Minnesota residents who want to take the GED® (General Educational Development) test can do so now for FREE.
The state decided to subsidize the GED tests that are $30 each ($120 in total for the entire GED battery). Upon registration, applicants must enter the code MNGED80.
Funding had been secured to offer free HSE testing until July 2016, but state officials proposed additional funding for 2017. On average, adults who are holding a high school diploma or equivalent (GED test, TASC, or HiSET diploma) are making some $10,000 more per year than those who do not hold a secondary education degree. And here you can read also about GED courses.
Beware though that extensive preparation is key to be successful at the GED test, TASC, or HiSET test. There are numerous facilities throughout Minnesota where prep classes are offered (go to bestgedclasses.org/minnesota for details), and online prep courses are also a great option for those with busy schedules or who live in remote areas.
This website provides free TASC-HiSET-GED video classes, a great way to get all set real fast (see: bestgedclasses.org/online-classes/ for specifics). To register for the GED test go to the website of the GED test organization, GED.com, or get in touch with your school district and get connected with your local ABE (Adult Basic Education) program.
There are four separate GED tests that can be taken individually within a time frame of two years, meaning your individual testing scores will have a validity of two years. The four GED tests (modules) are in these subject fields: Social Studies, Science, Literacy (Reasoning through Language Arts), and Math (Mathematical Reasoning).
The tests are measuring academic skills and knowledge at the level that may be expected of graduating high school seniors. The regular Minnesota price of the GED test is $120 for the entire battery ($30 per testing subject), so take advantage of this great opportunity and get your GED test diploma for free!
Minnesota requires you to be at least 19 years of age to be eligible for the High School Equivalency test, but for 17 or 18 year old’s there are also possibilities to take the exam but under strict regulations, so contact a school or a GED testing site near you (bestgedclasses.org/minnesota).
To qualify, you cannot hold a secondary education degree and not be signed up for any other school program, and upon testing you are required to produce a current and valid government-issued ID. The passing score of the HSE tests (see below) are set in that way that 40% of high school graduates would fail the tests, and passing the new GED test is again a real proof that the holder possesses knowledge and skills at minimally the same level as regular high school graduates.
Please be aware that the GED test diploma (and also the now nationally available alternatives HiSET and TASC) can only be earned if you pass the four GED tests at an official, state-approved testing site. Online testing is NOT possible. Internet sites that offer online testing or online GED test diplomas are absolute fraud and only trying to steal your hard earned money.
Please don’t fall into these traps, and documents obtained over the internet will definitely not be accepted by employers or educational institutions. The GED test, HiSET, and TASC exams are exclusively administrated at state-approved testing sites.
The latest version of the GED test (2014 Series) is offered solely in a computer-formatted version and as of January 2016, the passing standard (the minimally required score) on each of the four tests was reduced from 150 to 145. Studies had indicated that the originally (2014) used minimum score of 150 was set too high in comparison to what high school graduates must know.
It appeared that quite a few GED test graduates were performing better in college than their high school counterparts so the bar was lowered slightly to 145. The measuring scale of the GED tests runs from 100 to 200 and scoring is broken down as follows: below passing: 100-144 score; passing (high school equivalency) score: 145-164; college ready score: 165-174; and college ready plus college credit score: 175-200.