GED in Massachusetts

If you want to earn your GED diploma in Massachusetts, you can take the GED or HiSET exam online or at one of the state’s official test centers. Read more about online testing below.

Massachusetts is using the GED® and the HiSET® for the state’s High School Equivalency (HSE) testing program. HSE testing offers persons who didn’t complete high school the chance to obtain an equivalent degree.

The HiSET exam is still available in paper-and-pencil format whereas the GED is only offered in an entirely computer-based format.

The GED has four separate subtests in these fields: Social Studies, Science, English Language Arts, and Math.

The HiSET has separate Language Reading and Language Writing tests (so 5 in total). The HiSET exam is offered in an online format as well.

Having the diploma will certainly improve employment options and open doors towards a college education.

This page informs you about all GED & HiSET resources that will successfully prepare you to take the exam successfully.

GED Massachusetts requirements

Massachusetts minimum age is 16, but when you are 16 or 17, you must meet specific restrictions, such as a statement from your last school that includes the date of discharge, and a parent’s or guardian’s signature on the required registration form.

Fee: $103,75 for the complete exam of five HiSET tests, the GED costs slightly more-$31,25 per subtest ($125 for the entire battery).

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.

You must not have a high school diploma and not be registered for a school program either.

If you fail a GED subtest, there is no wait time to retake that subject test but if you fail that module three times, you’ll have to wait for 60nday before you can take it again. You can retest as many times as you need.

Your first two retakes are offered at a reduced fee (just $10 for the testing site) but these retests must be taken within a year, otherwise, regular fees will apply again.

GED prep classes in Massachusetts

Online preparation is perfectly okay but you can also choose a traditional GED prep class near you. Click on your city or a city near you to see all the available prep sites.

Massachusetts GED testing centers

Allston
Jackson Mann Comm Ctr (HiSET) – 500 Cambridge St – Allston – MA 02134 – Ph: (617) 635.4920 x 2202
Attleboro
Bristol Comm College (HiSET) – 11 Field Rd – Attleboro – MA 02703 – Ph: (774) 357.3978
Boston
Boston Ctr for Youth & Families (HiSET) – 1483 Tremont St (3rd Fl) – Boston – MA 02120 – Ph: (617) 635.4920

Roxbury Comm College (HiSET) – 1234 Columbus Ave – Boston – MA 02120 – Ph: (617) 708.3628
Brockton
Massasoit Comm Coll (GED/HiSET) – 1 Massasoit Blvd – Brockton – MA 02302 – Ph: (508) 588.9100 x 1993
Canton
Massasoit Comm Coll (HiSET) – 900 Randolph St – Canton – MA 02021 – Ph: (781) 821.2222 x 2135
Charlestown
Charlestown Adult Ed (HiSET) – 76 Monument St – Charlestown – MA 02129 – Ph: (617) 635.4920
Charlton
Bay Path Regional Vo-Tech HS (HiSET) – 57 Old Muggett Hill Rd – Charlton – MA 01507 – Ph: (508) 949.8282
Clinton
Clinton Adult Learning Ctr (GED/HiSET) – 150 School St – Clinton – MA 01510 – Ph: (978) 365.4226
Danvers
North Shore Comm Coll (GED/HiSET) – 1 Ferncroft Rd – Danvers – MA 01923 – Ph: (978) 739.5409
Devens
Mount Wachusett Comm Coll (GED/HiSET) – 27 Jackson Rd – Devens – MA 01432 – Ph: (978) 630.9574/9173
Dorchester
Perkins Comm Ctr (HiSET) – 155 Talbot Ave – Dorchester – MA 02124 – Ph: (617) 635.4920 x 2202

East Boston
BCYF Paris St Comm Ctr (HiSET) – 112 Paris St – East Boston – MA 02128 – Ph: (617) 635.4920 x 2202
Harborside Comm Center (HiSET) – 312 Border St – East Boston – MA 02129 – Ph: (617) 635.4920
Falmouth
Falmouth High (HiSET) – 874 Gifford St – Falmouth  – MA 02540 – Ph: (508) 540.2200
Fall River
Bristol Comm Coll (GED/HiSET) – 777 Elsbree St – Fall River – MA 02720 – Ph: (774) 357.3978
Gardner
Mt Wachusett Comm Coll (GED/HiSET) – 444 Green St – Gardner – MA 01440 – Ph: (978) 630.9173
Gloucester
Wellspring House (HiSET) – 302 Essex Ave – Gloucester – MA 01930 – Ph: (978) 281.3221
Great Barrington
Berkshire Comm Coll (HiSET) – 343 Main St – Great Barrington – MA 01230 – Ph: (413) 236.1656
Greenfield
Greenfield Comm Coll (GED/HiSET) – 1 College Dr – Greenfield – MA 01301 – Ph: (413) 775.1821
Haverhill
Northern Essex Comm Coll (GED/HiSET) – 100 Elliott St – Haverhill – MA 01830 – Ph: (978) 556.3872
Holyoke
Holyoke Comm Coll (GED/HiSET) – 303 Homestead Ave – Holyoke – MA 01040  Ph: (413) 552.2292/2112
PAFEC (HiSET) – 206 Maple St – 4th Fl – Holyoke – MA 01040 – Ph: (413) 552.2292

Hull
Wellspring Multi-Service Ctr (HiSET) – 814 Nantasket Ave – MA 02045 – Ph: (781) 925.3211
Hyde Park
Hyde Park Community Ctr (HiSET) – 1179 River St – Hyde Park – MA 02136 – Ph: (617) 635.5178
Jamaica Plain
Curtis Hall Comm Ctr (HiSET) – 20 South St – Jamaica Plain – MA 02130 – Ph: (617) 635.4920 x 2202
Lawrence
Lawrence Adult Learning Ctr (GED/HiSET) – 51 Lawrence St – Lawrence – MA 01840 – Ph: (978) 722.8114
Leominster
Mt Wachusett Comm College (HiSET) – 100 Erdman Way – Leominster – MA 01453 – Ph: (978) 534.1563
Lowell
Abisi  Adult Ed Ctr (GED/HiSET) – 408 Merrimack St – Lowell – MA 01854 – Ph: (978) 937.8989
Lynn
North Shore Comm Coll (GED/HiSET) – 300 Broad St – Lynn – MA 01901 – Ph: (781) 477.2135
Mattapan
Mildred Ave Community Ctr (HiSET) – 5 Mildred Ave – Mattapan – MA 02126 – Ph: (617) 635.4920
Nantucket
Nantucket Comm School (GED) – 56 Centre St – Nantucket – MA 02554 – Ph: (508) 228.7285 x 1571
Nantucket Comm School (HiSET) -10 Surfside Rd – Nantucket – MA 02554 – Ph: (508) 228.7285 x 1571
New Bedford
New Bedford Adult Ed (GED/HiSET) – 181 Hillman St – New Bedford – MA 02740 – Ph: (508) 997.4511 x 2419
New Bedford High (HiSET) – 230 Hathaway Blvd – New Bedford – MA 02740 – Ph: (508) 997.4511 x 2419
North Adams
Massachusetts Coll of Liberal Arts (Library, HiSET) – 275 Church St – North Adams – MA 02147 – Ph: (413) 236.1656
Northampton
James House Comm Learning Ctr (HiSET) – 42 Gothic St – Northampton – MA 01060 – Ph: (413) 552.2292

Oak Bluffs
Martha’s Vineyard Reg High (HiSET) – 100 Edgartown-Vineyard Haven Rd – Oak Bluffs – MA 02557 – Ph: (508) 627.4319
Pittsfield
Berkshire Comm College (GED/HiSET) – 1350 West St – Pittsfield – MA 01201 – Ph: (413) 236.1655
Plymouth
Quincy College (HiSET) – 36 Cordage Park Circle – Plymouth – MA 02360 – Ph: (617) 984.1617
Quincy
Quincy College (GED/HiSET) – 1250 Hancock St – Quincy – MA 02169 – Ph: (617) 984.1700/1650
Roslindale
Thomas M Menino Comm Ctr (HiSET) – 125 Brookway Rd – Roslindale – MA 02131 – Ph: (617) 635.5256
Roslindale Community Ctr (HiSET) – 6 Cummins Hwy – Roslindale – MA 02131 – Ph: (617) 635.4920 x 2202
Roxbury
Vine Street Comm Ctr (HiSET) – 339 Dudley St – Roxbury – MA 02119 – Ph: (617) 635.1285
Shelburne Comm Ctr (HiSET) – 2730 Washington St – Roxbury – MA 02119 – Ph: (617) 635.4920 x 2202
Roxbury Crossing
Roxbury Comm College (GED) – 1234 Columbus Ave – Roxbury Crossing – MA 02120 – Ph: (857) 701.1400
Boston Schools Adult Ed (HiSET) – 55 Malcolm X Blvd – Roxbury Crossing – MA 02120 – Ph: (617) 635.9300
Somerville
SCALE (HiSET) – 167 Holland St – Somerville – MA 02144 – Ph: (617) 629.5500
South Boston
Tech Computers, Inc (GED) – 574 Dorchester Ave – South Boston – MA 02127 – Ph: (617) 622.5600
BCYF Condon Comm Ctr (HiSET) – 200 D St – South Boston – MA 02127 – Ph: (617) 635.4920
Springfield
Technical Comm Coll (GED/HiSET) – 1 Armory Sq – Springfield – MA 01105 – Ph: (413) 755.4507/4709
Springfield Schools (HiSET) – 204 Boston Rd – Springfield – MA 01109 – Ph: (413) 787.7210

Wakefield
Galvin Middle School (HiSET) – 525 Main St – Wakefield – MA 01880 – Ph: (781) 246.6410 x 24107
Wareham
Wareham High School (HiSET) – 7 Viking Dr – Wareham – MA 02571 – Ph: (508) 291.3510
West Barnstable
Cape Cod Comm Coll (HiSET) – 2240 Iyannough Rd – West Barnstable – MA 02668 – Ph: (774) 330.4543
Westfield
Westfield Athenaeum Library (HiSET) – 6 Elm St – Westfield – MA 01085 – Ph: (413) 552.2292
Worcester
Quinsigamond Comm Coll (GED/HiSET) – 25 Federal St – Worcester – MA 01608 – Ph: (508) 854.7529
Worcester Adult Education (GED/HiSET) – 24 Chatham St – Worcester – MA 01609 – Ph: (508) 799.3090/3658

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Free GED online prep in Massachusetts

GED and HiSET passing scores

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.

Online GED and HiSET testing

There is now also the option to take the HiSET or GED exam online. Until recently, that was not possible but that has changed with the arrival of online options for both the HiSET and the GED exam.

Learn all about how the HiSET can now be taken online in this post and to qualify for online GED testing, students need to attain “green” scores on the GED Ready® practice test. Learn more in this post: A new online option to take the GED exam.

GED vs HiSET in Massachusetts

The HiSET and GED exams 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 Massachusetts fee for computer-based testing: your first HiSET subject test is $24,75 and each subsequent subject test is $19,75 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. Paper-based HiSET testing costs $125.

The latest version of the GED exam brought the language sections together and reduced the number of separates tests to four tests.

The Massachusetts fee for the GED test is $31.25 per subject test. Retakes are cheaper.

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. A student can view his or her scores right after GED testing and see how they did on this test that assesses secondary education-level knowledge and skills.

Students can also visit some main employment events or job fairs to learn all about the job market and follow as well this website’s news posts to be aware of all options regarding high school equivalency testing.

Jobs with a GED in MA

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 last years, Massachusetts has seen a lot of new jobs added to the economy, but most of these new positions require at least a secondary education.

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 are offered.

To summarize, in Massachusetts you can get your High school equivalency (HSE) diploma if you pass one of these exams: GED or HiSET. You can find many locations in key Massachusetts areas where HiSET or GED preparation is offered.

Last Updated on October 25, 2020.

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