GED in Minnesota

Finding a good job can be tough in Minnesota if you don’t have a high school diploma but the GED® (General Education Development) diploma can be very helpful to go further in your career or to continue your education in college or university.

In Minnesota, the GED program has been supporting Americans with getting their academic educations in order.

Four GED subtests

There are four subtests in the GED exam that can be taken one by one, there’s no need to take everything together at the same time. Test scores will keep their validity for two years from your first registration. The four tests are in these subject areas: Literacy, Social Studies, Science, and Mathematics. The GED passing score was adjusted to 145 (down five points) on each of the four subtests in early 2016. Learn all about this here. Take also a look at our post about signing up for your GED test on the MyGED website.

GED cost

Minnesotans without a high school degree may earn a GED credential if they pass the four tests of the GED test. The entire test costs $120 ($30 per module), and the GED diploma is equivalent to a regular high school diploma. People holding a secondary education degree (high school diploma or GED) are expected to earn a significantly better income that people without that degree (some $10,000 per year more on average). There is NO online GED testing option.

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Free testing

For more than 70 years and more than 260,000 Minnesota residents have received their GED credential since the program’s inception, and on this page, we list GED prep classes in key Minnesota regions. Minnesota offers free GED testing for state residents for the remainder of this academic year.

GED prep classes in and around (click on your nearest city):

Grand Rapids
Saint Paul
St. Cloud

GED Jobs

Upon acquiring the GED diploma, you definitely will have a better job with better pay, and you are qualified for college level education programs, or vocational training in any career you want. Regardless of the motifs why you want to get your secondary credential, there are many great benefits to obtaining the GED diploma.

In Minnesota, we saw a great influx of thousands of new jobs in the state’s economy during the last years, and all these entry-level jobs were requiring a secondary education degree (high school or GED diploma). The Minnesota Health Care sector was good for nearly 9,200 new jobs annually, the IT sector added another 2,100 jobs each year, and the Minnesota financial sector has been creating some 3,000 extra jobs on an annual basis.

GED – Minnesota requirements

  • Minimum age: 19. For younger applicants (17 or 18) restrictions apply, see a testing site near you
  • Fee: $120 for the entire test (through June 2016: free)
  • You MUST be a Minnesota resident
  • You are required to first take the GED practice test
  • You don’t have a high school diploma and not be registered for another program
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GED registration

If you would like to come to reap the benefits of the state’s Minnesota’s economy as well, be wise and invest your time in your GED education. In Minnesota, you must be at least 19 years of age, not have finished high school, be a Minnesota resident, and be successful at the official Minnesota GED Practice Test. You can go to and register for the GED set of four tests at the online portal MyGED. There is no online GED exam, and partaking in GED preparation classes is a good decision as most prep centers offer practice tests.

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Minnesota GED Testing Centers

Albert Lea
Albert Lea Comm. Education, 211 W Richway Dr, Albert Lea- MN 56007, 507.79.4834
Alexandria Comm. Education, 1410 S McKay, Alexandria- MN 56308, 320.762.3310 x 4275
Anoka Tech College, 1355 W Hwy 10, Anoka- MN 55303, 763.783.4870
Austin Area Schools, 912 1st Ave NE, Austin- MN 55912, 507.460.1707
Bemidji Comm. Education, 3300 Gillett Dr NW, Bemidji- MN 56601, 218.333.3100
Blue Earth
Blue Earth Area Comm. Education, 315 E Sixth St, Blue Earth, MN 56013, 507.526.3172
ISD 181 Learning Ctr, 311 10th Ave NE, Brainerd, MN 56401, 218.454.5400
Brooklyn Park
N Hennepin Comm. College, 7411 85th Ave N, Brooklyn Park- MN 55445, 763.424.0857
Cass Lake
Leech Lake Tribal Coll., 6945 Little Wolf Rd, Cass Lake, MN 56633, 218.335.4221
Carver Scott Ed. Cooperative, 792 Canterbury Rd, Shakopee,-MN 55379, 952.403.7690
U of M Crookston, 2900 University Ave, Crookston, MN 56716, 218.281.8586
Detroit Lakes
Detroit Lakes Learning Ctr, 204 E Willow, Detroit Lakes, MN 56501, 218.847.4418
Duluth Public schools District, 215 N First Ave E, Duluth, MN 55802, 218.336.8790
East Grand Forks
Northland Coll., 2022 Central Ave NE, E Grand Forks, MN 56721, 218.793.2402
Faribault Ad. Learning Ctr, 201 S Lyndale Ave, Faribault, MN 55021, 507.333.6473
Fergus Falls
Fergus Falls Comm. Education, 117 W Washington, Fergus Falls, MN 56537, 218.998.0544
Forest Lake
Forest Lake Comm. Education, 6100 N 210th St, Forest Lake, MN 55025, 651.982.8110
Grand Marais
Cook Co. Higher Ed, N Shore Campus, 300 W 3rd St, Grand Marais, MN 55604, 218.387.3411
Grand Rapids
Itasca Comm. College, 1851 E Hwy 169, Grand Rapids, MN 55744, 218.322.2390
Eisenhower Comm. Ctr, 1001 Hwy 7, Hopkins, MN 55305, 952.988.5340
Ridgewater Coll., 2 Century Ave, Hutchinson, MN 55350, 320.234.5637
International Falls
Falls High School, 1515 – 11th St, International Fall, MN 56649, 218.283.8467
Inver Grove Heights
Inver Hills Comm. Coll., 2500 E 8th St, Inver Grove Heights, MN 55076, 651.450.3650
Minnesota W Comm. & Tech College, 401 W St, Jackson, MN 56143, 507.847.7927
White Earth Tribal & Comm. Coll., 210 S Main St, Mahnomen, MN 56557, 218.935.0417
Mankato Center, 110 Fulton St, Mankato, MN 56001, 507.345.5222
Harmony Learning Ctr, 1961 Co Rd C East, Maplewood, MN 55109, 651.748.6208
Marshall ISD 413, 607 W Main, Marshall, MN 56258, 507-537-7046
Southside Ad. Basic Ed., 2225 E Lake St, Minneapolis, MN 55407, 612.668.3800
Moorhead Public Schools, 2410 14th St S, Moorhead, MN 56560, 218.284.3400
Morris Area School District, 153 S Columbia Ave, Morris, MN 56267, 320589.4394
New Brighton
Pike Lake Education Ctr, 2101 14th St NW, New Brighton, MN 55112, 6516217410
New Hope
Winnetka Learning Ctr, 7940 55th Ave N, New Hope, MN 55428, 763.504.8300
Park Rapids
Park Rapids Comm. Education, 301 Huntsinger Ave, Park Rapids, MN 56470, 218.237.6600
Pine City
Pine City Elementary School, 700 6th Ave SW, Pine City, MN 55063, 320.223.3826
Brown Elementary School, 701 7th St SE, Pipestone, MN 56164, 507.825.6756
Red Wing
Colvill Family Ctr, 269 E 5th St, Red Wing, MN 55066, 651.385.4562
Hawthorne Ed. Center, 700 4th Ave SE, Rochester, MN 55904, 507.328.4442
Savage School for Adults, 4735 W 123rd St, Savage, MN 55378, 952.707.4125
SW Metro Ed Cooperative, 792 Canterbury Rd, Shakopee, MN 55379, 952.567.8136
St. Cloud
St. Cloud Discovery School, 700 7th St S, Waite Park, MN 56387, 320.529.6500
St. Paul
Ronald M. Hubbs Ctr for Lifelong Learning, 1030 University Ave, St. Paul, MN 55104, 651.290.4779
Motley Comm. Education, 400 2nd St NE, Staples, MN 56479, 800.450.2497
Thief River Falls
Northland Comm. and Tech. College, 1101 Hwy 1 E, Thief River Falls, MN 56701, 218.683.8560
Virginia Secondary School, 411 5th Avenue S, Virginia, MN 55792, 218.780.5521
Wadena ISD 2155, 405 SW Colfax, Wadena, MN 56482, 218.632.2450
Warroad High School, 510 Cedar Ave, Warroad, MN 56763, 218.386.3385
Ridgewater Coll., 2101 15th Ave NW, Willmar, MN 56201, 320.222.5984
Winona GED Test Ctr, 317 Market St, Winona- MN 55987, 5074940900
MN W Worthington Campus, 1450 Collegeway, Worthington, MN 56187, 5073723407

Minnesota Department of Education, 1500 Highway 36 West, Roseville, MN 55113-4266

Questions? Call the Minnesota state office at: 651-582-8437

Are adjustments required? This is the link to our contact page.

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How to start with GED preparation

The GED program is not for everybody. It is developed for adults who do not have a high school diploma and who are not currently registered for a school program. There are also more restrictions but they can vary by state. Please contact a GED testing site close to you to find out if you qualify. You may also take a look at some other posts on this website for specific regulations per state and to find free online video prep courses.

In case you think you are ready to take the GED route, follow the guidelines below that will help you get ahead: First contact a GED preparation or testing site close to you and see if you qualify to take the GED exam, and if you do, check testing dates and fees.

Become well informed. Check all possible requirements and regulations at a GED testing site in your state. When you take the exam, make sure you are perfectly prepared. Your local bookstore and library will supply you with all kinds of materials, and you can also find locations close to you that offer GED preparation classes free of charge, just check out the list above. Come to the exam well prepared, take the exam, and get your GED credential.

The new GED passing score

In Minnesota, the cost is $120 for the battery of all four tests, $30 per subject area, and must be paid online when you register. There is also a fee for retesting. Go to for details. When you don’t appear in time for the test, your fee is gone but if you manage to reschedule your test in time (no less than 24 hours in advance) there is no penalty. At the new GED test you had to score at least 150 points for each single subject, but in January 2016, that score was reduced to 145, and averaging scores is not possible. If you want to learn more, read this post.

The four GED tests

For the section Language Arts (Literacy) you have around 2.5 hours, for Maths some 1 hour and 55 minutes,  for Science 90 minutes, and for Social Studies you will have 70 minutes. To sit for the GED test in Minnesota you need to be 19 years old or when you are younger, an Age Waiver is required(you can get these at Minnesota’s Department of Education). The new GED test is fully computer-based, and no longer available on paper.