Earning Your North Dakota High School Diploma!

A high school diploma is often the minimum requirement for finding employment or attending a college program. For those who did not receive their diplomas, North Dakota offers an alternative that can help prepare students to achieve their educational and career goals.

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How to Earn a North Dakota High School Diploma

For those in North Dakota who don't have their high school diploma but are looking to further their educational and career opportunities, the state has options available for residents in need of such assistance. Opportunities include a variety of adult education programs for learning purposes as well as the General Educational Development credential or GED.

General Educational Development

The GED exam is a high school diploma equivalency test that consists of four sections - language arts, math, science, and social studies - for those who have not obtained a high school diploma. You must be at least 16 to take this test, no special circumstances excepted.

In order to pass the test, you must score at least 145 on each of the subsections, but GED has multiple scoring brackets to assess a tester's potential for advancing into higher education; while a score between 145 and 164 is the bracket for high school equivalency, scoring between 165 and 174 shows a tester is ready for progressing to college work and scores 175 and above show a tester to already be at college level. Preparation courses are often offered at adult learning centers. For more information, such as eligibility requirements, testing schedules and fees, please visit the North Dakota GED testing service page.

Other Adult Education Programs

North Dakota offers a number of other adult education programs, including adult basic education, GED preparation, English as a second language, and the displaced homemaker program. The adult basic education program is designed to help disadvantaged adults raise their academic skills, while the English as a second language program is for adults who require further language skills in English. The displaced homemaker program helps individuals who are in need due to divorce, a death in the family, spousal disability, or other reasons, receive help entering the workforce. These programs are available at adult learning centers throughout the state.

Why Get a High School Diploma in North Dakota?

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the more formal education you receive, the greater your earning potential becomes. This means that by simply taking the time to earn your GED you are almost guaranteed more money for your work as well as more abundant and more highly regarded job opportunities in North Dakota or anywhere you want to work. It also provides the opportunity to earn degrees in college which increase earning potential.

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