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If you are 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 the state of Idaho, please feel free to contact us at the state office.

Taking the GED® in Idaho

You must be at least 18 years of age and not currently enrolled in high school to be eligible to take the GED. If you are between 16 and 18 years old, you will need to send a completed GED Youth Waiver form to your selected testing center (which can be determined from the GED website) 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 studying for the GED and taking GED Ready tests may proceed 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 DiplomaSender, 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 one free copy of your transcript within one year of passing. Request your free copy, and any subsequent copies, directly through DiplomaSender. Additional transcripts cost $15 each. DiplomaSender offers the options of paying by credit card or money order.

They can email, mail or fax your GED® transcript to you, an employer, school, or other organization. To begin your request, or obtain more information about ordering your GED® transcript or a Letter of Verification, visit Diploma Sender.

High School Equivalency Certificate (HSEC)

After a tester passes the GED® test series they may order a High School Equivalency Certificate. A HSEC is the GED counter-part to a high school diploma, which indicates the passer has achieved an education that is equal to a high school education. The certificate is a high-quality, individually numbered, and frame-able document signed by the State Superintendent of Education. It does not contain test scores or other information about your GED®To request a HSEC, please complete the HSEC Application. Mail the notarized form, along with a $10 check or money order made out to “Idaho Career & Technical Education” to:

Idaho Career & Technical Education
Attn: GED Office
P.O. Box 83720 Boise, ID 83720-0095 

Any HSEC applications submitted without all required documentation and a correctly endorsed check or money order will be returned to the student. 

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 not considered official and often cost much more than the official GED® test itself.

Resources

GED Youth Waiver

High School Equivalency Certification Application

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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