The state of Oklahoma uses two tests for applicants wishing to acquire their high school equivalency diplomas, the fully computer-formatted GED exam and the HiSET exam which can be taken on paper and on a computer.
The diploma that’s awarded upon successfully taking the GED® or HiSET® exam is all across North America accepted in the same way as a regular high school credential.
Oklahoma GED testing requirements
- In Oklahoma, the minimum age to qualify for GED or HiSET testing is 16.
- Applicants 16 and 17 years old, however, must meet additional criteria. They must have parental consent and permission from their school districts.
- Applicants must be Oklahoma residents.
- Applicants cannot already hold a high school or equivalent diploma.
- Applicants can not be signed up for another educational program.
- In Oklahoma, there’s no requirement to attend a prep program first or reach sufficient scores on the GED Ready® practice test.
Oklahoma GED online
In Oklahoma, you have the option to take the four GED tests at a physical testing center or in an online proctored format. The HiSET exam can be taken at a test center or online as well.
To qualify for taking the GED exam online, however, you need to attain “green” (likely to pass) results on the GED Ready® test. A similar system applies to the HiSET exam.
For each of the four GED tests, there’s a GED Ready test. You can purchase these practice tests on the website GED.com at $6.99 each. Only after you’ve received a “green” score on the GED Ready test, you can schedule your online GED test for that subject field.
For taking the GED test at one of Oklahoma’s test centers, there’s no requirement to first obtain satisfactory results on the GED Ready test.
Oklahoma GED price
The Oklahoma GED exam costs $34 per subject test (so $136 for the entire exam) if you sit for the exam at one of Oklahoma’s state-approved GED test centers.
If you take the Oklahoma GED exam in an online format, the cost is $40 per subject test, so $160 in total. You should also count the cost for taking four GED Ready practice tests which will set you back an additional $28 ($6.99 per practice test).
Oklahoma HiSET price
The price of the Oklahoma HiSET exam is the same for online testing and taking the five subtests at a test center in a computerized format, $91.25 for the entire 5-test battery. When you want to take the HiSET at a test center in a paper-based format, you’ll have to pay $112.50.
What’s on the GED and HiSET exams?
The GED exam is fully computer-based and includes four separate subtests (independent modules) that address the academic subject areas of literacy (Reasoning through Language Arts), Social Studies, Math (Mathematical Reasoning), and Science.
The HiSET exam has separate reading and writing subtests, so five in total (Language Writing, Language Reading, Social Studies, Math, and Science). Both exams allow you to take these modules one (or more) at a time.
How should I prepare for the GED?
Both available High School Equivalency tests are quite challenging, so be sure to get optimally prepared. All across Oklahoma, there are many facilities that will help you in your efforts to get all geared up for the GED or HiSET exam.
Your local library or local bookstore will also offer plenty of study material to get all geared up for the Oklahoma High School Equivalency Test. Today, there are also some very good and well-structured online GED prep courses, like the one developed by ONSEGO, that allow you to get all set from the comfort of your home or from wherever and whenever you prefer to study.
GED and HiSET scoring
The GED passing score has been set at 145 for each subtest so your minimum overall score is 580. A score in the 145-164 range indicated high school equivalency, a 165-174 score means you’re college-ready, and a score in the 175-200 range additionally results in college credits.
On the HiSET, you must score at least an 8 out of 20 to pass each test and an overall score of no less than 45, while here the essay score must be a 2 or up (out of 6).
As said before, the HiSET is available both on a computer and in a paper-and-pencil format (when taken at a test center) whereas the GED must be done exclusively on a computer.
Computer-based testing makes a lot of sense, actually, as there is hardly any employment to be found in the world that will not call for at least fundamental knowledge and skills of keyboarding and computer literacy. Not all Oklahoma testing centers are offering both options so please check with your nearest testing center what they administer.