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GED Services
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(English Language Acquisition and Adult Citizenship)

Valerie Fischer - State Director
Jolli Marcellais - Administrative Staff Officer

Phone: 701/328-2393
Fax: 701/328-4770

The North Dakota Department of Public Instruction, Adult Education and Family Literacy Unit, promotes and supports free programs that help adults over the age of 16 obtain basic academic and educational skills to be productive workers, family members, and citizens. Adult education classes provide a second opportunity for adult learners committed to improving their academic and career skills.

The North Dakota Department of Public Instruction receives federal funds under the Workforce Investment Act Title II and state funds (NDCC 15.1-26) to support the operations and free programs of seventeen (17) Adult Learning Centers located throughout North Dakota.

Adult Education programs serve adults who are at least 16 years of age; are not enrolled or required to be enrolled in a secondary school under State Law; and who lack sufficient mastery of basic educational skills; do not have a secondary school diploma or its recognized equivalent; or can not speak, read, or write the English language.

Services available in each Adult Learning Center include: reading/writing, science, social studies, math, computer literacy and other basic academic skills, English Language acquisition for adults who are unable to read, speak or write English, workplace and career planning and readiness, and GED test preparation.

  • North Dakota Adult Learning Centers
  • North Dakota Association for Lifelong Learners (NDALL)
    The North Dakota Association for Lifelong Learning (NDALL) is the state association which was first created in 1993 for the purpose of promoting and encouraging lifelong learning for all ND citizens. Over time, this Association has evolved into a strong membership of job alike colleagues who network, participate in professional development activities and conferences to improve strategies for teaching the adult learner.
  • ND Assessment Policy pdf
    A program requirement of adult education is the development, implementation and evaluation of a comprehensive assessment policy which serves as the vehicle for the educational gains of the students served. This link will take the reader to the most current ND Assessment Policy.

GED Services

GED HISTORY (click the link for further information)

Beginning January 2014, the GED series is updated! The four exams – Reasoning through Language Arts, Math, Science and Social Studies – are available in both English and Spanish and only by computer-based testing. The new GED series is aligned to the common core standards and the College and Career Readiness Standards.

Instruction towards the GED is free and available at 17 Adult Learning Centers across North Dakota and several additional GED test sites. Instruction also includes keyboarding and computer literacy which will also be helpful as you prepare for careers and college.

The North Dakota GED High School Diploma is based upon the successful completion of four exams: Reasoning through Language Arts, Science, Social Studies, and Math. Persons who pass the GED test receive the North Dakota GED High School Diploma from the Department of Public Instruction and intended only for those persons who withdrew from their regular high school program.

The minimum age for enrollment and testing in North Dakota is sixteen (16). Candidates are not required to take any courses or to prepare in any way for the GED test. However, candidates may wish to assess their current academic skills or improve skills by attending the Adult Learning Centers, who provide instruction in the four content test areas, keyboarding and computer literacy, as well as career and college readiness skills. Instructional services are free and classes are held at convenient hours to meet your personal schedule and needs.

If interested in taking the GED, any student is encouraged to do one of two things:

  • Contact any Adult Learning Center regarding hours of services and enrollment, OR
  • Register and receive information about adult learning center locations, test sites, study resources, post secondary transition, requesting test accommodations and test scheduling. MyGED™ is the hub for all 2014 GED® test activities

Acquiring a GED may take as short as a few weeks or as long as several months; variables include time away from school, availability for classes/studying, attendance, and motivation. You can get a reasonably good idea on how long it will take you to complete when you make an appointment for your initial visit with the Adult Learning Center staff.

The official GED exams are given in an approved ND GED Testing Center or Adult Learning Center. While it is possible to take all four tests in one day, it is highly recommended to take no more than two during one sitting. North Dakota approved testing sites in North Dakota can be found here - Testing Center pdf

Each GED exam costs $30. Because registration is completed online, you will need to pay for each exam using a credit or debit card, or through some other method under the assistance of the ALC / GED test site staff. In North Dakota, residents registering at the Adult Learning Center or GED Test Center are eligible to have the test fee of the first and last test (passed) paid by the Bank of North Dakota.

Students who have met the eligibility requirements will be awarded a diploma from the Department of Public Instruction when he/she has successfully taken and passed all four (4) GED exams with a minimum standard score of 150; scores of 170 and above are considered “GED with Honors”. A student who meets all the requirements will receive an original diploma and transcript. A duplicate transcript and/or diploma can be requested in writing to the Department of Public Instruction. There is a *$2.00 processing fee for each transcript and a *$10.00 processing fee for each duplicate diploma.

We have a $2 processing fee for a transcript and/or $10 fee for a duplicate certificate.  Please fill out the “Authorization for Release of GED Records” and mail to DPI.  Please allow 5-7 days for processing and mailing.

If a student has a disability and wishes to request accommodations for any exam, the opportunity to do so is available.

OTHER INFORMATION (click the link for further information)

Displaced Homemakers Program
ELCivics (ESL services for Adults)

Funds are provided from the Office of Vocational and Adult Education to specifically deliver English language acquisition and citizenship skills at the Adult Learning Centers. Instruction is designed for adults who have limited proficiency in the English language or whose native language is not English. Instructional emphasis is on listening and speaking as well as reading and writing. Instruction is also designed for foreign-born adults who wish to become United States citizens. Persons completing this program are prepared to pursue citizenship through the prescribed Immigration and Naturalization Service process.


Should you not find what you need on this website, please contact the Adult Education Office at (701) 328-2393. Our office is located on the 9th floor of the State Capitol Building; office hours are 8:00 – 4:30 Monday through Friday.

Adult Education and Literacy
Department of Public Instruction
600 East Boulevard Avenue
Bismarck ND 58505-0440
Phone: (701) 328-2393
Fax: (701) 328-4770

Valerie Fischer
State GED Administrator

Jolli Marcellais
Administrative Staff Officer


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