GED in Nebraska

In Nebraska, students looking to earn their GED diplomas can take the exam online or at an official Nebraska GED test center.

Nebraska is using the computer-based GED® exam for HSE (high school equivalent) testing. GED testing offers persons who never completed high school the opportunity to obtain an equivalent degree.

There are four GED modules (subtests) in the academic fields of Social Studies, Literacy, Math, and Science.

There’s no need to prepare for or take the entire GED battery in one session. You have the liberty to take one subtest at a time.

There are many locations in the state where GED programs are available to assist you with your efforts to become perfectly prepared to take the four GED tests confidently.

After completing the GED exam successfully you will be awarded the GED diploma, a document that is nationwide accepted as equivalent to a standard high school diploma.

The GED diploma will surely help you to land a well-paying job and also opens the doors of colleges and universities.

Nebraska GED qualification requirements

Nebraska requires you to be at least 16 years old. For students 16 or 17 years old, however, strict additional requirements apply. Contact your nearest GED testing site.

In Nebraska, GED applicants under the age of 18 must receive instruction prior to taking the GED test.

You don’t have to be a Nebraska resident but to receive your GED diploma, you must have lived in Nebraska for at least thirty days.

You have no high school diploma and are not engaged in any other school program.

If you fail a GED subtest, you’ll have to wait 30 days before you can take that subject test again after failing that subtest. When you’ve failed that subtest three times, there’ll be a 60-day wait period before you can retake that part. For the time being, though, this policy was adjusted. Read more below.

Fee: $120 for the entire computer-based test, $30 per subject. You can take and pay for one of the four GED modules at a time if you wish.

There are two retests for each module at a discounted rate of $10 for the test center fee. These retakes need to be completed within one year. After that, the full amount ($30 per subtest) will be due again.

GED prep classes in Nebraska

You can prepare for the GED test by studying online. You can also choose a traditional GED prep class near you. Choose the city nearest to you to discover all the prep locations.

Nebraska GED testing centers

Beatrice
Southeast Comm. Coll. – 4771 W Scott Rd – Beatrice – NE 68310 – Ph: (402) 228.8208GED in Nebraska
Chadron
Chadron State College – 1000 Main St – Chadron – NE 69337 – Ph: (308) 635.6769
Columbus
Central Comm. Coll. – 4500 63rd St – Columbus – NE 68601 – Ph: (402) 562.1206
Crete
Crete Public Schools – 325 E 9th St – Crete – NE 68333 – Ph: (402) 826.5228
Fremont
Metropolitan Comm. Coll. – 835 N Broad St – Fremont – NE 68025 – Ph: (402) 721.2507/(531) 622.3000
Grand Island
Central Comm. Coll. – 3134 W Hwy 34 – Grand Island – NE 68802 – Ph: (308) 398.7481
Hastings
Central Comm. Coll. – 550 Technical Blvd – Hastings – NE 68901 – Ph: (402) 461.2429
Kearney
Central Comm. Coll. – 1215 30th Ave – Kearney – NE 68845 – Ph: (308) 338.4024
Lexington
Central Comm. Coll. – 1501 Plum Creek Pkwy – Lexington – NE 68850 – Ph: (308) 324.8480
Lincoln
Southeast Comm. Coll – 8800 O St – Lincoln – NE 68520 – Ph: (402) 437.2626
McCook
McCook Comm. Coll. – 1205 E 3rd St – McCook – NE 69001 – Ph: (308) 345.8128
Niobrara
Nebraska Indian Comm. Coll. (Santee) – 415 N River Rd – Niobrara – NE 68760 – Ph: (402) 494.2311
Norfolk
Northeast Comm. Coll. – 801 E Benjamin Ave – Norfolk – NE 68702 – Ph: (402) 371.2020
North Platte
Mid-Plains Comm. Coll. – 1101 Halligan Dr – North Platte – NE 69101 – Ph: (308) 535.3618

Omaha
Metropolitan Comm. Coll. – 5300 N 30th St – Omaha – NE 68111 – Ph: (531) 622.2204
Metropolitan Comm. Coll. South – 2801 Edward Babe Gomez Ave – Omaha – NE 68107 – Ph: (531) 622.4613
Creighton University EOC – 814 N 20th St – Omaha – NE 68102 – Ph: (402) 280.3300
Scottsbluff
WNCC-Harms Advanced Technology Ctr – 2620 College Park – Scottsbluff – NE 69361 – Ph: (308) 635.6738
South Sioux City
Northeast Comm. Coll.  – 1001 College Way – South Sioux City – NE 68776 – Ph: (402) 241.6400
Winnebago
Little Priest Tribal College – 601 E College Dr – Winnebago – NE 68071 – Ph: (402) 878.3302

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Introducing an online GED test

GED testing is now also possible over the internet. Until recently, GED test-takers were required to show up at an official Nebraska GED testing center and take the four subtests face-to-face but that has changed.

The GED exam is now offered in an online version as well, with an online proctor. Qualifying students need to score “green” on the GED Ready® practice test. More information is found here: online GED test now available.

The 4 GED tests

The GED exam is a series of tests (four) that measures your level of knowledge about subjects that are taught in high school. The four tests can be taken separately and are in these subject fields: Math, Literacy, Science, and Social Studies.

The GED exam is for people who never finished high school and who want to get into college and training programs or get better employment. Virtually all U.S. colleges and employers consider the GED certificate equivalent to a high school diploma.

Many employers require applicants to hold a GED certificate or high school diploma for employment or promotions. The GED exam is more comprehensive than former versions and is better in line with university requirements and industry demands. Good preparation is needed more than ever before!

GED scoring

The four computer-based GED subtests are scored on a scale with a range from 100 to 200.
100-144: below-passing score
145-164: passing score (high school equivalency)
165-174: college-ready score
175-200: college-ready + college credit score

GED benefits

The GED program is created to support persons without a high school diploma in their efforts to obtain an equivalent diploma. Getting the GED certificate will improve your job outlooks and open up doors to institutions of higher education.

Obtaining the GED diploma is going to have a positive effect on many lives, and listed here are Nebraska locations in key areas that provide GED preparation classes.

GED cost

As said above, in Nebraska, the cost of the four tests is $120 ($30 per test) but you only pay upon registration for the subtest(s) you register for. Nebraska’s Legislature has decided to provide a financial boost to educational institutions that support adults obtain their high school equivalency credentials.

Free GED online prep in Nebraska

No paper-based GED testing

The GED standards require that the tests are taken on a computer. Paper-based testing is something of the past and this makes actually sense because, in the contemporary employment market, practically all positions require applicants to command at least some basic keyboarding skills.

Nebraska’s Education Department estimated that every year, some 4,000 residents take the GED exam. There are almost 25,000 adults in Omaha and Council Bluffs who did not finish high school. The GED test offers a great opportunity for them to turn around their lives and work towards a brighter future.

To take the GED exam, until recently you had to appear in person at a designated GED test center but now, there also is an online testing option for qualifying students in participating states.

But please bear in mind that online-acquired documents are worthless and are sure not to be accepted by schools and employers. Don’t waste your money!

Temporary retake policies

Due to the pandemic, Nebraska’s Department of Education has adjusted GED retake policies in these circumstances:

For online proctored (O.P.) GED testing, there is no waiting period for the first retake. If a test-taker failed a subtest twice, there’ll be a mandatory 60 day wait time before retesting. O.P tests are $30 per subtest and there’s no discount for subtest retakes.

In-person testing at one of Nebraska’s physical test sites can also be done earlier than before but test-takers will require an early testing waiver issued by the GED Office at Nebraska’s Department of Education. Requests for a written waiver should be emailed to this address: shirley.gruntorad@nebraska.gov or tate.lauer@nebraska.gov. Only requests by email are accepted. Emails need to include the test-taker name (as listed with GED.com), date of birth, testing subject, and the last date the test-taker took that subject test.

With approved waivers, test-takers will not have any wait time for two retakes. Thereafter, a mandatory 60 day-wait period applies. Written waivers need to be submitted before test-takers schedule retakes. In-person retakes cost $10 for each subject test (regular fee $30). After two reduced retakes, regular fees apply again.

Last Updated on November 25, 2020.

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