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  • High School Equivalency (HSE) Testing Program

    HSE Testing Program

    The Massachusetts Board of Education has instituted a policy that community college students must be vaccinated against COVID-19 to attend classes on campus. Several of the community colleges have extended this mandate to include all participants of campus activities including High School Equivalency testing.

    The following HSE test sites have indicated that you must produce proof of vaccination for COVID-19 before you will be allowed on campus to take the HiSET® or GED® exams.

    • Bristol Community College
    • Bunker Hill Community College
    • Greenfield Community College
    • Holyoke Community College
    • Massasoit Community College
    • Mount Wachusett Community College
    • Quinsigamond Community College
    • Roxbury Community College

    The DESE HSE team is working with HiSET® and GED® to communicate this to candidates in order to prevent them from being turned away because they cannot produce a proof of COVID-19 vaccination which would then result in paying a retest fee to reschedule the test.

    We will continue to keep the field informed of updates to this situation.

    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@mass.gov 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 MAGED®HiSET®
    Product NameOn Line Proctoring GED Test (OP)HiSET Exam at Home
    Proctor VendorOnVueProctorU
    Price$125 Battery ($31.25 per test)$141.25 Battery ($28.25 per test) ($17.25/retest)
    PrerequisiteMust Score Green Category (145+) on GED Ready OPTNone
    Retest PolicyMay retest once and then wait 60 daysTwice per calendar year.
    Jan–Dec
    Minimum Age16 With letter of withdrawal: Under-18 Special Requirements16 With letter of withdrawal: Under-18 Special Requirements
    Spanish Tests AvailableYesYes
    Combine with previous scoresYesYes
    Scratch PaperMay be done on computer.Erasable white board or clear plastic sheet with erasable pen.
    System Requirements

    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.comwww.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.
    • DiplomaSender
      • 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:

    Reference in this website to any specific commercial products, processes, or services, or the use of any trade, firm, or corporation name is for the information and convenience of the public, and does not constitute endorsement or recommendation by the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE). Our office is not responsible for and does not in any way guarantee the accuracy of information in other sites accessible through links herein. DESE may supplement this list with other services and products that meet the specified criteria. For more information contact: HSET@mass.gov or 781-338-6625.

    Last Updated: February 22, 2022

    Contact Us

    Michael A. Farma
    High School Equivalency Specialist
    (781) 338-3836

    Olympia Stroud
    High School Equivalency Program Coordinator II
    (781) 338-6625

     
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    Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education
    75 Pleasant Street, Malden, MA 02148-4906

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    Disclaimer: A reference in this website to any specific commercial products, processes, or services, or the use of any trade, firm, or corporation name is for the information and convenience of the public and does not constitute endorsement or recommendation by the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.