Nebraska is using the fully computer-based GED® exam for its HSE ( high school equivalency) testing program.
The GED exam gives adults who did not finish their high school curriculum one more chance to get hold of a credential that is seen and accepted as equivalent to a common HS diploma.
Nebraska High School Equivalency Testing Requirements
- You cannot already possess a high school diploma
- You cannot be registered for any other educational course
- You need to be at least 18 years of age. For 16 and 17 year-olds, extra requirements apply, like having parental consent and being officially withdrawn from school
- Nebraska does not require you to take and pass the GEDReady® Practice Test first and state residency is not required but you must have lived in Nebraska for 30 days or longer to receive your GED diploma
The GED exam will set you back $120 for the full computer-based test or $30 per subtest. Remember that you only pay for what you take and that you have up to two years to deal with the entire battery of four tests. Make sure you’ll show up for your GED test optimally prepared.
The GED exam contains four independent subtests or modules that are actually quite challenging. The passing level is such that some 40% of all high school seniors would not pass on the first try!
The four GED modules can be dealt with one at a time, there’s no need to take it all in one session. The four subtests are covering the subject areas of Social Studies, Mathematical Reasoning, Science, and Reasoning through Language Arts.
The latest edition of the GED test dates back to January 2014 and the passing score was initially set at 150 for each subtest. This appeared too ambitious, though, as many GED graduates outperformed their high school peers in college. So at the beginning of 2016, the passing standard was reduced to 145.
Scoring happens on a 100-200 scale and the HS equivalency score is 145 to 164. The college-ready score is 165-174, and you’ll receive up to 20 college credits if you end up in the 175-200 category.
There is now also an online GED testing option for eligible test-takers! You had to appear at a state-designated GED test center and sit for the tests in person but that has now changed! Online courses are a great option to get all geared up for the tests and fortunately, the GED exam is now also available online.
All across Nebraska, you can find many locations where GED instruction is offered, often at no charge. As the tests are challenging, make sure you’ll appear at an official Nebraska GED test center fully prepared! There are also a few pretty good online courses available and your local library will have some good study books that you can use very well.
The GED diploma not only allows you to get a decently paying job, and it is also your ticket to a great college education. The credential is accepted in the same way as a common high school degree by virtually all employers and schools of higher education.
The GED is fully computerized and so is the registration process. Go to GED.com and create your personal account at the portal MyGED. This is the location for scheduling and paying for your tests, one at a time if you like, and you just pay for what you register for.