Earning Your High School Diploma in Minnesota
The state of Minnesota believes a high school diploma is essential for success in education, work life and community involvement. Minnesota students must meet the following requirements to graduate from high school:
- Satisfactorily complete all state course credits
- Complete all state or local academic standards
Students must complete 21.5 course credits in high school. These are separated into four credits of language arts, three credits of mathematics (including algebra, geometry, statistics and probability), three credits of science (including biology), 3.5 credits of social studies, one art credit and seven elective credits. More information can be found at the Minnesota Department of Education's website.
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Earning a GED or Standard Adult Diploma in Minnesota
If you're an adult who did not receive a high school diploma, Minnesota offers the Adult Basic Education (ABE) program. This free program covers a number of subjects, including Adult Diploma, English as a Second Language (ESL), Basic Skills Enhancement and GED. This program is usually offered at the various state public school districts, some technical colleges, non-profit organizations and some correctional institutions at the state and local level.
If you are taking the GED in Minnesota, you need to be at least 19 years of age and not enrolled in a high school. If you are 17 or 18 years of age, you must obtain a waiver and cannot be enrolled in a high school. You must present a valid photo ID on testing day. You are not required to take a practice test, but it is recommended in order to ensure you are adequately prepared. To pass, you must score at least 145 on each subtest. You may retest each subtest up to three times. After that, a waiting period is required before a fourth try.
Standard Adult Diploma Requirements
The ABE program awards an adult diploma based on the student satisfying the public school district's graduation requirement. You are eligible for ABE if you are 17 or older, not currently enrolled in a K-12 school and lack basic academic skills such as language arts, speaking or mathematics. Applicants may demonstrate their skills and receive credit through four areas:
- Prior school experience
- Approved standardized test scores
- Approved ABE courses
- Applied and experiential learning through approved projects
When a student completes competence, the state issues a Standard Adult Diploma.