New Mexico uses two options for HSE (high school equivalency) testing, the GED® and the HiSET.
The GED is fully computer-based while the HiSET is available both on paper and on a computer.
The GED has four separate subtests in Math, Literacy, Science, and Social Studies that be taken one at a time within a period of two years.
The HiSET comes with individual reading and writing subtests, so five overall, that can not be taken separately.
There are many locations where prep classes are set up to support you in your efforts to become ready to sit for the New Mexico HSE Test.
Testing needs to be done at an official New Mexico testing site. There is NO online GED or HiSET testing possibility!
The GED test and HiSET tests are not for everybody. If you already have a high school diploma or similar or are signed up for a school program, you do not qualify.
GED – New Mexico requirements
In New Mexico, you need to be 18. When you are 16 or 17, there are special arrangements. See a GED /HiSET testing center near you.
Fee: $80 for the whole test ($20 per subject), HiSET: $75.
Re-testing GED exam: $20 per subject (first two retakes: free).
You do NOT need to be a New Mexico resident.
You never received a high school diploma and don’t attend another school program.
The New Mexico GED exam cost was $120, but from July 2015 on, GED test-takers only need to pay $20 per individual GED test ($80 for all four tests). They also are able to take two re-takes at no additional charge.
To check what you know take a free GED Practice Test.
GED passing score
The GED tests are scored on a 100-200 scale, and scoring is as follows:
Below Passing Score: 100-144 points
Passing Score (high school equivalency): 145-164 points
College Ready Score: 165-174 points
College Ready + Credit Score: 175-200 points
GED prep classes in
You can prepare for the GED test by studying online.
You can also choose traditional GED Prep classes near you.
Click on your nearest city:
New Mexico GED-HiSET Testing Centers
Navajo GED Testing Center, Hwy 169, Alamo Navajo Reservation, Alamo, NM 87825, 575-854-2609
New Mexico State University – 2400 N Scenic Dr, Alamogordo, NM 88310, 575-479-4318
Central NM Community College – 5600 Eagle Rock, Albuquerque, NM 87113, 505-224-5263
Central NM Community College – 900 University Blvd SE, Albuquerque, NM 87106, 505-224-5263
National American University – 4775 Indian School Road NE, Suite 200, Albuquerque, NM 87110, 505-348-3700
Youth Development, Inc. (YDI), 6301 Central Ave NW, Albuquerque, NM 87105, 505-352-3432
Youth Development, Inc. (YDI), 6306 Central Ave NW, Albuquerque, NM 87105, 505-352-3459
Brookline College – 4201 Central Ave NW, Albuquerque, NM 87105, 505-833-2272
Carrington College – 1001 Menaul Blvd NE, Albuquerque, NM 87107, 505-254-7777
New Mexico State University – 1500 University Dr, Carlsbad, NM 88220, 575-234-9322
Clovis Community College – 417 Schepps Blvd, Clovis, NM 88101, 575-769-4125
Western New Mexico University – 2300 E Pine St, Deming, NM 88030, 575-546-6556
Northern New Mexico Comm College – 921 Paseo De Onate, Espanola, NM 87532, 505-747-2154
San Juan College – 4601 College Blvd, Farmington, NM 87402, 505-566-3139
University of New Mexico – 200 College Rd, Gallup, NM 87301, 505-726-6310
New Mexico State University – 1500 N Third St, Grants, NM 87020, 505-287-6642
New Mexico Junior College – 5317 Lovington Hwy, Hobbs, NM 88240, 575-492-2592
Dona Ana Community College – 2800 N Sonoma Ranch Blvd, Las Cruces, NM 88011, 575-528-7294
University of New Mexico – 280 La Entrada, Los Lunas, NM 87031, 505-925-8560
Moriarty Community Library – 202 S Broadway St, Moriarty, NM 87035, 505-832-2513
New Life Learning Center – Navajo Route 12 Mill Rd, Navajo, NM 87328, 505-777-2688
GED Test Center – 130 Park Ave, Raton, NM 87740, 575-445-0445
Central NM Community College – 2601 Campus Blvd NE, Rio Rancho, NM 87144, 505-224-5263
Eastern New Mexico University – 52 University Blvd, Roswell, NM 88202, 575-624-7227
Eastern New Mexico University – 709 Mechem Dr, Ruidoso, NM 88345, 505-257-3012
Community College – 6401 Richards Ave, Santa Fe, NM 87508, 505-428-1910
Dine College – 1228 Yucca St, Shiprock, NM 87420, 505-368-3565
Western New Mexico University – 1000 W College Ave, Silver City, NM 88062, 505-538-6400
Socorro Consolidated Schools – 700 Franklin St, Socorro, NM 87801, 575-835-0300
University of New Mexico – 1157 County RD 110, Ranchos de Taos, NM 87557, 575-737-3694
Truth or Consequences
Western New Mexico University, 601 Sunset St, Truth or Consequences, NM 87901, 575-894-9050
Mesalands Community College – 911 S Tenth St, Tucumcari, NM 88401, 575-461-4413 ext. 123
Questions? Call the New Mexico state office at: 505-827-6507
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How to get started
You can qualify to enter a GED or HiSET program if you don’t have a high school diploma or similar. If you decide to go for the GED exam, follow these guidelines to get started with your preparation. Contact your nearest GED /HiSET prep site and find out all requirements and regulations and if the lessons are free.
Make sure you will become perfectly prepared. Local bookstores will be able to supply study materials for your GED /HiSET preparation, and there are many locations in New Mexico where preparation classes are offered. Here you can find support (often at no cost at all) to become sufficiently prepared. Listed in this post are all New Mexico prep sites (just click on a city near you in the listing above).
GED – What is new
The GED (General Education Development) test has completely changed. Revamping the GED exam was needed to ensure the test remained (or got back) in line with university standards and requirements. Now it harmonizes better again with industry needs and practices. The new GED exam has changed into an entirely computer-formatted system and is better geared toward teaching skills and knowledge as required by employers.
Better job and education options
There are many reasons to go the GED path: your employment options will improve, and by getting the HSE diploma you will have the chance to access colleges and universities. Furthermore, you will experience personal development that will allow you to enjoy a better future.
One GED test at a time
You now have the option to take one of the four GED tests (also referred to as modules) at the time you feel sufficiently prepared, no need to take it all in a row! Your scores will stand for two years from first registration, and you only need to pay for the test(s) you take. This option does not exist for the HiSET. The four GED tests are in the subject areas of Social Studies, Math, Science, and Literacy. Gone are a lot of multiple-choice questions, the GED test is now for a large part essay-based, and this way applicants will become ready to attend courses at university or college successfully.
Students will become better prepared to function properly in the modern-day employment market. The now computer-formatted GED exam is not only eco-friendlier (it saves on paper), it has other benefits as well: online registration is much easier, although applicants must realize they still must show up personally at one of New Mexico’s official testing sites for the test. Another plus is that now students can receive their test results immediately after taking the test. In the old situation, they had to wait two or three weeks in anxiety.
At first, teachers and administrators were worried that older applicants were sure to run into lots of difficulties because they usually are not as familiar with taking tests on a computer as their younger counterparts, but research by the GED organization has indicated that computer-based testing didn’t impose much of a problem. The HiSET exam is available in both paper and computer formats and has two literary tests, so five in total: Literacy Writing, Literacy Reading, Math, Science, and Social Studies.
Is online GED testing possible?
NO. The GED exam, nor the HiSET, is NOT offered via the internet. Online learning for your HSE exam can be a good option, particularly for adults in remote regions, or those who have no time to attend classes. If you wish to earn your GED or HiSET credential, though, you absolutely need to show up at a state-designated testing site. There are fraudulent organizations that try to sell you their worthless GED diplomas or the GED or HiSET test online, but don’t get conned by these robbers. Their documents are without value, your money will be gone, and employers and school will not accept these papers!
To take all four tests of the GED exam in New Mexico, you will have to pay $80 ($20 per module), and HiSET testing is slightly cheaper. Registration and payment for the GED test must be done online via GED.com. You will need an email address and a credit or debit card. Contact your testing site if that may cause a problem, as pre-paid vouchers are available. You are not required to take all four GED tests at the same time. You can register and pay per module (test) whenever you are sufficiently prepared, and your score will remain valid for the duration of two years (only GED).
If you fail a test, you are allowed to retake that test at a reduced fee ($10) after a waiting period of 30 days. A second retake can also be done for that price ($10), but also after waiting again for 30 days. In case you need to take the test for the third time, you will have to pay $20 and you will need to wait for 60 days this time. Your GED test results are available within three hours.
In January 2016, the required score for passing each of the four individual GED tests was adjusted from 150 to 145 because it appeared the level was set slightly too high as compared to what high school graduates are expected to command. The GED passing score is set at that level that only 60 percent of high school seniors would pass. The HiSET is scored differently!
Note that the GED passing score was reduced to 145 points (down five) in early 2016 as it appeared to have been set too high.