High School Equivalency Examinations in Colorado
At the State Board of Education meeting in December 2015, the Board directed Colorado Department of Education (CDE) staff to enter into contract negotiations with vendors of three high school equivalency (HSE) examinations. As of April 2016, the Department has successfully entered into agreements with all three vendors who are now eligible to administer high school equivalency examinations in Colorado. The three providers are GED, HiSET, and TASC.
CDE-approved testing centers determine which high school equivalency examination(s) a testing center will offer at each individual location and may choose to administer one or more examination types at their discretion. The approved vendors are responsible for working directly with CDE-approved testing centers to coordinate administration of examination(s).
Testing centers that administer the GED can continue to schedule GED exams as usual. GED is the high school equivalency exam that has been utilized in Colorado for approximately the past 45 years. GED is continuing as one of the eligible vendors.
GED Testing Service provides reasonable and appropriate accommodations to individuals with documented disabilities who demonstrate a need for accommodations.
Typically an HSE exam is only available to individuals seventeen (17) years of age and older. However, sixteen (16) year olds are able to take an HSE exam if they are approved by the Colorado HSE Testing Office for an HSE Age Waiver.
- If none of the conditions in the age waiver apply, the tester cannot be approved and must wait to test until the age of 17.
- 17 years of age or older
- Age Waiver requirements for testing at 16 years old
- Not required to be a Colorado resident to test
- CDE High School Equivalency Examination Policy Manual
Frequently Asked Questions for GED
You must register and schedule your test at GED.com before going to a testing center.
Find a Local Preparation Program
Note: CDE does not endorse, recommend or favor any specific preparation program. Test takers should research the quality and cost of any program before signing up.
- Colorado Adult and Family Literacy Program Directory
- GED Testing Service Preparation Program Search Tool
- To access Search Tool: Login to or create an account on GED.com; click on "Study" tab at top of the page; click on "Local Study Tools"
You must order your diploma or transcript through Diploma Sender. These are not issued automatically and the Colorado GED Office does not provide these documents.