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General Education Development (GED) Information

The GED® in Minnesota


To Get Started:  Register online at or contact your local Adult Basic Education (ABE) program. Staff at each ABE program will be able to walk you through the registration process and also provide resources and classes to prepare for taking the test.
The Test In Minnesota:  Individuals who do not have a high school diploma may be able to earn a state of Minnesota GED® Diploma by passing the GED test. The four tests in the GED battery measure academic competencies similar to many of those required of a Minnesota high school graduate.

Eligibility:  If you are 19 years old, do not already have a recognized and documented high school diploma, and are not currently enrolled in high school, you are eligible to take the GED® in Minnesota without an age waiver.

Getting an Age Waiver:  If you are 17 or 18 years old and are not currently enrolled in high school, you must apply for an age waiver before testing. An ABE teacher can assist you with the process.

Once You Pass All the Tests in the GED:  The Minnesota Department of Education (MDE) will receive your information from GED Testing Service and print you an official diploma and transcript which will be mailed via U.S. Mail to your address that you have listed in


Warning Regarding Misleading GED® Claims

The state of Minnesota GED® Diploma cannot be earned or obtained on the Internet or through correspondence programs. The Tests of General Educational Development developed by the GED Testing Service® often require extensive preparation. Tests are administered only under the direction of Pearson VUE® and the GED Testing Service. Any other GED diploma not issued by the Minnesota Department of Education will not be accepted by employers, colleges and universities or the military.

Minnesota Adult Literacy Hotline:  Find an approved ABE program to help you earn your diploma as an adult by visiting or call 1-800-222-1990 or text 612.424.1211.  The programs listed below are approved ABE programs:

Annandale - 320.274.3058

Big Lake - 763.262.2523

Buffalo/Hanover/Montrose - 763.682.8509

Delano - 763.972.6210

Howard Lake/Waverly/Winsted - 320.543.4670

Lester Prairie - 320.395.2521

Maple Lake - 320.963.5991

Monticello - 763.272.2132

Monticello Work Force Center - 763.271.3768

Orono - 952.449.8350

Rockford - 763.477.4563

Plymouth - 763.745.6034

St. Michael/Albertville - 763.497.6550

Watertown/Mayer - 952.955.0280 


GED Testing in Monticello
Appointments required. Visit or call for more details 763.272.2040


Register at to get information about local policies, how to request accommodations, take free sample tests, pay and take GED Ready (the official practice test), and schedule your GED test.


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