GED Age Waiver (MPS Adult Education)

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If you are under the age of 19 and you want to take the GED, you must obtain an age waiver from the Minnesota Department of Education. We can help you determine if you qualify for an age waiver.

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Residents of Minnesota who are 17 or 18 may take the GED tests if they qualify for an age waiver. Candidates must apply for an age waiver using the Age Waiver Form and Instructions document provided by the Minnesota GED Office. An Age Waiver must be approved by the Minnesota GED Office at the Minnesota Department of Education before testing. Age waiver applicants must not be enrolled in high school.

There are six possible ways for an applicant to qualify for an age waiver. An applicant needs to meet ONE of the following six conditions:

  1. Applicant has been dropped from the school’s attendance rolls for at least one full calendar year.
  2. Applicant's high school class has already graduated.
  3. A prospective employer indicates on signed/dated letterhead that applicant must successfully complete the GED Battery to qualify for employment.
  4. A prospective postsecondary institution or financial aid office indicates on signed/dated letterhead that applicant must successfully complete GED Battery to qualify for acceptance or to begin the financial aid process.
  5. The military indicates on signed/dated letterhead that applicant must successfully complete GED Battery to qualify for acceptance.
  6. An Adult Education program or other recognized educational, social service, or correctional agency indicates that successful completion of the GED Test Battery is a part of the applicant's written individual learning plan, AND also provides signed/dated documentation showing the applicant has, under the supervision of a proctor, either: Option #1) taken the Reading Language Arts (RLA) and Mathematics subtests of the GED Ready and scored at least 152 on the RLA and 154 on the Math or; Option #2) taken the Tests of Adult Basic Education (TABE) Form A (only) Reading and Mathematics subtests and scored at least 650 on each test.

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