In Nevada, you have multiple options to earn your HSE (High School Equivalency) Diploma. Since early 2014, the GED® exam is not the only available option anymore as there are two alternatives, the TASC exam (by CTB/McGraw-Hill) and HiSET exam (by Educational Testing Services).
Nevada High School Equivalency Testing Requirements
- Applicants cannot already hold a high school credential
- They cannot attend any other school program
- Test takers must be 18 years old. 16 and 17-year-olds may qualify as well but only if they meet strict requirements such as having parental consent and permission from their school districts
- HSE testing in Nevada is only for state residents and test-takers do not have to pass a practice test first
So in Nevada, you have the following options, but please check with a testing site near you as not all sites offer all options: the fully computer-formatted GED, the HiSET (both on paper and on a computer) and the TASC ( also on paper and on a computer).
The GED will cost you $120 for the entire exam (or $30 per individual subtest), and the HiSET and TASC cost $65 each for the full exam.
GED tests are scored on a 100 to 200 scale and the passing score is 145. HS equivalency score: 145-164. College-ready score: 165-174 and if your results are in the 175-200 field, you’ll also receive up to 20 college credits.
The GED is fully computer-based while the two alternatives are offered in both a paper-based and a computerized format.
The GED exam contains four individual modules (subtests) that may be taken separately if you will. The four subject tests cover the fields of Reasoning through Language Arts, Mathematical Reasoning, Science, and Social Studies.
In early 2016, the minimally required score on each of the four GED modules was lowered from 150 to 145. The passing score appeared to have been set too high in comparison to what HS seniors may be expected to master upon graduation.
The TASC (Test Assessing Secondary Completion) and HiSET (High School Equivalency Test) are less expensive than the GED and come with five subtests because the Literacy Section (Language Arts) has separate reading and writing tests. GED, TASC, and HiSET are all scored in their own way (see below).
The HiSET subtests must have a score of at least 8 on a scale that goes to 20. The essay result must be at least 2 (out of 8) and your total score cannot be under 45. On the TASC, you need to attain at least a 500 score (out of 800) on each of the five subtests, and also here, your essay must have at least a 2 score (out of 8).
To register for the GED exam (or part of it), go to GED.com, and then you are asked to set up your personal account at the portal MyGED. Here you can also schedule your test(s) and make payments. The website is very efficient and will guide you through the entire process very smoothly. Rember that you just need to pay for the test(s) you take, no need to do so for all at one time! This also counts for the TASC and HiSET exams.
All three options are quite challenging exams so make sure to be fully prepared when you show up at one of Nevada’s HSE testing centers. The contents of the three exams are also pretty similar so you may use a good online GED prep course to get perfectly geared up for either of the examinations. Whichever way you choose to get all set, a physical class, an online course, or study at home with books from the library, just make sure you’ll know what it takes to pass!