If you wish to earn a high school equivalency (HSE) credential in Colorado, there are several options available. You can take the entirely computer-based GED® (General Education Development) test, the TASC exam (Test Assessing Secondary Completion), or the HiSET exam (High School Equivalency Test).
The last two alternatives are still offered in both a computer-based and a paper-based format.
Colorado High School Equivalency Testing Requirements
- You are not the holder of a high school or equivalent diploma.
- You are not following any other school program.
- You are at least 16 years old, though for 16 and 17-year-olds there are some extra requirements. You need special permission from your school district and you must also have permission from a parent or guardian.
To sit for the GED, HiSET, or TASC exam in Colorado, you don’t have to be a state resident. The four GED subtests are $37,50 each or $150 for the entire battery.
HiSET and TASC are less expensive. With the GED the following applies: you only need to pay for the part(s) you register for and your test scores are good for a 2-year period from the time of your first registration with GED.com.
This is not so for the TASC and HiSET.
GED testing is scored on a scale from 100 to 200. Below passing is from 100 to 144, the high school equivalent score is 145 to 164, college-ready score: 165 to 174, and the college-ready plus college credit score is 175 to 200.
The HiSET exam is scored on a scale that runs up to 20. You need to attain at least a score of 8 on each of the five testing fields and the essay part must have no less than a score of two. Overall, you must attain no less than 45 points. The TASC exam comes with its own scoring system as well that goes to 800.
Your minimum score on each of the five sections is 500 so your total TASC score has to be at least 2500 and also here, your essay score must be at least a two. Please contact a testing center near you to see which of the three testing options they use.
The GED Test comes with four modular subtests in the academic areas of Science, Social Studies, Mathematical Reasoning, and Reasoning through Language Arts. The TASC and HiSET alternatives include five subject tests as the Language part includes a separate writing and reading test.
So the five HiSET and TASC testing areas are Social Studies, Science, Math, Language Reading, and Language Writing
In Colorado, there’s no need to first sign up for a prep course. It is strongly advised, however, to follow a prep course at one of Colorado’s HSE prep locations or take a respected online course in order to get all geared up for your HSE (high school equivalency) test.
GED, TASC, or HiSET testing needs to be done at one of Colorado’s state-approved testing centers. There is no such thing as online HSE testing. If you want to apply for some required accommodation, be sure to do so in a timely manner at one of the official websites or ask your testing center for help.
For GED accommodations go to GED.com. You will have to create your account at the portal MyGED. This is also the place to schedule and pay for your GED tests.