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Adult Options In Education offers testing at two sites, in Hopkins and Buffalo. Here are some frequently asked questions about the GED testing process: 

What are the GED Tests?
Where and when does GED testing take place?
May I switch from one testing site to another?
What are GED Tests like?
What score do I need to pass?
How much does it cost?
How do I find out my score?
What if I fail a test or don't get enough points to pass the GED?
Can my school get my GED transcript?
What do I need to bring to the GED test?
How many tests can I take at one time?
Maps to Testing Sites

What are the GED Tests?
The General Educational Development tests (GED tests) 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 test is comprised of five tests in the areas of Writing, Social Studies, Science, Reading and Mathematics. The questions in each of these tests require the use of general knowledge and thinking skills.

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?
Two (2) testing sessions usually are required to complete the 7 1/2 hour battery of exams. Sessions are alternating, with writing skills and math in one session and social studies, science and reading in the other. Download a PDF of the Winter Testing Schedule. Download a PDF of the Spring Testing Schedule.
1. Eisenhower Community Center
1001 Highway 7
Hopkins, MN 55305
ADVANCED REGISTRATION REQUIRED. Inquire about individual test availability when making appointment.
Call 952-988-5340 to register.

Testing is offered (all sessions are 3 and 1/2 hours):
Two evening sessions each month year round, 6-9:30 p.m.  
One Saturday morning session each month year round, 8:30 a.m.-12 p.m.
Two Wednesday morning sessions each month year round, 9:30 a.m.-1 p.m.
Appointments required; limited space available.

2. Buffalo High School 
877 Bison Blvd. 
Buffalo, MN 55313
ADVANCED REGISTRATION REQUIRED. Inquire about individual test availability when making appointment.
Call 953-988-5340 to register.

Testing Schedule (all sessions are 3 and 1/2 hours):
Two Tuesday evening sessions each month year round, 6-9:30 p.m.

Selected Saturdays, 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m.

Each of these sites can also help you with GED preparation. Call for specific information on times and locations of classes and study groups.

May I switch from one testing site to another?
This is not a good idea. If you start testing with our center, you may test at either location here. If you start with us and go to a site that is not listed through our testing center, you may be required to pay the full fee for the battery of tests at the new site. However, Buffalo and Hopkins examinees may test at both locations.

All records for the Hopkins and Buffalo sites are kept at the GED Testing Center at the Eisenhower Community Center, 1001 Highway 7, Hopkins, 55305. The phone number there is 952-988-5340.

What are GED Tests like?
With the exception of Part II of the Writing Test (essay portion), all questions on the GED Tests are multiple choice. The questions range in difficulty from easy to hard and cover a wide range of subjects.The five tests include:

Language Arts Writing
Part I (60%): 50 questions, 75 minutes
15% Organization
30% Sentence structure
30% Usage
25% Mechanics (homonyms, punctuation,
capitalization)

Part II (40%): 45 minutes
Essay on assigned topic.


Social Studies
50 questions, 70 minutes
40% History (National 25% and World 15%)
15% Geography
25% Civics and Government
20% Economics

Science
50 questions, 80 minutes
45% Life Science (biology & health)
20% Earth & Space Science
35% Physical Science (Chemistry & Physics)

Language Arts Reading
40 questions, 65 minutes
75% Literary
25% Nonfiction

Mathematics
50 questions, 90 minutes
(Part I: 45 minutes, 25 questions with calculator;
Part II: 45 minutes, 25 questions with no calculator)

25% Numbers, Numbers Sense, & Operations
25% Data, Statistics, & Probability
25% Geometry and Measurement
25% Algebra, Function, & Patterns

What score do I need to pass?
An accumulated 2,250 points and an average of 450 on each of the five tests, with no individual score lower than 410 to pass the GED.

How much does it cost?
The fee (cash, money order, or check made out to Adult Options In Education) is $100 for all five tests. All agencies must pay $120. Retakes are $20 each. Tests are purchased as a five test set; there are no refunds.

How do I find out my score?
Scores are not revealed over the telephone. No exceptions! Scores will be mailed to the address on the file. The scores, except for the writing skills test which can take 2-3 weeks, will be mailed to you within 5 working days.

When all five tests are completed, notification is mailed to you indicating the status of your results. The GED diploma is issued within 2-3 weeks from the Minnesota Department of Education. The diploma is mailed to your address on file.Update the address on file in the GED Testing Center if there is a change before the diploma is issued.

What if I fail a test or don't get enough points to pass the GED?
If you do not earn an average of 450 on each of the tests, you may retake any part of the exam. If you do not get at least a score of 410 on a test, you must retake that test. A 60-day waiting period may be required before retaking a test. Proof of preparation may be required. You may purchase retake tests one at a time. The cost of a retake is $20 per test. Only the highest scores will be reported to the Minnesota Department of Education upon passing the battery of tests.

Can my school get my GED transcript?
Yes. A fee of $5 is charged for all transcripts. A written request is required for transcripts. A PDF copy of the Authorization for Release of Information is available here. Requests must be submitted to GED Testing West, Eisenhower Community Center, 1001 Highway 7, Hopkins, MN, 55305.

What do I need to bring to the GED test?
First time testers must provide the following:

* A picture ID (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.

* Payment for all five GED tests or a letter from an organization that will pay for you.

* Age waiver. If under 19-years-old, an approved age waiver is required. For more information on the age waiver, please visit Minnesota Department of Education's website.

* Arrive promptly and be prepared to fill out the following (new examinees should arrive 45 minutes before testing starts):

* Application.

* Demographic Form. Please ask about details when making initial appointment.

* Release of information. (If you have a GED teacher, it is a good idea to list his/her name if you don't mind them knowing your score.)

How many tests can I take at one time?
You may take one test or, if time permits, all tests offered at that session. We don't recommend taking more than two tests at one testing time.

Maps to Testing Sites
Eisenhower Community Center
1001 Highway 7, Hopkins (enter under canopy.)

Buffalo High School
877 Bison Blvd., Buffalo, MN 55313


 

 

 

 To Register:
952.988.5343

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