The state of Louisiana uses the HiSET exam instead of the GED® test for its HSE (high school equivalency) testing. The HiSET assessment program is much cheaper and offers the exam as well in paper and pencil format.
The GED test is only available in a computer-based version. The HiSET has five subtests on these fields: Science, Math, Social Studies, Literacy Reading, and Literacy Writing.
Your ticket to a college education
In Louisiana, you can discover many facilities that offer HiSET prep classes that will help you become all geared up to take the test successfully. The HSE program is important for adults who did not complete high school and offers them a second chance to obtain a comparable diploma that will improve job options and open doors towards a college education.
NO online testing
There is NO online HiSET or GED testing option! You must show up at an official testing center in person. Upon completing the HiSET exam you will be awarded the HSE (High School Equivalency) Diploma. This document is nationwide accepted as the equivalency to a regular high school diploma by government agencies, employers, recruiters, and universities. Listed in this post are also all locations in Louisiana where HiSET prep classes are available.
GED (HiSET) prep classes in and around (select your nearest city):
- Baton Rouge
- Lake Charles
- New Orleans
Louisiana GED (HiSET) eligibility requirements
Several states, including Louisiana, no longer offer the GED exam. From 2014 on, the state has been working with ETS (Education Testing Service). This is the same organization that produces the GRE and they have developed a high school equivalency test, the HiSET. Louisiana made the change to keep the price affordable for its citizens. The GED testing fee had increased from $50 a couple of years ago to $90 in 2013, and the new GED test costs $120.
With the HiSET, the cost will remain $90 (ETS is a non-profit organization). The HiSET test is available in a computer-based or paper format, unlike the GED test which is only available in a computer model.
Age: you must be 19 years old. If you are 16, 17, or 18 certain restrictions apply. Get in touch with a testing site near you. 17-18 years old’s must enroll in the Adult Education Program, and take free classes until they are ready to sit for the exam. They will need documentation from the school system that they have officially withdrawn. For 16-year-olds, more rules apply.
Fee: $90 for all 5 tests (on paper or computer).
There is no need to be a Louisiana resident.
You must FIRST pass the official HiSET practice test.
You don’t already have a secondary degree, and you don’t attend any other education program.
Louisiana GED (HiSET) testing centers
Public Schools Vermilion Parish | 216 South Jefferson St | Abbeville | LA 70510 | 337 . 893 . 3973
Ad. Education Ctr Rapides Parish | 505 6th Street | Alexandria | LA 71309 | 318 . 449 . 3140
Morehouse Parish Schools | 4095 Naff Ave | Bastrop | LA 71220 | 318 . 281 . 5784
LA Comm. and Tech College System | 265 South Foster Dr | Baton Rouge | LA 70806 | 225 . 922 . 2800
Parish Schools East Baton Rouge | 12000 Goodwood Blvd | Baton Rouge | LA 70815 | 225 . 226 . 7650
Ad. Learning Ctr | 415 Monroe St | Bossier City | LA 71111 | 318 . 549 . 6839
St. Mary PSB | 434 Hy 317 | Centerville | LA 70522 | 337 . 836 . 9661
St. Bernard PSB | 200 E St Bernard Hwy | Chalmette | LA 70043 | 504 . 301 . 2000
Caldwell PSB | 219 Main St | Columbia | LA 71418 | 318 . 649 . 2689
St. Tammany PSB | 321 N Theard St | Covington | LA 70433 | 985 . 898 . 6407
Acadia PSB | 404 W 12th St | Crowley | LA 70526 | Phone: 337 . 783 . 5808
Beauregard PSB | 202 West 3rd Street | De Ridder | LA 70634 | 337 . 462 . 2707
SE Louisiana University | 900 – B W University Ave | Hammond | LA 70402 | 985 . 549 . 5054
Jefferson PSB | 822 S Clearview Pkwy | Harahan | LA 70123 | 504 . 736 . 1868
Lasalle PSB | 2988 North First St | Jena | LA 71342 | 318 . 992 . 8884
Jeff Davis Parish Ed. Media Ctr | 314 Shankland Ave | Jennings | LA 70546 | 337 . 824 . 0597
Lafayette PSB | 113 Chaplin Dr | Lafayette | LA 70501 | 337 . 521 . 7079
McNeese State University | 4209 Ryan St | Lake Charles | LA 70605 | 337 . 475 . 5140
Vernon PSB | 502 Berry Ave | Leesville | LA 71446 | 337 . 239 . 3464
St. Charles PSB | 13855 River Rd | Luling | LA 70070 | 985 . 758 . 6289
Sabine PSB | 695 Peterson St | Many | LA 71449 | 318 . 256 . 9228
Avoyelles Parish | 221 Tunica Dr W | Marksville | LA 71351 | 318 . 240 . 0200
Webster PSB | 1442 Sheppard St | Minden | LA 71055 | 318 . 377 . 7052
Education Ctr Ouachita Parish | 3158 Louisville Ave | Monroe | LA 71201 | 318 . 362 . 5018
NW State University Testing Ctr | 735 University Pkwy | Natchitoches | LA 71497 | 318 . 357 . 5246
Progressive Ed. Program | 501 North Landry Dr | New Iberia | LA 70560 | 337 . 365 . 0933
Warren Easton | Charter Foundation | 3019 Canal St | New Orleans | LA 70119 | 504 . 324 . 7400
Dillard University GED testing | 2601 Gentilly Boulevard | New Orleans | LA 70122 | 504 . 816 . 4670
St. Landry PSB | 1013 E Creswell Ln | Opelousas | LA 70570 | 337 . 948 . 3657
Iberville Parish | 58030 Plaquemine St | Plaquemine |LA 70764 | 225 . 955 . 8652
Richland PSB | 411 Foster Street | Rayville | LA 71269 | 318 . 728 . 5964
St. John Parish | 1 Wildcat Dr | Reserve | LA 70084 | 985 . 536 . 4226
Caddo PSB | 2010 N Market St | Shreveport | LA 71107 | 318 . 424 . 3417
Ascension PSB | 9697 Airline Hwy | Sorrento | LA 70778 | 225 . 675 . 5397
St. Martin PSB | 305 Washington St | St. Martinville | LA 70582 | 337 . 394 . 6262
Lafourche PSB | 805 E 7th St | Thibodaux | LA 70301 | 985 / 446 . 5631
Evangeline Parish Sch. Board | 1123 Te Mamou Rd | Ville Platte | LA 70586 | 337 . 363 . 6651
Ouachita Parish Ed. Ctr | 609 Vocational Pkwy | West Monroe | LA 71292 | 318 . 397 . 6171
Winn PSB | 304 East Court St | Winnfield | LA 71483 | 318 . 628 . 6936
Franklin PSB | 7293 Prairie Road | Winnsboro | LA 71295 | 318 . 435 . 9046
Questions? Call Louisiana’s state office at 225 . 922 . 2800
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How to start GED (HiSET) preparation
The HSE program is not for everybody. If you finished high school or are engaged in another school program you do not qualify. Contact a testing center close to you and find out if you qualify and other regulations. You can also read our other relevant posts for more information.
When you have the feeling that you are ready to take the GED or HiSET track, follow these guidelines to get ahead: First of all, get in touch with a HiSET prep center near to you and find out if you qualify. If you do, look for testing dates and fees as there are differences. Get informed, Try to find out all details from your local testing center.
Be fully prepared when you show up for the HiSET test. Local bookstores and libraries can offer you all sorts of preparation materials, and in your area, you surely can find a good class that can offer GED/HiSET preparation free of charge (check the list of city areas above). Online programs can also be a good alternative. Come to the exam well prepared, pass the exam, and get your diploma.
To pass, the HiSET requires you to attain a score of at least 8 (out of 20) on each of the five subtests, a minimum overall score of 45, and no less than a 2 score for your essay. So if you just score the minimally required score in each subtest, you won’t pass.
Jobs with a GED (HiSET) diploma
In the period 2002-2013, over 76,000 adults received their GED diploma in Louisiana, and the GED (General Education Development) program has offered these people another chance to get a fulfilling career, go to college, or enjoy personal and professional advancement.
The HiSET program has now taken that role in Louisiana and will continue to offer these opportunities. Without a secondary school credential (High School, GED, or HiSET diploma), it will be practically impossible these days to land a normal and well-paying job or to continue your education in college or university, or via vocational training programs.
GED (HiSET) is about your future
Over the past few years, we could see an enormous increase in new jobs in Louisiana in the professional sectors of Health Care, Construction, and Finance, and most of these new positions were entry-level jobs that called for a secondary education. Regardless of the new job you would like to get, completion of a secondary school credential will be very useful for your professional development. Attending HiSET prep classes will be the first and crucial step to a better future, and by the time you acquire your GED or HiSET diploma, you can move forward in your career and your life.