Takoda offers a Pearson Vue-certified testing center on its campus. GED testing services are available to Takoda students and the general public. Read on for more information on testing for your GED.
Registration: All candidates must register and schedule testing in advance by phone at 877-EXAM-GED or online at ged.com. Candidates cannot register in person. An email address is required to register. When creating your account, your name must match the name as it is written on your state identification card.
Hours: Testing appointments are available in Takoda’s testing center every Tuesday and Thursday. Appointments must be scheduled in advance (see details above).
Payment: All candidates must create a profile at ged.com and pay for the test in advance with a credit, debit, gift card, or voucher. The cost is $30 per test or $120 for all four tests. Check with your Takoda ABE/GED team to see if there are scholarships available to cover testing fees.
Agencies that wish to help individuals pay for the test must purchase vouchers through Pearson VUE. Click here for more information. Vouchers are available for the full battery of tests or for individual subjects.
Identification: A current government-issued photo ID is required in order to test (i.e. MN ID card, driver’s license, passport, etc). There are no exceptions.
Age Waivers: To test, candidates must be at least 19 years of age and not currently enrolled in high school. Individuals who are 17 or 18 must receive an age waiver from the State of Minnesota before testing. Individuals under 17 are not eligible to take the GED test. Visit education.state.mn.us for more information.
Accommodations: Accommodations must be requested and approved through the GED Testing Service. Click here for more information.
Subjects: The GED has four content areas- Reasoning Through Language Arts, Mathematical Reasoning, Science, and Social Studies. More details are available here.
Scoring: A minimum score of 145 out of a possible 200 on each test is necessary to pass and receive a GED. Two additional performance levels are also possible. Scores between 165-174 indicate GED College Ready (used to signify readiness to enter credit-bearing, college-level courses). Scores between 175-200 indicate GED College Ready + Credit (which may qualify students for up to ten hours of college credit). Click here for more information.
Test Results: Test results are available 24-48 hours after testing. Individuals can access their scores by logging into their GED profile at ged.com. Official transcripts issued by the Minnesota Department of Education will be mailed to students after passing all four tests.
Retesting: Candidates may take each test three times during a calendar year with no waiting between tests. If a candidate does not pass an individual test after three attempts, they must wait 60 days before retesting. Retests must be paid for and scheduled through ged.com. The first two retests in each subject are $10.
Computer Skills: The GED must be taken on computer at an Official Pearson VUE Test Center- like the one found on Takoda’s campus. Candidates will need basic computer skills in order to pass the test. Click here for a free online tutorial.