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

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    Testers should compare the tests to determine which is the better option for them.  For a comparison chart, go HERE.

    If you are considering joining the military, be sure to check with your recruiter on that branch's specific requirements, before you start testing.  

      

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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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    There is no expiration of scores from any tests taken since 2014.  

    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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    We can only accept current, government issued, photo ID

    This includes:

    Passport, Driver's license from any state, State issued ID card, National ID and Milatary ID.  

    We  CAN NOT accept: photocopies, ID that has already expired, or ID that does not match the Candidate's account name.  You must bring your ID to each test appointment.

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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).  We offer both HiSET Paper Testing and GED Computer Testing at that time.  If desired, there are enough appointments to schedule all the subject tests for either test.

    We also offer HiSET Computer Based Testing Appointments on some Thursday afternoons at 12:30 p.m.  There is enough time to take one subject test at a 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 the tests.

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  • What formats and languages are available for the test?

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    For HiSET, we offer both paper and computer based testing.  You can select either option for each subject test.  Paper and computer test appointments are offered at different times.

    The GED test is computer based only.

    At our Test Center, we only offer the tests in English.

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

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    No.  Classes are not required, but they are available at our Center,  for Greater Lowell adult residents.    

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  • Any other helpful hints?

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    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.  We recommend you bring as few personal items into the Test Center as possible.

    Parking information can be found HERE.  

     

     

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