2014 North Dakota

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

Civics Test

 

State Requirements (top)

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

In North Dakota, the minimum age required to take the GED® test is 16 years old.  

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

There are no exceptions for underage test-takers in North Dakota. All test-takers are required to be 16 years old to test.  

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

No, North Dakota doesn’t require you to 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?

No, you’re not required to take the Official GED Practice Test™ before taking the test. However, the Official GED Practice Test™ is available at GEDmarketplace.com and is a good measure to see if you’re ready to take the GED® test or not.   

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

No, there is no residency requirement to take the test in North Dakota. That means you don’t have to prove you live in that state to take the GED® test there.

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

Civics Test Information

Are there additional requirements I need to take before taking my GED test?

Pursuant to House Bill 1087 relating to the demonstration of proficiency in Civics as a condition of ND high school graduation (http://www.legis.nd.gov/assembly/64-2015/documents/15-0351-05000.pdf?20150212092225), each ALC must create a policy using the following guidance for GED students:

The Civics test is the 100 question exam used by the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services for demonstrating knowledge and understanding of the fundamentals of United States history and the principles and form of United States government as required by 8 U.S.C. 1423. Each student enrolled in an adult learning center and pursuing a GED, is required to successfully take and pass the Civics exam during or after the 2016-17 school year. For graduates of 2017, 60% of the questions on the Civics test must be passed; after 2017, 70% of the questions on the Civics test must be passed.

The test can be divided into parts for administration and study/preparation. A student may take the test at any time after enrollment but it is not recommended that an ALC waits until a student has taken and passed all four exams to administer the test. A student who does not pass the test with 60% or 70% passing respectively, is not eligible to receive a GED. The State Office will review the student LACES assessment file for the passing date and score prior to issuing a GED transcript and diploma. Each Adult Learning Centers will identify how the test(s) are administered (in concert with the sponsoring K12 district as applicable). Students may retake the test as often as necessary in order to pass. There are to be no fees imposed to students to take and pass the test. There is no state reporting required in the law. When a student meets the Civics test requirement, the ALC can enter this information into the Student Assessment file of LACES. The selection of the ND Civics exam will be on the first column, and you can enter the date and score respectively.

 

Price & Payment (top)

How much does the GED® test cost?

North Dakota 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 North Dakota 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 North Dakota: In North Dakota you’re 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 North Dakota.

 

Test Scores (top)

What score do I need to pass the test?

You need to score a 145 on each module and 580 on the entire test battery (all four parts combined).

  • Below Passing: 100-144
  • GED® Passing Score: 145-164
  • GED® College Ready: 165-174
  • GED® College Ready + Credit: 175-200

Retake Policies (top)

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

In North Dakota, if a student fails a GED® test, the student is required to wait three (3) business days before taking the GED® test again.  A second failure requires waiting another three (3) business days before taking the test. After three (3) test failures, students must wait 60 days to retest. After the 60 day wait period, the three day process resumes again.  This is for each of the four content test areas. Remediation and further instruction is available to assist you with difficult content areas and students are encouraged to discuss instructional and testing strategies with staff. For North Dakota corrections, the above policy can be waived by the local GED chief examiner in situations when inmate transfer occurs before the three day wait period. 

Retake rules are enforced for students retesting in different languages. For example, if you take an English test three times, then move to a Spanish test, the GED Testing Service 60-day wait period is enforced. If a state has additional retesting requirements, these requirements will also be enforced.

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.

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

In North Dakota, you’re not required to finish the entire test before re-testing on any subjects. You shouldn’t have any trouble re-testing a subject.  

 

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 (701) 328-4138 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 North Dakota’s state office at (701) 328-4138.

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 North Dakota you do not have a time limit to complete all four content areas of the GED® test. 

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

The Department of Public Instruction will issue duplicate transcripts and diplomas.

To order a duplicate diploma or a transcript you must do the following:

  1. Request a duplicate copy of your record in writing or stop in the State Adult Education Office at the State Capitol Building in Bismarck and sign a release form.
  2. Present an official picture ID if you show up in person.
  3. Send or bring appropriate fee (transcript is $2.00 or diploma/transcript is $10.00). We do not accept credit cards, the payment should be made by money order or cashiers check.

$2.00 each - Transcript
$10.00 each – Diploma

What is the GED® credential in my state called?

In North Dakota the credential is called the GED® High School Diploma.

For more information call North Dakota’s state office at (701) 328-4138.


GED® Test Language Versions (top)

Can I take my GED® test in Spanish?

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

Find a local testing center

Questions? Please contact North Dakota’s state office at (701) 328-4138.

Can I take the GED® test in French?

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

Questions? Please contact North Dakota’s state office at (701) 328-4138.

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

No, North Dakota residents aren’t allowed to combine language versions to complete the test. This means you must take all four subjects in one language to earn your GED® test credential. You will not be allowed to combine Spanish tests with English tests or any other language version.

Questions? Please contact North Dakota’s state office at (701) 328-4138.

Does North Dakota have any 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 North Dakota.