Rewrite your story with the HiSET® exam.

Introducing a new alternative to the GED® test.

No matter where life has taken you, the new HiSET exam gives you the chance to take it in a new direction. Now you have a new way to earn your state-issued high school equivalency certificate, and set your sights firmly on the career you've always wanted.

Advantages of the HiSET exam

Two free retakes when you buy all five subtests together.

More accessible, more flexible test options.

A more affordable test fee than the GED® test.

Available in English and Spanish.

The HiSET exam is offered by ETS, a nonprofit organization whose mission is to advance quality and equity in education.

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Where can you take the test?

The HiSET exam is currently offered in select states. Choose a state from the menu to learn its specific requirements. If you don't see the location you're looking for, check back soon — states are being added often.

To take the HiSET exam in the state of Iowa, you must meet the following eligibility requirements:

Age:
You must be at least 18 years old to take the HiSET exam without meeting special circumstances.
  • If you are 16 years old, you must meet one of the following exceptions:
    • A resident of an Iowa Juvenile Institution (State Training Schools at Eldora and Mitchellville or the Iowa Juvenile Home at Toledo)
    • Placed under the supervision of a Juvenile Probation Office
    • Participating in the Job Corps program
  • If you are 17, not a resident of an Iowa State Training School or Iowa Juvenile Home, and not under the supervision of a probation office, you may still take the HiSET exam. However, please note that even if you meet these criteria, and you take and pass the HiSET exam, you will not be able to receive your state-issued high school equivalency diploma until you reach age 18 and your class from 9th grade has graduated.
Residency:
You do not have to be a resident of Iowa.
Test Preparation or Instruction:
Iowa requires all test takers to receive instruction in an adult education classroom before taking the HiSET exam. The amount of instruction varies by test center. You can find an adult education program by visiting Iowa's adult education programs.
Practice Test:
You must take the official HiSET half-length practice test before taking the official HiSET exam. Official practice test verification is required for admittance to testing and is available through your Adult Education and Literacy program.
Identification:
You must present identification on test day. A valid driver's license, passport, military ID, or other form of government-issued (national or foreign) ID that shows name, address, date of birth, signature and photograph are acceptable forms of identification. Outdated or expired identification will not be accepted. Official practice test verification is also necessary on test day. For candidates 18 years old and under, a drop form or proof of non-enrollment is necessary.

See additional state-specific information and requirements here.

To take the HiSET exam in the state of Louisiana, you must meet the following eligibility requirements:

Age:
You must be at least 16 years old. Individuals who are 16–18 must provide all of the following additional documentation to be eligible to test:
  • Withdrawal from K-12 system
  • Enrollment in and/or authorization by an approved WorkReady U literacy program
  • A passing score on the half-length High School Equivalency Practice Test
  • 16 and 17 year olds only: an approved age waiver of documentation of current enrollment in a state-approved Louisiana Options/Connections program
Residency:
You do not have to be a resident of Louisiana.
Test Preparation or Instruction:
The state of Louisiana requires test preparation or instruction and authorization to test for eligible students 16–18 years of age.
Practice Test:
  • Not required for Individuals 19 years of age or older.
  • Individuals 16–18 years of age must qualify to take the HiSET exam by taking the half-length HiSET Practice Test and scoring a minimum of 8 on each subtest, with an average score of 45. Qualifying scores on the half-length HiSET Practice Test shall be certified by state-approved adult education sites of instruction or HiSET test centers. Any state-approved adult education site of instruction may recommend an individual to take the HiSET exam.
Identification:
All applicants must present identification on test day. Driver's licenses, valid passports, military IDs, or other forms of government-issued (national or foreign) ID that show name, address, date of birth, signature and photograph are acceptable forms of identification. Outdated or expired identification will not be accepted.

See additional state-specific information and requirements here.

To take the HiSET exam in the state of Maine, you must meet the following eligibility requirements:

Age:
You must be at least 18 years old.
Residency:
You do not have to be a resident of Maine. However, you must take at least one of the five HiSET subtests from a Maine test center and meet all eligibility requirements for the state of Maine to be eligible to be awarded the Maine High School Equivalency Diploma.
Test Preparation or Instruction: 
Other than the HiSET Practice Test (see below), Maine does not have any test preparation or instruction requirements to take the initial test. Test takers are encouraged to prepare for the HiSET exam at a local adult education site.
Practice Test:
You must first take and pass the HiSET official practice test at a local adult education test center or provide similar evidence (to the satisfaction of the Maine local test center HiSET Chief Examiner) of being prepared to test. Local test centers may impose additional requirements concerning age waivers, initial testing and retesting through local school board policies.
Identification:
You must present identification on test day. A valid State of Maine ID, driver's license, passport, military ID, or other form of government-issued (national or foreign) ID that shows name, address, date of birth, signature and photograph are acceptable forms of identification. Outdated or expired identification will not be accepted.

See additional state-specific information and requirements here.

To take the HiSET exam in the state of Missouri, you must meet the following eligibility requirements:

Age:
You must be at least 16 years of age and out of high school. If you are 16 years of age, you must also have completed at least 16 units toward high school graduation.
Residency:
You must be a resident of Missouri.
Test Preparation or Instruction:
Missouri does not have any test preparation or instruction requirements to take the initial test. However, it does encourage instruction before retesting.
Practice Test:
No requirements.
Identification:
You must present identification on test day. A valid permanent or temporary Missouri license (Driver, Nondriver, Intermediate, Commercial or Instruction (learner’s) permit), U.S. passport, or U.S. military ID. Outdated or expired identification will not be accepted.

See additional state-specific information and requirements here.

To take the HiSET exam in the state of Montana, you must meet the following eligibility requirements:

Age:
You must be at least 17 years old and not enrolled in high school.
Residency:
You must be a resident of Montana. You will need to provide a valid driver's license or other proof of residency. Contact your state office for information about proof of residency. If testing on a military installation or in a federal correctional institution, you must claim Montana as your state of residency.
Test Preparation or Instruction:
No requirements.
Practice Test:
Not required to qualify for the HiSET exam.
Identification:
You must present identification on test day. A valid driver's license, passport, military ID, or other form of government-issued (national or foreign) ID that shows name, address, date of birth, signature and photograph are acceptable forms of identification. Outdated or expired identification will not be accepted.

See additional state-specific information and requirements here.

To take the HiSET exam in the state of Nevada, you must meet the following eligibility requirements:

The HiSET exam will be administered in Nevada beginning in January 2014. Please check back soon for state eligibility requirements and additional policies.

To take the HiSET exam in the state of New Hampshire, you must meet the following eligibility requirements:

Age:
You must be at least 18 years of age and out of high school.
Residency:
You must be a resident of New Hampshire or have physically resided in New Hampshire. You will need to provide proof that you live in New Hampshire with a valid driver's license or other proof of residency.
Test Preparation or Instruction:
No requirements. However, instruction is encouraged before retesting.
Practice Test:
Not required.
Identification:
You must present identification on test day. A valid driver's license, passport, military ID, or other form of government-issued (national or foreign) ID that shows name, address, date of birth, signature and photograph are acceptable forms of identification. Outdated or expired identification will not be accepted.

See additional state-specific information and requirements here.

To take the HiSET exam in the state of Tennessee, you must meet the following eligibility requirements:

Age:
You must be at least 18 years of age without a high school diploma or high school equivalency certificate. If you are 17 years old, you must have an age waiver signed by the Director of Schools before you can test.
Residency:
You do not have to be a resident of Tennessee.
Test Preparation or Instruction: 
No requirements.
Practice Test:
Tennessee requires all test takers to complete an official HiSET Practice Test. You will be required to show proof of completion prior to testing.
Identification:
You must present identification on test day at the HiSET test center. A valid driver's license, passport, military ID, or other form of government-issued (national or foreign) ID that shows name, address, date of birth, signature and photograph are acceptable forms of identification. Outdated or expired identification will not be accepted.

See additional state-specific information and requirements here.

The HiSET exam will be administered in Wyoming beginning in January 2014. Please check back soon for state eligibility requirements and additional policies.

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