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HSE/HiSET Testing


About the HiSET® Exam

If you want to find a better job or take the first step on a pathway to a career, then you need to earn a high school equivalency credential. It is required for college and more important than ever to employers. Taking the HiSET exam can help change your life and expand your opportunities like it’s done for other test takers.

The path to your high school equivalency credential starts with you and ends with a test

If you didn’t finish high school, there is another way to demonstrate you have the same skills and knowledge as a high school graduate — through testing and earning your high school equivalency (HSE) credential.

Click here to register to take the HiSET exam at WCCC

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You MUST present a minimum of 2 FORMS of ID to verify the following:

  • Photo

  • Proof of Residency

  • Date of Birth

If we cannot verify each of these 3 points of identification,



Your Requirements Checklist 

HiSET Requirements

Before you take the test, there are things you need to do and know. Stay on track with your HiSET® test experience. Here’s a checklist to help you stay focused and organized.

Want to use this checklist later? Download it (PDF)!

Your Requirements Checklist 

Step 1 — Check your eligibility in your state or jurisdiction

Your very first step is to figure out if you’re eligible to take a high school equivalency test in your state or jurisdiction. Every state has its own rules and requirements for eligibility, such as:

  • minimum age, usually 18 years old
  • residency
  • completion of an adult education course before testing

Check your eligibility.

Step 2 — Select a test center

Your test center is more than just a place to take your exam. The staff can also be a resource to help you if you have questions about the process, and they’ll know your state or jurisdiction’s policies.

Finding a test center near you is easy with our test center search. Search by ZIP code or test center name, and choose whether you’re looking for paper or computer testing.

The HiSET exam is offered at many different locations, including community colleges and adult learning facilities, so you have lots of choices. Search for test centers in your area.

Step 3 — Create a My HiSET account

With an online HiSET account, you can easily:

  • set up test appointments (in most locations)
  • check your registration information
  • view scores
  • print reports

You can set up the account yourself, or a HiSET Customer Service representative can help you.

Create your HiSET account.

Step 4 — Review fees, payment and refund policies

How much it will cost you to take the HiSET exam depends on where you’re taking the test. Payment and refund policies vary, too.

Get information about fees, payment and refund policies.

Step 5 — Request disability accommodations if necessary

If you have a disability or health-related need and require testing accommodations, you must request your accommodations through ETS before you schedule an appointment to take the exam. The approval process can take six weeks, so make sure to leave yourself enough time to submit all the necessary information before your test date.

Review disability accommodation information.

Step 6 — Select a test date and schedule your appointment

When you’re ready, check available test dates online or call your local test center. In some states or jurisdictions, you can use your HiSET account to find available dates and times. The exam can be taken on most days when the test centers are open.

The HiSET exam is made up of five subtests. You can take them on different days, or take more than one on a single day. In most states you can schedule the subtests in any order.

Learn more about scheduling your exam.

Step 7 — Prepare for test day

There are two ways you need to prepare.

First, you need to know the content that’s on the test. Use our free and low-cost test preparation materials to familiarize yourself with the test content, question formats and other information about the test.

Prepare for the test.

Next, you need to make sure you prepare for the test day itself. You’ll need to know what to bring to the test center — including valid ID — and what to expect on the day of your test.

Read about taking the test.

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You MUST present a minimum of 2 FORMS of ID to verify the following:

  • Photo

  • Proof of Residency

  • Date of Birth

If we cannot verify each of these 3 points of identification,


 Frequently Asked Questions 


What is a HSE credential?

If you left high school before graduation, you can demonstrate that you have the same skills and knowledge as a high school graduate by taking a HSE test. Once you pass the test, your state or jurisdiction will issue you a HSE credential.

Why is a HSE credential important?

If you didn’t finish high school, you know your opportunities are limited. But with a state-issued HSE credential, you’ll have the opportunity to advance your career, join the military, begin a training program or continue your education on the college level.

What is the difference between the GED® test and a HSE credential?

The GED® test is one of three tests used nationally to award a high school equivalency credential. Until recently, it was the only test available. Today, there are two other testing options available — the HiSET®exam and the TASC test. New Jersey uses all three tests to measure high school equivalency skills in language arts, mathematics, science and social studies, and all three enable you to earn the same HSE credential.

How do I prepare for the HiSET exam?

Most test takers take adult education classes to prepare for the exam. In many states, these programs are at no cost — or very low cost to the students. The HiSET program encourages you to explore adult education programs and also offers a variety of free and low-cost resources to help familiarize you with both the exam questions and the computer-delivered testing experience. The resources include a study companion (a guide with tips and strategies on how to prepare for the HiSET exam), practice tests and sample questions.

What happens after I pass the HiSET exam?

After you’ve passed the HiSET exam, your state or jurisdiction will issue your high school equivalency credential — and you can be confident that your skills and knowledge are on the same level as a traditional high school graduate.

Frequently Asked Questions about the HiSET exam.

Frequently Asked Questions About High School Equivalency Exams in New Jersey


Resources for Test-Takers


Free Online HiSET Test Prep

Khan Academy Math Tutorial Videos

Sample exam questions



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Washington, NJ 07882


Warren County Community College
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Washington NJ 07882
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