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GED®

If you’re interested in taking the GED®, we strongly encourage you to prepare for the test. You can locate resources and GED® Prep centers at GED.com. You may also be interested in enrolling in an Adult Education program to help you prepare.

The only way to obtain an official GED® credential is to register with GED.com and take the tests at an official testing center. GED.com also offers practice tests, which you can access through their website. If you have any questions regarding the process of attaining a GED® in Idaho, please feel free to contact us.

Taking the GED® in Idaho

You must be at least 18 years old and not currently enrolled in high school to be eligible to take the GED®. If you are between 16 and 18 years old, you’ll need to send a completed GED® Youth Waiver form to your selected testing center before you can schedule any tests. Email notification will be sent to the tester once the youth waiver is processed by the testing site. Please note that you can study for the GED® and take GED® Ready tests without a waiver on file at the testing center. 

To register to test for the GED®, please visit GED.com. There you can set up a user profile, view testing sites in your area, and schedule tests. Taking all four tests costs $120 total. You do not have to take all the tests at the same time, and they can be taken in any order. The four current GED® tests are:

  • Reasoning Through Language Arts: $30
  • Mathematical Reasoning: $30
  • Science: $30
  • Social Studies: $30

Taking all four tests is $120. You do not have to take all four tests at the same time, and they can be taken in any order. 

Please Note:
The information you provide when you register at GED.com is the information that will appear on your official GED® records. Use your full legal name, and provide the correct address and contact information.

GED Transcripts 

The State of Idaho uses Parchment, an external internet-based service, to manage and verify all GED records for the state. All GEDs completed in Idaho, regardless of the year passed, are contained in this database.

If you completed your GED® testing after January 2014, you are entitled to two complimentary copies of your transcript or diploma; additional copies are $15 each. Request your complimentary or additional copies directly from Parchment, our credentialing service. Parchment can email, or mail your GED® transcript to you, an employer, school, or other organization.

After a tester passes the GED® test series they may order a High School Equivalency Certificate (HSEC). A HSEC is the GED® counterpart to a high school diploma, which indicates they have achieved the equivalent of a high school education. The certificate is a high-quality, individually numbered, and frameable document signed by the State Superintendent of Education. It excludes test scores or other information about your GED®.

High School Equivalency Certificate

If you passed the GED before 2014, you can request a High School Equivalency Certificate (HSEC) from the Idaho Division of Career Technical Education. A HSEC is the GED® counterpart to a high school diploma, which indicates you have achieved the equivalent of a high school education.

The certificate is a high-quality, individually numbered, and frameable document signed by the State Superintendent of Education. It excludes test scores or other information about your GED®.

GED Testing Service is a joint venture of the American Council on Education, which started the GED® program in 1942, and leading education company Pearson.

WARNING: You may encounter companies who claim to provide online GED® testing. These tests are considered unofficial and often cost much more than the official GED® test.

Resources

GED Youth Waiver

Idaho Opportunity Scholarship

GED Website

GED Transcripts

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Molly Valceschini

Molly Valceschini
State Coordinator
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Administrative Support
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