Iowa GED Requirements

Iowa is using the HiSET exam for its High School Equivalency testing program which is available in both computer-based and paper-based versions.

The HiSET® exam offers adults who couldn’t complete their high school education one more chance to earn a credential that’s equivalent to a common high school diploma.

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The diploma that’s awarded upon successful completion of the 5-test HiSET exam is accepted across North America in lieu of a high school degree by practically all government agencies, employers, and colleges and universities.

Iowa GED Testing requirements

  • You only qualify if you don’t already hold a secondary education credential (high school or equivalent diploma).
  • You cannot be registered for another school program.
  • You must be at least 16 years old.
  • For 16 and 17-year-olds, however, more restrictions apply such as having parental consent and permission from their school districts.
  • There is no state residency requirement in Iowa.
  • You must first take and pass the HiSET Official Practice Test.

Iowa HiSET online

The HiSET exam can be taken online or at one of Iowa’s official HiSET testing centers. To be able to sit for the HiSET exam online (the so-called “HiSET-At-Home” test) you’ll need to reach a passing score on the HiSET OPT (Official Practice Test), but in Iowa, this also counts for on-site HiSET testing.

HiSET scoring

The five HiSET sub-exams are scored 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 excluding your essay score.

Iowa HiSET cost

The computer-based Iowa HiSET exam costs $53.75 ($10.75 for each of the 5 subtests) and when taken on paper, the cost is $75 (or $15 per subtest). Online HiSET testing is, of course, only available in a computer-based format.

What’s on the HiSET exam?

The HiSET exam includes five individual subtests in the academic fields of Social Studies, Math, Science, Language Reading, and Language Writing. You can take these sub-exams one at a time if you wish, and in any order.

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As said earlier, the Iowa High School Equivalency diploma is across the nation regarded as equivalent to a common high school diploma and accepted as such by employers, educational institutions, and government agencies.

All across Iowa, you can find many sites that offer HiSET preparation, and you are required, as said before as well, to first pass the Iowa HiSET Practice test before you can register for the exam.

How to prepare for the HiSET

The HiSET is a challenging assessment that measures (like the GED) knowledge and skills at a level comparable to that of graduating high school seniors. The passing score is set at a level that 40% of high school grads would not be able to pass the five subtests on the first try!

So becoming perfectly prepared for the exam is crucial for your success on the HiSET exam! You can get optimally geared up by taking a prep course at a physical site or through books available from your community library or your local book store.

You may also register for a well-structured online course, like the ONSEGO GED Prep Course that allows you to study at times and at places that are most comfortable for you. The GED and HiSET contents are quite similar so you can also benefit from this course to get ready for the Iowa HiSET exam.

It’s about YOUR future

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.

Holders of a high school or equivalent diploma may expect to earn at least $9.600 more annually than workers who don’t have a secondary education degree. So what’s holding you back? Start working on getting your diploma today so you and the ones around you can enjoy a brighter future soon!