All states or jurisdictions that administer the HiSET® exam have their own policies and testing requirements.
Some states require test takers to be state residents or to participate in a prep course before they are allowed to sit for the exam and minimum age requirements also vary by state.
Additionally, retesting rules and testing fees may vary, but if you pass the HiSET, better employment is waiting for you.
So you will understand that it is important to learn all about your state’s requirements and policies or those of the state where you plan to take the test before you decide to schedule your tests.
Not all states and territories are using the HiSET for high school equivalency (HSE) testing.
The HiSET contains questions in five subject testing fields: Math, Science, Language Writing, Language Reading, and Social Studies.
Here is an overview of states and territories that do use the HiSET and short overviews of their specific requirements.
California offers all three high school equivalency (HSE) tests, the HiSET®, GED®, and TASC™. HiSET testing is, among other locations, offered at Chula Vista Adult School, Long Beach School for Adults, and Los Angeles USD Testing Center. In California, test takers must be California residents or members of the U.S. armed forces located in California.
The minimally required age in California is 18 or applicants need to be within 60 days of their 18th birthday. For 17-year-olds, more requirements apply so contact a testing center or the HiSET website for details. If you passed the HiSET exam, you will not receive your diploma before you turn 18.
Until then, you will get a letter stating that your certificate is withheld until your 18th birthday. In California, test takers are not required to first take a HiSET prep course or the HiSET practice test prior to testing. Check here for all California HiSET test centers
Colorado is using all three available HSE (high school equivalency) tests and you must meet the following criteria: You need to be at least 17 years old, though 16-year-olds may also qualify if they meet more strict requirements like parental consent and approval from their school district. Further restrictions apply so get informed. You may also benefit from this website’s free HiSET practice tests.
HiSET test takers don’t need to be Colorado residents, attend a prep course, or take and pass a practice test before they are allowed to take the test. Please note that in all states, proper identification is required and that not all Colorado testing centers administer all three HSE testing options so get well-informed. Click here to see all Colorado HiSET test centers
Hawaii is offering adults who did not complete high school and want to earn a high school equivalency (HSE) credential two options, the HiSET, and the GED.
Whereas the GED is fully computerized is the HiSET available both on-paper and on-computer. In Hawaii, test takers must be at least 16 years old, though 16 and 17-year-olds must meet strict requirements such as being officially withdrawn for their school and holding parental permission.
In Hawaii, there is no residency requirement but applicants must have attended an adult education program for at least 60 hours before they can sit for the HiSET exam but taking and passing a practice test first is not a requirement. To see all Hawaii HiSET test centers, click here
Illinois offers 2 options for the HSE (high school equivalency) testing, the GED and HiSET. To be able to take the HiSET exam in Illinois, you need to be at least 17 years of age though, for 17-year-olds, additional strict requirements apply. To learn all about HiSET test centers in Illinois, click here.
Under-age test takers must be officially withdrawn from school and have consent from a parent or guardian. 16-year olds may also qualify but only if they are enrolled in the state’s National Guard’s Lincoln’s Challenge Program or an Illinois Alternative Learning Opportunity Program, offered through the state’s Regional Offices of Education.
Illinois is not requiring applicants to partake in a test HiSET prep course, though proper preparation help is, of course, highly recommended.
Applicants are also not required to take an official practice test first but in Illinois, test takers must also pass a U.S. and Illinois Constitution Test. Test takers must have been Illinois residents for at least 30 days prior to testing.
Iowa uses the HiSET exam for its high school equivalency (HSE) testing program. In Iowa, the minimally required age is 18 but underage applicants (17 years old) may qualify as well if they meet strict criteria like being officially withdrawn from their high school and parental consent is required.
In Iowa, 16-year-olds may also be able to take the HiSET exam if they are residents of an IA Juvenile Institution (State Training Schools at Mitchellville and Eldorado) or are under the supervision of one of Iowa’s Juvenile Probation Offices.
Test takers will not receive their high school equivalency diplomas until they’ve reached the age of 18 and their classes from 9th grade have graduated.
Iowa residency is not required but all applicants must have attended an adult education prep course prior to testing and passing the Iowa practice test (available through the state’s Adult Education and Literacy Programs) is also required. All Iowa HiSET testing sites are listed on this page.
Louisiana is using the HiSET exam for its HSE (high school equivalency) testing program. In Louisiana, you must be at least 16 years old, but for 16, 17, and 18-year olds there are strict eligibility requirements.
Test-takers 16–18 years old must be enrolled in a WorkReady U program or a state-approved LA “Options” program and take the official HiSET Practice Test and score at least “prepared” or “well-prepared” on this test. Just click on the appropriate links on this website for free video lessons and practice tests or for information about financial aid.
From 19 years on, there are no extra requirements (though taking the OPT -Official Practice Test- is recommended) except, of course, that applicants don’t hold a secondary education degree and are not registered for another school program. There is no Louisiana residency requirement. For all Louisiana HiSET testing sites, check here
Maine uses the HiSET exam for high school equivalency testing. The HiSET is open in Maine to students who never finished high school and that are at least 18 years old. Under-age testing is not possible in the state. There is no Maine residency requirement, but for state residents (proof required), HiSET testing is offered at no cost. Check here to see a complete list of Maine HiSET test centers.
To be able to receive the Maine high school equivalency diploma, test takers must have taken at least 1 of the 5 HiSET subject tests from an official Maine testing center and, but that goes without saying, also meet all Maine eligibility requirements.
HiSET applicants are required to take the Official Practice Test (OPT) and they are strongly encouraged to prepare well for the tests at one of Maine’s adult education sites or through a well-respected online program.
In Maine, adult education centers offer comprehensive instruction and study support at little or no charge. Local Maine testing centers may have additional requirements relating to, for example, age waivers or retesting imposed by local school boards so please contact a testing center in your area.
Massachusetts is using two options for high school equivalency testing, the HiSET, and the GED. The GED is only available in a computerized format while the HiSET is offered both on a computer and on paper.
To be able to take the exams in Massachusetts, test-takers need to be at least 18 years old, though 16 and 17-year old applicants may also be eligible if they meet strict additional requirements.
Just like in other states, test takers cannot be signed up for any other school program and already hold a high school or equivalent diploma. The diploma that is awarded after successful completion of the Massachusetts HiSET or GED exam is nationally accepted in lieu of a high school degree. Check here to see all Massachusetts HiSET testing sites.
Michigan is offering all three available HSE (high school equivalency) tests, GED (General Education Development), TASC (Test Assessing Secondary Completion), and the HiSET (High School Equivalency Test). Not all testing centers administer all options so get well-informed. With our free online help that can be also followed on your phone, you can always learn in accordance with your calendar.
To be able to sit for the HiSET exam in Michigan, applicants must be at least 16 years old. For those 16 and 17, though, there are strict extra requirements like having parental consent and an official Michigan Age Waiver. Please get in touch with a test site near you for specifics.
Michigan has no residency requirements, you don’t need to take a prep course (though that is recommended), and you’re also not required to take and pass a practice test first. Click here for all HiSET test centers in Michigan.
Mississippi is using all three available options (TASC, GED, HiSET) for the state’s high school equivalency testing program. Applicants can not already have a high school or equivalent credential, not enrolled in another school program, and at least 18 years of age. Applicants 16–17 years of age may qualify as well if they hold an official withdrawal form issued by the school you last attended.
In Mississippi, there is no residency requirement and though it is strongly advised to get decently prepared, the state has no preparation requirements and test takers don’t have to take an official practice test first as well. All across Mississippi, you can find numerous locations that offer HiSET prep courses, often at no cost whatsoever. For all Mississippi HiSET test centers, click here.
The state of Missouri uses the HiSET exam for high school equivalency testing. The minimum age for HiSET testing in Missouri is 16 but 16-year-olds are required to have completed no less than 16 units toward HS graduation. HiSET applicants can not already have a high school diploma or equivalent and also not be engaged in any other school program.
In Missouri, you must be a state resident to be able to sit for the five HiSET tests and though it is recommended to attend a prep class or follow a good online course to get all set for the rigorous HiSET exam, the state does not require you to do so. You also don’t have to take and pass an official practice test prior to HiSET testing. Click here to see all Missouri HiSET testing sites.
To earn your HSE (high school equivalency) diploma in Montana, you must pass the five subject tests of the HiSET exam. The minimally required age to be able to sit for the HiSET exam in Montana is 16. Click here for all Montana HiSET prep and test facilities.
For 16, 17, and 18-year-olds, the state has some pretty strict requirements that vary by age so please contact a testing site near you. For test takers 19 or older, there are no additional age-related requirements or policies.
HiSET testing in Montana is only open to state residents. Applicants need to provide proof that they live in Montana through an official government-issued ID. Test takers that are stationed at a U.S. military installation or that are in a U.S. federal correctional facility must claim Montana as their state of residency.
Montana does not require HiSET applicants to attend any prep course or to first take an official practice test but getting all set for the five HiSET subtests is absolutely advisable as the tests are rigorous.
The state of Nevada is using all three HSE (high school equivalency) exams that are available in America, the HiSET, TASC, and GED. The minimally required age in Nevada is 16 years old but applicants who are 16 or 17, must meet very strict requirements.
They need, for example, to present official permission from their school district along with parental permission. Please contact a test center in your area for specifics prior to scheduling your HiSET tests.
HiSET testing is only open to Nevada residents and you’ll be required to show residency proof at the testing center. In Nevada, individual test centers or educational agencies may require applicants to demonstrate readiness before actual testing so please check with a test center near you before registering. To see all Nevada HiSET test centers, click here.
The minimally required age in New Hampshire for the HiSET test is 18. Applicants 16 and 17 may qualify but they should contact the New Hampshire Bureau of Adult Education for requirements.
HiSET testing in New Hampshire is only available to state residents or people who physically reside in the state. Test takers will have to provide proof that they actually live in New Hampshire by presenting, for example, a current driver’s license.
There is no need to partake in a HiSET prep course but you can imagine that decent preparation is a MUST for this rigorous test. New Hampshire does not require HiSET applicants to take and pass the official HiSET practice test (for support, use our free practice tests) but local testing sites may require applicants to do so anyway so get well informed.
In New Hampshire, there’s no requirement to have a Social Security Number to be able to register for the HiSET exam. For all New Hampshire prep, locations click here.
New Jersey offers applicants for the state’s high school equivalency (HSE) testing program all three options available in America: HiSET, GED, and TASC. All options are only offered in computer-based format; paper-based testing is no longer offered in the state.
The minimum age for HSE testing in New Jersey is 16 but applicants 16 and 17 years old must meet strict regulations like a “Consent to Participate” declaration signed by a parent or guardian and permission from their school districts.
HiSET testing in New Jersey is only available to state residents and there is no need to first attend some prep course or take the official HiSET practice test to qualify for HiSET testing.
In New Jersey, test takers are required to register for HiSET testing in person at one of the state’s testing centers prior to testing. To see all New Jersey HiSET testing sites, check out this page.
In New Mexico, there are two options for high school equivalency (HSE) testing, the HiSET, and GED. Test takers can, like in all other states, not already hold a high school or equivalent degree and not be signed up for any other academic program.
The New Mexico minimum age for HSE testing is 16 but for applicants 16 and 17 years of age, strict regulations apply like submitting an underage form and parental consent.
HiSET test takers don’t need to be New Mexico residents and there is no requirement to first attend a HiSET prep course or take the HiSET Practice Test to be able to sit for the test. Click here to see all New Mexico HiSET test centers.
North Carolina is using all three available options for HSE (high school equivalency) testing, the GED, TASC, and HiSET exams. The minimally required age for HSE testing is 18, though 16 and 17-year-old applicants may also qualify when they meet some pretty strict requirements. They need, for example, special approval from their school districts and hold parental consent.
Not all North Carolina testing facilities offer the HiSET both on a computer and on paper so get optimally informed and contact a testing site near you.
In North Carolina, there is no state residency requirement and test-takers are also not required to take the IOPT (Official HiSET practice test) prior to testing. You can find all North Carolina HiSET testing sites here.
The state of Ohio is using three options for its high school equivalency (HSE) testing program, the HiSET, GED, and TASC exams. For all HiSET testing sites in Ohio click here.
Whereas the GED exam is offered only in an entirely computerized format is the HiSET available in both paper- and computer-delivered formats, though not all test centers offer both formats.
HiSET testing in Ohio is available to adult learners of at least 18 years old, though test takers 16 and 17 may also be eligible if they meet strict requirements. These under-age applicants must be officially withdrawn from their high school, for example, and hold parental consent or have permission from a guardian or court official.
HiSET test takers must be Ohio state residents. In Ohio, applicants don’t need to first partake in a HiSET prep course or take the official HiSET practice test to qualify.
Oklahoma is offering adults who never completed their high school education three options if they want to earn a high school equivalency (HSE) credential, the GED, TASC, and HiSET exams. These criteria count for all states.
In Oklahoma, the minimally required age for HiSET testing is 18, but test takers 16 and 17 years of age could also qualify when they meet strict regulations like being officially withdrawn from their school and hold parental approval.
The HiSET exam is available in both paper-based and computerized formats. To be able to register for the Oklahoma HiSET exam. you don’t need to be a state resident.
There’s also no need to first partake in a prep course or take the HiSET Official Practice Test (OPT), though getting optimally prepared for this rigorous and very challenging exam is absolutely required. Check here to see all HiSET prep sites in Oklahoma.
The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania is offering two options for adults wishing to acquire their HSE (high school equivalency) diploma, the HiSET and the GED exams.
The HiSET is in Pennsylvania available in both paper-based and computer-delivered formats but please be aware that not all Pennsylvania testing centers offer both options. So please contact your nearest testing site to see if they offer your preferred testing method.
In Pennsylvania, test takers must be 18 years old, though 16 and 17-year-old applicants may qualify if they are, among other requirements, officially withdrawn from school and hold parental approval.
In Pennsylvania, HiSET testing is open only to state residents but there’s no requirement for applicants to first take part in a preparation program or take and pass a practice test prior to HiSET testing. Want to see all Pennsylvania HiSET test locations? Click here.
The state of Tennessee is using the five-test HiSET exam for its HSE (high school equivalency) testing program. In Tennessee, HiSET applicants must be no younger than 18, though 17-year-olds may also qualify when they have parental consent and approval from their school district’s Director of Schools.
The Tennessee HiSET exam is open to all who qualify; applicants don’t need to be state residents to be able to sit for the Tennessee HiSET exam. The state requires test-takers, though, to first take and pass the half-length official HiSET practice test that is offered at all of the state’s Adult Education & Literacy program locations. Click here to see all Tennessee HiSET prep sites.
Texas offers people wishing to earn their high school equivalency (HSE) diploma two options, the HiSET, and the GED exams. The HiSET is available both on a computer and on paper but please note that not all tet facilities administer both options. Make sure to contact a testing site near you to see if they offer your preferred testing format.
In Texas, the minimally required age for HiSET testing is 18 but applicants 16 and 17 years old can also qualify if they meet strict regulations like, for example, being officially withdrawn from their school and having permission from a parent or guardian.
Students in the age group 18 to 21 and who are signed up for a public or TEA-accredited charter HS equivalency program may also qualify for HiSET testing. For all Texas HiSET testing sites, check here.
The state of Wyoming is offering all three available options for its HSE (high school equivalency) testing program, the HiSET, TASC, and GED. All Wyoming HiSET test centers can be found here.
In Wyoming, the five HiSET subtests are available in both paper- and computer-delivered versions while the GED is entirely computerized. Please contact a testing center near you, though, as not all facilities offer both formats.
To qualify for HiSET testing in Wyoming, applicants need to be at least 16 years of age but an age waiver is required for test-takers 16 and 17 years old. There is no residency requirement in Wyoming and though test preparation is strongly advised, it is not mandatory.
In Wyoming, taking the HiSET practice test is mandatory, though, but only for 16 and 17-year-old test takers. Please contact your local Adult Education Center for specifics.
To qualify for HiSET testing in Guam, applicants need to be at least 16 years old but for those 16 and 17 years old, strict requirements apply such as holding consent from a parent or guardian consent. Guam residency is required and test-takers must have lived in Guam for no less than 12 months.
All HiSET test takers are required to take the CASAS Appraisal prior to scheduling for HiSET testing. To make an appointment for the CASAS Appraisal, please contact the Guam Adult Education Office (671-735-6016). Guam does not require HiSET applicants to take the HiSET practice test first. Click here for all test centers.
In Samoa, test takers must be 18 years of age to qualify for HiSET testing. Applicants 17 years old may qualify as well but they must contact the local testing site for more information. Testing is open to U.S. citizens and residents of American Samoa. In American Samoa, there is no preparation or practice test requirement. Check here for HiSET test sites.
To qualify for HiSET testing in the Marshall Islands, applicants must be at 17 years old, not hold a secondary education degree, and not be registered for any education course. There is no requirement for prep courses prior to testing and taking a practice test is also no requirement. For HiSET test centers, click here.
Northern Mariana Islands
To be eligible for HiSET testing in the Northern Mariana Islands, applicants need to be at least 16 years old but for individuals 16 and 17, extra restrictions apply.
They must be officially withdrawn from the K–12 system and not be partaking in another education program. Like all across the U.S., applicants cannot hold a secondary education credential.
Successful test-takers will not get their diploma until their 18th birthday but will receive a letter stating that their high school equivalency diploma is held pending their 18th birthday.
HiSET testing is only available to Northern Mariana Islands residents with a valid address and attending a prep course is mandatory as is taking the official HiSET practice test.
To be able to take the HiSET in Palau, applicants are required to be official Palau residents or U.S. citizens that are at least 18 years old and have been out of school for at least one year. To be eligible, applicants must have resided at a Palau address for no less that one year. Palau requires test takers to follow a prep course prior to HiSET testing.
Last Updated on September 1, 2020.