In January 2014, the state of Iowa stopped using the GED® for its High School Equivalency testing program and changed to the HiSET. The latest version of the GED exam (introduced nationwide in early 2014) was only available in a computerized format and was getting too expensive as well.
The HiSET is available in both a computerized and a pencil and paper version.
Iowa High School Equivalency Testing Requirements
- If you are already holding a secondary education credential you don’t qualify
- If you are registered for any other school program you don’t qualify
- You must be at least 18 years old. For 16 and 17-year-olds, restriction apply such as having parental consent and permission from the school district
To take the HiSET exam in Iowa, you don’t need to be a state resident and the exam will set you back $50 for all five tests, but Iowa requires you to first take and pass the state’s HiSET Practice Test. HiSET scoring occurs on a scale that runs up to 20 and the minimally required score on each subject is 8. Your essay cannot score less than a 2 and your total score needs to be no less than 45 points.
The Iowa High School Equivalency degree is across North America regarded as equivalent to a common high school diploma and accepted as such by employers, educational institutions, and government agencies.
The HiSET exam is developed ETS, a well-known nonprofit educational publisher. All across Iowa, you can find many sites that offer HiSET preparation and you are required to first pass the Iowa HiSET Practice test before you can take the exam.
So be wise and get optimally geared up by taking a prep course either at a physical site or through a good online course. The HiSET is a challenging exam and when you get well prepared, you can sit for the exam confidently. HiSET and GED contents are quite similar so when you follow a respectable GED prep course, you will also get ready for the Iowa HiSET exam.
The HiSET exam, when taken successfully, will get you the Iowa High School Equivalency Diploma which will definitely lead to improved job options and a higher income. The credential also opens the door to a college education.
Please note that the HiSET (like the GED) can NOT be taken online. You must show up at one of Iowa’s official HiSET testing centers in person while bringing proper identification. The HiSET exam has five subtests in the academic fields of Social Studies, Math, Science, Language Reading, and Language Writing.