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High School Equivalency (HSE) Testing Program

Under-18 Special Requirements

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

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

Before you submit your Letter of Withdrawal to the HSE Office, you must create an account with the vendor for whichever test you have chosen to take, either the GED© or the HiSET®.

To create a GED© account, go to the GED Testing website.

To create a HiSET® account, go to the HiSET website.

Then submit the Letter of Withdrawal to the HSE Office, along with the following information:

  • Your first name and last name, exactly as they appear in your testing account;
  • Your telephone number;
  • Your email address; and
  • Your ETS Identification Number (HiSET® only)

You may submit your letter one of three ways:

  • By email to Olympia Stroud
  • By fax to Olympia Stroud, 781-338-3089; or
  • By mail to the following address:

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

You will be contacted via email by the HSE Office within three business days of the receipt of your letter and the required information.

Once you have received email approval of your Letter of Withdrawal, you will be able to go back into your account and schedule your tests.



Last Updated: January 24, 2017
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