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Anyone 16 or older and not enrolled in high school may receive free, basic academic instruction in the following areas:
GED - General Educational Development diploma
ESL - English as a Second Language
Basic Skills Enhancement
Adult High School diploma
To take the GED test, candidates must:
Be 19 years old
Present one form of ID to show proof of age and residency
Non-Minnesota residents may take the GED exam in Minnesota if they are 19 years old.
Minnesota residents between the ages of 16-18 may take the test if they complete the requirements and receive assigned age waiver from the Chief GED examiner for the state of Minnesota.
There are 5 sub-tests in the GED test battery:
Language Arts / Reading
Language Arts / Writing
GED candidates must obtain a standard score of 410 or higher on each of the five tests AND a total standard score of 2250 or higher on the entire battery (average score of 450 on each test). Retesting may be done until minimum scores are obtained. Testing and retesting fees if necessary are determined by the test center. In any calendar year, candidates may take any one of the five GED sub-tests no more than three times.
Testing schedules are determined by local GED testing centers. The State GED Office does not maintain detailed information for individual test centers. To make an appointment to take the GED test, contact the test center nearest you.
To contact GED Testing Centers used by the NWSC ABE program:
University of MN / Crookston - (218) 281-8586
Northland Community Technical College / East Grand Forks - (218) 793-2402
Northland Community Technical College / Thief River Falls - (218) 683-8560
Border Area Learning Center / Warroad - (218) 386-3385