Without a high school diploma or General Equivalency Diploma, it can be difficult to find a rewarding job in Montana. Whether you want to apply for competitive positions, get a promotion at your current job, or take college-level courses, you need to have your high school credential. And 97% of employers and educators in the U.S. consider the GED program to be a completely adequate substitute for a traditional high school education. Since 2002, over 20,000 people have completed GEDs in Montana. This is because the job market is much easier to navigate with a minimum level of education. Consider the economic trends of 2013 in Montana: the Healthcare job sector added 1,500 new jobs, Finance added just over 1,000 jobs, and Information Technology had 500 new jobs. For comparison, the Construction job sector actually shrunk and lost jobs. If you want to find a career that is guaranteed to stick around, invest time in your education now. Taking GED classes or adult education courses are a great way to get back on track and get ahead in your career again.
Frequently Asked Questions
How do I Get my GED in Montana?
You must meet the following requirements to challenge the official test in Montana:
- Be at least 19 years old
- Not have completed high school
- Legally reside in Montana
There are five subjects on the GED test and all of these must be passed for a General Equivalency Diploma. The test must be completed in person, but you can choose to take all five subjects at once or each one individually. There is no time limit to completing the entire test. Starting in 2014, only computerized test formats will be available, which makes GED classes even more useful for gaining experience with the new technology.
What is Required to Take a GED Class in Montana?
GED classes and test-preparation programs are available to all state residents of Montana for little cost and with no prerequisites. There are many adult education centers and public education facilities that provide professional instruction in the subjects of the test. Enrolling in these programs is highly recommended, especially for those candidates that have been out of school for many years.
Where are GED Classes in Montana?
Adult education classes can be found at adult education centers, community colleges, and some community service initiatives throughout Montana. For specific listings of study programs, test-preparation courses, and GED classes, visit the National Literacy Directory’s website online.
In Billings –
The only option for GED classes in Billings is the Adult Education Academic Center on 30th St.
In Missoula –
There are no options for GED classes in Missoula as of 2013, but investigate your options in nearby Butte or across the state line in Idaho.
In Butte –
The main option for adult education and GED study programs in Butte is the Butte Literacy Program. Classes in another state may be a useful option also.
When is the next official GED Test in Montana?
The next official GED test is available when you’re ready to sign up. The official test can only be offered at state-approved testing centers and all candidates must complete their test in person. Test sites are open five days a week on weekdays, but some can offer special testing hours for fully-employed candidates. You can register online 24/7 and starting in 2014, all tests will be offered in computer format. Sign up when you feel ready to pass the test; the rest of your professional future is waiting!