GED Information

Here in Pine Island we are in the Rochester Consortium for GED.  If you are interested in taking GED classes, feel free to contact Pine Island Community Education at 356-8876 or you can call Hawthorne directly in Rochester at  328-4440. 

GED Tests Free to Minnesotans for a Limited Time
Beginning February 8, and likely continuing through June 30,2016, Minnesotans can take the GED for free. In order to have all fees waived, the test taker must enter promotion code MNGED80 and select “MN” in the jurisdiction field.

GED Ready Discount
The GED Ready is the official practice test for the GED and accurately predicts whether a test taker is likely to pass the GED. The cost for the GED Ready has been reduced from $6 to $3 and that price will be in place through March 31, 2016.

GED Passing Scores Modified Following Analysis
Over the past 18 months, GED Testing Service looked at GED program graduates and high school graduates to compare their college readiness and college-level skills. As a result, GED Testing Service made the following changes to the passing score, retroactive to January 1, 2014:

  • The high school equivalency passing score has been reduced from 150 to 145.
  • College Ready and College Ready + Credit cut scores have been added at 165 and 175 respectively.

This means students who took the GED after January 1, 2014, may now have a passing score.

Photo: MGN Online
ST. PAUL, Minn. (KTTC) -

Minnesotans looking to take their General Educational Development (GED) test can now do so for free. Gov. Mark Dayton and Lt. Gov. Tina Smith made the announcement Thursday that free GED testing is available to eligible Minnesotans through July.

The state of Minnesota typically invests $125,000 each year through the Minnesota Department of Education to reduce the cost of the test, which normally costs $120 to take. Now, an additional $100,000 in funding from the federal Workforce Investment Act has wiped out the cost to test takers through July of this year.

The Department of Education has estimated as many as 2,000 people could benefit from the initiative.

Dayton's office said in a statement that having a high school diploma or GED could mean as much as a 37.5 percent increase in a person's potential wages.

Dayton says his 2016 supplemental budget proposal, if approved, would extend the window in which Minnesotans can take the test for free into 2017 by investing $120,000 of state money.