New Mexico - Public Education Department

State Requirements
  What are the eligibility requirements to take the GED tests?
To take the GED tests in New Mexico, a student must have a government-issued photo ID and be 18 years of age or older. For candidates who are under the age of 18, please visit our Registration Page for more detailed information and exceptions.
  I'm underage. What do I need to do to take the test?
In New Mexico, you can be 16 or 17 and take the GED® test if you meet the following exception: Candidates under the age of 18 are required to obtain and submit a permission form with consent from their local school district, as well as from their parents or guardians. Please visit our Registration Page for more detailed information and exceptions.
  The closest testing center is in a different state. Can I take the exam there?
Some states allow people who don't live there to take the GED® test and others don't. You'll need to check the residency requirement for the state in which you're interested in testing.
  Do I need to take a class or receive instruction before I can take the test?
No, New Mexico does not require you to prepare for the GED® test in an adult education classroom. However, studying in a classroom setting is a good opportunity to get up to speed on the topics and areas you'll find on the GED® test. Click Here to find an adult preparation program.
  How do I prepare to take the high school equivalency tests?
Study material is available at most libraries and book stores. Most preparation books have practice tests that will help you determine when you are ready to test. It is recommended that you take the GED Ready Practice Test to determine your ability to pass the GED Tests. There is also helpful information available at including a free practice test.
  Do I have to take the practice test before testing?
No, you're not required to take the Official GED Practice Test™ before taking the test. However, the Official GED Practice Test™ is available at and is a good measure to see if you're ready to take the GED® test or not.
  Do I need to prove I'm a resident of New Mexico to take the test?
No, there is not a residency requirement to take the test in New Mexico. That means you don't have to prove you live in our state to take the GED® test and earn New Mexico's GED® test credential.
  Do I have to take all four tests in one sitting?
No. You can register and pay for one test at a time.
  What language options does the new test have?
The 2014 series tests can be taken in English and/or Spanish.
  Can I take the tests in more than one language in New Mexico?
Yes. Beginning with the 2014 series, the test-taker is able to choose the language (English/Spanish) for each individual test. As long as the minimum passing scores are achieved for each content area, a credential can be earned with both languages combined.
  Can I take the high school equivalency tests on paper?
Beginning January 1, 2014, all high school equivalency tests must be taken on computer at official testing centers. Paper-based testing is no longer available.
  Can I take the high school equivalency tests on line?
No. All tests must be taken at computer-based testing centers. To register, go to
  Are accommodations available for the new tests?
Yes. Modified testing conditions are available. When the test-taker is registering at, answer yes when asked "Do you need to request accommodated testing conditions for a documented disability?" In response, you will receive further instructions via email. For detailed information on accommodations, please click here or, go to GED Testing Service Accommodations. Please note that your scheduling process will stop until you receive approval for accommodations.
  With the introduction of the new 2014 Series GED® Test, will my 2002 Series scores remain valid?
No. Scores cannot be combined from different test series. All incomplete 2002 GED test series scores expired on December 31, 2013 when the new, 2014 series test was launched. If you did not complete your testing, you will need to complete and pass all four tests in the 2014 test series.
  How do I register to take the high school equivalency tests?
Go to to initiate the registration process. At the GED portal, you will have access to preparation resources or you can proceed to schedule your tests. The testing centers will appear in order of proximity, closest first. Alternatively, you can register by calling 1-877-TEST-GED (877-392-6433).
Price & Payment
  How much does the GED® test cost?
New Mexico charges $30 per module for the GED® test.
  How much does it cost to retake the test? Can I retake the test for free?
The GED Testing Service offers a discounted retake program for all GED® test-takers. According to the program's policy:
  • Two discounted retakes are provided for each subject area taken
  • Testing centers can choose to waive their fees; click here to see which testing centers waive retake fees
  • You must schedule retakes one at a time for the discount to apply
  • Discounted retakes cannot be combined with any other discounts
  • After your two discounted retakes, you will need to wait at least 60 days, pay the full retake price and then you will receive two more discounted retakes
  • Retakes must occur within 12 calendar months of your initial attempt
  • After 12 calendar months have passed, you will have to pay the original fee of $30 per module and restart the process of two discounted re-takes
  Can I buy a voucher to pay for the GED tests?
Voucher purchase information can be found at Pearson Vouchers. Additional information can be found at GED Testing Voucher FAQs.
Registration & Scheduling
  Can I take all four test sections at once or do I need to set up different appointment times?
Yes, in New Mexico you can take all test parts in the same day if you can find a testing center with hours that accommodate it.
  What happens if I move to a different state in the middle of testing? Can I continue testing in my new state or do I have to start all over?
It depends on whether or not that state has a residency requirement. Check the residency requirements in that state and don't hesitate to contact the GED Administrator™ in that state with questions. In New Mexico you are not required to be a resident to take the test.
Test Scores
  What score do I need to pass the test?
New Mexico test-takers need to score a 150 on each test and 600 on the entire test battery (all four parts combined).
  • Below Passing: 100–149
  • GED® Passing Score: 150–169
  • GED® Honors Score: 170–200
Scores of 170–200 represent performance consistent with readiness for career and college and these students will receive an indication of "Honors" on his/her transcript.
  How do I retrieve my current scores so I can finish testing?
If you began testing after January 1, 2014, you established a login and password as part of the registration process. To review your scores, go to If you have forgotten your password, click on "Forgot Password" to receive an email with a new temporary password.
Retake Policies
  If I don't pass, how long do I have to wait before taking the test again?
In New Mexico, there is no waiting period before retaking a failed module.
  Are there any other requirements before I re-test?
It is strongly recommended that you take an adult education class or some other form of preparation if you don't pass a particular subject area after two attempts. Click here to find an adult preparation program. Questions? Feel free to call New Mexico's state office at (505) 827-6507.
  Can I re-test in the subject that I failed before taking the next module?
In New Mexico, you're not required to finish the entire test before re-testing on any subjects.
GED Test Credential
  How will I receive my initial high school equivalency credential and transcript?
All test-takers must register using the state's document fulfillment service at to obtain his/her first free copy of a credential and transcript. Free diplomas and transcripts are only available to those students who began testing February 1, 2013 to the present. All subsequent requests carry a fee of $18.00.
  Why do I need to work within my jurisdiction? Can't I just get the diploma from the GED Testing Service?
The GED Testing Service develops the GED® test and works with each state to offer the test. The credential is issued based upon rules of each individual state—most states have slightly different rules and regulations. Because of the state-by-state differences, the GED Testing Service doesn't issue diplomas. For further information, you can call New Mexico's state office at (505) 827-6507.
  Once I start testing, is there a time limit for me to finish all four subjects before my scores begin to expire?
Yes. In New Mexico, you have three years — from the moment you take the first test until you've finished all four — to complete GED testing.
  I want to order a copy of my transcript and/or diploma.
Anyone seeking a duplicate transcript or diploma must do so using the state's GED® document fulfillment service at You will need a credit or debit card to complete your order online.
  What is the GED® credential in my state called?
In New Mexico the credential is called the New Mexico High School Diploma. After July 1, 2014, the credential will be designated the New Mexico High School Equivalency Credential.
  If I received a New Mexico High School Diploma prior to July 1, 2014, and I would like a duplicate copy, will I still receive a credential entitled "New Mexico High School Diploma"?
Yes, all duplicate diplomas prior to July 1, 2014 will still read, "New Mexico High School Diploma."
GED® Test Language Versions
  Can I take my GED® test in Spanish?
Yes, in New Mexico you can take the GED® test in Spanish.
  Can I take the GED® test in French?
No, you can't take the French version of the GED® test in New Mexico.
  Am I allowed to combine different language versions of the test together?
Yes, New Mexico residents are allowed to combine the English and Spanish language versions to complete the test.
  Does New Mexico have any requirements for English as a Second Language (ESL)?
ESL instruction can help any non-native English speaker, but in New Mexico there are no ESL class requirements to complete the GED® test.
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