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HiSET Testing (formerly GED)

HiSET Testing

The Department of Elementary and Secondary Education has selected Educational Testing Service (ETS) to administer the new high school equivalency exam in Massachusetts. The new exam, called HiSET, will continue to measure whether adult learners and out-of-school youth qualify for the Massachusetts High School Equivalency Certificate, a pivotal step for adult learners who do not possess a high school diploma, but require a certified education 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. Go to the HiSET website at: http://www.HiSET.ets.org to sign up for your account, register and review the HiSET information on what is on the tests.

Massachusetts Eligibility Requirements for HiSET

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

Age: You must be 18 or older to be eligible to take the HiSET test in Massachusetts with no qualifications. If you are 16 or 17, you must bring the official letter of withdrawal from your last school of attendance. Failure to provide documentation will prohibit you from taking the exam.

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 sign an eligibility form verifying your address and bring it to the test center. Download the form.

Test Preparation or Instruction: Massachusetts does not have any test preparation or instruction requirements to take the HiSET exam. However, instruction is encouraged before retesting.

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

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 Outdated or expired identification will not be accepted.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 exam. 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


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

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

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