Utah GED Requirements

Adults who never completed their high school curriculum have a hard time finding properly-paying employment and cannot go to college.

The GED program is especially for these individuals and offers them the chance to earn a secondary education degree by completing the four subtests of the GED exam.

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The four independent GED® subtests cover Mathematics, Language Arts, Social Studies, and Science.

Utah GED testing requirements

  • In Utah, the minimum age to take the GED tests is 16.
  • Applicants 16 and 17 years old only qualify if they meet strict additional requirements. They must, for instance, have parental consent and school board permission.
  • There is no residency requirement in Utah.
  • In Utah, you are not required to first take the GED Ready® practice test if you take the test at a test center.
  • Applicants cannot be high school graduates.
  • Applicants can also not be registered for any other educational program.

Utah GED online

The Utah GED exam can be taken at an official, state-approved test center or in an online proctored format. The online tests are slightly more expansive (see below).

To quality for taking the four GED modules (independent subtests), you’ll have to reach a “likely to pass” (green) score on the GED Ready test. There’s one GED Ready test for each subtest that costs $6.99 each (so $28 in total). These practice tests are available on the website GED.com.

Utah GED price

The four GED subtests will set you back $120 for the entire GED battery ($30 per test) when taken at one of Utah’s test centers. If you take the exam online, however, the price will be $36 for each subject test, so $144 in total.

Keep in mind that when taking the exam online, you’ll also have to take and pay for four GED Ready tests, which brings the total cost for online GED testing to $172.

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GED scoring

The GED modules are measured on a scoring scale that runs from 100 up to 200. Scoring is as follows: 100-144 is below passing; 145-164 is the HS equivalency score; 165-174 means you’re college-ready; and when you score between 175 and 200, you will additionally receive college credits.

The GED passing standard is actually set in such a way that some forty percent of all high school grads would not be able to pass the GED tests on the first try! So becoming optimally prepared for the GED exam is highly recommended to be successful.

What’s on the GED test?

The GED exam contains four independent subtests, or modules, in the academic fields of Science, Math, Social Studies, and Language Arts. The GED credential is all over North America regarded as equivalent to a common high school degree and accepted by virtually all government institutions, employers, and colleges.

One GED test at a time

As said above, you can take one GED (General Education Development) module at a time and you just need to pay for that part you register for (In Utah, $30 0r $36 per individual test). The GED exam must be taken entirely on a computer.

Since recently, you can also take the four GED subtests online (for qualifying students). So no longer, if you qualify for online GED testing, do you need to show up at an official Utah GED testing center and sit for the four GED tests in person.

How do I register for the GED test?

To register for the GED exam, you need to set up your personal account on the website GED.com. On the online portal MyGED, you can register for, schedule, and pay for your tests.

There’s also lots of very useful information with regard to college programs, the job market, GED test-taking advice, and a lot more.

Online GED prep courses

All across Utah, you can find numerous prep sites that offer GED instruction, often at no cost. Another great option is to take a well-structured online GED prep course like the one developed by ONSEGO GED Prep. This is a well-structured prep course that will get you ready for the GED exam efficiently.

This way you don’t need to attend a physical class, which is perfect for busy workers and people living in remote areas. But you can, of course, also attend a physical class under the guidance of a teacher. Whichever your preference, just be sure to get decently prepared.

If you feel ready to take (one or more of) the GED tests, you need to set up your personal account on the website GED.com. Go to the portal MyGED which is also your location for scheduling your tests and pay for what you take.