GED Testing Sites & FAQ
Adult Options In Education offers testing at its Adult Options In Education Test Center at the Eisenhower Community Center in Hopkins. Here are some frequently asked questions about the GED testing process:
What is the GED Exam?
The General Educational Development exam (GED) can give you the opportunity to earn a high school equivalency diploma--a credential recognized as a key to employment opportunities, advancement and further education.
The GED exam is comprised of four tests in the areas of Reasoning Through Language Arts, Mathematical Reasoning, Science, and Social Studies. The questions in each of these tests require the use of general knowledge and thinking skills, as well as basic computer skills like word processing, the ability to do drag-and-drop, fill-in-the-blank, multiple choice questions and a few others. It will also use an on-screen calculator.
Even though you have not finished high school, you probably have gained knowledge and skills through experience, reading and informal training. The GED tests are designed to measure the important knowledge and skills, usually learned during four years of high school, that may have been obtained in a different manner.
Where and when does GED testing take place?
Three testing sessions usually are required to complete the 7 hour battery of exams. You can chose which tests to take on GED.com when you schedule your exam appointment.
Eisenhower Community Center
1001 Highway 7
Hopkins, MN 55305
ADVANCED REGISTRATION REQUIRED. Visit GED.com to register for a testing session.
Testing is offered at various days and times. (all sessions are 3 hours)
Appointments required; limited space available.
Adult Options In Education can also help you with GED preparation. Call 952-988-5343 for specific information on times and locations of classes and study groups.
May I switch from one testing site to another?
Since the GED exam is nationally recognized and computer based you may test at another location as long as you register for your tests via GED.com. We recommend testing at the same site if possible. If you're looking at testing out of state, be sure to check if there are any limitations (ie, needing to be a resident) before registering for a test. Find additional testing centers across the US at GED.com.
What are GED Tests like?
The GED® exam has been updated to make sure it measures what graduating high school seniors know and what colleges and employers will expect of you.
The exam is made up of four (4) parts:
Reasoning Through Language Arts (RLA)
155 minutes, 10 minute timed break included
75% Non-fiction reading
25% Fiction readings
120 minutes, no breaks
55% Algebraic problem solving
45% Quantitative problem solving
95 minutes, no breaks
40% Life Science
20% Earth and Space Science
40% Physical Science
75 minutes, no breaks
50% Civics and Government
20% United States History
15% Geography and the World
It is offered on computer, meaning testers will need to have basic computer skills, and is offered in both English and Spanish.
What score do I need to pass?
You will need a minimum score of 145 to pass each test. A score of 145-164 on a test is passing, while a score of 165-174 on a test qualifies for GED College Ready.
How much does it cost?
Each test is $30, payable online through GED.com. No cash or checks will be accepted the day of the test. If for some reason you cannot take a test at the time and date you scheduled, please be sure to to cancel your appointment on GED.com AT LEAST 24 HOURS IN ADVANCE. If you do not cancel in that time period, you will be charged the $30 regardless of whether or not you took the test. It will NOT credit towards your next exam.
How do I find out my score?
The scores can be found online through GED.com. Log in with your account information and click on the "My Scores" tab.
What if I fail a test?
If you fail (get 144 or below) on a test, you may retake that test 2 more times. There is no time limit between retakes, however if you fail the subsequent retakes you will need to wait 60 days before trying the test again. There is a cost for each retake and the fee is payable on GED.com.
Can my school get my GED transcript?
Yes, log on to GED.com and follow directions to receive your transcript.
What do I need to bring to the GED test?
First time testers must provide the following:
- A picture ID that is signed and not expired (examples: Minnesota drivers license, MN ID, Government ID). Student IDs are unacceptable. You must prove that the birth date you put on the application is accurate, and that you are a Minnesota resident. You must bring your ID every time you test.
- Age waiver. If under 19 years old, an approved age waiver is required. Available here from MDE.
How many tests can I take at one time?
You may take one test or as many as the time will allow.
For information from the Minnesota Department of Education:
Enter one of the following in the search box: GED, Age Waiver Form, GED records request (transcript)
Location of Testing Site
Eisenhower Community Center, room 245
1001 Highway 7, Hopkins 55305 (enter under canopy, Entrance B.)