In Nevada, you have two options to earn your High School Equivalency Diploma. The GED exam is not the only available option as test-takers in Nevada can also take the HiSET exam developed by ETS-Educational Testing Services.
Nevada’s high school equivalency testing program provides adults that never completed their high school education with the opportunity to get hold of a credential that’s across North America accepted in lieu of a standard high school degree.
The GED® is entirely computer-based whereas the HiSET® is available in a computerized format and on paper as well.
Nevada GED testing requirements
- Applicants cannot already hold a high school or equivalent diploma.
- They cannot be enrolled in any other school program.
- In Nevada, test-takers must be 16 years old.
- 16 and 17-year-olds, however, only qualify as well if they meet strict requirements such as having parental consent and permission from their school districts.
- HSE testing in Nevada is only for state residents.
- Test-takers do not have to pass a practice test first.
So in Nevada, you have two options, but please check with a testing site near you as not all sites offer both options. The GED exam is fully computer-formatted while the HiSET is offered both on paper and on a computer. Online HiSET testing can only be done in a computer-based format.
Nevada GED online
To qualify for taking the GED test online, test-takers are required to reach “Likely To Pass” (or “green”) scores on the GED Ready® test. They will have to take and pass four GED Ready practice tests (there’s one for each subject test) that are available on the GED.com website at $6.99 each.
Test-takers that sit for the Nevada GED exam at one of the state’s GED test sites are not required to first reach satisfactory scores on the GED Ready practice tests. This only applies to online GED testing.
Nevada GED price
The Nevada GED exam will cost you $95 for the entire exam (or $23.75 per individual subtest) when you take the exam at one of the state’s testing facilities. However, if you sit for the exam in an online proctored format, it will cost you $36 per sub-exam so $144 in total.
You may add to that also the cost of taking four GED Ready tests ($28 overall) and your total will be $172 for the online GED test.
Nevada HiSET price
The Nevada HiSET exam costs in total $78,75 when you take the exam on a computer or $100 if you take it on paper. It goes without saying that paper-based HiSET testing can only be done at a testing facility. Like with the GED, you can take the five subtests one (or more) at a time.
The four GED subtests are scored on a 100 to 200 scale and the passing score is 145. This counts for all subtests and averaging is not an option. The high school equivalency score is 145-164, the college-ready score is 165-174, and if your results are in the 175-200 range, you’ll also receive (up to 10) college credits, depending on the subject and the college or university you apply to.
The GED (General Education Development) exam is fully computer-based while the HiSET alternative is offered in both a paper-based and a computerized format (only at test centers).
On the five HiSET sub-exams, you must attain a score of at least 8 on a scale that goes to 20. Your total HiSET score (for the five sub-exams) must be at least 45 and your essay result must be at least 2 (out of 6).
What’s on the GED test?
The GED exam contains four individual modules (subtests) that may be taken separately if you will. The four subject tests cover the fields of Reasoning through Language Arts, Mathematical Reasoning, Science, and Social Studies.
The HiSET (High School Equivalency Test) comes with five subtests because the Literacy Section (Language Arts) has separate reading and writing tests.
How do I register for the GED test?
To register for the GED exam (or part of it), go to GED.com, and then you are asked to set up your personal account at the portal MyGED. Here you can also schedule your test(s) and make payments.
The website is very efficient and will guide you through the entire process very smoothly. Remember that you just need to pay for the test(s) you take, no need to do so for all tests at one time! This also counts for the HiSET exam.
How do I prepare for the GED test?
Both options are quite challenging exams so make sure to be fully prepared when you show up at one of Nevada’s high school equivalency testing centers. The contents of the two exams are also pretty similar so you may use a good online GED prep course, like the one created by Onsego, to get perfectly geared up for either of the assessments.
There are also numerous physical prep sites where dedicated teachers will get you all set for success on the HiSET or GED exam. And your local library and book store will also have lots of publications that will help you.
Whichever way you choose to get all set, a physical class, an online course, or study at home with books from the library, just make sure you’ll know what it takes to pass!