HiSET Testing By State

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

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. Testing is only open to applicants who never graduated from high school and do not hold an equivalent credential so they can go to a college campus and get a promising career. 

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 your 18th birthday. 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. In California, testing centers can set fees so get in touch with a testing site for details. GED or HiSET testing is around $140 in California. See also the post What You Need To Learn To Pass The HiSET.

Colorado

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 qualify if they meet more strict requirements like parental consent and approval from their school district.

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. 

In Colorado, each individual HiSET subtest will set you back $27.50 (a $10 fee for ETS, a $7.50 fee for the state, and a $10 fee for the testing center). Per individual subtest, you are allowed up to two free retakes that must be completed within 12 months. Please note that per January 1, 2019, fees will increase.

Hawaii

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.

In Hawaii, the HiSET testing fee is $20 per subtest ($10 for ETS and $10 for the testing center’s administration fee) and two free retests per subject field are included, though a $10 testing center administration fee is due each time you retake a subtest. So the total HiSET cost is $100 ($50 for ETS and $50 for the testing center). As of January 1, 2019, the cost will increase. 

Illinois

Illinois offers all three options for the state’s HSE (high school equivalency) testing program, the GED, HiSET, and TASC exams. 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, strict requirements apply. 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.

Like in all states, applicants cannot be signed up for any other educational program and not already hold a secondary education degree. 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.  The Illinois HiSET cost is $18 per individual subtest ($10 for ETS and $8 for the testing site). You can retake two subtests for free, though the test center fee must be paid at all times. See also the post: GED vs HiSET and TASC.

Iowa

Iowa uses the HiSET exam for its high school equivalency (HSE) testing program. In Iowa, the minimally required age is 18 but applicants 17 years old may also qualify if they meet strict criteria like being officially withdrawn from their high school and parental consent is required. Please go to the HiSET website or contact a testing center for more details and if you request accommodations, get in touch with a testing site or your local community education center. 

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 meeting all further criteria and who pass the HiSET tests cannot receive their high school equivalency diplomas until they’ve reached the age of 18 and their classes from 9th grade have graduated.

Test takers do not have to be Iowa residents 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. In Iowa, the HiSET exam costs $10 per individual subtest including two retests that will cost you, however, $15 in test center fees per retest. All Iowa HiSET prep and testing sites are listed on this page.

Louisiana

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. Check out this page for all Louisiana HiSET prep and test sites.

The Louisiana HiSET testing fee is $26 for the first subtest ($10 fee for ETS, $6 for the test center, and a $10 annual fee for state administration). Additional subtests (or retests) taken within a 12-month period following the annual state fee, cost $16 per subject test (a $10 fee for ETS and a $6 fee for the test center). Per subject test, you have two free retests but the $6 test center fee must be paid at all times, if possible, through your HiSET account. In January 2019, ETS fees will go up. 

Maine

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. 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.

For Maine residents, HiSET testing and retesting is free. Proof of state residency is required. For non-residents, the HiSET fee is $40 per subtest including two retests per subject test but a $15 fee for the test center is due at all times. In January 2019, ETS fees will go up. Prep sites in Main are listed here. Your local library staff will also be able to provide some great resources to improve your scores. See also our GED/HiSET news pages to stay on top of what’s going on and get a better life, a better health, and a brighter future in general.

Massachusetts

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. Please contact a testing center near you for specifics.

Just like in other states, test takers cannot be registered for any other school program and already hold a high school or equivalent diploma. Applicants must be state residents and live at a physical Massachusetts address. On test day, you will need to sign a verification form. Massachusetts does not require applicants to first take a prep course or a practice test, though proper preparation is strongly encouraged as the HiSET, like the GED, is a rigorous examination.

The Massachusetts fee for your first HiSET subject test is $24 and each subsequent subject test is $19 and you can take one test at a time or schedule the entire at the same time. Per subtest, you’re entitled to two free retests within a year but each time you take a retest, you need to pay the test center a $9 fee. In January 2019, the cost will go up.

Michigan

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). Whereas the GED must be done entirely computer-based are the TASC and HiSET offered on-computer and on-paper. 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.

The fee for your first HiSET subtest is $48 (a $10 fee for ETS, an $8 fee for the test center, and a one-time state administration fee of $30). The other four HiSET subtests will cost you $18 each ($10 for ETS and an $8 testing center fee). You’ll get two free retests per subtest but you need to pay the test center an $8 fee every time you’ll have to take a subject retest. Completion of the retests must be achieved within a year of the initial purchase date and after that 1-year time frame is over, another $30 state fee is required to be able to take another subject test or retest. As of January 2019, the fees will increase.

Mississippi

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 be registered for another school program, and at least 18 years of age. Applicants 16–17 years old 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.

HiSET testing is offered both in a computer-based format and in a paper-based version in Mississippi. The HiSET exam is slightly more affordable than the GED. The Mississippi cost of HiSET testing is $17 per subtest ($10 fee for ETS and a $7 fee for the test facility). Per individual subject test, you will get two free retests but the $7 test center fee must be paid at all times. As of January 2019, the HiSET testing fees will go up.

Missouri

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. All Missouri HiSET test locations and prep sites can be found here.

In Missouri, the first HiSET subtest will set you back $27 ($10 fee for ETS, $10 for an annual state fee, and a $7 fee for the test center). Subsequent subject tests are $17 ($10 ETS and $7 test site fee) so the total cost is $27 plus 4 x $17 totals to $95. You have two free retests per subtest but the testing center fee of $7 needs to be paid at all times. The $10 Missouri state fee is valid for 12 months. Effective January 2019, the cost of HiSET testing will increase.

Montana

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. 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. If successful, a student should check out his or her community college’s admissions policies to avoid any disappointments.

Be aware that in Montana, fees for the testing centers are collected at the test sites! Please contact a testing center near you for specifics. Per individual subject test, the cost is between $10 and $15 ($10 fee for ETS and an up to $5 fee for the test center). ETS fees are due upon scheduling the test appointments and individual testing site fees may apply to subtests and retests alike. Effective January 2019, ETS fees will increase. Click here for all Montana HiSET prep and test facilities.

Nevada

The state of Nevada is using all three HSE (high school equivalency) exams that are available in America, the HiSET, TASC, and GED. Like in all states, to qualify for HSE testing you cannot already have a high school diploma or equivalent and not partake in another educational program.

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.

HiSET testing in Nevada will set you back $15 per subject test (a $10 fee for ETS and $5 for the test center). Fees need to be paid directly and in full to your local test center at the time of test scheduling. Per January 2019, HiSET testing fees will increase.

New Hampshire

New Hampshire switched from the GED to the HiSET exam for high school equivalency testing in January 2014. The minimally required age in New Hampshire for HiSET testing is 18. Applicants 16 and 17 years of age 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. For all New Hampshire prep locations click here.

New Hampshire does not require HiSRT applicants to take and pass the official HiSET practice test 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. The New Hampshire HiSET fee is $20 per subtest so $100 in total.

New Jersey

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 national HiSET passing requirement on each of the five subtests is an 8 score but in New Jersey, students need to attain at least a 9 score on each subtest to receive their state-issued HSE diploma.

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. Parents or guardians are required to show up at one of the state’s testing centers with the students, or the test takers must bring a notarized form prior to HiSET testing.

HiSET testing in New Jersey is only available to state residents and there is no need to first attend some prep course or take and pass the official HiSET practice test to qualify for HiSET testing. The cost of each of the five subtests is $20 (a $10 fee for ETS and a $10 fee for the test center). Test takers get two free retests per subject test but the $10 fee for the test center is due at all times. 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. As of the beginning of 2019, ETS fees will increase.

New Mexico

In New Mexico, there are two options for high school equivalency (HSE) testing, the HiSET and GED exams. 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 do not need to be New Mexico residents and there is no requirement to first attend a HiSET prep course or take and pass the HiSET Practice Test to be able to sit for the test.

In New Mexico, each of the five HiSET subtests will set you back $10 and testing facilities may charge fees as well on top of the ETS fee so please contact a testing site near you for details. Per January 2019, HiSET testing fees will go up.

North Carolina

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 if they meet some pretty strict requirements.  They need, for example, special approval from their school districts and hold parental consent.

The TASC and HiSET are available in both paper-based and computerized formats while the GED comes in only a computer-based version. Beware, though, that 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. 

HiSET testing is slightly cheaper than the taking the GED. In North Carolina, there is no state residency requirement and test takers are also not required to take and pass the official HiSET practice test prior to testing. The cost of each HiSET subject test is $10 in North Carolina (ETS fee) including two free retests per subject test. Please note that per January 2019, the ETS fee will increase slightly.

Ohio

The state of Ohio is using three options for its high school equivalency (HSE) testing program, the HiSET, GED, and TASC exams. 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. Be sure to check that your preferred format is available at the testing facility near you before scheduling your test appointment.

HiSET testing in Ohio is available to adult learners of at least 18 years old, though test takers 16 and 17 years old 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 testing is only open to adults who don’t hold a high school degree or equivalent and who are not registered for any other school program.

HiSET test takers must be state residents in Ohio and provide, as in all states,  government-issued, valid IDs. In Ohio, applicants don’t need to first partake in a HiSET prep course or take the official HiSET practice test to qualify for HiSET testing. HiSET testing costs $18 for each of the five subject tests (a $10 ETS fee and $8 for the test center). Please note that from January 2019 on, the cost the HiSET subject tests will go up slightly.

Oklahoma

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. Applicants cannot already hold a high school or equivalent degree and not be signed up for some other education program. These criteria count for all states. In Oklahoma, the minimally required age for HiSET testing is 18, but test takers 16 and 17 years old might also qualify if they meet strict regulations like being officially withdrawn from their school and hold parental approval.

In contrast to the GED, 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.

In Oklahoma, the five HiSET subject tests are $17.50 each (a $10 fee for ETS and a $7.50 fee for administrative services). There is also a one-time first-time test taker’s fee of $10, so the total initial cost is $97,50 in total. You’ll get two free retests per HiSET subtest but the administrative fee of $7,50 is always due. Please be aware that as of January 2019 the ETS fee will slightly increase.

Pennsylvania

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 HiSET schoolsPennsylvania available in both a 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. HiSET test takers cannot already follow another educational course and not already possess a high school diploma or equivalent. HiSET testing is open only to state residents in Pennsylvania and all test takers need to provide proof of identity and state residency.

There’s no Pennsylvania requirement for applicants to first take part in a preparation program or take and pass a practice test prior to HiSET testing. In Pennsylvania, the fee per HiSET subject test is $18 (a $10 ETS fee and an $8 testing center fee). You are entitled to two free retests per subtest but the $8 fee for the test facility must always be paid. Please note that as of January 2019, the ETS fees are increased slightly.

Tennessee

The state of Tennessee is using the five-test HiSET exam for its HSE (high school equivalency) testing program. The five HiSET subject tests cover the academic fields of Math, Science, Social Studies, LiteracyReadingg, and Literacy Writing. 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.

In Tennessee, the HiSET price tag is $15 per each of the five subject tests ($10 for ETS and a $5 administration fee for the testing facility). Test takers will get two free retakes per subject test but the $5 testing center fee must be paid each time of testing or retesting. Please be aware that per January 2019, the ETS fees will slightly go up. To see all HiSET test centers and prep locations, check out this post.

Texas

Texas offers people wishing to earn their high school equivalency (HSE) diploma three options, the HiSET, GED, and TASC 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 may also qualify if they meet strict regulations like, for example, being officially withdrawn from their school and having permission from a parent or guardian. Like in other states, adults who are not enrolled in any school programs and don’t hold a high school or equivalent degree can take the HiSET exam without additional requirements. 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.

The Texas HiSET will cost you $10 per individual subject test in ETS fees, $5 per test for  State administrative fees, and $10 for testing center fees. You have three attempts within a 12-months timeframe from the time of purchase though there will always be a $10 test site fee per attempt.

Wyoming

The state of Wyoming is offering all three available options for its HSE (high school equivalency) testing program, the HiSET, TASC, and GED. 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 must be at least 16 years old 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. 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. 

In Wyoming, each of the five HiSET subtests costs $10 (ETS fee) but individual testing centers may charge additional administrative fees that will have to be paid directly to the test facility. These fees vary by testing site and are usually due on test day. You are entitled to two free retakes per subject test but the test center fee must be paid each time you’ll take a subtest. Please note that effective January 2019, the ETS fee will go up.

Guam

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. Like in all states, test takers cannot already hold a high school or equivalent diploma or be registered for another educational program. 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. The Guam HiSET cost is $15 per subject test ($10 ETS fee) and a $5 testing site fee. You get two free retakes. Additionally, there is an annual $10 administration fee. ETS fees will slightly increase as of January 2019.

American Samoa

In Samoa, test takers must be 18 years of age to qualify for HiSET testing. Applicants 17 years old may also qualify 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 and the HiSET cost is $10 per individual subject test but please note that per January 2019, the cost will increase slightly.

Marshall Islands

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. The five HiSET subtests are $12 each ($10 for the ETS fee and a $2 testing site fee). Effective January 2019, HiSET testing will become slightly more expensive.

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. The price of HiSET testing is $12 per individual subtest ($10 fee for ETS and a $2 fee for the test facility). Per January 2019, the cost of HiSET testing will go up.

Palau

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. Each of the five HiSET subtests costs $10 in Palau (ETS fee) and there is a one-time $10 fee for the testing facility. As of January 2019, the HiSET testing fee will increase slightly.

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