The state of Colorado is using three options for high school equivalency (HSE) testing, the GED®, HiSET®, and TASC.
The HSE test offers adults who never finished high school one more shot at earning an equivalent degree.
All three HSE tests measure academic proficiency at a level comparable to that of HS seniors upon graduation.
The GED is only available in a computerized model while the TASC and HiSET ore offered both on paper and on a computer.
There are four GED subtests in Social Studies, Math, Science, and Literacy.
The HiSET and TASC contain five subtests as the Language Arts (Literacy) field has separate writing and reading tests.
You can find numerous locations in Colorado where HSE preparation is offered, most of the time at no or little cost.
GED preparation classes are organized to help you get all set to confidently take on the HSE test at a designated Colorado Testing Center.
Not all testing sites offer all three HSE tests so please check with a test center near you!
To check what you know take a free GED Practice Test.
Colorado HSE testing requirements
In Colorado, you must be at least 17 years old. When you are 16, special restrictions apply. Check with a testing site in your area.
There is no Colorado residency required.
Applicants must not have a secondary education degree and not are in another school program.
You have not completed high school and are not in another school program.
All across Colorado, you can find GED prep facilities, just check out our post about your region (in the list above). It is recommended to take a practice test that you can find on our website for free and at GED.com, the GED Ready Test (not free). Please note that the GED Ready Test is the only official test that comes with study advice and result prediction.
One GED subtest at a time
The GED test is modular meaning you can take one of the four modules (subtests) at a time, but you need to complete everything within two years! Choose the city closest to you to discover all facilities that will get you on the right track towards your GED diploma that allows for schooling at institutions of higher education and better job possibilities. The HiSET and TASC exams are also modular.
HSE prep classes in Colorado
You can prepare for the GED, TASC, or HiSET very well by studying online.
You can also choose traditional GED Prep classes near you. Click on your nearest city:
- Colorado Springs
- Fort Collins
- Fort Morgan
- Grand Junction
Colorado HSE testing sites
Trinidad State Junior Coll/Valley Campus – 1011 Main St, Alamosa, CO 81101, 719-846-5473
Aurora Public Schools – 500 Airport Blvd, Aurora, CO 80011, 303-326-2112
Valley Family Literacy Program – 6500 Arapahoe Ave, Boulder, CO 80301, 303-245-5826
Colorado Mountain Coll – 107 Denison Placer Rd, Breckenridge, CO 80424, 70-453-6757
Correctional Facility – 15125 Hwy 24 & 285, Buena Vista, CO 81211, 719-395-2404
Morgan Comm. College – 340 S 14th St, Burlington, CO 80807, 719-346-9300
Colorado Women’s Prison – 3800 Grandview Ave, Canon City, CO 81215, 719-269-4712
Fremont Co. Head Start – 1718 Brookside, Canon City, CO 81215, 719-275-8636
Douglas Co. Libraries – 100 S. Wilcox St, Castle Rock, CO 80104, 303-688-7646
ADI – 220 Ruskin Dr – Colorado Springs – CO 80910 – 719.896.0013
Palmer High school – 301 N Nevada, Colorado Springs, CO 80903, 719-328-5036
Pikes Peak Comm. Coll. – 5675 South Academy Blvd – Colorado Springs – CO 80906 – 719.502.3370
Southwest BOCS – 510 N Beech St, Cortez, CO 81321, 970-565-8411
Colorado Northwestern Comm. College – 50 College Dr, Craig, CO 81625, 970-824-1103
Arkansas Valley Corr. Facility – 12750 Hwy 96 Lane 13, Crowley, CO 81034, 719-267-3520
Correctional Facility – 4102 Sawmill Mesa Rd – Delta – CO 81416 970-874-7614
Comm. College of Denver – 4440 Navajo St – Denver – CO 80211 – 720.865.0105
Emily Griffith Tech College – 1250 Welton St, Room 201, Denver, CO 80204, 720-423-4728
Women’s Corr. Facility – 10900 Smith Rd – Denver – CO 80239 – 303.371.4804
The Commons Ctr – 701 Camino Del Rio, Durango, CO 81301, 970-385-4354
Colorado Mountain College – 150 Miller Ranch Rd, Edwards, CO 81632, 970-569-2915
Larimer Co. Detention Ctr – 2405 Midpoint Dr, Fort Collins, CO 80525, 970-498-5416
CO State University – 100 N.E. Aylesworth Bldg – Fort Collins – CO 80523 – 970.491.6498
Morgan Comm. College – 920 Barlow Road – Fort Morgan – CO 80701 – 970-542-3188
Mesa State University Testing Ctr – 1260 Kennedy Ave, Grand Junction, CO 81501, 970-255-1260
Aims Comm. College – P.O. Box 69 Greeley – CO 80632 – 970.339.6299
University of N. Colorado – P.O. Box 58, Greeley, CO 80639, 970-351-2790
Weld Co. Detention Ctr – 2110 “O” Street, Greeley, CO 80631, 970-356-4015
Southern Ute Ind. Reservation Ed Ctr – PO Box 737, Ignacio, CO 81137, 970-749-0268
W. Grand High School – 208 12th St, Kremmling, CO 80459, 970-531-1078
Otero Junior College – 1802 Colorado Ave, La Junta, CO 81050, 719-384-6869
ADI-JEFFCO – 445 Union Blvd-124, Lakewood, CO 80228, 303-914-9000
Lakewood Learning Source | Belmar Ctr – 455 S. Pierce St – Lakewood – CO 80226 – 303.957.2839
Lamar Comm. College – 2401 S Main Street, Room 136, Lamar, CO 81052, 719-336-1537
Colorado Mountain College – 901 S Highway 24, Leadville, CO 80461, 719-486-4237
Correctional Facility – 49030 State Highway 71, Limon, CO 80826, 719-775-9221
Arapahoe Comm. College – 5900 S Santa Fe Dr., Littleton, CO 80160-9002, 303-797-5808
Front Range Comm. College – 2121 Miller Drive, Longmont, CO 80501, 303-678-3647
Montrose School Distr. – 930 Colorado Ave – Montrose – CO 81402 – 970.249.2028
Northern El Paso Co. GED Testing – 235 Jefferson, Monument, CO 80132, 719-481-4864
Crowley Co. Corr. Facility – 6564 St Hwy 96, Olney Springs, CO 81062, 719-267-5315
Pueblo Comm. College – 900 W Orman Avenue, Pueblo, CO 81004, 719-549-3382
San Carlos Corr. Facility – PO Box 3, Pueblo, CO 81003, 719-544-4800
South Central BOCES – 323 S Purcell Blvd, Pueblo West, CO 81007, 719-647-0023
Colorado Mountain College – 3695 Airport Rd, Rifle, CO 81650, 970-625-1871
Rifle Correctional Ctr – 200 County Rd 219 – Rifle – CO 81650 – 970.625.7578
1st Presbyterian Church Salida – 7 Poncha Blvd, Salida, CO 81211, 719-539-6422
CO Mountain College- 1330 Bob Adams Dr, Steamboat Springs, CO 80487, 970-870-4457
Northeastern Junior College – 100 College Dr – Sterling – CO 80751 – 970.521.6604
Sterling Correctional Facility – 12101 Hwy 61 – Sterling – CO 80751 – 970.521.5010
Trinidad State Junior College – 600 Prospect St, Trinidad, CO 81082, 719-846-5473
Front Range Comm. Coll. – 3645 W 112th Ave CB18, Westminster, CO 80031, 303-404-5338
Questions? Call the Colorado state office at 303-866-6613
Are updates required? This is the link to our contact page.
How to start with GED preparation
You cannot take the GED test if you already have a high school or equivalent diploma, and you cannot be signed up for any other school program as well. When you are serious about going for the GED diploma follow these guidelines and you will be successful:
Go to GED.com and create your account at MyGED. Find a GED prep facility near you and see if you qualify. If you do, you will certainly get all the help you need at these locations. Discover their registration policies, and if you want to register for and schedule one or more GED tests, you need to do it online with MyGED. Online prep services are also available on this website so you can learn in accordance with your calendar.
You need an actual email address and if you don’t, you can create one online at MyGED. Make sure you become totally prepared for the exam. Your community bookstore also can supply all sorts of preparation materials and you can discover also some pretty good free online preparation options. A great career will be waiting for a student who successfully takes the four GED modules or the five HiSET or TASC subtests and has demonstrated he or she has the skills and knowledge to succeed in college and the work floor.
You may also contact a school’s adult education department by email or phone to see if there is any financial support available. Department education staff can help you with mastering the main content of the GED exam and with admissions requirements of colleges and universities. Visit also education events and job fairs to learn all about financial aid, scholarships, and all news related to getting a good job and a brighter future.
GED students with a well-rounded educational background may skip main content areas and get started with taking practice tests to discover their weaker points that need their attention before they can complete the GED (General Education Development) exam successfully and they won’t need a year or longer to do so! After passing the GED, HiSET, or TASC exam, students will receive their diploma including transcripts.
GED, HiSET, and TASC costs
Registration has become easy, just go to GED.com and when you want to take a test, you only pay for that subject upon registration. You are free to schedule each test section on a different day, or more sections on one day. Scores stand for two years.
In Colorado, you pay $37.50 per test section ($150 for the complete set of four tests). The “digitalized” GED exam consists of four sections: Math (90 minutes), English Language Arts (150 minutes including a break), Social Studies (70 minutes), and Science (90 minutes). HiSET and TASC are slightly cheaper.
The passing score for each of the four GED tests is 145, so you needed a minimum score of 580 points in total. The HiSET passing score is 8 out of 20 on each of the five subtests and the essay score must be no less than 2 out of 6. HiSET Test Fee in Colorado is $27.50 for each of 5 individual subtests. Students will receive up to two retakes per subtest.
The TASC minimum passing score is 500 for each subtest. TASC Test Fee in Colorado $28.30 for each of 5 subtests. Don’t forget to check our article about signing up for your GED exam with the MyGED website.
After successful completion of the GED, HiSET, or TASC exam, you will receive the GED diploma. Going for the Colorado HSE diploma really makes sense if you never finished high school. It gives you the chance to find decent employment or get a better job, and the credential will also let you enter college or university.
How about becoming a Machinist?
To become a Machinist you need to possess manual dexterity and an eye for detail. As a machinist, you’ll typically work on the floor of a factory or machine shop. You can generally expect to work long hours, including overtime, evenings and weekends. Many of these individuals earned between about $12 and $29 per hour, which translates to approximately $25,000-61,000 annually.
- Average Yearly Salary: $48,230
- Projected Lifetime Earnings: $1,998,500
Machinist – Education
Machinists and tool and die makers are required to have at least a high school or GED diploma, and already in high school, they should take a number of math courses such as geometry and trigonometry, and if the school provides the courses, they also should take lessons in metalworking, blueprint reading, and drafting. Those with a GED should be ready to follow some extra prerequisite courses.
There are more and more positions in advanced industries (computer or chip manufacturing, automotive, or aircraft manufacturing) that require machinists and tool makers to be able to use advanced applied physics and calculus, and as computer-controlled machinery is increasingly used in all sectors of industry, tool and die makers and machinists nowadays really need to master fundamental computer competencies to be able to get into training program.
A growing number of community colleges, technical schools, and vocational schools provide two-year programs to train their students the basics of this fascinating profession so they can become successful machinists. Generally, these courses include lessons in blueprint reading and design, blueprint reading, the application of cutting and welding tools, and how CNC (computer-numerically-controlled) machines work and how to program these systems.
There are many apprenticeship programs, usually sponsored by manufacturers, and these programs offer a great way for students to become accustomed to the world of machinists and tool and die making, but these programs are highly competitive. Applicants that have no high school or GED diploma will be confronted with great difficulty to get in, a secondary education diploma is usually required, and if applicants did not take algebra and trigonometry courses, their chance to get into these apprenticeship programs is also next to none.
Apprenticeship programs include usually paid technical training on-the-job while students also attend classes at a vocational-technical school or at a local community college. In these settings, employees are learning while at the same time, they are employed by a producer or manufacturer who is supporting their employees’ training while providing the required on-the-job training.
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