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All About the GED: Minnesota

A GED, or General Educational Development credential is accepted by many employers and academic institutions in Minnesota as an alternative to a high school diploma. Please read on to find out more about earning your GED in the state of Minnesota.

Earning Your GED in the State of Minnesota

If you did not graduate from high school, you may be able to earn a General Educational Development (GED) credential, which in the state of Minnesota is called the state of Minnesota GED Diploma.

To earn your GED credential, you will need to pass the four exams that make up the official GED test. The tests cover four content areas: language arts, science, mathematics and social studies. The new 2014 GED computer-based tests have a variety of questions such as multiple choice, fill-in-the-blank, drag and drop, hot spot and short answer. The language arts and social studies tests also both have an essay requirement. The four tests do not have to be taken at the same time.

Minnesota offers the test in English at all its testing centers, though some also offer the exams in Spanish. Check with your local testing center for more information. Upon successful completion of the exams, the state will award you a State of Minnesota GED Diploma.

Minnesota GED Eligibility Requirements

The state of Minnesota allows you to take the GED exams if you meet the following:

  • You are 19 years of age, or are at least 17 with an approved waiver.
  • You must not be currently enrolled in high school.
  • You must have a current, government-issued ID.

Test Preparation and Registration

Minnesota offers GED preparation courses, as well as official GED practice tests, through their Adult Basic Education (ABE) program. To find a GED prep course, visit the Minnesota Literacy Council's website (mnliteracy.org) and use the class locator tool and find programs near you by entering an address or zip code. The class locator can also help you find courses offered during the day, evening and on weekends, and will show you which programs can help with childcare.

Minnesota also offers a free online preparation program called i-Pathways. Anyone preparing for the tests with i-Pathways must commit to a minimum of three lessons per week with an instructor, and a maximum of six lessons.

When you are ready to take the tests, the GED Testing Service website (ged.com) has a similar locator tool that you can use to find GED Test Centers throughout Minnesota.

Scoring and Retesting

GED scores range from 100-200 points on each test. In order to pass the GED tests in Minnesota, you must score at least 150 on each test and have a combined score of 600 on all four exams. Test takers who reach scores ranging from 170 -200, receive Honors scores.

If you do not pass one of the four tests, you can take it again two more times without any waiting period. However, after three tries, if you are still short of the required 150 point score, you must wait 60 days before you take the test again.

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