To earn your HSE (high school equivalency) diploma in Alaska you must take and pass four independent tests (modules) that make up the GED® exam.
The certificate that you will receive after successfully completing the four tests is all across America recognized as the equivalency of a regular high school diploma by employers, colleges, and government organizations.
Alaska GED Testing Requirements
- You cannot already hold a high school or equivalent diploma
- You cannot already be signed up for any other school program
- You must be 16 years of age or older. Applicants who are 16 or 17 though, must be officially withdrawn from high school, have parental permission, and approval from their local school district
Alaska doesn’t require state residency and the four GED modules are $30 each (or $120 for the entire battery). You have the chance to take one test when you feel ready to do so and you pay just for that section you registered for.
The four GED test scores are measured on a scale from 100 to 200. Scoring is as follows:
- 100 – 144 = Below Passing GED Score
- 145 – 164 = High School Equivalency GED Score
- 165 – 174 = College Ready GED Score
- 175 – 200 = College Ready GED Score plus College Credit
You must take the four GED tests (modules) entirely on a computer. The four subtests are in the subject areas of Social Studies, Math (Mathematical Reasoning), Literacy (Reasoning through Language Arts-RLA), and Science.
The GED exam is modular and built up of the above mentioned four modules or subtests that need to be completed within a period of two years.
You don’t need to take a prep course first in Alaska but you are strongly advised to get well prepared because the GED exam has not become any easier. The passing standards are set in such a way and at such a level that some forty percent of high school graduates would not pass the GED exam on the first try!
The modules are pretty challenging and you would be wise to attend a prep class or follow a good GED online prep course. So make sure you’ll just get optimally prepared to take the GED tests confidently.
You can take the four tests in person at an Alaska official GED testing center but there is also an online GED test for qualifying students. If you require some accommodation, make sure to apply for it timely at the GED Testing Service website: GED.com. This is also the place for registration, test scheduling, and payments.