LAUSD HiSET® Requirements

The following policies apply to anyone taking the HiSET® exam in the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD). When you schedule an appointment, you will need to confirm that you have read and understand these policies.

See the LAUSD Division of Adult and Career Education website for more information.

Eligibility Requirements

To take the HiSET exam in LAUSD, you must be a California resident or a member of the armed forces assigned to duty in the state of California, have not completed high school and meet the following eligibility requirements:

  • Age: To take the HiSET exam in LAUSD, you must meet any one of the following requirements:
    • 18 years of age or older or within 60 days of your 18th birthday (regardless of school enrollment status).
    • Within 60 days of when you would have graduated from high school had you remained in school and followed the usual course of study (may not currently be enrolled in school).
    • 17 years of age and out of school for at least 60 consecutive days. You must also provide a letter of request for the test from military, postsecondary educational institute or a prospective employer.
    • 17 years of age, have accumulated fewer than 100 units of high school, be confined to a state or county or correctional agency, and meet all of the following criteria:
      • Do not have a realistic chance of completing the requirements of a high school diploma
      • Have adequate academic skills to successfully complete the HiSET exam
      • Understand the options available regarding acquisition of a high school diploma, the high school equivalency certificate, or the high school proficiency certificate and the requirements, expectations, benefits and limitations of each option.
      • Have sufficient time left to complete the entire HiSET exam; however, if you are released before the test is completed, you may complete the test at an authorized testing center.
    • Note: If you pass the HiSET exam at age 17, you will not receive the equivalency certificate until your 18th birthday. Before that time, you will receive a letter of intent stating that the certificate is being held pending your 18th birthday.

  • Residency: Title 5 of the California Code of Regulations, Section 11530, defines “Resident of this State” as a person who either presently lives in the State of California, or who has his/her domicile in California in accordance with the criteria established in Government Code section 244.
  • Test Preparation or Instruction: Though LAUSD does not require a practice test, we do encourage you to visit your local adult school to take a basic reading, writing and math test and speak to a counselor. Being prepared is important, and LAUSD offers classes to help you study and get ready. Please call 1-888-730-EARN (3276) to find a program near you.
  • Identification: You must verify your identity and age with current photo identification when you register and before admittance to the testing room. Acceptable identification includes: driver's license or identification card issued by the Department of Motor Vehicles, an identification card issued by the military, an identification card issued by the U.S. or a foreign government, a passport issued by the U.S. or a foreign government, a tribal identification card or an identification card issued by a postsecondary school. The identification must include your name, birth date, signature, photograph and address.

Additional Policies

Make sure you read and understand all of the Eligibility Requirements above. Below are additional policies for taking the HiSET exam in LAUSD.

Fees and Payment

How much does it cost to take the HiSET exam in LAUSD?

All five subtests: $150

Individual Subtest: $25

How do I pay for the HiSET exam?

At the time of scheduling you may pay by:

  • Cash
  • Money Order
Can I get a refund if I cancel my scheduled appointment?

LAUSD does not provide refunds for scheduled exams. However, you can reschedule.

Reschedule Policy:

If you need to reschedule your test appointment, you must notify the test center a minimum of three business days prior to your scheduled test time IN PERSON to avoid a fee. You may reschedule your test appointment at no charge.

No Show/Late Policy:

If you fail to report to or arrive late for the test appointment(s), you may reschedule your test; however, there is a $10 per section No Show/Late Rescheduling fee.

What if something unexpected happens on test day, I don't cancel and I cannot make my scheduled appointment? Can I get a refund?

LAUSD does not provide refunds for scheduled exams. However, you may reschedule your test. Please note that there is a $10 per section No Show/Late Rescheduling fee.

Testing Options

Can I take the HiSET exam on paper or computer?

The HiSET exam is available in both computer- and paper-delivered formats. However, both formats are not available at every test center. Make sure you verify that the format you prefer is available at your selected test center before scheduling your testing appointment.

If I scheduled a paper-delivered test, can I change my mind and take the test on a computer?

LAUSD is happy to change the mode of testing at any time. Please contact your test center at least three (3) business days before your scheduled appointment to allow time for processing.

How do I request accommodations so I can be successful on the HiSET exam?

If you have a disability or health-related needs, you need to request accommodations prior to scheduling your test appointment. For more information, see Disability Accommodations.

Where do I send my request for testing accommodations?

Send all completed requests for testing accommodations to:

Mail: ETS Disability Services
P.O. Box 6054
Princeton, NJ 08541-6054

Scheduling an Appointment

How can I schedule/change a testing appointment?

Scheduling Your Appointment:

Once you are ready to take the test, you must schedule your testing appointment in person by visiting LAUSD main office or one of the available adult school sites.

There are three different scheduling formats available to you:

  • One-Day Program: Schedule all five subtests in one day
  • Two-Day Morning Program: Schedule to take all five subtests during two separate days in the morning
  • Two-Day Afternoon Program: Schedule to take all five subtests during two separate days in the afternoon

Change Your Appointment:

To reschedule your appointment at no charge, you must contact your test center at least three (3) days prior to the test date. Read the policies on rescheduling, canceling or retaking the test included on this page.

EXCEPTIONS:

You must contact ETS to schedule your appointment if you:

Can I take the subtests in any order?

Yes.

Can I take all five subtests in one day?

Yes.

How many times can I reschedule my testing appointment?

You can reschedule a testing appointment no more than two times in a calendar year.

If I am 16 years old, can I schedule an appointment to take the HiSET exam?

No. Please refer to the California age requirements at the top of this page.

If I am 17 years old, can I schedule an appointment to take the HiSET exam?

You can take the HiSET exam if you are 17 if you meet one of the following conditions:

  • You have been out of school for at least 60 days. You must also provide a letter of request for the test from military, postsecondary educational institute or a prospective employer.
  • You are incarcerated in a California state or county correctional facility. If you are testing under these conditions, you must meet all of the following criteria:
    • do not have a realistic chance of completing the requirements of a high school diploma
    • have adequate academic skills to successfully complete the HiSET exam
    • understand the options available regarding acquisition of a high school diploma, the high school equivalency certificate, or the high school proficiency certificate and the requirements, expectations, benefits and limitations of each option
    • have sufficient commitment time left to finish the complete HiSET exam; however, if you are released from incarceration before the test is finished, you may do so at an authorized testing center

Note: If you pass the HiSET exam at age 17, you will receive a letter of intent stating that the certificate is being held pending your 18th birthday. You will receive the equivalency certificate after you turn 18.

What can I do through my online account?

Once you have created an account, you can:

  • update your account information (address, phone, email)
  • view your approved accommodations (if applicable)
  • view all scheduled testing appointments
  • view and print your Comprehensive Score Report and Individual Test Reports
What are the cancellation policies?

Reschedule Policy:

If you need to reschedule your test appointment, you must notify the test center a minimum of three business days prior to your scheduled test time IN PERSON to avoid a fee. You may reschedule your test appointment at no charge.

No Show/Late Policy:

If you fail to report to or arrive late for your test appointment(s), you may reschedule your test. However, there is a $10 per section No Show/Late Reschedule Fee.

What are the retest policies?

The California retest policies are as follows:

  • You may test on each subtest three times during a calendar year. Contact your test center for more information.

Test Day

What do I need to bring on the day of my test?

You will need to bring:

  • Acceptable and valid ID as required by the state of California. Make sure your name on your ID appears EXACTLY as it does on your profile you created in your HiSET account when you scheduled your HiSET exam.
  • Proof of residency.
  • Layered clothing that will allow you to adapt to a range of room temperatures.

Please note: Cell phones, smartphones (e.g., BlackBerry® or iPhone® devices, etc.), PDAs and/or any other electronic, photographic, scanning, recording or listening devices are not permitted at the test center at all. See What to Bring for a list of additional items not permitted in the testing session.

What can I use to prove California residency?

The California Department of Education has provided the following list of documents that may be used to prove California residency:

  • California driver's license
  • California identification card
  • Birth certificate
  • State and federal tax returns
  • Marriage license
  • Vehicle registration
  • Utility bill
  • Voter registration
  • Bank statement
  • Residential lease
  • Government-issued documentation (city, county and state)
What do I do if I have health-related needs that require an exception to the Test Center policies?

If you have a health-related need requiring you to bring equipment, beverages or snacks into the testing room or to take extra or extended breaks, you need to request accommodations in advance. Procedures for requesting accommodations are described in Disability Accommodations.

Scores

What does "battery expiration" mean?

"Battery" refers to when you purchase all five subtests at the same time. You must schedule all five subtests within a 12-month period or your purchase will expire. So the battery expiration is the end of this 12-month period. Scores do not expire and continue to be valid beyond the battery expiration date.

How do I know if I've passed the HiSET exam?

Each of the five subtests in the HiSET exam is scored on a scale of 1–20. In order to pass you must do all three of the following:

  • Achieve a score of at least 8 on each of the five individual subtests
  • Score at least 2 out of 6 on the essay portion of the writing test
  • Have a total combined score on all five subtests of at least 45

Some states may set passing scores that are higher, but under no circumstances can you pass with a total score lower than 45 on the exam.

What does my individual test scoring report tell me?

Each individual test scoring report indicates:

  • your score, the total possible score and whether you passed
  • the minimum score required to pass
  • the percentage of items you answered correctly
  • your college- and career-readiness score
What does passing mean?

Candidates who have received a passing score on the HiSET exam have demonstrated a level of performance that exceeds the minimum level of performance typically required to graduate from high school.

How should I interpret my score?

If the HiSET exam were to be administered to a random sample of high school seniors, it is estimated that approximately 60 percent would pass on the first attempt. If you receive a score of 45 or higher we estimate that you would be in approximately the top 40 percent of graduating high school seniors nationally.

How are passing rates determined?

A score equivalency table was established between the HiSET exam and a nationally administered high school equivalency examination. Passing rates (60 percent) were chosen so as to be roughly equivalent to those on the nationally administered examination.

Did I demonstrate college and career readiness?

Your individual test score report also indicates whether or not you have achieved the score required to demonstrate college and career readiness — with at least 15 out of 20 on any of the subtests. For the Language Arts – Writing test, you must score at least a total score of 15 with a 4 on the essay.

What does college and career readiness mean?

Students who have scored at the college- and career-readiness level have shown a level of performance similar to the minimum level required to succeed in college-level credit-bearing courses.

What information is provided so I can try to improve my score on the HiSET exam?

On the HiSET subtests, questions are grouped into content categories. To help you in future study or in preparing to retake the test, your individual test score report shows the percentage of items answered correctly in each content category. This information might suggest areas where it would be worthwhile to concentrate your efforts.

When will I receive my official transcript and certificate?

Your official California transcript and certificate will be mailed to the address provided when you created your MY HiSET profile. The official transcript and High School Equivalency Certificate is issued at no cost from Diploma Sender. You should expect to receive them approximately 10 business days after your scores are posted on your My HiSET account. Please visit www.diplomasender.com for updated information or to request a duplicate transcript and/or certificate. Duplicate or additional documents will incur a charge.

Your scores are available through your My HiSET account. If you need help, contact your test center. As long as you have taken at least one subtest at a test center, they will be able to access your scores.

How can a third-party agency request my results?

Third-party agencies needing to obtain results for HiSET test takers should contact Diploma Sender:

Phone: 1-855-313-5799

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