You must be 18 or older to take the GED tests. If you are 16 or 17, you may take
the tests if you do the following:
Obtain a drop slip from your high
Provide identification (driver's license or
government-issued picture I.D.) Social Security cards, student I.D. cards,
and birth certificates will not be accepted as identification.
Bring your parent/guardian to the Center to sign a release for you to
participate in the program.
What is the Cost of the Tests?
The best news of all is that it's FREE to prepare for the GED. There is no
charge for instruction, use of books, or other supplies. The GED is made up of 5
tests, each costing $20. If a student needs to retake a GED test (because of failure or increasing
overall point totals) the retake fee is $25.
When Are The Tests Given?
Tests are administered every Thursday by appointment only.
What is a Passing Score?
You must have a minimum Standard Score of 410 in each subject area and an overall
average of 450. If you plan to enter college, your overall average Standard Score
must be at least a 500.
What if you do not Pass the Test?
If you do not pass you may RE-TEST. The cost of each re-test is $25. If
you are lacking more than a few points, we recommend that you take the GED prep class or study on
your own. Before retesting, give yourself sufficient time to adequately
With the GED Credential you may qualify
for entrance to the following:
Most community colleges
Most vocational/technical institutes
Most four-year colleges and universities
Employment in industry
Armed forces (varies per branch)
Subject areas of the General Educational
Development (GED) Certificate include:
- Language Arts: Writing
- Social Studies
- Language Arts: Reading
High School Equivalency Certificate
Idaho residents may qualify for a High School Equivalency Certificate by
the GED battery and then the U.S. Government unit. The Certificate is issued by the Idaho
State Department of Education for a fee of $10.