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BYU-Idaho Students

BYU-Idaho places a great deal of importance on graduating from high school or completing the equivalent.

If the student will graduate from high school or complete a home school program: Is the program accredited?

Graduating from an accredited program: Students graduating from a state-accredited or regionally-accredited high school program in the United States, should submit high school transcripts and ACT or SAT scores. Information about a school's accreditation level is often listed on the high school transcript, or may be available from the high school counseling office or school district office. Approved regional accrediting bodies are:

  • Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Higher Education
  • New England Association of Schools and Colleges Commission on Higher Education
  • North Central Association of Colleges and Schools Commission of Higher Education
  • Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCC)
  • Northwest Accreditation Commission (NWAC)
  • Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges
  • Western Association of Schools and College Accrediting Commission for Senior Colleges and Universities

Students from schools accredited by private accreditation agencies should follow the 'not accredited' instructions below.

Graduating from/completing a non-accredited program: Students whose secondary education program is not accredited (including those whose program is accredited through a non-state or regional accreditation agency) must submit ACT or SAT scores along with one of the following approved options:

Not graduating/completing a high school or home school program: Students who will not graduate from or complete any type of program may submit one of the following items in the in addition to their ACT/SAT scores.

View a flow chart explaining rules for New Freshman High School/Home School application requirements. 

Required minimum scores for HiSet, TASC, and CHSPE are as follows:

SubjectHiSet Passing ScoreTASC Passing Score
Math 8 500
Science 8 500
Social Studies 8 500
Language Arts - Reading 8 500
Language Arts - Writing 8 500
Essay Required Yes (Scored with LA Sections) 2 (out of 8)
Required Total Score 45 2500

California High School Proficiency Exam minimums are as follows:

SubjectCHSPE Passing Score
Mathematics 350
Reading 350
English/Language Arts Must pass Reading and the appropriate scaled score from language Subtest as shown below:
If your writing task score is: Your multiple-choice score must be at least:
2 or lower You cannot pass
2.5 365
3 350
3.5 342

GED scores must have minimum subscores as follows:

Old G.E.D.
Science 45
Reading 45
Math 45
New 2014 G.E.D
Science 150
Social Studies 150
Reasoning Through Language Arts 150
Mathematical Reasoning 150
Sum Score 600

Compass test minimum scores are the following: Reading 72; Algebra 22.

Students submitting 15+ college level credits instead of a high school transcript should generally have a cumulative GPA of 2.5+ on their college work. Remedial/non-college level and technical courses do not count toward the 15 credit level. 

If 24 or more semester credits (36 quarter hours) have been earned by the application deadline, no ACT, SAT, or secondary test will be required. These applicants should apply as Transfer students with more than 24 credit hours (36 quarter hours) earned.