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High School Equivalency (HSE) Testing Program

Eligibility Requirements


You must be 16 years of age or older to be eligible to take the assessment tests in Massachusetts.

However, if you are 16 or 17 years of age, you cannot schedule any exams until an official Letter of Withdrawal from your last school attended has been approved by the Massachusetts High School Equivalency Office. For more information, go to; Under-18 requirements.

School Enrollment Status:

You are not eligible to take the HSE assessments in Massachusetts

  • If you are currently enrolled in any secondary school program; or
  • If you have previously earned a high school diploma; or
  • If you have ever received a high school equivalency credential.


You must be a resident of Massachusetts, living at a Massachusetts address.


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 Outdated or expired identification will not be accepted.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

Last Updated: January 24, 2017
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