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High School Equivalency (HSE) Testing HiSET & GED

The High School Equivalency Testing Program in Massachusetts is overseen by the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education’s High School Equivalency (HSE) Office. Official test centers operate state-wide to serve the needs of the adult population in need of a high school credential.

To learn more about the HSE process, click here for a short video.

Massachusetts High School Equivalency Credential Requirements

HSE Website

Age: 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 exams until an official Letter of Withdrawal from your last school attended has been approved by the Massachusetts High School Equivalency Office. However, you must complete a Letter of Withdrawal.  If you already have the Letter of Withdrawal or if you need to get it, please make sure it contains the following information:

Be on school letterhead, including the address and phone number; Includes your last date of attendance and your date of withdrawal;
Comes from the office of the Principal/Headmaster or the Head of Guidance; and must be signed by the Principal/Headmaster or the Head of Guidance. Then submit the letter making sure you have provided your HSE/GED ID number, your phone number and your e-mail address. The letter and the additional information must be submitted either by mail to the following address:

DESE
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. You will be contacted via email by the HSE Office within three business days of the receipt of your document and required HiSET/GED ID number.

Once you have received email approval of your Letter of Withdrawal, you will be able to go to your HiSET/GED account and schedule your HSE exams.

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.

Residency:
You must be a resident of Massachusetts, living at a Massachusetts address. You will be required to complete the Eligibility Form verifying your information and bring it to the test center.

Identification:
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 Outdated or expired identification will not be accepted.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