All About the GED: Nebraska

Nebraska adults who do not have a high school diploma and want to earn the General Educational Development (GED) credential may visit the GED website or contact the Nebraska Department of Education for information. The GED is a four-section test that is considered the equivalent to a high school diploma.

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Earning Your GED Credential in Nebraska

The General Educational Development (GED) credential is a widely-accepted high school diploma equivalent. It was developed by the American Council on Education (ACE) and is administered by individual states. In Nebraska, GED testing is overseen by the Nebraska Department of Education (NDE). To earn your GED credential, you'll need to meet the eligibility requirements of your state and pass all four sections of the GED exam.

Nebraska's Eligibility Requirements

Though Nebraska has no residency requirements, the state requires candidates to have lived there for a minimum of 30 days. Candidates must also be at least 18 years of age and not enrolled in or a graduate of high school. Individuals ages 16 and 17 may be allowed to take the tests if they meet certain criteria, including the submission of a letter explaining the circumstances of withdrawal from a regular school program and the reasons why they want to take the GED.

Additionally, GED candidates must present a copy of their transcript indicating the last date of withdrawal and graduation date of the class from which they withdrew. They must also submit evidence that at least 30 days have passed since they withdrew from a secondary school program. Additional requirements may be found on the NDE website.

Passing Scores

The GED is comprised of four tests, covering social studies, science, mathematical reasoning and reasoning through language arts. These questions will be in the form of multiple-choice, fill-in-the-blank, drag and drop, hot spot, and short answer, and the language arts test has an essay. To obtain a GED credential, Nebraska requires test-takers to score at least 150 on each section of the test, for a total minimum score of 600.


If you fail any part of the exam, you must wait 30 days before retesting if it is your first time. However, if you take a section test more than three times, you will have to wait 60 days to retake the section test again. You can take the tests as many times as needed within a year.


To register for the GED, visit the GED website. The GED test is computer-based and must be taken at an official testing center; it is not available online. Testing center locations may be found on the GED and NDE websites. The testing centers are typically located at community colleges, adult learning centers or public school districts. You'll need to prove your eligibility when you register and pay a fee. You are not required to take a practice test before taking the real GED test.

Why Get Your GED in Nebraska?

By 2022, it is projected that 4.6 million new jobs will require a high school diploma or equivalent. The GED is your path to the future. If you are thinking about earning your GED credential, you may want to read testimonials on the NDE website from Nebraska adults who have gone through this process to see how doing so has changed their lives.

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