are actively pursuing a GED certificate but who are not enrolled in an individual student alternative education plan pursuant to subsection D of Va. Code § 22.1-254.


Under no circumstances shall persons under the age of 16 be eligible for the testing program.