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High School Equivalency (HSE) Testing Program

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: How long are my scores valid for?

A. Scores for HiSET® and GED® tests taken after January 1, 2014 are still valid and will continue to be for the foreseeable future. GED® non-passing scores prior to January 1, 2014 are no longer valid and the tester must start over.

Q: Where can I get a copy of my transcript?

A. All High School Equivalency Transcripts may be found at this website:

Q. I lost my credential. Can I get a replacement?

A. For security purposes, Massachusetts policy does not allow us to duplicate credentials.

Q. Can I combine GED® and HiSET® scores?

A. Effective November 23, 2022, Massachusetts High School Equivalency candidates will be able to combine GED® and HiSET® subtest scores to complete the requirements of their High School Equivalency Credential.

Candidates may take subtests for either exam in any order. Passing scores will remain the same, 145 minimum per subtest for GED® and a minimum score of 8 and an average of 9 for HiSET® (minimum 2 for the essay on HiSET® LA Writing).

Q. Can I take some HiSET® tests on paper and some tests on computer?

A. Yes — you can combine paper and computer HiSET® tests.

Q. Are the tests available in any other languages?

A. Both the GED® and HiSET® are available in Spanish.

Q. Can I combine English and Spanish Tests?

A. Candidates may take any GED® or HiSET® subtest in English or Spanish. English and Spanish scores may be combined toward High School Equivalency credential attainment.

All credentials will be printed in English. Transcripts will be printed in English and document test vendor (GED® or HiSET®) subtest taken, subtest score, subtest form, and subtest language.

Candidates who received a Spanish credential after 2001 may request a credential in English by contacting the DESE/ACLS HSE team in writing at .

Q. Is one test easier than the other?

A. No — a side by side comparison is available at this link: HiSET® / GED® Comparisons. We suggest that candidates take both practice tests and decide which assessment they are most comfortable taking.

Q. I am under 18 years old- what do I need to do to register for the test?

A. Directions for under 18 years old may be found at: Under-18 Special Requirements.

Q. How do I register for and schedule an exam?

A. You must create an account and register at the exam websites: The HiSET Exam; GED®: Get Your GED

Q. How can I find a program to help me prepare for the exam?

A. You can call the Massachusetts Adult Literacy Hotline (The Massachusetts Adult Literacy Hotline: How we Can Help You! | SABES) at (800) 447-8844 for a program near you or review the ACLS Program Directory that lists free adult education programs.

Last Updated: November 25, 2022

Contact Us

Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education
135 Santilli Highway, Everett, MA 02149

Voice: (781) 338-3000
TTY: (800) 439-2370


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