• What's the difference between the GED and the HiSET? Which test should I take?

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    - The tests are comparable in terms of difficulty; but there are some differences in format.  Testers should compare the tests to determine which is the better option for them.  For a comparison chart, go HERE.

     

    - Successful completion of either test will result in earning a Masschusetts High School Credential.  The credential is viewed as the equivalent of a high school diploma by virtually all colleges and employers.  However, if you are considering joining the military, check with your recruiter to see if that branch has specific entrance requirements.  

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  • Are there special requirements if I am under 18 years old?

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    - Yes.  If you are 16 or 17 years old, the Department of Education (DESE) must review the Letter of Withdrawal from the last school you attended, before you can schedule a testing appointment.  Follow the steps listed HERE.  

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  • When do scores expire?

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    - All HiSET and GED Scores for tests taken after January 1, 2014 are valid until at least December 31, 2020.

    - Test scores on earlier versions of the GED, expired December 31, 2013.   Therefore, scores from the older version of the GED Test can not be combined with the current version.

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  • What identification can be used for the tests?

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    - In order to test, you must have a current, government issued, photo ID

    You must bring your ID to each test appointment.

     

    - Acceptable IDs include: Passport, Driver's license from any state, State issued ID card, National ID and Military ID.

    - We CAN NOT accept: photocopies or pictures of an ID, expired ID, or ID that does not match the Candidate's account name or birthdate. 

     

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  • When are testing dates?

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    - Please see our testing schedule for specific dates.

     

    - Generally, we test one weekend a month (Friday night and Saturday morning).  At that time, we offer appointments for both HiSET Testing (on paper) and GED Testing (on computer).  If desired, there are enough appointment times over the course of both days to schedule all the subject tests for either test.

     

    -HiSET Computer Based Testing Appointments are available on some Thursday afternoons at 12:30 p.m.  Only one subject test can be scheduled at that time.  

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  • Are Special Accommodations available?

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    - Yes.  Testers with documented disabilities or health related needs, must apply directly to the test vendor to request special accommodations.  Once approved, the test vendor will work with testing center and candidate to schedule testing appointments.

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  • What formats and languages are available for the test?

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    - At Our Test Center, tests are only offered in English.

    - The GED test is only available on ccomputer.

    - HiSET testers have the choice to take each subject test on paper or on computer,  as they wish.   There is a slight difference in cost.  At our Testing Center, HiSET Paper and Computer test appointments are offered at different times.  

     

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  • Do I have to take classes in order to take the exam?

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    No, in Massachusetts testers are not required to take classes before high school equivalency testing.     

     

    Our classes are available to adult Greater Lowell Residents who would like formal preparation before they test.  Our classes also include college and career readiness and technology instruction.  Graduates of our program may also be eligible for scholarships to help them further their education or vocational training.

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  • Any other helpful tips?

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    - Remember, you must have a current, government issued ID in order to test!  We can not accept photocopies or pictures on your phone. 

    - It is helpful to bring your Test Appointment Confirmation, in case there is a problem with your appointment.

    - Our Test Center supplies all necessary testing items, including a handheld calculator.

    - All phones and electronic devices will be collected during the testing and returned when you have finished testing for the day.  

    - There is limited storage space available at the Test Center.  We recommend that you bring as few personal items as possible.

    - Parking information can be found HERE.  

     

     

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