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Need a GED?

Learn how the General Educational Development (GED) Test works for APS students, students living outside the APS attendance area, and out of state, charter school, and homeschooled students.


  • Contact the APS GED Office at (505) 855-9042. 
  • Contact the Service Center at (505) 855-9040 or by email at .

What is the GED?

GED stands for the Tests of General Educational Development. The GED Test Battery is a national examination developed by the GED Testing Service of the American Council on Education (ACE).

How it Works

Existing APS Students

  1. First, you must withdraw from high school.
  2. Then, come in to the APS Service Center (map to the Service Center) with the following:
    • withdrawal paperwork from your school
    • your birth certificate
    • parent or legal guardian (if you bring your legal guardian, they must bring their guardianship paperwork)
  3. If your paperwork is approved, APS will issue you a "New Mexico Underage Permission Hardship Form" provided by the State of New Mexico.
  4. Then, go to a GED Testing Center in Albuquerque (typically in person) to pre-register for the test. Search for a testing center near you or call one of the following centers in Albuquerque:

Students Living Outside the APS Attendance Area

Please contact your school district for information on earning a GED.

Out of State Students

You will be required to show proof that your parent(s) now live within the APS attendance area. Bring proof of address such as a driver's license or lease agreement. Questions? Contact the GED Office at 855-9042.

Charter School Students

Note that APS does not process the GED for Charter Schools. Please contact your Charter School administration for more information.

Homeschooled Students

Please go directly to a GED Testing Center for the "NM Underage Permission Hardship Form" and to learn more about taking the GED Test.

Search for a testing center near you or call one of the following centers in Albuquerque:

Age Requirements

The student seeking a GED must be at least 16 years old.

GED Resources