High School Equivalency (HSE) Testing Program
Without a high school diploma, it is almost impossible to access the college courses of study, the training programs, or the career-track employment necessary to earn a family-sustaining, living wage in Massachusetts. If you did not graduate from high school, the Massachusetts High School Equivalency Credential, approved and accredited by the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, is the best alternative.
The Massachusetts High School Equivalency Credential is accepted by virtually all colleges, universities, and employers in the United States as exactly equivalent to a high school diploma. In order to earn the credential, you must take and pass one of two assessments tests, either the GED© test or the HiSET®. These tests are comparable in terms of cognitive complexity and rates of passing, but they vary in significant ways as well.
View a side-by-side comparison of the two tests, including the costs for each.
For more details on the GED© test, go to the MyGED© website.
For more details on the HiSET®, go to the HiSET website.
Whichever test you choose, you must take it at one of the 28 official test centers in Massachusetts. The Commonwealth offers several different options for high school equivalency testing:
- Either the GED© test or the HiSET®;
- Testing on computer or with paper and pencil;
- Testing in English or in Spanish
However, not every test center offers all testing options. See a complete list of test centers and testing options.
To see if you are eligible to take the HSE test in Massachusetts, view the eligibility requirements.
Registration and Scheduling
For both tests, the registration and scheduling process is similar:
- Create an account online;
- Find a test center and schedule tests online;
- Pay online with a credit card or debit card
GED©: To create an account, to register, and to schedule GED© tests, go to the MyGED© website.
HiSET®: To create an account, to register, and to schedule HiSET® tests, go to the HiSET website.
HiSET® Fee Structure:
$100/battery ($24 for the 1st subtest, $19 for the remaining 4 subtests in the initial battery)
$9/retest (up to two per subtest, within one year of initial test)
$19/subtest (after one year from initial test)
Starting January 1, 2019:
(with a proportional increase in individual subtest fees)
GED© Fee Structure:
$10/retest (up to two per module, within one year of initial test)
$31.25/retest (after one year from initial test)
Accommodations for Testers with Disabilities
The Massachusetts High School Equivalency Office and our two test vendors are committed to serving test takers with disabilities and health-related needs by providing accommodations that are appropriate given the purpose of the test and the diagnosed disabilities of the candidate. Learn more about testing with accommodations.
Diplomas, Transcripts, and Other Verification Documents
A third-party vendor, Diploma Sender, now has access to all Massachusetts GED© and HiSET® records back to 1968 and issues all High School Equivalency credentials, transcripts, and other verification documents for the Commonwealth. The High School Equivalency Office no longer issues any of these documents. All contact with Diploma Sender should be through their website. For specific details, go to the Diploma and Transcripts webpage.