The state of Massachusetts is using the GED and the HiSET (by Educational Testing Service) to assess the High School Equivalency (HSE) level of its residents’ knowledge.
The HiSET exam is still available in paper-and-pencil format whereas the all new GED® test is now only offered in an entirely computer-based format.
The GED has four separate subtests in these fields: Social Studies, Science, Literacy, and Math while the HiSET has separate Reading and Writing tests (so 5 in total).
HiSET and GED
The Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education has decided to offer the GED exam as well to residents who seek a second chance to earn a high school credential.
The HSE program is important for adults who never completed high school and gives them another possibility to obtain an equivalent diploma. Having the diploma will certainly improve employment options and open doors towards a college education.
There are many places that offer classes to support you in getting ready to take the HiSET or GED exam successfully. The HSE diploma will surely have a positive effect on people’s lives and on this page, you can find locations in key Massachusetts areas where HiSET or GED preparation is offered. Online GED or HiSET testing is NOT possible.
GED -HiSET classes in and around (click on your nearest city):
- Fall River
- New Bedford
No online GED -HiSET testing
The HiSET, just like the GED exam, is not offered via the internet, you must appear in person at a Massachusetts testing site. Upon completing the HiSET- GED examination you will receive the HSE certificate or diploma which is all through the United States regarded as being comparable to a high school diploma by every employer, recruiter, all government agencies and virtually all universities and colleges.
GED -HiSET exam – Massachusetts requirements
- Massachusetts minimum age is 18. When you are 16 or 17, you must meet specific restrictions. You must contact a test site close to you.
- Fee: $100 for the complete exam of five HiSET tests, the GED costs slightly more.
- You must be a Massachusetts resident.
- You are not a high school graduate, nor do you follow another program.
Massachusetts GED -HiSET testing centers
North Shore Comm. College, 1 Ferncroft Rd, Danvers, MA 01923, 978-762-4000 x5423
Center for Youth & Families – 1483 Tremont St, Boston, MA 02120, 617-635-4920 x2540
Boston Public Schools – Department of Adult Ed, 55 Malcolm X Blvd, Boston, MA 02120, 617-635-9300
Massasoit Comm. College – 1 Massasoit Blvd, Brockton, MA 02302-3996, 508-588-9100 x1994
Clinton Adult Learning Ctr – 150 School St, Clinton, MA 01510, 978-365-4226
North Shore Comm. College, 1 Ferncroft Rd, Danvers, MA 01923, 978-762-4000 x5423
Ad. Learning Ctr – Grover Cleveland School – 11A Charles St, Dorchester, MA 02122, 617-635-9300
Bristol Comm. College | 777 Elsbree St | Fall River | MA 02720 | 508 – 678 – 2811 x2156
Keefe Technical School – 750 Winter St, Framingham, MA 01701, 508-879-5400 x254
Mount Wachusett Comm. College – 444 Green St, Gardner, MA 01440, 978-630-9173
Greenfield Comm. College – 1 College Dr, Greenfield, MA 01301, 413-775-1147
Northern Essex Comm. College – 100 Elliott St, Haverhill, MA 01830, 978-556-3448
Comm College – 303 Homestead Ave, Holyoke, MA 01040, 413-552-2292
Lawrence Adult Learning Ctr – 233 Haverhill St, Lawrence, MA 01841, 978-722-8171
Lowell Adult Education – 408 Merrimack St, Lowell, MA 01854, 978-937-8989
Assabet Valley Regional School – 215 Fitchburg St, Marlboro, MA 01752-1288, 508-485-9430 x216
Regional High School – High School District, Oak Bluffs, MA 02557, 508-693-1033 x174
Milford High School – 31 West Fountain St, Milford, MA 01757, 508-478-1119
New Bedford Public Schools | 181 Hillman St | New Bedford | MA 02740 | 508 – 997 – 4511 x 2419
Nantucket Comm. School – 10 Surfside Rd, Nantucket, MA 0254, 508-228-7257
Newton Comm. Education – 140 Brandeis Rd, Newton, MA 02459, 617-559-6993
Martha’s Vineyard Regional HS District, Oak Bluffs, MA 02557, 508-693-1033 x174
Veterans Memorial High School – 485 Lowell St, Peabody, MA 01960-1392, 978-536-5600
Berkshire Comm. College – 1350 West St, Pittsfield, MA 01201, 413-236-1655
Quincy Public Schools, Ctr for Tech Education – 316 Hancock St, Quincy, MA 02171, 617-984-6619
Roxbury Comm. College – 1234 Columbus Ave, Roxbury Crossing, MA 02120, 617-427-0060 x85048
SCALE Ad. Learning Ctr – 167 Holland St, Somerville, MA 02144, 617-625-6600 x6936
OWL Ad. Learning Ctr – 310 State St, Springfield, MA 01106, 413-787-7210
Technical Comm College – 1 Armory Sq, Springfield, MA 01105, 413-755-4689
Wareham High School – Viking Dr, Wareham, MA 02571, 508-291-3510
Cape Cod Comm. Coll. | 2240 Iyannough Rd | West Barnstable | MA 02668 | 508 – 362 – 2131 x 4450
Quinsigamond Comm. Coll. – 670 W Boylston St, Worcester, MA 01606, 508 – 854-4407
Worcester Ad. Learning Ctr – 24 Chatham Street, Worcester, MA 01609, 508 – 799-3170
Massachusetts State GED Office: Phone: 781-338-6625
Are adjustments required? This is the link to our contact page.
GED -HiSET – how to start
If you want to sign up for the HiSET or GED program, you must not have a high school diploma and not be registered for a school program either. Get in touch with a HiSET preparation or test center close to you and find out if you may qualify. You can also check other posts on this website regarding more regulations. By the time you feel that you are all set to take the HiSET or GED track, keep these guidelines in mind to get ahead: Contact your nearest HiSET prep facility and see if you qualify to take the examination. If you do, check testing dates and fees.
GED -HiSET – prepare well
Find all requirements and details at your local testing site. Become optimally prepared to take the HiSET or GED exam. Local bookstores and libraries will also have all sorts of preparation materials, and you can find many locations in your area where HiSET- GED preparation classes are available, often free of charge.
Appear at the exam prepared, take the exam, and receive your HSE diploma. The three HiSET passing criteria are as follows: you must score no less than 8 (out of 20) on each of the 5 sub-tests, reach a score of at least 2 (out of 6) on your essay, and your total score cannot be under 45 (out of a possible 100). The GED passing score is 145 (on a 100-200 scale), labeled high school equivalency. 165-174 is the college-ready score, and 175-200 is the college-ready plus college credit score.
GED (HiSET) – who qualifies?
In Massachusetts, all adult resident who are at least 18 years of age, can sit for the high school equivalency exam if they meet specific requirements. They cannot have graduated from high school, not be signed up for any school program, and not have a secondary education credential. Candidates who are 16 or 17 must meet additional requirements, such as a statement from their last school that includes the date of discharge, and a parent’s or guardian’s signature on the required registration form.
GED (HiSET) – what is new
The HiSET and GED provide applicants with the opportunity to acquire the high school equivalency credential which is recognized as an important document for better job options, career improvement, and continued academic education. The HiSET exam includes five tests in the areas of Literacy Reading, Literacy Writing, Social Studies, Science, and Mathematics. The latest version of the GED exam brought the language sections together and reduced the number of separates tests to four. The HiSET, like the GED, is used in America to measure applicants’ skills and knowledge at the level that high school students are expected to command after four years of education and training.
The GED organization is no longer the sole provider of tests that measure high school degree equivalency. As of January 2014, several states have switched to two alternative suppliers: Educational Testing Service (ETS) is a non-profit organization that came up with the HiSET (High School Equivalency Test), and McGraw-Hill, a publishing company that produced the TASC exam (Test Assessing Secondary Completion). The new GED exam is only available on a computer and was becoming too expensive, whereas the other two alternatives are still available in a paper-based format and cheaper.
Until the end of 2013 Massachusetts has been using the GED program, which was replaced by the HiSET in 2014. The General Education Development (GED ) program was launched in the 1940’s and since then, the state of Massachusetts has issued more than 360,000 GED diplomas to state residents who took the examination successfully. Today, the GED test is still the most widely-accepted substitute for a high school degree.
Jobs with a GED or HiSET diploma
The GED program has supported tens of millions of Americans with getting access to higher education, to better jobs, and to better lives in general. Over the course of 2013, Massachusetts saw a lot of new jobs added to the economy, but most of these new positions require at least a secondary training.
The Health Care sector has been creating over 9.500 new jobs annually in Massachusetts alone over the last few years, and most of these new positions entry-level positions for jobs like nursing and medical assistants, but also in other sectors, if you want to be a competitive applicant, require you to have at least a secondary school credential and often some vocational certification.
One more strongly growing sector is Massachusetts’ Information Technology industry. Each year, more than 6,100 jobs are added to this sector. So when you would like to secure a well-paying job and a lasting career, make sure to spend your time and energy on completing your high school education via the HiSET/ GED program. All across the state, you can find numerous locations where proper preparation and guidance is offered.