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All About the GED: Idaho

A General Educational Development (GED) certificate opens the door to new job opportunities and the chance to continue your education in college. Learn how to earn your GED in Idaho.

How to Take the GED in Idaho

The General Educational Development (GED) test offers a chance to earn an alternative high school diploma. If you pass the four GED tests, and complete an American Government course, or pass an American Government test, you can apply for an Idaho High School Equivalency Certificate.

The GED test is administered by each state, and in Idaho, the Division of Professional-Technical Education oversees GED testing (www.pte.idaho.gov). You cannot take the test online, but must go to an official GED testing center in Idaho. The College of Western Idaho, Lewis Clark State College, College of Southern Idaho, North Idaho College, Eastern Idaho Technical College, University of Idaho and Idaho State University are official testing centers. To find additional testing centers, use the Find a Center search tool on GED testing Service website. (ged.com)

Idaho offers the GED tests in English and Spanish.

GED Test Information

The GED test is actually four different tests that confirm your skills in language arts, science, social studies and math. The tests are now taken on computers which makes learning your scores and results a much faster process.

The Language Arts test measures your ability to read and communicate clearly and effectively. The test is 150 minutes long and has 3 sections with a 10 minute break between sections 2 and 3. The test includes an essay which you will have 45 to write.

The GED Science test includes questions on life science, physical science and Earth and space science. The 90-minute test includes two short answer, essay-type questions that will take about 10 minutes each to complete.

The Social Studies test is also 90 minutes, and includes an essay which you will have 25 minutes to complete. This test covers civics and government, U.S. history, economics and geography.

The fourth section of the GED, Mathematical Reasoning, tests you quantitative problem-solving skills and your algebraic problem-solving abilities. The test is 115 minutes long and split into two sections with a short break. For most questions, you will be able to use a calculator.

Eligibility Requirements

You must be an Idaho resident of at least 18 years of age to take your GED test in Idaho. If you want to take the GED test at age 16 or 17, you'll need an age waiver signed by the last high school you attended and by your parent or guardian. You cannot be enrolled in high school nor have a high school diploma. A current government ID with a picture is needed at the testing center.

Passing the GED

The state of Idaho requires you to score at least 150 on each test and achieve a total score of 600 across all four tests. You don't need to take all five tests at once. You may take them one at a time. Idaho does not have a time limit for completing all tests.

Preparing for the GED

The GED Testing Service offers resources for preparing to take the GED test at home, in class or online. The Idaho Division of Professional-Technical Education has a list of Adult Basic Education centers where you can prepare to take the GED tests. You can also find a test prep center in Idaho on the GED Testing Service website, but you will need to create an account to use the search tool.

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