HSE Testing Program
Many Massachusetts HSE Test Centers remain closed due to the COVID 19 Novel Corona Virus pandemic. Some sites have reopened and are now available to test following strict safety guidelines. In order to find test sites open near you and schedule a test at an official test center, please visit the vendor websites www.GED.com; www.hiset.ets.org.
Additionally, GED® and HiSET® offer a remote (at home) proctored testing option to Massachusetts candidates. To schedule an exam at home, visit the vendor websites: Introducing the Official Online GED Test - GED; HiSET Exam at Home.
If you have questions you may send an email to HSET@doe.mass.edu with your name and phone number and someone will call you back with information.
Below is a comparison of the GED® and HiSET® remote proctored testing options.
Remote Proctored HSE Testing GED® / HiSET® Comparison
|HSE Testing in MA||GED®||HiSET®|
|Product Name||On Line Proctoring GED Test (OP)||HiSET Exam at Home|
|Price||$125 Battery ($31.25 per test)||$141.25 Battery ($28.25 per test) ($17.25/retest)|
|Prerequisite||Must Score Green Category (145+) on GED Ready OPT||None|
|Retest Policy||None||Twice per calendar year.|
|Spanish Tests Available||No||Yes|
|Combine with previous scores||Yes||Yes|
|Scratch Paper||May be done on computer.||Erasable white board or clear plastic sheet with erasable pen.|
||Must be a desktop or laptop computer, not a tablet or mobile device
Windows 10 Windows 8.1 Mac OS 10.13 and above Must be a desktop or laptop computer, not a tablet or mobile device
|Must use Windows® operating system, versions 10, 8 or 7|
Must use Mac® OS X 10.5 or higher (10.13 High Sierra is recommended)
Must use Chrome™ or Firefox® browser
|Registration information and more details.||www.ged.com||www.hiset.ets.org|
Welcome to the Massachusetts State High School Equivalency Testing Program. The Massachusetts High School Equivalency Team, housed within the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, oversees:
- The issuing of the Massachusetts High School Equivalency credential, a nationally-recognized document that is accepted by virtually all colleges, universities, and employers in the country as exactly equivalent to a high school diploma; and
- The administration of the tests required to earn the credential.
- If you previously received a GED© or HiSET ® credential from Massachusetts but need official verification of that or a transcript of your scores.
- If you have recently passed the GED© test or the HiSET ® and are wondering where your credential and transcripts are.
- If you are a school, college, employer, or other third-party entity seeking to verify that an individual previously received a GED© or HiSET ® credential from Massachusetts.
Annually, over 3000 individuals attain their High School Equivalency in Massachusetts. The Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education produced this video to help you discover how you can achieve your second chance:
What you Need to Know to get your High School Equivalency Credential
Lo que necesitas saber para obtener tu credencial de equivalencia de high school
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