Online HiSET Exam at Home testing option

ETS, the publisher of the HiSET High School Equivalency Exam (available in many states as an alternative to the GED) has announced an online test-taking option named ‘HiSET Exam at Home.’

The online testing option provides a safe, convenient, and highly flexible testing solution for students impacted by the closures of HiSET test centers or limited availability due to recent health issues.

The HiSET-At-Home test solution, like with the GED® exam, will use proctor services provided by the organization ProctorU, a leading online proctoring service company.

The online test is exactly the same as the exam taken at a physical test center. So your preparation can be the same as well.

The ‘HiSET® Exam at Home’ provides test-takers with one more way to complete an educational degree that’s across America regarded as equivalent to a common high school diploma.

HiSET Exam at Home registration

Test-takers can register for the HiSET-at-Home exam by creating an account on the website

When they’re logged in, they can choose one to more of the five HiSET® subtests and pay the fees. Then, they will receive a message from ProctorU by email with details on how to schedule test appointments.

Once you’ve set up your ETS account and registered for the online HiSET exam, you can register with ProctorU. You can select the time and date for your online test that suits you best. HiSET-at-Home test appointments are available seven days per week, for 15 hours per day.

ETS has taken all possible precautions to make sure that the HiSET-at-Home exam will meet the highest possible standards for security, reliability, and validity.

In that respect, the HiSET and GED exams meet the same standards, both when in an online format or taken at a test center.

The HiSET-at-Home exam uses the best security measures such as real-time monitoring by a proctor and advanced artificial intelligence (AI) technology.

If you would like to change an existing on-site test appointment to a HiSET-at-Home test appointment, please contact HiSET Customer Service, and for information about writing your HiSET essay, check out this post.

What states offer HiSET testing?

HiSET proctored online testing is available in all states that use the HiSET exam for high school equivalency testing and check here for more information on the HiSET scoring system.

These states are California, Colorado, Georgia, Hawaii, Illinois, Iowa, Louisiana, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas, and Wyoming. The HiSET is also used in Guam, American Samoa, Marshall Islands, North Mariana Islands, and Palau. For an overview of which test is used in which states, check out this post.

So to support test-takers who can’t come to one of their states’ designated testing centers due to public health-related concerns, the exam is now also offered in an online proctored version. Check here to see which states offer the HiSET exam at what cost.

With the HiSET-at-Home testing option, students can take the five subtests (one at a time if wished) on their own computer at their homes or at any other secure location. Your HiSET diploma, like the GED, will qualify you for a college education and better employment opportunities.

Each content of the online HiSET is exactly the same as the test in a physical testing center. The subject fields are the same, the questions are the same, and your preparation can be the same as well.

The online HiSET-at-Home test will be monitored online by a trained proctor through the organization ProctorU. At-home testing appointments are currently available 15 hours a day, 7 days a week. So there are many similarities between the GED and HiSET online proctored tests.

Who qualifies?

Students who are looking to take the HiSET exam from the comfort of their home or at another secure location are required to meet the following requirements:

  • Test-takers must meet all requirements that apply for HiSET testing in their state.
  • They must be at least 18 years of age. This applies to all states that use the HiSET exam for high school equivalency testing, also to states that allow HiSET testing for underage test-takers (16 or 17 years old).
  • The computer they use must meet HiSET testing requirements such as the ETS Test Browser installation and the online ProctorU System Check for the provided online proctor.
  • The testing room must meet all requirements for online testing to guarantee a secure testing environment.


Last Updated on May 18, 2021.

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