Top Policies

You must be 19 years old to test in Minnesota.

You must fill out and submit an Age Waiver Form if you are 17 years old and out of school.


For those testing on the Online Exam:

  • A parent or guardian must be present at the pre-test check-in to give consent and authorize the underage tester to be recorded during testing. If the parent or guardian is not present, the exam session will be revoked.

Some states allow people who don’t live there to take the GED® test and others don’t. You’ll need to check the residency requirement for the state that you’re interested to test in. Currently, Minnesota residents can test in North Dakota and in South Dakota but not in Wisconsin.

No, Minnesota doesn’t require you to prepare for the GED® test in an adult education classroom.

For those testing in-person at a Testing Center: 

  • No, you’re not required to take the GED Ready® practice test before taking the official GED® test. 

For those testing on the Online Exam: 

  • Yes, you are required to take the GED Ready® practice test before taking the official GED® test online. 

Price & Payment

What is my cost if I test at a Test Center?

  • Minnesota charges $30 per module for the GED® test. The state of Minnesota will pay $10 for your first GED test in each subject while funding lasts. View terms and conditions

    Promo Code: MNGED10(use during checkout)

What is my cost if I test Online?

  • Minnesota charges $36 per subject for the GED® test taken online (As of 9/1/21) 

You will pay for the test online with a debit or credit card when you schedule your test.


Test Retake Policies

For those testing in-person at a Testing Center 

  • In Minnesota, there is no waiting period if you do not pass a subject area test the first time (this may vary based on testing center). After taking a test subject 3 times, you'll have to wait 60 days before retesting. There's no limit to how many times you can test in a year.

For those testing on the Online Exam: 

  • The Online Proctored Exam allows for one retake before a 60 day waiting period. After taking a test subject two times online, you’ll have to wait 60 days before retesting.  

For those testing in-person at a Testing Center: 

  • You will receive two discounted retakes for every GED® test subject you purchase but don’t pass. You have 365 days after your full price test to use these retakes. After receiving two retakes at the reduced price, the price of the test subject returns to the regular price. If you do not pass that subject again, you will receive two more retakes at the reduced rate. GED Testing Service waives its $20 testing fee, however additional testing fees may still apply in your state. 
  • In Minnesota, there is a $10 test center fee for test retakes. 

For those testing on the Online Exam: (As of 9/1/21) 

  • The Online Proctored Exam costs $36 for a retake in Minnesota. Discounted retakes are not offered on the Online Proctored Exam. 

Transcripts & Diploma

All GED passers in Minnesota are issued a GED Diploma. The diploma is typically mailed the next business day after you pass the final GED Test via U.S. Mail to the mailing address in your ged.com account. The Minnesota Department of Education does not have the ability to send diplomas or records electronically. If you have additional questions, we recommend contacting your state’s GED office at (651) 582-8594 or (651) 582-8446.

To request a transcript, complete the Record Request Form and fax it to the GED® office at 651-582-8458. You can scan and send it as an email attachment to alice.smith@state.mn.us. Download the GED Records Request Form and Instructions from the Minnesota Department of Education web site hereThere is no limit to the number of transcripts you can request.

In Minnesota the credential is called the State of Minnesota GED® Diploma.


For those testing in-person at a Testing Center:

  • Yes, in Minnesota you can take all test subjects in the same day if you can find a testing center with hours that accommodate it.

For those testing on the Online Exam:

  • No, you must schedule your test appointments separately, one at a time. After you complete one online exam you may schedule another, based on appointment availability.

Yes, in Minnesota you can test in English or Spanish and you can combine tests from different languages to earn your credential.

It depends on whether or not that state has a residency requirement.  Check the residency requirements in that state and don’t hesitate to contact the GED Administrator in that state with questions.

Brad Hasskamp
GED Administrator
Minnesota Department of Education
1500 Highway 36 West
Roseville, MN 55113-4266
(651) 582-8594