Adult Basic Education and GED


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Adult Basic Education (ABE) is available statewide at no cost to adult learners. It is administered through the Minnesota Department of Education. Each year, more than 300 delivery sites serve approximately 65,000 adult students. About one-half of these students are enrolled in English Learner (EL) programs. Licensed teachers provide ABE instruction and are assisted by more than 1,400 trained volunteers.
The ABE services include Adult Diploma, GED, English as a Second Language (ESL or EL), Career Pathways, Family Literacy, Basic Skills Enhancement, Workplace Literacy, and U.S. Citizenship/Civics. Programs are delivered primarily through public school districts, non-profit organizations, some technical colleges, and state and local correctional institutions.
You must be at least 17 years old, not enrolled in K-12 public or private school, and lack basic academic skills in reading, writing, speaking and/or mathematics in order to be eligible for ABE services.
Local contact information related to ABE services can be found on the Minnesota Literacy Council website

  • Age Waiver Form and Instructions - 6/6/18
    Form to request an age waiver for individuals taking the General Educational Development (GED) tests.
  • GED Records Request Form - 7/18/17
    Complete this form and return to the Minnesota Department of Education to request official GED records.
  •  - 3/23/17