2014 Idaho

Use the links below to find out about your local testing center rules and requirements. If you’re still looking for information, visit your state’s GED® testing program website to learn more, or go back to the main map.

 

State Requirements

Price & Payment

Registration & Scheduling

Test Scores

Retake Policies

GED® Test Credential

Different Languages

 

State Requirements (top)

How old do I need to be to take the test (without exceptions)?

In Idaho, you must be 18 years old to take the GED® test without exceptions.   

I’m underage. What do I need to do to take the test?

In Idaho, the minimum age required to take the GED test is 18 years old. Idaho test candidates aged 16 and 17 years old can qualify to take the test by filling out and submitting Idaho’s Youth Waiver Form. Underage candidates cannot schedule their tests until this form has been filled out and submitted to the test center where the candidate wishes to take his or her GED tests. Once the test center has received and approved the Youth Waiver, it will release the candidate to begin scheduling his or her tests, which can be done through GED.com.

The most current version of the Age Waiver form can be requested from your nearest testing center or can be downloaded at http://cte.idaho.gov/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/GED_Age_Waiver-1.pdf.

You can find more information about GED testing in Idaho by visiting Idaho Career & Technical Education’s website at www.pte.idaho.gov and clicking on “Students & Family” along the top and then “GED” from the Navigation menu on the right.

Questions? Feel free to call Idaho’s state office at (208) 334-3216.

Do I need to take a class or receive instruction before I can take the test?

No, Idaho doesn’t require you to prepare for the GED® test in an adult education classroom. However, studying in a classroom setting is a good opportunity to get up to speed on the topics and areas you’ll find on the GED® test.  

Where can I find an adult education center?

Finding an adult education center is easy. Enter your ZIP code in our locator tool and we’ll show you the adult education centers closest to you.

Do I have to take the practice test before testing?

No, you’re not required to take the Official GED Practice Test™ before taking the test. However, the Official GED Practice Test™ is available at GEDmarketplace.com and is a good measure to see if you’re ready to take the GED® test or not.

Do I need to prove I’m a resident of Idaho to take the test?

In Idaho, there is no residency requirement.

The closest testing center is in a different state.  Can I take the exam there?

Some states allow people who don’t live there to take the GED® test and others don’t. You’ll need to check the residency requirement for the state that you'd like to test in.

You do not need to be an Idaho resident to take the test in Idaho.

Price & Payment (top)

How much does the GED® test cost?

In Idaho, it costs $30 for each GED® test module. The cost to take all four required modules is $120.  

Registration & Scheduling (top)

Can I take all of the parts at once or do I need to setup different appointment times?

In Idaho, there is no rule against taking all four tests on the same day. However, not all testing center schedules can accommodate this option. Please check with the testing center where you are interested in testing.

What happens if I move to a different state in the middle of testing? Can I continue my testing in my new state or do I have to start all over?

It depends on whether or not that state has a residency requirement.  Check the residency requirements in that state and don’t hesitate to contact the GED Administrator™ in that state with questions.

Once I start testing, is there a time limit for me to finish all four subjects before my scores begin to expire?

No, there isn’t a time limit to finish the test in Idaho, if you begin testing on or after January 2014.

If you began your testing prior to January 1, 2014, your scores have expired.

Test Scores (top)

What score do I need to pass the test?

You need to score a 145 on each module and 580 on the entire test battery (all four parts combined).

  • Below Passing: 100-144
  • GED® Passing Score: 145-164
  • GED® College Ready: 165-174
  • GED® College Ready + Credit: 175-200

 

Retake Policies (top)

If I don’t pass, how long do I have to wait before taking the test again?

In Idaho, there is no waiting period if you do not pass a subject area test the first time. After taking a test subject 3 times, you'll have to wait 60 days before retesting. There's no limit to how many times you can test in a year. 

Retake rules are enforced for students retesting in different languages. For example, if you take an English test three times, then move to a Spanish test, the GED Testing Service 60-day wait period is enforced. If a state has additional retesting requirements, these requirements will also be enforced.

Finding an adult education center is easy. Log in to your MyGEDTM account and find local prep centers near you.

Questions? Call Idaho’s state office at (208) 334-3216.

Are there any other requirements before I take a re-test?

No. In Idaho, you're not required to meet any specific requirements before taking a re-test. However, we encourage you to consider enrolling in GED® Prep or Adult Basic Education courses to increase your chances of success. 

How much does it cost to retake the test? Can I retake the test for free?

GED Testing Service offers a discounted retake program for all GED® test-takers. According to the program’s policy, you are eligible for:

  • Two discounted retakes for each subject area taken
  • GED Testing Service fees are waived every retake ($20 per subject area test)
  • States and testing centers can choose to waive their fees
  • You must schedule retakes one at a time for the discount to apply
  • Discounted retakes cannot be combined with any other discounts
  • Retakes must occur within 12 calendar months of your initial attempt
  • After your two discounted retakes, you will need to wait at least 60 days, pay the full retake price and then you will receive two more discounted retakes

Sign up for your next test now at GED.com.

Why can’t I retake the subject that I failed?

Some states require people to finish taking all four subjects before being allowed to re-test in the areas that weren’t passed.

In Idaho, you're not required to complete the entire test battery before re-testing on any subjects.

Questions? Feel free to call Idaho’s state office at (208) 334-3216.

 

GED® Test Credential (top)

I took and passed the test but the jurisdiction won’t issue my diploma. Can you help me?

Idaho does not issue GED® diplomas. Instead, we issue official GED® transcripts which confirm that you have passed all four GED® tests. This document is accepted by most employers, colleges, and other organizations.

Currently, Idaho issues official GED® transcripts through Diploma Sender. Please visit Idaho's website to request a transcript. 

In Idaho, if a person completes the GED® test battery and also completes an American Government course or passes the American Government test, that person may apply for a High School Equivalency Certificate.

Contact the state’s office at (208) 334-3216 for more information.

Why do I need to work with my jurisdiction? Can’t I just get the diploma from you?

GED Testing Service develops the GED® test and works with each state to offer the test. The credential is issued based upon rules of each individual state—most states have slightly different rules and regulations.

Because of the state-by-state differences, GED Testing Service doesn’t issue diplomas. That’s why we encourage you to work closely with your state to get an answer. You can call Idaho’s state office at (208) 334-3216.

After I start taking the exam modules, how much time do I have to complete all of them to get credentialed?

There isn't a time limit to finish the test in Idaho if you begin testing on or after January 2014.

If you began any of your testing prior to January 1, 2014, your scores have expired and you will need to re-test. 

I want to order a copy of my transcript and/or diploma.

Currently Idaho issuess official GED® transcripts through Diploma Sender.

Please visit Idaho's website to request a transcript. 

What is the GED® credential in my state called?

In Idaho the credential is called the GED® Transcript.

If a person completes the GED® test battery and also completes an American Government course or passes the American Government test, that person may apply for an Idaho High School Equivalency Certificate.

Questions? Feel free to call Idaho’s state office at (208) 334-3216.

 
GED® Test Language Versions (top)

Can I take my GED® test in Spanish?

Yes, in Idaho you can take the GED® test in Spanish. 

Can I take the GED® test in French?

No, you can’t take the French version of the GED® test in Idaho.

Am I allowed to combine different language versions of the test together?

No, Idaho residents aren’t allowed to combine language versions to complete the test. This means you must take all four subjects in one language to earn your GED® test credential. You will not be allowed to combine Spanish tests with English tests or any other language version.

Questions? Please contact Idaho’s state office at (208) 334-3216.

Does Idaho have any requirements for English as a Second Language (ESL)?

Idaho does not have any requirements for English as a Second Language (ESL) in order to take the GED® test. However, ESL instruction may help testers perform better on the test. Please contact the state office at 202-334-3216 for information about where ESL classes are available in Idaho.