If you wish to earn a high school equivalency credential in Colorado, there are two options available. You can take the GED (General Education Development) test or the HiSET (High School Equivalency Test).
The GED® exam is fully computer-based while the HiSET® is offered in both a computer-based and a paper-based format.
Colorado GED testing requirements
- Test-takers cannot already hold a high school or equivalent diploma.
- Test-takers cannot be enrolled in any other school program.
- The minimum age to qualify for GED testing in Colorado is 16.
- 16 and 17-year-olds must meet additional requirements. They need, for example, special permission from their school districts and must also have parental or guardian consent.
- State residency is not required in Colorado.
- Test-takers are not required to take a GED prep course or first reach satisfactory results on the GED Ready® practice test.
Colorado GED online
You can sit for the Colorado GED exam at one of the state’s GED test centers or in an online format, the Online Proctored (OP) GED test. To qualify for online GED testing, however, you must score in the “green” (likely to pass) zone on the GED Ready test.
The GED Ready test is available for $6.99 on the website GED.com. There’s one GED Ready test for each of the four GED sub-exams, so that’ll cost you an additional $28.
Colorado HiSET online
The HiSET exam is also available online, called the HiSET-At-Home or Remote Proctored (R.P.) HiSET exam. You first need to attain satisfactory results on the HiSET Official Practice Test. Registration is done on the website ETS.org.
Colorado GED price
You can take and pay for each GED sub-exam separately. The four GED subtests are $37,50 each or $150 for the entire battery when taken at one of Colorado’s testing facilities. If you take the GED exam online, the price is $43.50 per sub-exam or $174 in total.
You should, however, also take the $28 into account that you’ll have to pay for the four GED Ready tests, so your total cost will be $202!
Colorado HiSET price
The Colorado HiSET exam is $141.25 in total when taken computer-based or $28.25 per individual subtests. The HiSET exam costs $162.50 in total when taken in a pencil-and-paper-based format.
You’ll understand that online HiSET testing is only available in a computer-based format. You have the option to register for (and pay for) one of the GED and HiSET subtests at a time.
The GED test is scored on a scale from 100 to 200. Below passing is from 100 to 144, the high school equivalent score is 145 to 164, college-ready score: 165 to 174, and the college-ready plus up to 10 college credit score is 175 to 200.
The HiSET exam is scored on a scale that runs up to 20. You need to attain at least a score of 8 on each of the five testing fields and the essay part must have no less than a score of two. Overall, you must attain no less than 45 points, not including your essay score.
Not all Colorado test facilities offer both the GED and HiSET exam. Please contact a testing center near you to see which of the two testing options they use.
What’s on the GED test?
The GED test comes with four modular subtests in the academic areas of Science, Social Studies, Mathematical Reasoning, and Reasoning through Language Arts.
The HiSET alternative includes five subject tests as the Language part includes a separate writing and reading test. So the five HiSET testing areas are Social Studies, Science, Math, Language Reading, and Language Writing.
How to prepare for the GED test
In Colorado, there’s no need to first sign up for a prep course. It is strongly advised, however, to follow a prep course at one of Colorado’s HSE prep locations, and your local book store and community library can also provide you with study books and more prep material.
You can also find some pretty good online GED preparatory courses today to get all geared up for the Colorado high school equivalency exam. A good example is the premium course created by ONSEGO. The contents of the GED and HiSET exams are rather similar so you may well also benefit from this GED course to get all set for the HiSET exam.
How to register for the GED test
The GED registration process is entirely online. Go to GED.com and you’ll be asked to set up your account with the portal MyGED. Here, you not only can schedule and pay for your test appointments, but there’s also great information about the job market, academic programs offered by universities and colleges, and, of course, everything related to the GED testing process.
A similar process applies to the registration process for the HiSET exam on the website ETS.org. If you want to apply for some GED or HiSET accommodation, be sure to do so in a timely manner at one of the official websites or ask your testing center for help.