What is a High School Equivalency (HSE) Credential?
In the US and its territories, adults who left high school before graduation have another way to secure a high school equivalency credential.
What does that mean? It means that, through testing, you can demonstrate you have the same skills and knowledge as a high school graduate. Once you pass the test, your state or jurisdiction will issue you a high school equivalency certificate or high school equivalency diploma.
Who Can Take a High School Equivalency Exam?
High school equivalency (HSE) exams are designed for out-of-school youth and adults without a high school diploma.
HSE exams have eligibility requirement: Age and Residency
Must be at least 16 years of age
Must be at least 19 years of age to take the exam without providing any additional documentation
If you are 16-18 years of age you must provide all of the following documentation to be eligible to test:
- Enrollment in and /or authorization by an approved WorkReady U literacy program
- Enrollment in a state-recognized “Option” program within the K-12 system with the required testing
- HiSet Official Practice Test for Educators administered by WRU literacy program or state qualifying
scores (Prepared or Well Prepared) on the HiSet Official Practice Test (OPT) for Educators
Residency: You do not have to be a resident of Louisiana to take the HiSET exam.
Test Preparation or Instruction: The state of Louisiana requires test preparation or instruction and authorization to test for eligible students 16–18 years of age.
If you are 19 years of age or older, the HiSET Official Practice Test (OPT) to qualify for the HiSET exam is recommended but not required.
If you are 16–18 years of age, the HiSET Official Practice Test (OPT) to qualify for the HiSET exam is required and must be administered by a WorkReady U literacy provider or state-approved designee.
You must achieve qualifying scores (Prepared or Well-Prepared) on the HiSET OPT for Educators.
Identification: All applicants must present state and/or government-issued identification on test day at the HiSET test center. Outdated or expired identification will not be accepted. Acceptable forms of identification include:
- driver’s licenses
- valid passports
- military IDs
- other forms of government-issued identification that show name, address, date of birth, signature, and photograph.
What do I need to bring on the day of my test?
You will need to bring:
Acceptable and valid ID as required by Louisiana. Make sure your name on your ID appears EXACTLY as it does on your profile you created in your HiSET account when you scheduled your HiSET exam.
Layered clothing that will allow you to adapt to a range of room temperatures.
Please note Cell phones, smartphones (e.g., BlackBerry® or iPhone® devices, etc.), PDAs, and/or any other electronic, photographic, scanning, recording, or listening devices are not permitted at the test center at all.
How do I know if I’ve passed the HiSET exam?
Each of the five subtests in the HiSET exam is scored on a scale of 1–20. In order to pass you must do all three of the following:
- achieve a score of at least 8 on each of the five individual subtests
- score at least 2 out of 6 on the essay portion of the writing test
- have a total combined score on all five subtests of at least 45.
Scores are available immediately after computer-based testing for Math, Science, Social Studies, and Reading in most cases. Writing scores will post to your account 3-5 business days after testing is completed.