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Resources for Refreshing your Academic Skills

If it’s been a while since high school, or you just need to brush up on some basic knowledge so that you're off to a good start on your first day of college, VET tutors can help you with that. 
Even if you’re not able to make it into our physical classrooms, there are still some GREAT online resources to help you!  Check these out, and let us know how else we can help!

General Learning and College Preparation Self-Paced Courses

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This is a free, interactive, self-paced online course that enhances and refreshes students’ knowledge in a range of academic areas to prepare them for standardized tests and college.  Take the pre-test, and have a remedial course automatically generated for you based on your individual results!  Follow different tracks (pre-engineering, pre-health-related fields, etc.) depending on your interests.  HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!  VET's online tutors can help coach you through this system for additional help.

Take a FREE online college math and/or English readiness assessment, and then follow a personalized study path at your own pace to fill in any knowledge gaps.  There are also Accuplacer prep and SAT/ACT prep tracks to get you ready for your college's placement exams!

A personalized learning resource for all ages!  Khan Academy offers practice exercises, instructional videos, and a personalized learning dashboard that empower learners to study at their own pace in and outside of the classroom: math, science, computer programming, history, art history, economics, and more.  Guides learners from kindergarten to calculus using state-of-the-art, adaptive technology that identifies strengths and learning gaps. Work through a study plan by subject or by grade level.  VET's online tutors can guide you through this online learning system if extra help is desired!

Links to some very helpful video series!  Math lessons grouped by topic (from the creator of Math Antics), and tutorials on some Microsoft Office applications by Simon Sez IT.  More to come!

Explore over 6,800 free videos in 13 subject areas including basic arithmetic and algebra through calculus and statistics, lab sciences, History and Economics, and English grammar. 

Free, self-paced, online learning system with modules covering over 125 topics in high school level math, life and personal management skills, English grammar, reading comprehension, and computer skills to get you ready for college level classes.

A service of the North Dakota State Library, free for ND residents. Get help from professional tutors in major subjects like math, science, social studies, English, or writing. Tutors available online from Sunday through Thursday, 3 pm to 10 pm Central Time. 

The Skills Center connects you to academic and career resources 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Eligible military families can access these tutoring services 24/7 for free through's Military Families Program.

Computer Skill Resources

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Learn a range of computer skills starting with the very basics and working up from there in this FREE series of lessons made available by the Dickinson (ND) Adult Learning Center.  From just logging on and using the mouse and keyboard, to using email, researching on the internet, and the basics of the common Microsoft Office products (Word, PowerPoint, and Excel) needed for college and working-world success.  Watch a helpful video presentation on each topic, and then work through the student exercises.  Click here to start learning!   

Want to learn about Microsoft Excel?  Whether you're just a beginner or advanced user, this site contains tutorials and examples for effectively using this helpful and powerful software tool.  Learn the basics and more on this FREE site.

Free tutorials, formula and function examples, and an Excel Boot Camp that includes 70 self-paced lessons to make you an Excel guru!

(Re)Learn full keyboard typing skills

You're not going to try to tap out a term paper on your phone with two thumbs, are you?!  Learn (again?) how to type fast on a full computer keyboard (like a professional!)

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A full range of experiences from games, videos, and different typing challenges that make learning typing fun! Keep practicing each lesson until you get all five stars! Create an optional account to keep track of your progress and earn badges and stars! A very popular tool!

The Learn Typing free typing tutor has beginner and advanced typing lessons, as well as timed typing tests and keyboard shortcuts that will make your typing practice soooooo much easier! With Learn Typing, you can enjoy free typing lessons at your level. Work through a series of lessons and games to get better without frustration. 

Typing lessons and games to improve your keyboarding skills. Good for kids and adults!

Free typing speed tests, lessons, and interactive games to improve your keyboarding skills. Great for all ages and abilities! Site discloses that it does come with advertisements that can be completely removed for a small fee. 

Get your GED!

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In the Fargo, ND area

Contact theFargo Adult Learning Center. Free GED preparation classes (there is a fee to take the tests); a program of Fargo Public Schools. Classes start and run year-round.         

In the Grand Forks, ND area

Contact the Grand Forks Community High School's Adult Learning Center at (701) 795-2777 to schedule an orientation session or for more information. Registration and testing for General Educational Development/Diploma (GED) and refresher skills classes are held on Fridays at 8:30 a.m. in room 9 at the ALC.

Classes and materials are free, but there are four tests required to complete your GED. The fee for each test is $30 ($120 total).

The Adult Learning Center is located in the North Dakota School for the Blind building, 500 Stanford Rd unit B, Grand Forks, ND 58203.

In the Bismarck, ND area

Contact the Bismarck Public Schools Adult Learning Center at (701) 323-4530, or e-mail to get more information and pre-register. GED students sign up for a series of four orientation and registration sessions, and each meeting lasts about 2 – 3 hours.  GED preparation sessions begin about every 6 weeks.  Classes are free, but there is an initial registration fee of $50, and four tests are required to complete your GED; the fee for each is $30 ($120 total).

The Bismarck GED Testing Center is located in the Technical Center at 1200 College Drive on the campus of Bismarck State College. 

In the Devils Lake, ND area

Contact the Devils Lake Adult Learning Center at (701) 662-1536 for more information, or to set up an appointment for registration and enrollment.

GED preparation classes and testing are typically offered Mondays through Thursdays between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m.

There is no charge for classes or the materials you will use at the learning center.  Once you are ready for the official tests (four are required for GED completion), they will cost $30 each.

The Devils Lake Adult Learning Center is located in the main building of Lake Region State College, 1801 College Drive, Devils Lake, ND 58301.

For information on the satellite site in Belcourt, ND, call (701) 477-7913.

In the Minot, ND area

Contact the Minot Adult Learning Center at (701) 857-4488, or by e-mail at for more information or to arrange a GED preparation course registration appointment. 

The Minot Adult Learning Center is located at 1609 4th Ave NW in Minot, just west of Oak Park. 

In the Williston, ND area

Contact the Adult Learning Center at Williston State College at (701) 774-4221 or -6236 to arrange free GED test preparation classes.

Four tests are required to complete your GED, and each test costs $30 (total of $120).

In the Dickinson/Bowman/Beulah, ND area

To get started on your GED, contact the Dickinson Adult Learning Center at (701) 456-0008, or by e-mail at to arrange an appointment for initial testing or to get more information. Registration takes place approximately every eight weeks.

Registration fee for all new students is $30, and students must call for an appointment to register and take the TABE (Test of Adult Basic Education) placement test. Four tests are required to complete your GED, and each test costs $30 (total of $120).

The Dickinson ALC is now located at 402 4th Street West in Dickinson, in what was formerly known as Hagen Junior High. To access the ALC, please use Door #3 on the North side of the building, and take the stairs or elevator to the 3rd floor. Satellite locations run in Beulah and Bowman, North Dakota.

In the Moorhead, MN area

Contact the Moorhead Adult Basic Education Program. FREE classes for adult learners to improve basic math skills, reading, prepare for a GED, or improve skills and knowledge to improve your employability.  Day, Evening, and Online classes are offered.  A service of Moorhead Area Public Schools.

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