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  • High School Equivalency (HSE) Testing Program

    HSE College Ready

    The GED® College Ready (CR) and GED® College Ready + Credit (CR+) score levels were created to help move students more quickly into and through college certificate and degree programs. Based on recommendations from the ACE Credit® program — the same program that backs CLEP and Advanced Placement (AP) — students scoring at these levels have demonstrated readiness to enter credit-bearing classes.

    GED Students who score 165–174 (on any test subject) should qualify for waivers from developmental education course and from applicable placement testing. These scores are equivalent to the top 9–27% of the national average of graduating high school seniors.

    ETS recommends scores of 15–20 on the HiSET® Exam have demonstrated student readiness to enter credit-bearing classes, should qualify students for waivers from developmental education course and from applicable placement testing. A recent ETS study demonstrated that High School students with a GPA of less than 2.7 were not likely to pass this exam.

    Massachusetts Community Colleges that have adopted HSE College Ready Are:

    • Berkshire Community College
      1350 West Street
      Pittsfield, MA 02101
      (413) 499-4660 (GED® and HiSET®)

    • Bristol Community College
      777 Elsbree Street
      Fall River, MA 02720
      (774) 357-2811 (GED® and HiSET®)

    • Bunker Hill Community College
      250 New Rutheford Avenue
      Charlestown, MA 02129
      (617) 228-2000 (GED® and HiSET®)

    • Greenfield Community College
      One College Drive
      Greenfield, MA 01301
      (413) 775-1000 (GED® and HiSET®)(English Only)

    • Holyoke Community College
      303 Homestead Avenue
      Holyoke, MA 01040
      (413) 552-2292 (GED® Math Only)

    • Mt. Wachusett Community College
      444 Green Street
      Gardner, MA 01440
      (978) 630-9173 (GED®)

    • North Shore Community College
      300 Broad St
      Lynn, MA 01901
      (978) 739-5423 (GED®)

    • Northern Essex Community College
      100 Elliot Street
      Haverhill, MA 01830
      (978) 556-3872 (GED® and HiSET®)

    • Quinsigamond Community College
      670 West Boylston Street
      Worcester, MA 01606
      (508) 854-4407 (GED® and HiSET® English Only)

    • Roxbury Community College
      1234 Columbus Ave
      Roxbury, MA 02120
      (617) 427-0060 (GED®)

    • Springfield Tech. Comm. College
      One Armory Square, Bldg. 19
      Springfield, MA 01105
      (413) 755-4507 (GED® and HiSET®)

    Last Updated: May 2, 2022

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