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Alternatives to GED Test by State

There are several states that have decided to use alternative tests instead of the GED® for the purpose of high school equivalency (HSE) testing.

In some states, you will have to take the TASC (Test Achieving Secondary Completion), and in other states, you are required to take the HiSET (High School Equivalency Test) to demonstrate that you master the knowledge and skills that are usually expected of graduating high school seniors.

Quite a few states offer multiple options to earn your High School Equivalency diploma, and you can find all HSE schools near you if you click on your state.

The GED test includes four sub-tests, or modules, that can be taken (and paid for) separately within a period of two years. The earlier Language Arts (or Literacy) Writing sub-test is now embedded in the other four sections, so the 2014-Series of the GED test has four sub-tests on the fields of Mathematics (Math), Social Studies, Science, and Language Arts (Literacy).

The alternatives HiSET and TASC (both available since January 4014) are comprised of five sub-tests on the academic subject areas of Language Arts-Reading, Language Arts-Writing, Mathematics, Science, and Social Studies. The GED test can only be taken on a computer, whereas the HiSET and TASC tests are offered both on paper and on a computer. All three options (GED, HiSET, and TASC) are available in English and Spanish, and for applicants with disabilities, accommodations are offered all across the country upon request.

Here is an overview by state of available option(s):

To locate a HSE (high school equivalency) school in your area, just click on your state, and then on a major city near you. We list all prep sites across the U.S. but by region, so if you’ll be checking out the post about a city in your region, you will see all options.

This website also offers totally free online GED/TASC/HiSET video preparation lessons. Studies have demonstrated that if you want to get optimally prepared for your High School Equivalency Exam, video instruction is one of the most efficient preparation methods, and it will make learning a bit of fun again every once in a while!

You are also welcome to use our free HSE practice tests to see which subject fields you need to focus on most. Please be aware that practice tests should not be used for studying certain fields, but just to check if you understand the matter.