North Dakota offers adults who could not finish their regular high school education the possibility to sit for the state’s high school equivalency (HSE) exam. North Dakota uses the fully computer-based GED® (General Education Education) exam for that purpose.
North Dakota High School Equivalency Testing Requirements
- In North Dakota, the minimum age to qualify for the GED exam is 16 years old.
- For applicants younger than 18, strict restrictions apply such as having parental permission and school approval.
- Applicants do not have to be North Dakota residents.
- Applicants can have never finished high school and are not engaged in another school program.
- In North Dakota, the GED fee is $120 for the entire exam or $30 per individual subtest.
Not every state has decided to continue with the GED for the purpose of High School Equivalency (HSE) testing. There are two nationally available alternatives to the GED, the HiSET, and the TASC exams.
The four GED subtests (also referred to as modules) are independent. You are given two full years to deal with the entire GED battery. GED testing is measured on a 100-200 scale and the passing score on each of the four modules is 145 (adjusted in 2016).
HS equivalency score: 145-164; College-ready score: 165-174; College-ready PLUS college credit score: 175-200.
These alternative HSE options are still offered in paper-based and computer-formatted versions whereas the GED in entirely computerized. There are states that made the change to the HiSET, others chose the TASC, some offer two testing options, and there are several states that offer all three options.
That the GED is entirely computer-based makes sense because today, you won’t find hardly any job anymore that would not require some basic command of keyboarding and computer competencies.
The GED exam is a set of four individual tests, also called modules, in the subject areas of literacy, social studies, math, and science. North Dakota additionally requires test takers to take and pass the North Dakota Civics Exam, a 100-question test about to U.S. History.
The GED program will help the state’s residents with improving their career options and qualifies the holders of the degree for continued education in college or university.
Nowadays, a high school diploma (or equivalency) is the minimally required degree for practically any kind of work and the GED diploma is also required to get into institutions of higher education.
There are many locations in North Dakota that offer all the help you need to get properly prepared for the state’s HSE exam. And fortunately, these days there are also some great online GED prep courses, a perfect solution for students in rural areas and those who have busy schedules.
You can also find a lot of great GED prep materials at your community library or your local bookstore.
After passing the North Dakota GED exam, the future is yours. Your career options will surely increase and a career change could also be a great option. GED holders are making at least $9,000 more per year than people who don’t and the credential is also your ticket to a university or college education.
No longer will you have to take just any job that comes along. You will want a position where you can be successful and have the opportunity for upward mobility. You will have worked very hard to obtain your GED test and will want to make the most of it.
The GED test is challenging exam and you should get fully prepared. All across North Dakota, there are facilities where you can get all the help you require to get all set for the GED exam.
Fortunately, these days you can benefit from some rather sophisticated online GED prep courses as well but keep in mind that online GED testing is NOT possible. You must show up at one of North Dakota’s official GED test centers and sit for the tests in person.