Adults who never finished their high school education can still get hold of a secondary education credential by completing the four subtests (modules) of the entirely computer-based GED® Test. GED stands for General Education Development and Idaho is using this exam for the state’s high school equivalency program.
Idaho GED Testing Requirements
- You cannot already hold a secondary education degree (high school diploma)
- You cannot be already registered for another education program
- You cannot be under the age of 16. Applicants 16 or 17 years old need to be withdrawn from their school officially, hold school district permission as well as parental consent
The Idaho GED testing cost is $30 for each individual subtest so $120 for all four tests. Bear in mind though, as stated above, that you can take one GED subtest at a time whenever you feel ready for it and you only pay for what you take! You don’t have to pay at once for all four subtests but again, completion of the entire GED exam must occur within two years.
In case you need to have any accommodation, apply for that in a timely manner on the website of GED Testing Service, GED.com or ask your regional GED testing center for help. Anyway, you must always set up a personal account with GED.com/MyGED where you can also schedule and pay for the test(s) you want to take. The GED test scores are measured on a 100-200 scale in this way: 100-144 is below passing, 145-164 is high school equivalency level, 165-174 is college-ready level, and 175-200 is college-ready + up to 20 college credits.
The GED exam was totally revised and the latest edition was rolled out across America in January 2014. The GED exam has four separate subtests (also referred to as modules) in the academic sectors of Social Studies, Math, Science, and Literacy. The GED diploma is the equivalency of a common high school degree and recognized as such by the vast majority of North American colleges and universities, employers, and government organizations.
The GED has become modular and this means that you have the freedom to take the four GED test one at a time but you must deal with the four modules in two years. Paper-based testing is no longer an option as the GED test is now completely computer-based. Be aware that online testing is NOT an option though. You are required to show up at an official Idaho GED testing center to sit for the four tests in person.
Idaho does have a residency requirement, and though taking a practice course is not required, you are strongly advised to follow a prep course at one of Idaho’s prep facilities or via a good online prep site. The new GED exam has become rather difficult and the new passing score is set at such a level that more than 40 percent of all high school grads would not be able to pass at first try! So get optimally prepared, be it in a physical class or through an online course and whatever you decide on, make sure to become optimally prepared for Idaho’s GED exam.
The most recent edition of the GED Test was introduced in early 2014 and this version must be done totally on a computer. Paper-based testing is no longer an option. This actually not surprising because you can hardly find any job out there that does not require some basic computer and keyboarding skills.