North Dakota

Top Policies

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.  

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.

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

You  must  pass a civics test at a local Adult Learning Center before receiving a GED® credential in North Dakota. Please contact your local Adult Learning Center for more details.

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

North Dakota charges $30 per module for the GED® test.

Test Retake Policies

In North Dakota, if you fail a GED® test, you are required to wait three business days before taking the GED® test again.  A second failure requires waiting another three business days before taking the test. After three test failures, you must wait 60 days to retest. After the 60 day wait period, the three day process resumes again.  This is for each of the four content test areas. Remediation and further instruction is available to assist you with difficult content areas and you are encouraged to discuss instructional and testing strategies with staff.

For North Dakota corrections, the above policy can be waived by the local GED® chief examiner in situations when inmate transfer occurs before the three day wait period.

You will receive two discounted retakes for every GED® test subject you purchase but don’t pass. GED Testing Service waives its $20 testing fee, however your state may require a separate fee.

North Dakota charges a $10 fee for test retakes.

Transcripts & Diploma

There may be additional requirements that you need to meet. We recommend contacting your state’s office at (701) 328-4138 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 or stop in the State Adult Education Office at the State Capitol Building in Bismarck and sign a release form.
  • Present an official picture ID if you show up in person.
  • Send or bring the appropriate fee (transcript is $2.00 or diploma/transcript is $10.00). We do not accept credit cards, the payment should be made by money order or cashiers check.

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


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.

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.

Valerie Fischer
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) 328-4138
Fax: (701) 328-4770