Nebraska has introduced the computer-based GED® exam to test its residents’ high school equivalent level of knowledge and skills.
There are many locations in the state where GED programs are available to assist you in your efforts to become perfectly prepared to take the series of four GED® tests confidently. Since early 2016, the GED passing score is 145 points (down from 150) on each of the four subtests. Read more here.
After completing the GED exam successfully you will be awarded the GED diploma or certificate. This document is nationwide accepted as equivalent to a standard high school diploma by all U.S. employers, government agencies, and colleges and universities. You can also check our article about signing up for your GED exam with the portal MyGED.
The GED program is created to support persons without a high school diploma in their efforts to obtain a similar 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 prep classes in and around (choose the city nearest to you):
GED – Nebraska qualification requirements
- Nebraska requires you to be at least 18 years old. For younger people (16 or 17) special arrangements apply. Contact your nearest GED testing site
- Fee: $120 for the entire computer-based test, $30 per subject
- Re-testing: $10 maximum per subject
- You must be a Nebraska resident
- You have no high school diploma and are not engaged in any other school program
Nebraska GED testing centers
Alliance Public Schools – 1604 Sweetwater Ave, Alliance, NE 69301, 308-762-1580
Southeast Comm. Coll. – 4771 West Scott Road, Beatrice, Nebraska 68310, 402.228.3468
Bellevue Ad. Education Ctr – 2820 Arboretum Dr, Bellevue, Nebraska 68005, 402.293.5026
Blair H.S. GED Testing – 440 N 10th Street, Blair, Nebraska 68008, 402.426.4941
Chadron State Coll. – 1000 Main St, Chadron, Nebraska 69337, 308.635.6770
Central Comm. Coll. – 4500 63rd St, Columbus, Nebraska 68601, 402.562.1222
Crete Public Schools, 920 Linden Ave – Crete, NE 68333, 402-826-5228
Metropolitan Comm. College – 835 N Broad, Fremont, NE 68025, 402-721-2507
Central Comm. College – 3134 W Hwy 34, Grand Island, NE 68802, 877-222-0780
Central Comm. College – 3385 E Community Dr, Hastings, NE 68901, 887-222-0780
Chase Co. High School – 520 E 9th St, Imperial, Nebraska 69033, 308.882.4304
Central Comm. College – 3519 2nd Ave, Kearney, NE 68847, 308-338-4024
Central Comm. College – 608 N Lincoln St, Lexington, Nebraska 68850, 308.324.5936
State Dept. of Education – 301 Centennial Mall South, Lincoln, Nebraska 68509, 402.471.4807
Wesleyan University GED Testing – 5000 St Paul Ave, Lincoln, Nebraska 68504, 402.465.2976
Southeast Comm. Coll – 8800 O Street, Lincoln, Nebraska 68520, 402.437.2626
McCoo Comm. College – 1205 E Third St, McCook, Nebraska 69001, 308.345.8103
Northeast Comm. College – 801 East Benjamin Avenue, Norfolk, Nebraska 68702, 402-844-7254
North Platte Comm. College – 1101 Halligan Drive, North Platte, Nebraska 69101, 308.535.3621
Ogallala Public Schools – 205 E 6th St, Ogallala, NE 69153, 308-284-4478
Omaha Public Schools – 3230 Burt St, Omaha, NE 68131, 402-557-3700
Metropolitan Comm. College – 30th & Fort St Omaha, NE 68103, 402-457-2858
NE Wesleyan University – 11815 M St, Omaha, NE 68137, 402-465-2476
Lavista Public School – 402 E Centennial Road, Papillion, Nebraska 68046, 402.898.0400
Plattsmouth Comm. Schools – 1912 E Highway 34, Plattsmouth, Nebraska 68048, 402.296.3174
WNCC-Harms Advanced Technology Ctr – 2620 Coll. Park, Scottsbluff, NE 69361, 308.635.6770
South Sioux City
S, Sioux City Comm. Schools – 204 W 21st St, S. Sioux City, NE 68776, 712-898-1145
WNCC Sydney – 371 College Drive, Sidney, NE 69162, 308.635.6770
Little Priest Tribal College – 601 E College Dr, Winnebago, NE 68071, 402-878-2380
York Public Schools – 2918 N Delaware, York, NE 68467, 402-362-6655
Questions? call the Nebraska state office at 402-471-480.
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GED – How to start
The GED exam is only accessible for adults who never completed high school and who are not engaged in a school program. At the time you think you can take on the GED track, go by the following guidelines to get ahead: contact your nearest GED prep center and see if you qualify.
If you do, get familiar with their regulations and see how much you will have to pay. Become informed. Carefully study requirements and regulations at your GED testing site, and come to your GED exam optimally prepared. Your community library or local bookstore can supply study materials, and you will find quite a few locations close to you where GED classes are available totally free of charge. Just check the listing on this page. There are also several pretty good online preparation courses that are highly effective. Appear well prepared, pass the exam, and get your GED diploma.
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 (within two years) 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. Most 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 new GED exam is more comprehensive than the former version and is better in line with university requirements and industry demands. Good preparation is needed more than ever before!
The GED passing score
In 2014, when the latest edition of the GED program was rolled out across America, the passing score was set at 150 (on a 100-200 scale). This appeared, however, to have been too high as more and more GED graduated were scoring better in College than high school graduates. Consequently, the GED pass score was reduced to 145 on each individual GED subtest in early 2016.
100-144: non-passing score
145-164: passing score (high school equivalency)
165-174: college-ready score
175-200: college ready + college credit score
No online GED testing
To take the GED exam you must appear in person at a designated GED test center. Online courses are perfect to get all set for the GED exam, but the four GED tests are just not available over the internet. Websites with a different message are fraud. Online-acquired documents are worthless and are sure not to be accepted by schools and employers. Don’t waste your money!
In Nebraska, the cost of the four tests is $120 ( $30 per test) but you only pay upon registration for the test you register for, if you want, one at a time, as long as you finish all subsets within two years. Nebraska’s Legislature has decided to provide a financial boost to educational institutions that support adults obtain their high school equivalency credentials.
GED – Financial help
In April 2014, the Legislature voted (by 31 to 2) to advance a bill that will devote $750,000 (over the period 2015-16) to support Nebraska institutions in defraying the costs of training applicants to take the GED tests successfully. The money will go to the almost 30 designated GED training and testing centers, which are administrated by various community colleges, public schools, and other public agencies.
The educational institutions will be subsidized $310 for every student who is attending preparatory classes and passes the set of four tests. The contribution, administered by Nebraska’s Department of Education, comes on top of the fee of $120 that every applicant already needs to pay to sit for the exam. State Senator Tanya Cook (Omaha), who supported Legislative Bill 366, said it is very important to go on with providing easy access to educational opportunities to all Nebraskans. She said the subsidy is needed for several reasons.
No more paper-based GED testing
The new GED standards required that the tests are taken on a computer (no more standard pencil and paper testing), and the educational institutions required financial assistance to upgrade their testing equipment. The given subsidy included $85,000 coming from state lottery profits that were making up the Education Innovation Fund in order to allow testing centers to upgrade their testing equipment with computers so they could offer the new GED exam properly.
Furthermore, the institutions needed extra funds to deal with expenses because of walk-in applicants who appear at test days to sit for the examination. Tanya Cook said that Omaha’s Metropolitan Community College saw more than 1,000 applicants show up on test day on top of the 500 who were registered via their prep classes. These applicants cannot be planned for, and the testing centers must bear the costs related to offering these applicants the tests.
Nebraska’s Education Department estimated that every year, some 4,000 residents take the GED exam, and the 2010 Census revealed that 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.