All About the GED: Delaware

Aug 03, 2018

Earning Your GED Credential in Delaware

The General Educational Development (GED) credential is the most widely recognized high school diploma equivalent in the U.S. The American Council on Education (ACE) developed it, and it's administered by each individual state. In Delaware, the Department of Education oversees GED testing. Successful completion of the GED credential will award you a high school equivalency diploma.


The state of Delaware has different eligibility requirements depending on your age. If you're 18 years of age or older, you must:

  • Be a Delaware resident or have been employed in Delaware for at least six months before taking the test
  • Not be enrolled in a school program (certified by signature)

If you are 16 or 17, you need to:

  • Apply to the Department of Education for a waiver of the age requirement
  • Be a resident of Delaware
  • Verify age
  • Provide proof of withdrawal from school program
  • Provide a transcript from school program

GED Exam Scoring and Retesting

Delaware requires a score of no less than 145 on each individual test and a score of at least 580 across all four parts, combined, of the GED exam. There is no wait period for retaking a subject area that you failed. However, if you retake a subject area test three times, you must wait 60 days to take it again.

Format and Structure of GED Exams

To earn a GED credential, you need to take and pass four tests in writing and reading, social studies, science, and mathematics. Most of the GED exams are multiple-choice, although there is an essay included in the writing test. You may use a calculator for most of the mathematics exam (part 2) and for some of the science and social studies questions. Some of the math answers need to be written on a standard or coordinate grid.

The GED exam is not offered online and must be taken in-person at an approved testing center. Testing and preparation locations may be found at the Department of Education's website or by using the locator on the ACE website.

Why Get Your GED in Delaware?

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, individuals with a high school diploma experience less unemployment and higher earnings than those who do not have a diploma. Most employers, universities, and colleges recognize the GED credential. By increasing your skills and knowledge you can show your employer you are job ready, training ready, and college capable.

Need help preparing for the GED? Check out's GED Test Prep study guides, complete with bite-size video lessons, practice tests, informational resources, and more to make sure you ace the exam!

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