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.  

 

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 $30 per module for the GED® test.

What is my cost if I test Online?

  • North Dakota 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.

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: 

  • 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 North Dakota, there is a $10 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 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 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.

Other

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