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High School Equivalency (HSE) Testing HiSET & GED

High School Equivalency (HSE) Brochure

Starting January 1, 2017, Massachusetts adults will be able to choose one of two assessments, the GED test or the HiSET, to earn the Massachusetts High School Equivalency Credential. Each state may have its own requirements for testing, so be sure to check  your state’s requirements below before you schedule an appointment to take the test.

Massachusetts Eligibility Requirements for HiSET

To take the HSE exam in the state of Massachusetts, you must meet the following eligibility requirements:


You must be 18 years of age or older to be eligible to take the HSE test in Massachusetts with no qualifications.

If you are 16 or 17, you cannot schedule any HSE tests until an official Letter of Withdrawal from your last school attended has been approved by the Massachusetts High School Equivalency Office. The letter must:

  • Be on school letterhead, including the address and phone number;
  • Include your last date of attendance and your date of withdrawal; and
  • Come from the office of the Principal/Headmaster or the Head of Guidance.

The letter may be submitted either by mail to the following address:

HSE Office, 3rd Floor
75 Pleasant Street
Malden MA 02148
Attn: Olympia Stroud

Or by email to Olympia Stroud, ostroud@doe.mass.edu

No faxed letters will be accepted. Please include both your email address and your telephone number with your submission. You will be contacted via email by the HSE Office within three business days of the receipt of your document. Once you have received email approval of your Letter of Withdrawal, you will be able to schedule your HiSET tests.

School Enrollment Status

You must NOT be enrolled in any secondary school program and must not have received a high school diploma or high school equivalency credential.


You must be a resident of Massachusetts, living at a Massachusetts address. You will be required to sign an eligibility form verifying your information and bring it to the test center.


You must present proper identification at the test center for each test session. Outdated or expired identification will not be accepted. Failure to provide documentation will prohibit you from taking the test.

The approved identification documents include:

  • A valid Passport
  • A valid driver’s license from any state
  • A state-issued ID card
  • National ID card
  • Military ID card

Test Preparation or Instruction:

Massachusetts does not have any test preparation or instruction requirements to take the HSE exam. However, instruction is encouraged before retesting.

Practice Test: Massachusetts does not require you to take practice tests prior to taking the HSE exam.

Additional Information

For additional information, call our main HSE number at: 978-556-3458

Nancy Carroll, Clerk/Examiner ncarroll@necc.mass.edu

Donna Felisberto, HSE Chief Examiner dfelisberto@necc.mass.edu