The amount of time it takes to acquire the Graduate Equivalency Diploma, or GED, varies from person to person and largely depends on an individual's current level of education and how much time they dedicate to studying and preparing for the test. In order to take the GED exam, an individual must be at least 16 years old, not enrolled in high school and must meet the state's minimum requirements.
Taking and successfully passing the GED ensures that one will be able to go to college or continue education beyond high school. The GED test allows for a maximum of 7 hours and 5 minutes to complete the battery of tests, which can be split into over a period of two days. The test is taken at high schools, community colleges and adult education centers throughout Canada and the United States.