North Dakota

FAQs for Earning a GED® in North Dakota

Top Policies

How old do I need to be to take the test?

You must be 16 years old to test in  North Dakota.

There are no exceptions for underage test-takers in North Dakota. All test-takers are required to be 16 years old to test.  


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.

No, there is no residency requirement to take the test in North Dakota.

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.

No, North Dakota 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. 

Yes, North Dakota residents are allowed to combine language versions to complete the test.

Questions? Please contact North Dakota’s state office at (701) 328-4138.

Price & Payment

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

  • North Dakota charges $36 per subject for the GED® test at a Test Center.


What is my cost if I test Online?

  • North Dakota charges $36 per subject for the GED® test taken online 

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

Don’t have a credit or debit card? Some students use American Express Bluebird. Register for a free Bluebird card online and add funds with cash at a Walmart location. Learn more about Bluebird.

Test Retake Policies

For those testing in-person at a Testing Center 

  • In North Dakota, there is no waiting period for your first two retakes. 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: 

  • Starting July 1, 2023: You will receive one discounted* retake for every GED® test subject you purchase but don’t pass. You have 365 days after your full price test to use this retake. This retake offer (1 full price:1 discount) repeats until you pass the test. GED Testing Service waives its $26 testing fee, however additional testing fees may still apply in your state.
    *In North Dakota, there is a $10 test center fee for GED® test retakes.
  • Note: We have extended the limited-time offer of up to 2 discounted retakes for exams taken in test centers, as long as both retakes are completed by June 30, 2024.  

For those testing on the Online Exam: 

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

Transcripts & Diploma

There may be additional requirements that you need to meet. We recommend contacting your state’s office at (701) 328-2224 to find out more about your credential.

The Department of Public Instruction will issue duplicate transcripts and diplomas.

To order a duplicate diploma or a transcript you must:

  • Request a duplicate copy of your record in writing by sending a signed release form
  • Call North Dakota Department of Public Instruction and ask for the Adult Education/GED office.

In North Dakota, the credential is called the GED® High School Diploma.


For those testing in-person at a Testing Center:

  • Yes, in North Dakota 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 North Dakota, you can take the GED® Test in English or Spanish and you can combine the two 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.

Stanley Schauer
GED Administrator
Adult Education and Literacy
North Dakota Department of Public Instruction
State Capitol Building
600 East Boulevard Avenue
Bismarck, ND 58505-0440
Phone: (701) 328-2224
Fax: (701) 328-4770

How to Get a GED® in North Dakota

Do you want to pursue a GED® in North Dakota? Your journey toward a brighter future begins right here. Earning your North Dakota GED® is your ticket to increased earning potential, a broader range of job opportunities, and a chance to chase your dreams. Whether you’re aiming to further your education, switch careers, or simply achieve a personal milestone, we’re here to guide you every step of the way. As your trusted source for GED® certifications, we’re committed to providing the resources, tools, and support needed to succeed. And, as a North Dakota resident, you may qualify for discounted costs. It’s time to seize control of your destiny, embrace new challenges, and discover what you’re truly capable of. Explore your options for online and in-person classes in North Dakota below and take the first step toward a promising future.

Creating Your Online Account

Your account is your gateway to a world of support and resources. You’ll gain access to study guides and North Dakota GED® practice tests, and you can find classes and testing centers in your area—all at no cost. Your account is your personalized toolkit for success. Signing up is easy; it only takes a few minutes, and you’ll just need to provide some basic information about yourself.

Classes and Testing Centers Near You

Ready to embark on your journey toward a GED® in North Dakota? In-person GED® classes and testing centers let you experience hands-on instruction from skilled educators, engage in a collaborative learning environment with peers, and benefit from real-time feedback. The personal touch of in-person learning can enhance your understanding and confidence and is especially beneficial for students who thrive when adhering to schedules. With your free account, accessing in-person classes and testing centers has never been easier. Your account allows you to locate nearby courses and testing centers effortlessly using your zip code or city and state.

Online Classes

Did you know you can earn your GED® online in North Dakota? Elevate your GED® journey through the flexibility of online classes. Embrace the freedom to learn at your own pace, allowing you to balance your education with other commitments. Online GED® courses empower you to shape your study schedule according to your preferences, making learning more accessible than ever. Using your account, you can seamlessly sign up for online classes and take charge of your educational goals. Log into your account and start forging your path to success on your terms today.

GED® Tests Online in North Dakota

Did you know the North Dakota GED® test can be taken online? Online testing provides more flexibility and convenience as you can schedule your exam anytime—from the comfort of your own home. If you’ve scored a “green” on the GED Ready® practice test, you’re just steps away from the official online GED® test. To begin, you must ensure your computer, webcam, and internet meet the system requirements. You can schedule your test using your account within 60 days of your green score. With 24/7 appointment availability, North Dakota’s online GED® test caters to your schedule.

Ready to Earn Your GED® in North Dakota?

Ready to take the next step in your journey toward earning a GED® in North Dakota? Find GED® classes near you or schedule your GED® test now. Your future is just a few clicks away.