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Use the links below to find out about your local testing center rules and requirements. If you’re still looking for information, visit your state’s GED® testing program website to learn more, or go back to the main map.

 

State Requirements

Price & Payment

Registration & Scheduling

Test Scores

Retake Policies

GED® Test Credential

Different Languages

 

State Requirements (top)

How old do I need to be to take the test (without exceptions)?

In Minnesota, the minimum age required to take the GED® test is 19 years old.     

I’m underage. What do I need to do to take the test?

This rule changes based on which state you’re testing in. In Minnesota, you can be 16 and take the GED® test if you have the following exception:

Must be at least 16 years of age with an approved age waiver. Download the Age Waiver Form and Instructions.

Do I need to take a class or receive instruction before I can take the test?

No, Minnesota doesn’t require you o prepare for the GED® test in an adult education classroom. However, studying in a classroom setting is a good opportunity to get up to speed on the topics and areas you’ll find on the GED® test.   

Where can I find an adult education center?

Finding an adult education center is easy. Enter your ZIP code in our locator tool and we’ll show you the adult education centers closest to you.

Do I have to take the practice test before testing?

In Minnesota, you are not required to take the Official GED Practice Test™ before scheduling your test.

Do I need to prove I’m a resident of Minnesota to take the test?

In Minnesota, there is no residency requirement. 

The closest testing center is in a different state.  Can I take the exam there?

Some states allow people who don’t live there to take the GED® test and others don’t. You’ll need to check the residency requirement for the state that you’re interested to test in.

For Minnesota: Minnesota doesn’t have a residency requirement, so they’ll allow you to take the GED® test there.  

Are there any additional state requirements for me to pass my GED® test?

There aren’t any additional requirements in Minnesota. If you have more questions about the state’s testing program, please contact the state office at (651) 582-8437.

 

Price & Payment (top)

How much does the GED® test on cost?

Minnesota charges $30 per module for the GED® test.

How much does it cost to retake the test? Can I retake the test for free?

GED Testing Service offers a discounted retake program for all GED® test-takers. According to the program’s policy, you are eligible for:

  • Two discounted retakes for each subject area taken
  • GED Testing Service fees are waived every retake ($20 per subject area test)
  • States and testing centers can choose to waive their fees
  • You must schedule retakes one at a time for the discount to apply
  • Discounted retakes cannot be combined with any other discounts
  • Retakes must occur within 12 calendar months of your initial attempt
  • After your two discounted retakes, you will need to wait at least 60 days, pay the full retake price and then you will receive two more discounted retakes

Sign up for your next test now at GED.com.

 

Registration & Scheduling (top)

Can I take all of the parts at once or do I need to setup different appointment times?

Yes, in Minnesota you can take all test parts in the same day if you can find a testing center with hours that accommodate it.

What happens if I move to a different state in the middle of testing? Can I continue testing in my new state or do I have to start all over?

It depends on whether or not that state has a residency requirement.  Check the residency requirements in that state and don’t hesitate to contact the GED Administrator™ in that state with questions.

For Minnesota: In Minnesota you are not required to be a resident to take the test there.  

Once I start testing, is there a time limit for me to finish all four subjects before my scores begin to expire?

No, there isn’t a time limit to finish the test in Minnesota.

Test Scores (top)

What score do I need to pass the test?

Minnesota test-takers need to score a 150 on each subject area test and 600 on the entire test battery (all four parts combined).

  • Below Passing: 100-149
  • GED® Passing Score: 150-169
  • GED® Honors Score: 170-200

Retake Policies (top)

If I don’t pass, how long do I have to wait before taking the test again?

That’s a question that varies from state to state. In Minnesota, you’re not required to wait to re-test, but it varies by test center.

Questions? Call Minnesota’s state office at (651) 582-8437.

How much does it cost to retake the test? Can I retake the test for free?

GED Testing Service offers a discounted retake program for all GED® test-takers. According to the program’s policy, you are eligible for:

  • Two discounted retakes for each subject area taken
  • GED Testing Service fees are waived every retake ($20 per subject area test)
  • States and testing centers can choose to waive their fees
  • You must schedule retakes one at a time for the discount to apply
  • Discounted retakes cannot be combined with any other discounts
  • Retakes must occur within 12 calendar months of your initial attempt
  • After your two discounted retakes, you will need to wait at least 60 days, pay the full retake price and then you will receive two more discounted retakes

Sign up for your next test now at GED.com.

Questions? Feel free to call Minnesota’s state office at (651) 582-8437.

Why can’t I re-test the subject that I failed?

Some states require people to finish taking all four subjects before being allowed to re-test in the areas that weren’t passed.

In Minnesota, you’re not required to finish the entire test before re-testing on any subjects.

Questions? Feel free to call Minnesota’s state office at (651) 582-8437. 

 

GED® Test Credential (top)

I took and passed the test but the jurisdiction won’t issue my diploma. Can you help me?

Sorry to hear that you’re having trouble with your diploma. Have you contacted your local testing center or state administrator yet?

My guess is that there may be additional requirements that you need to meet. You can call your state’s office at (651) 582-8437 to find out more about your credential.

Why do I need to work with my jurisdiction? Can’t I just get the diploma from you?

GED Testing Service develops the GED® test and works with each state to offer the test. The credential is issued based upon rules of each individual state—most states have slightly different rules and regulations.

Because of the state-by-state differences, GED Testing Service doesn’t issue diplomas. That’s why we encourage you to work closely with your state to get an answer. You can call Minnesota’s state office at (651) 582-8437.

After I start taking the exam modules, how much time do I have to complete all of them to get credentialed?

This depends on the state you’re testing in. In Minnesota you have no time limit to complete all four content areas of the GED® test.

I want to order a copy of my transcript and/or diploma.

Only one duplicate copy of your State of Minnesota GED Diploma will be issued ever. So don’t request one unless you really need it, as you’ll never be able to get another from the Minnesota GED® testing office. There is no charge to obtain the additional copy of your State of Minnesota GED® Diploma.

To request a transcript, complete the Record Request Form and fax it to the GED® office at 651-582-8458. If you wish to complete the form electronically, use the Word version and print the completed form so you can sign it. Then you may scan it and send it as an email attachment to alice.smith@state.mn.us. Download the Records Request Form and Instructions here. There is no limit to the number of transcript requests.

Your transcript and diploma are both free.

What is the GED® credential in my state called?

In Minnesota the credential is called the State of Minnesota GED® Diploma.


GED® Test Language Versions (top)

Can I take my GED® test in Spanish?

Yes, in Minnesota you can take the GED® test in Spanish. 

Find a local testing center.

Questions? Please contact Minnesota’s state office at (651) 582-8437.

Can I take the GED® test in French?

No, you can’t take the French version of the GED® test in Minnesota.

Questions? Please contact Minnesota’s state office at (651) 582-8437.

Am I allowed to combine different language versions of the test together?

Yes, Minnesota residents are allowed to combine different language versions of the GED® test. You can combine different language versions of the test together to earn your credential.

Questions? Please contact Minnesota’s state office at (651) 582-8437.

Does Minnesota have requirements for English as a Second Language (ESL)?

English as a Second Language (ESL) instruction can help any non-native English speaker, but there aren’t any requirements for ESL classes in Minnesota.