If you never finished your high school education there is still the GED® (General Education Development) option to get hold of an HSE (high school equivalency) credential.
In Georgia, the GED is one of two options to earn an HSE diploma, the other option is the HiSET® (High School Equivalency Test).
The GED exam contains four separate modules (or subtests) in the academic subject areas of Math, Science, Social Studies, and Literacy (which has combined writing and reading).
The HiSET exam has separate reading and writing subtests, so five in total, that can be taken on a computer or in a paper-based format.
Georgia GED Testing Requirements
- You did not complete your regular high school program
- You cannot be registered for another education program
- You cannot be under the age of 16. Applicants under 18 need to have permission from their school board as well as parental or guardian consent
In Georgia, the GED testing fee is $40 per subject test (or $160 for the full battery). You can take one test at a time and you only pay for what you take. The HiSET subtests are $26.75 each when taken at one of Georgia’s test centers or $36.25 when taken online.
GED scoring takes place on a scale that runs from 100 to 200 and the following scores apply: 100 to 144 is below passing; scores between 145-164 bring you a GED high school equivalency result; 165 to 174 indicates a college-ready score and a 175 to 200 score will give a college-ready plus college credits score.
HiSET scoring takes place on a 1-20 scale and you must attain at least an 8 score on each subtest, an overall score of no less than 45, and a 2-score (out of 6) for your essay.
The diploma that you’ll receive upon successful completion of the GED or HiSET exam is all over North America recognized just like a common high school diploma by practically every employer, educational institution, or government agency.
You are not required to sit for the four GED or five HiSET modules in one take, the exams are modular, meaning the subtests can be taken separately. The GED exam has become fully computer-based. No longer can you take the GED exam in a paper-based format.
The Georgia HSE (High School Equivalency) testing program is also open to non-state residents but keep in mind that the exams have become pretty difficult and that the passing standards are so tough that some 40 percent of all high school grads would not be able to pass it on the first try!
So taking part in some sort of GED or HiSET prep course to get optimally prepared is not required but highly recommended. There are many Georgia prep sites where (often free) classes are offered and there are also some very good GED or HiSET prep courses offered over the internet as well.
Whichever way of studying you prefer, just be sure to become optimally prepared. The GED exam is entirely computer-based; paper-based testing is no longer an option, which makes sense as there is practically no job out there that doesn’t require some basic computer literacy. The HiSET is available both on-paper and on-computer.
If you want to sit for the Georgia GED or HiSET exam, you can do so in person at one of the state’s official HSE testing sites or take the exams online (for eligible candidates). If you need some accommodation, please apply timely for that via the official GED website (GED.com) or see if your local testing center can help you. You must set up your account at GED.com/MyGED where you also can schedule and pay for your tests.