New Hampshire HiSET® Requirements

The following policies apply to anyone taking the HiSET® exam in the state of New Hampshire. When you schedule an appointment, you will need to confirm that you have read and understand these policies.

See the New Hampshire high school equivalency testing program website for more information.

State Eligibility Requirements

To take the HiSET exam in the state of New Hampshire, you must meet the following eligibility requirements:

  • Age: You must be at least 18 years of age and out of high school to take the HiSET exam. For exceptions to this requirement, review additional policies listed on the New Hampshire Adult Education site.
  • Residency: You must be a resident of New Hampshire or physically reside in New Hampshire to take the HiSET exam at a test center in New Hampshire. You will need to provide proof that you live in New Hampshire with a valid driver's license or other proof of residency. Contact the state office or agency for more information.
  • Test Preparation or Instruction: New Hampshire does not have any test preparation or instruction requirements to take the initial test. However, they do encourage instruction before retesting. See below for more information.
  • Practice Test: Though it is not a statewide requirement that test takers who are 18 years of age or older must take a practice test to qualify for the HiSET exam, some local testing centers do require it. Contact your test center to see if you will need to take a practice test. Note: All test takers under the age of 18 must qualify with practice tests.
  • Identification: You must present identification on test day at the HiSET test center. A valid driver's license, passport, military ID, or other form of government issued (national or foreign) identification that shows name, address, date of birth, signature and photograph are acceptable forms of identification. Outdated or expired identification will not be accepted.
  • A Social Security Number is not required to register for the HiSET exam in New Hampshire.

Additional Policies

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

Fees, Payment and Refunds

How much does it cost to take the HiSET exam in New Hampshire?
  • The total fee per subtest is $35 for the first test and $25 for each test after that. This includes a $10 ETS fee, a $15 test center administration fee and, for the first subtest you take, a one-time $10 state administration fee.
  • You will receive two retests per subtest; however, you must pay the $15 test center fee each time you take a subtest.
Can I pay for the HiSET exam through my online account?

No, you must pay at the test center when you schedule your testing appointment. For information about accepted methods of payment contact your selected test center.

What is the refund policy?

The refund policy is as follows:

  • Test Fee: You are eligible for a full refund of your test fee if you cancel at any time up until 11:59 p.m. local time the day before your scheduled appointment.
  • State, Jurisdiction or Test Center Fee: You are not eligible for a state, jurisdiction or test center fee refund. These fees are nonrefundable.
What if something unexpected happens on test day, I don't cancel and I cannot make my scheduled appointment? Can I get a refund?

ETS understands that things happen that are outside your control and has processes in place to evaluate and approve refunds for ETS-collected HiSET test fees. Exception cases are handled and evaluated for refund eligibility on a case-by-case basis. Exception cases refer to:

  • events caused by ETS, test center or tester
  • events beyond the control of all parties (e.g., severe weather, power outages, etc.)

Testing Options

Can I take the HiSET exam on paper or computer?

The HiSET exam is available both computer- and paper-delivered formats in New Hampshire. 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 you have special needs that would require one format or the other, please see the HiSET Test-taker Bulletin for more information about requesting testing accommodations.

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

Yes, as long as the test center offers both formats. However, you must make the change at least three days prior to your originally scheduled test, not including your appointment day or the day of your request. If you scheduled a paper test and would now prefer to take a computer test instead, you must cancel the paper test and schedule a new computer testing appointment. The same is true if you would like to switch from a computer test to a paper test. You cannot show up at the test center on the day of your scheduled appointment expecting to be able to make the change at the test center.

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?

Once you are ready to take the test, you must schedule your testing appointment through your test center.

To reschedule an appointment, contact your test center. Read the policies on rescheduling, canceling and 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 or all in one day?

You can take the five subtests in any order. If the test center has availability, you can take all five subtests in one day or you can schedule them across more than one day.

If I am not at least 18 years old, can I schedule an appointment to take the HiSET exam?

To be eligible to take the HiSET exam, you must be at least 18 years old and no longer enrolled in high school.

What can I do through my online account?

In New Hampshire, once you create your HiSET account, you can:

  • update your account information (address, phone, email)
  • view and print your Comprehensive Score Report and Individual Test Reports
What is the reschedule policy?
  • To avoid forfeiting your test fee, you must reschedule your appointment any time up until 11:59 p.m. local time the day before your scheduled appointment.
  • You have 12 months from the day you schedule your appointment to reschedule. For example, if you schedule in November 2015 for a test date at any time in the future, your reschedule date must be before November 2016.
  • Testing fees and registrations are not interchangeable between paper-delivered and computer-delivered tests. For instance, if you scheduled a paper test and need to take a computer test instead, you must cancel the paper test and schedule a new computer testing appointment.
How many times can I reschedule my testing appointment?

While you are able to reschedule your testing appointment as often as needed, it is better to be sure you are prepared to take the test and available on the testing date, so that it is not necessary for you to reschedule. ETS allows you to reschedule up to two times for no fee. For additional rescheduling, you must pay $10 each time you reschedule.

What are the cancellation policies?
  • You can cancel your appointment at any time. However, depending on when you cancel, you may forfeit your HiSET fee. See refund policies information above.
  • You must contact your test center to cancel your appointment.
  • If you have a disability or health-related need and you require testing accommodations, you must call ETS to cancel your appointment at 1-855-802-2748 (toll-free), Monday–Friday, 8:30 a.m.–5 p.m. ET.
What are the retest policies?

New Hampshire has no waiting period before retesting. However, you are encouraged to study independently or obtain additional instruction prior to retesting by contacting one of New Hampshire's adult education programs.

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 New Hampshire. 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 that you live in New Hampshire with a valid driver's license or other proof of residency. Contact the State HiSET Administrator's office or test center for more information. You must be a resident of New Hampshire or have physically resided in New Hampshire to take the HiSET test at a test center in New Hampshire.
  • 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 do I do if I have health-related needs that require an exception to the test center policies?

If you have health-related needs 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

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?

For each individual test scoring report, it 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.

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