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HiSET® Testing

Whether you are wanting to further your education or pursue a different career, earning a high school equivalency credential is now more important than ever. Most colleges, as well as many employers, require one. Two nonprofit organizations, Educational Testing Service (ETS) and Iowa Testing Programs (ITP), have teamed up to provide you with an affordable alternative to the GED® test – the High School Equivalency Test (HiSET®). The HiSET® demonstrates that a test taker has attained the academic knowledge and proficiency equivalent to those of a high school graduate. It will get you the same state-issued high school equivalency credential as the GED® test.

Tyler Junior College recommends the following to help you prepare for the examinations:

  • The Literacy Council at the TJC West Campus location offers free preparation courses. They can be contacted at 903.533.0330.
  • HiSET® offers free downloadable practice tests that are approximately half the length of the actual test and include directions and an answer key. You can experience what it is like to take the computer-delivered exam by accessing free, 30-45 minute interactive practice tests. You can also view a tutorial video and access a study companion, all for free, by visiting Prepare for the HiSET® Exam: Overview.

HiSET® Test Content

The HiSET® exam includes five sub-tests that you can schedule to take in any order.

  • Language Arts – Reading – (65 minutes) The Reading sub-test includes 40 multiple-choice questions and measures your ability to understand, comprehend, interpret, and analyze a broad range of reading material.
  • Language Arts – Writing – (120 minutes) The Writing sub-test measures your skill in recognizing and producing effective, standard, American-written English and includes two parts. Part 1 consists of 50 multiple-choice questions and measures your ability to edit and revise written text. You are asked to make revision choices concerning organization, diction and clarity, sentence structure, usage, and mechanics. Part 2 includes an essay prompt and measures evidenced-based writing or your ability to generate and organize ideas in writing. Your writing is assessed on development, organization, language facility, and writing conventions. Spanish test takers may write their essay in Spanish.
  • Mathematics – (90 minutesThe Mathematics sub-test includes 50 multiple-choice questions and measures your mathematical knowledge and competencies. The questions present practical problems that require numerical operations, measurement, estimation, data interpretation, and logical thinking. You will need to know some formulas prior to testing, including distance-rate-time, Pythagorean Theorem, and quadratic formula. All calculators will be provided by the Testing Center. Please do not bring your own calculator to your test session.
  • Science – (80 minutes) The Science sub-test consists of 50 multiple-choice questions and measures your ability to use science content knowledge, apply principles of scientific inquiry, and interpret and evaluate scientific information. Graphs, tables, and charts are used to present information. The questions use material from a variety of content areas such as physics, chemistry, botany, zoology, health, and astronomy.
  • Social Studies – (70 minutes) The Social Studies sub-test includes 50 multiple-choice questions and measures your ability to analyze and evaluate various kinds of social studies information. Documents, posters, timelines, graphs, and other visual tools may be used to present information.

Test Cost


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The total cost for the entire HiSET battery is $125.00.

State Eligibility Requirements

To take the high school equivalency exam in the State of Texas, an individual must:

1. Have a government-issued ID, such as one of the following:

  • State Driver’s License
  • Department of Public Safety ID Card
  • Military ID
  • Passport
  • U.S. Passport
  • Matricula Consular

2. Provide proof of residency in Texas, which could be a:

  • Texas Driver’s License
  • Utility Bill Showing a Texas Address
  • Bank Statement Showing a Texas Address

3. Be 18 years of age;
4. Not enrolled in an accredited high school;
5. Not be a high school graduate from an accredited high school

Age Exceptions

Individuals under the age of 18 are required to attend school unless they qualify for an exemption:

17-Year-Old Test-Takers

To qualify for an age exception, a 17-year-old must:

  • have a government (national or foreign) issued photo ID (see above for ID requirements);
  • have proof of Texas residency (see above for residency requirements);
  • verify you are not currently enrolled in school (unless enrolled in an approved in-school High School Equivalency Program);
  • not have an accredited high school diploma; and
  • have parent or guardian permission.

Alternatively, a 17-year-old may qualify under the 16-year-old rule below.

16-Year-Old Test-Takers

To qualify for an age exception, a 16-year-old must:

  • have a government (national or foreign) issued photo ID (see above for ID requirements);
  • have proof of Texas residency (see above for residency requirements);
  • not have an accredited high school diploma; and
  • be one of the following:
    • in the care of a state agency;
    • under a court order issued under Family Code 65.103 (a) (3);
    • enrolled in a Job Corps training program, or
    • enrolled in the Texas Challenge Academy.

Schedule Your Appointment

You must have an appointment in order to complete your testing. To schedule an appointment for HiSET® testing, you will need to create a My HiSET account. Through your account, you will be able to schedule and view appointments, view scores, update your profile, and more. The HiSET® exams are administered in the Testing Center at the Tyler Junior College West Campus Testing Center.

Requesting Accommodations

ETS is committed to serving test takers with disabilities and health-related needs by providing services and reasonable accommodations that are appropriate given the purpose of the test. If you have a learning or physical disability that would prevent you from taking the exam under standard conditions, you can request accommodations through ETS. You must register by mail or email through ETS Disability Services and have accommodations approved before scheduling your test date. Your request should be submitted as early as possible, especially if you are requesting an alternate test format. Documentation review takes approximately six weeks once your request and complete paperwork have been received by them.

Test takers requesting accommodations cannot schedule an appointment through their HiSET® account. Complete the  HiSET® Testing Accommodations Request Form and mail it to: ETS HiSET Disability Services, P.O. Box 6054, Princeton, NJ 08541-6054. You can also submit the documentation via email to: disability.reg@ets.org. You can find more information regarding the accommodation process on the ETS Accommodations for Test Takers website.

For further information regarding the HiSET® exams or processes, please contact Roger Grimm (rgri2@tjc.edu / 903.510.2389), Testing Services Director / Chief HSE Examiner.