- 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 Massachusetts 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.
No, in Massachusetts testers are not required to take classes before high school equivalency testing.
However, for those who would like formal preparation, we offer classes to Greater Lowell Residents. In addition to test preparation, our classes include college and career readiness and technology instruction. Graduates are eligible to participate in our annual graduation ceremony and may be eligible for scholarships to help them further their education or vocational training.
- Currently, there is no expiration date for the scores of either the GED or HiSET subject tests.
- 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.
- In order to test, you must have a government issued, photo ID.
Due to the pandemic, Massachusetts IDs and licenses that expired between March 2020 and the present date will be accepted. This accommodation will be reviewed June 30, 2021.
- 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 an ID that does not match the Candidate's account name or birthdate.
- Unfortunately, at this time our Test Center is CLOSED due to the pandemic. Testers have the option to schedule at any Massachusetts Test Center that has reopened or to schedule a remote test with GED or HiSET.
- When we reopen, we will offer testing appointments one weekend a month (Friday night and Saturday morning). During weekends, we offer appointments for both HiSET Testing (on paper) and GED Testing (on computer). There will be enough appointment times over the course of both days to schedule all the subject tests, for either test.
-HiSET Computer Based Testing Appointments will be available on some Thursday afternoons at 12:30 p.m. Only one subject test can be scheduled at that time.
- 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.
- 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.
HiSET paper based tests are only available in English.
-The GED test is only available on the computer.
- 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, electronic devices and wrist watches will be collected during the testing and returned when you have finished testing for the day.
- Hats and hoods may not be worn during testing.
- 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.