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General Educational Development (GED)®

GED® testing in Twin Falls and Burley is suspended until further notice. 

 Las pruebas de GED® en Twin Falls y Burley han sido suspendidas hasta nuevo aviso.

Preparing for the Tests

GED Ready tests are half-length practice tests that students can buy at ged.com (usually $6) and take anywhere you have internet service. Results will be “likely to pass”, “too close to call” or “not likely to pass”. GED® is separate from CSI, and taking classes at CSI is not required. However, math and language classes are offered free of charge in the greater Magic Valley area and may help test-takers prepare to be successful in the various exams. A GED® is just as good as a high school diploma and sometimes it is better. 100% of Idaho colleges and 97% of colleges and employers across the USA accept the GED transcript.

If a student started their GED® in another state their results will move with them. Be sure to use the same ged.com account to continue testing. An IEP doesn't transfer from previous schooling, document a disability which may qualify for an accommodation.

What to Expect on the Tests

The GED consists of four separate tests:

  1. Mathematical Reasoning has 46 questions including Algebra, Quantitative problem solving, Measurement, and Geometry; test-takers are allowed 120 minutes for completion.
    a calculator may be used except for the first five questions. test-takers may bring and use the TI-30XS.

  2. Reasoning through Language Arts has 46 questions to be successful Get comfortable discerning the main idea, comparing and contrasting sources, supporting an argument with evidence, determining proper grammar usage and composing an essay; test-takers are allowed 155 minutes to complete, which includes 45 minutes for the extended response (essay writing) portion.

  3. Social Studies has 36 questions covering mostly civics and government, with a little bit of geography, economics, and U.S. history; test-takers are allowed 75 minutes for completion.

  4. Science has 40 questions covering Physical science, Life science, Earth and Space science; test-takers are allowed 95 minutes for completion.

Each test is scored on a scale from 100 to 200. A score of 145 is passing. Test-takers must pass each test in order to receive a GED® credential. Results for the tests are usually available within 3 hours, directly to their GED.com account.

Registering to take the Tests

Computer-based testing is available on the Twin Falls and Burley campuses only.
Registration, scheduling, and online payment are available online or by calling Pearson Vue at 1-877-EXAM-GED
(1-877-392-6433).

Accommodations for Disabilities

Transcript Requests

Testing Fees

Tests cost $30 each, payable at the time of scheduling by debit/credit card or
voucher number. $30 per subject x 4 subjects = $120 total. The first 2 re-takes in a single subject are $10 each.

High School Equivalency Certificate

The Social Studies component of the current, 2014 GED® test series satisfies Idaho’s requirement for American Government. Students who earn their GED® credential still need to submit the application for a High School Equivalency Certificate and $10 to the state. The application and instructions are available online.

Tests completed before January 2, 2014

In addition to the GED® tests, the State of Idaho required an American Government credit in order to receive a High School Equivalency (HSE) certificate. This credit may be obtained in either of these ways:

  • American Government class (12th grade or college level) taken in Idaho with a passing grade. A copy of the transcript with this government-grade must be sent to the state office with your application.
  • The American Government test consists of 100 multiple-choice questions. A score of 70% or better is passing.