Colorado GED Requirements

If you wish to earn a high school equivalency (HSE) credential in Colorado, there are two options available. You can take the entirely computer-based GED® (General Education Development) test or the HiSET (High School Equivalency Test).

The last alternative is offered in both a computer-based and a paper-based format.

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Colorado High School Equivalency Testing Requirements

  • You are not the holder of a high school or equivalent diploma.
  • You are not following any other school program.
  • You are at least 16 years old, though for 16 and 17-year-olds there are some extra requirements. You need special permission from your school district and you must also have permission from a parent or guardian.

To sit for the GED or HiSET exam in Colorado, you don’t have to be a state resident. The four GED subtests are $37,50 each or $150 for the entire battery.

The Colorado HiSET exam is $141.25 in total (when taken computer-based) or $162.50 in total (when taken paper-based). You have the option to register for (and pay for) one of the GED and HiSET subtests at a time.

GED testing 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 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.

Please contact a testing center near you to see which of the two testing options they use.

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

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 or take a respected online course in order to get all geared up for your HSE (high school equivalency) test.

GED and HiSET testing can be done at one of Colorado’s state-approved testing centers or online for eligible students. If you want to apply for some required accommodation, be sure to do so in a timely manner at one of the official websites or ask your testing center for help.

For GED accommodations go to You will have to create your account at the portal MyGED. This is also the place to schedule and pay for your GED tests.

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