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. The GED exam is fully computer-based and this is not surprising because you can hardly find any job out there that does not require some basic computer and keyboarding skills.
Idaho GED testing requirements
- You cannot already hold a secondary education degree (high school or equivalent diploma).
- You cannot be registered for another education program.
- You cannot be under the age of 16.
- Applicants 16 or 17 years old, however, need to meet more criteria. They must, for instance, be officially withdrawn from their school and hold school district permission as well as parental consent.
- There’s no Idaho residency requirement.
- There’s no requirement to first pass the GED Ready® test or register for a prep course.
Idaho GED online
You can sit for the Idaho GED exam at one of the state’s designated GED test centers or take the exam online, the O.P. (online proctored) GED test.
To be eligible for online GED testing, you must first score in the “green zone” (likely to pass) on the GED Ready practice test. For each of the four GED sub-exams, there is a GED Ready practice test, available at GED.com for $6.99 each. So, to count your overall cost of online GED testing, you should add $28.
Idaho GED price
The Idaho GED testing cost is $30 for each individual subtest so $120 for all four tests if you sit for the exam at an Idaho test center. If you take the exam online, the cost will be $144 ($36 for each sub-exam). Add also the $28 that the GED Ready tests will set you back!
Bear in mind that you can take one GED subtest at a time whenever you feel ready for it and you only pay for what you 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 10 college credits (depending on the subject and college you apply to).
What’s on the GED test?
The GED exam has four separate and independent subtests (also referred to as modules) in the academic sectors of Social Studies, Math, Science, and Language Arts. The GED diploma is the equivalency of a common high school degree and is recognized as such by the vast majority of North American colleges and universities, employers, and government organizations.
The GED exam is modular and this means that you have the freedom to take the four GED test one at a time. As said earlier, eligible students can now take the GED test online as well. No longer are you required to show up at an official Idaho GED testing center to sit for the four tests in person.
How do I register for the GED test?
To register for the GED exam, you’ll have to set up an account on the website GED.com. The portal MyGED is the place for making test appointments and paying for your tests. Here, there’s also a wealth of information bout colleges and their programs, the job market, and, of course, everything that’s related to taking the GED test.
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 schedule and pay for the test(s) you want to take.
How do I prepare for the GED test?
Idaho doesn’t have residency requirements 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 learn from books available at local libraries and book stores.
There are also a few pretty good and well-structured online prep sites such as the ONSEGO GED Prep Course that will get you all set fast. Keep in mind, however, that online learning requires a healthy portion of self-discipline.
On the other hand, online learning is a perfect solution for busy students and those living in remote Idaho regions. With the ONSEGO course, you can learn from anywhere and at any time you prefer as long as there’s a reliable internet connection.
The GED exam has become rather difficult and the passing score is set at such a level that more than 40 percent of all high school grads would not be able to pass on the first try! So get optimally prepared, be it in a physical class or through an online course, and whatever you decide on, just make sure to become optimally prepared for Idaho’s GED exam.