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High School Equivalency Program
The Wyoming Adult Basic Education Program and the state's Community College Commission work hand-in-hand to help people prepare for the tests that will lead to a Wyoming Certificate of High School Equivalency. Information on test prep programs and test centers is available through the Wyoming Community College Commission. In Wyoming, you can now choose one of three different tests to earn an equivalency certificate: the General Educational Development (GED) test, the HiSET test or the Test Assessing Secondary Completion (TASC) test.
If you are 18 or older, you are eligible to take any of the high school equivalency tests. An age waiver is required if you're 16 or 17, with a letter of support from an accepted source being required for 16 year olds. You should also be officially withdrawn from high school for at least a year, though this rule may be waived.
The GED test has four sections: Reasoning Through Language Arts, Mathematical Reasoning, Science and Social Studies. In the state of Wyoming, testers must score a minimum of 145 on each section to receive the diploma. The tests are taken on computer and are offered in English and Spanish. You can find test prep classes, take a practice test and register to take the official test at GED.com. The four GED tests cost $120 total, or $30 per subject area. No practice test is required to take the exam in Wyoming.
The HiSET test has five sections in reading, writing, math, social studies and science. Test preparation is not a requirement for the exam and you must score at least an 8 on each section with a 2 out of 6 on the written portion with a minimum total passing score of 45. The test is available on computer and in traditional pencil-and-paper format and can be taken in English and Spanish. You can schedule a test online at hiset.ets.org or through a local test center. The HiSET test costs $10 per individual subtest with administrative fees that vary by testing facility. Testing centers that offer the HiSET charge additional fees, which vary by center.
The TASC test is a five-part test with sections in mathematics, writing, reading, science and social studies. To be eligible, you cannot be enrolled in high school and you cannot be a high school graduate. To pass, you must score at least 500 in each subject and receive at least 2 out of 8 on the writing portion. Tests can be taken by computer or on paper and are available in English and Spanish. Information and study materials for the tests are available at tasctest.com.
Test preparation courses are offered through a joint effort of Adult Education programs associated with the Wyoming Community College Commission. Individual courses can be taken if you wish to improve your skills in particular subjects, or you can take classes to help you prepare for the GED, HiSET or TASC tests. In addition to classes and tutoring, preparation includes access to multimedia materials, computer programs and study books. Skills can be developed and enhanced in reading, writing and mathematics.
Why Get a High School Diploma in Wyoming?
Statistics have proven definitively that in today's society, the better your education credentials, the greater your lifetime earning potential. People with a high school diploma or equivalency earn an average of $712/week compared to the $520/week of those without. Wyoming not only offers a variety of methods to getting a high school equivalency, but they embrace it as form of legitimate education, even offering educational grant eligibility like the Hathaway Scholarship to those who score well on their GED, HiSET, or TASC test. With your HSE in hand, you can get a better job or pave you own way to college where you can earn a degree that could earn you even more money throughout your lifetime.