GED/General Education Development Diploma Testing and GED Preparation

General Education Development Diploma

Have a future full of possibilities: a college career, a better job or a promotion. Get your GED (General Educational Development) diploma issued by Minnesota Department of Education by taking the GED tests at our official testing site in Apple Valley (Full Schedule).

How should I prepare for the GED tests?

GED refresher courses are offered to adults and focus on basic skills including reasoning through language arts, mathematical reasoning, science and social studies. Practice GED tests are also available. Classes are taught by licensed, caring and patient teachers, Monday through Thursday mornings and evenings in Apple Valley. For class schedules and to register, visit www.district196.org/abe, contact District 196 Adult Basic Education at 952-431-8316 or email abe@district196.org.

What are the benefits of attending GED prep classes with District 196 ABE?

Attend GED prep classes to prepare and become comfortable with the tests before you take them. For a registration fee of only $20, you get:

  • Licensed, patient teachers
  • Individualized studies specifically for you
  • Relevant curriculum to help you succeed
  • Free GED Ready™ official practice tests when recommended by your teacher

Learn and prepare online!

Work online for GED preparation: reasoning through language arts, mathematical reasoning, science and social studies, 24-7 from the convenience of your home!

Simply complete the Student Computer Experience Survey, click Done, and it will automatically be sent to our ABE office. Internet Explorer (Windows) and Firefox (Mac) are the preferred browsers for this survey.

Adult learners choosing this option to prepare for the GED test need to have a computer, access to internet and know how to email and send/receive attachments. Attend an orientation and testing session at one of the ABE sites and upon completion of the Internet work, meet for a post-test on your learning and prepare you for the GED exam.

For more information email us or call 952-388-1980.

What is the GED test?

In Minnesota, individuals who do not have a high school diploma may be able to earn a state of Minnesota GED Diploma by passing the General Educational Development (GED) test. The diploma is recognized as a key to new employment opportunities, career advancement, post-secondary education and personal satisfaction. The diploma is issued by Minnesota Department of Education.

What are GED tests like?

The GED testing program consists of four individual tests taken on a computer and include: reasoning through language arts, mathematical reasoning, science and social studies. The timing of the tests are as follows:

  • Reasoning through Language Arts is 150 minutes (including a 10-minute break)
  • Mathematical Reasoning is 115 minutes
  • Science is 90 minutes
  • Social Studies is 70 minutes
  • Taking all four tests could be completed in about seven hours. Most testers take one or two subjects at a time.

When I am ready, how do I register to take the GED tests?

Take the GED test at our official testing site. Convenient registration and scheduling is available online 24/7 at www.ged.com. Choose the “Get Started” tab. Sign up and then register to take the test at our testing site, Cedar Valley Learning Center - ABE, 14420 Glenda Dr., in Apple Valley. Schedule testing times that are most convenient for you. Have your credit/debit card ready to pay for the tests. Call 1-877-392-6433 for help or more information

How much does it cost to take the GED tests?

Minnesota residents can take the first GED test in each subject for free! Use promo code MNGED30. The State of Minnesota is subsidizing the cost of their first test in each subject while funds last. Subsequent GED testing costs $30 per subject or $120 for all four. You must have a credit/debit card and register online for the tests at www.ged.com.

Who can take the GED test?

Persons who are:

  • 17 years old or older (anyone 17-18 years old must have an age waiver)
  • Not enrolled in or graduated from a high school
  • Registered online at www.ged.com at least 24 hours before you want to take the test(s).

What do I need to bring with me?

You must bring and present a valid Government issued photo ID (e.g. driver’s license, permit, passport).

What scores are needed to pass the GED tests?

A total of 580 points or more is required to pass. Only subtest scores of 145 or more can be used to calculate the total score. Subtest scores lower than 145 must be retested.

How can I retest?

On the first two retake attempts, per subject area, you may retest without wait time restrictions. All subsequent attempts are subject to a 60-day waiting period between attempts. There is no maximum limit to the number of attempts per student within a year. The retest is given using another test and the cost is $10 per test for two more subsequent tests. We recommend additional preparation before retesting.