• 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 cognitive complexity and passing rate; 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 test 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 HSE Scores for tests taken after January 1, 2014 are valid until 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 Milatary 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 both HiSET Paper Testing and GED Computer Testing appointments.  If desired, there are enough appointment times 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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    - 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.  Also, the price of the test will vary depending on what format you choose.

    - The GED test is computer based only.

    - At our Test Center, tests are only offered 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.   In addition to test preparation, AAEC students receive college and career advising, and are eligible for scholarships.

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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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