Earning Your Nebraska High School Diploma!

Mar 30, 2018

To earn a Nebraska High School Diploma as an adult, you must pass the General Educational Development (GED) exam. The Nebraska Department of Education supports adult education, which provides programs to prepare you for the GED.

Nebraska Adult Education

To earn a high school diploma in Nebraska, students must complete a minimum of 200 credit hours. Of these hours, 145 must be earned in core curriculum subjects, including the following:

  • 40 credits English/language arts
  • 30 credits mathematics
  • 30 credits social studies
  • 30 credits science

In addition, courses are required in health education, physical education, fine arts, foreign language and approved electives are determined by each school district. If you are over 18 and have not obtained a high school diploma, Nebraska offers GED and Adult education programs in a number of locations across the state, including at community colleges and in public schools. The Nebraska Department of Education has a list of programs on their website that includes contact information for every state adult education program.

Eligibility Requirements

To be eligible for an adult education program in Nebraska, you must be officially withdrawn from high school and be a resident of Nebraska and be 18 years old. If you are under 18, you need a completed NDE Form #12-003, a transcript from the last high school attended, a vaild ID, and evidence of withdrawal from school of at least thirty days.

Nebraska GED

To earn a passing score on the GED, you must score at least 145 on each part of the test, for a total of at least 580. If you do not pass any section of the GED, you may retest for that section after thirty days. If you do not pass a section three times, you must wait sixty days to retest.

The GED test is only given at official testing centers, including public schools, community colleges and adult learning centers. The Nebraska Department of Education has a list of official testing centers in the state on their website. To take the test, you must register online with GED Testing Service. On testing day, you must bring a valid photo identification. If you are under 18, you must also bring your approved NDE form. The GED consists of 240 questions, one essay and is made up of five sections:

  • Reading
  • Writing
  • Mathematics
  • Social studies
  • Science

Adult Education and GED Preparation

GED preparation programs, offered in conjunction with adult education, provide instruction in a classroom setting, through one-on-one tutoring sessions and by providing learning materials for independent study. You are required to take an assessment test upon entering such programs so that instructors can tailor a learning plan just for you. Coursework in basic skills typically focus on subject areas such as reading, writing and mathematics.

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