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 total there are three HSE exams, GED, HiSET®, and TASC. HSE stands for High School Equivalency.
If you get an HSE certificate it means that, through testing, you proved to have the same skills and knowledge as a high school graduate.
In most states, you will need to pass the GED (General Education Development) exam, but there are states that require you to take the TASC (Test Achieving Secondary Completion).
In other states, you need 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 and testing sites near you if you click on your state in the listing below.
The GED test includes four subtests (or modules) that may be taken one at a time.
The earlier Language Arts (or Literacy) Writing sub-test is now embedded in the other four sections, so the GED test has four subtests on the fields of Mathematics (Math), Social Studies, Science, and Language Arts (Literacy).
The alternatives HiSET and TASC (both available since January 2014) are comprised of five subtests on the academic subject areas of Language Arts-Reading, Language Arts-Writing, Mathematics, Science, and Social Studies. These subject tests can also be taken separately.
All three options (GED, HiSET, and TASC) are available in English and Spanish in most states, and for applicants with disabilities, accommodations are offered all across the country upon timely request.
No matter which of the high school equivalency tests you take, you will notice that it’s absolutely worth getting your GED credential as college doors will open up for you and your professional options will grow as well.
GED, HiSET and TASC Overview
Here is an overview (by state) of available HSE (High School Equivalency) testing options:
- Alabama – GED
- Alaska – GED
- Arizona – GED
- Arkansas – GED
- California – GED – HiSET – TASC
- Colorado – GED – HiSET – TASC
- Connecticut – GED
- Delaware – GED
- District of Columbia – GED
- Florida – GED
- Georgia – GED
- Hawaii – GED – HiSET
- Idaho – GED
- Illinois – GED – HiSET
- Indiana – TASC
- Iowa – HiSET
- Kansas – GED
- Kentucky – GED
- Louisiana – HiSET
- Maine – HiSET
- Maryland – GED
- Massachusetts – GED – HiSET
- Michigan – GED – HiSET – TASC
- Minnesota – GED
- Mississippi – GED – HiSET – TASC
- Missouri – HiSET
- Montana – HiSET
- Nebraska – GED
- Nevada – GED – HiSET – TASC
- New Hampshire – HiSET
- New Jersey – GED – HiSET – TASC
- New Mexico – GED – HiSET
- New York State – TASC
- North Carolina – GED – HiSET – TASC
- North Dakota – GED
- Ohio – GED – HiSET – TASC
- Oklahoma – GED – HiSET – TASC
- Oregon – GED
- Pennsylvania – GED – HiSET
- Rhode Island – GED
- South Carolina – GED – TASC
- South Dakota – GED
- Tennessee – HiSET
- Texas – GED – HiSET
- Utah – GED
- Vermont – GED
- Virginia – GED
- Washington – GED
- West Virginia – TASC
- Wisconsin – GED
- Wyoming – GED – HiSET
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! If you want to learn more about the scoring system of the TASC (Test Assessing Secondary Completion) exam, click on the link.
Free GED prep & practice tests
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.
Practice tests are, however, great for discovering your weaker and stronger points and identifying your knowledge gaps. If you’ll know what topics and which subject areas require most of your attention and study time, you won’t have to go all of the material in the same way. Just go quickly over what you already understand and know, and focus on what you need to learn.
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 (except in New Jersey where only computer-based testing is available). In Texas and Illinois, the TASC exam is no longer available.
Last Updated on September 1, 2020.