Eddie Hellstrom
I was wondering if it's really possible for a foreigner to do the GED tests in USA WITHOUT having to live there? I'm from europe and there are no test centers close to where I live.
I plan on going to college in USA after the GED and could think of going to any of the states for the GED exams since I'm interested in visiting the country again, preferably the east coast though.
I have been researching but it seems like the states I'm interested in all have residence requirements, eg. you have to live there to be eligible. So if anyone has experience in doing the tests as a foreigner in America or if anyone knows anything that might help or can redirect me somewhere , I'd love to hear it. Thanks,
Eddie
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Magnus
Hi, I know this is an old post, but in case you're still on the forum; did you find out if you can? I'm basically in your situation. 
Kirsten
Hi Magnus, most states do have a residency requirement, but some do not. This page will show you the test policies of each state. So you'll have to do some research and find a state you think you can travel to that does not have a residency requirement. And before you make any travel plans, you'll want to contact the testing center you plan on using and double-check that they don't have any additional local requirements that would prevent you from testing. You can look up testing center contact information from this page. And, if you can, please update and let us know if you find a good place. It would be helpful information to pass along to other international students in your situation. I hope this helps at least a little.

Kirsten Thomas
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Magnus
Hi Kirsten, 

I have researched which states have residency requirements. 

Based on info on http://www.gedtestingservice.com, the following states do not require you to be a resident in order to for you to take the GED:

Alabama, Arizona, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Iowa, KansasMaine, Michigan, Mississippi, New Mexico, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oregon, South Dakota, Tennessee, Utah, Vermont, Virginia and Washington.

However, it isn't stated if you need to be a resident in Alaska, California, Louisiana and Colorado, so I would have to do some more research to figure out the requirements in those states. 

So back to my problem, I'm a Danish citizen and I currently live in Britain.
If I wanted to travel to the States, I would need to do it through the Visa Waiver Program.
Anyone using the VWP are not allowed to study for credit during their stay, so as far as I can tell, I'm not allowed to go study for my GED, or even just take the test, am I right? 

I could apply for an F-1 Student Visa too though, but I'm not sure of the requirements for that and if studying for a GED is enough to be granted an F-1 visa. 

I read several places that the GED is offered internationally, I even located a testing center in London.
I failed to find any info about it though, so can you tell me what the whole idea behind this is? 
Can I as a non-us citizen take a GED that will be recognized in the States, outside of the U.S?

Also, can I study for the GED, as in follow a GED program, in Europe? I'm not even sure what exactly a GED test requires and I'm pretty sure I wouldn't be able to pass it without studying for it a lot. 

You might not know the answers to any of this, but I figure it's worth the shot.

Thank you for your help so far, 
Magnus

Kirsten
Hi Magnus. Thanks for the list of states that don't have residency requirements; I'm sure other students will find that helpful. I do want to add, though, that while some states might not have residency requirements, sometimes there are additional local requirements. So it's always good to touch base with the testing center you're wanting to use before you book any travel plans. In your case, Magnus, I really think taking the test in England would be the easiest option. I do not think studying for the GED would qualify you for a student visa as the GED is available internationally. Your first step would be to study for the test, which we can help with. We offer an online program and have many international students. If that's something you're interested in, feel free to contact me with any questions via email, by clicking my name to the left. You can also enroll in our program any time from here: GED Academy Online Study Program Once you're ready to take your test, you just schedule an appointment to go in and take it. You can do that online by clicking "register and schedule now" next to the testing center you'd like to use on this list: International Testing Centers. The GED you receive by taking the test internationally is the same as a state GED you'd get here in the US. It's the same test no matter where you take it, so it doesn't really matter where you take your test as long as it's in person at an official testing center (not online or through the mail; that's a scam.) I know this is a big paragraph, Magnus, but I hope this information helps. And as I said, you're welcome to contact me with any additional questions you have. Have a great day!

Kirsten Thomas
GED Academy
1-800-460-8150
Magnus

Hi Kirsten

Thank you for the reply.

I'm going to look into all this and things like ACT/SAT and course credit a lot more, but for now I'm just wondering how the states' local requirements come into play in my case.

I assume that a specific state, one with no residency requirements or similar, has to issue the GED diploma once I pass the test, even if I take it internationally, right?

Also, just to be positive that I understood you correctly, an official GED taken anywhere will be valid even in states with residency requirements? 

Thanks, you're being really helpful!

Magnus

Kirsten
Hi Magnus, if you take the GED test intenrationally, you get the GED directly from the GED Testing Service. If you take the test in the US, the state where you take the test issues your certificate. But, no matter where your GED comes from, as long as you took the test at an official testing center, you can use that GED the same way in any state and/or country. For example, a California GED and a New York GED are the same thing and you can use either one to get into college or get a job. I hope that makes sense. 

Kirsten Thomas
GED Academy
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Jenni Owens
Hy all.
Was wondering if I can study for a GED in the UK as I am moving to the U.S. Next year and woukd like to have had my studying done before I leave the UK. If so where can I get the study materials from?
Laura
Hi Jenni,

You can study for your GED test anywhere.

There are several ways to prepare for your test. Typically you will find a local class at a community college or adult learning center. There are lots of online study programs available. If you search for GED prep book on Amazon, you will get hundreds if not thousands of hits. You can also hire a private tutor to work with you one-on-one.

Remember, the only way to get the authentic GED certificate is by going to an official testing center and taking the test in person. So when you are done studying, you will need to find a testing center near you.

Sincerely,
Laura

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Ronald
I thought I was the only one with that problem!
But, my question is: If I get registered internationally, and purchase all the materials online for the GED, and I study in my own country, and pass the test in a center in the States, will that be a problem for me to change my tourist visa into a Student visa? Please give me an answer, because it's very important!!!
Thank you!
Carla Fuller
This too, is my question.  I am helping a young man prepare for his GED.  He is a refugee in Thailand.  

Can he study online there and then take the GED here or can he come here an study for his GED online?  

What type of visa would that be?  After he gets his GED, I would like to help him apply to college and change his visa to a student visa, if that's possible.

Any advice would be much appreciated.

Thanks
Kenet E.
Hello, i am so glad i found this page as my boyfriend is from Montevideo, Uruguay in South America. i was glad to know that they offer GED internationally but very disappointed to know that they don't offer GED in South America. why is that? i feel like the GED option would be the best for him to finish school quickly. We are in a long distance relationship and i live in Dallas, TX. From what i know, Texas requires you to be a legal citizen to take the test so it's not like he could visit here and take the test. Can anyone please help me?
Rosiee
Hi Kenet,

To find out more about international options for GED testing, you can check the international site. You can also look at nearby states that do not have residency requirements for taking the GED test. New Mexico does not have a residency requirement and neither does Louisiana (although Louisiana offers a test called HiSet instead of GED).

Good luck! I hope you find a good way for him to take his GED test!

Rosiee Thormahlen, Adviser

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Kenet
i was looking into GED centers that would allow him to take the GED. As stated, he lives in Uruguay. the closest center is in Brazil and the name of the school is Escola tecnica Maxwell. i have no clue if they would offer the test in Spanish. how do we find out as we do not speak the language.
Rosiee
Hi Kenet,

The GED test is currently offered in English and Spanish. You can check with the GED testing service to find out more about international testing. I would recommend contacting them through email to ask about this or contacting the testing center directly.

Rosiee Thormahlen, Adviser

GED Academy

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