Nevada HiSET® Requirements

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

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

State Eligibility Requirements

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

  • High School Enrollment Status: You must not be enrolled, nor required to be enrolled in high school, and you must be without a high school diploma or high school equivalency certificate to take the HiSET exam.
  • Age:
    • 18 years and older: you may take the HiSET exam if you have not already passed a state-approved high school equivalency assessment.
    • 16–17 years old: you may test under certain conditions. You must present official written permission of withdrawal from compulsory attendance from the board of trustees of a school district (or their designee within the school district or at your zoned school), along with signed parental permission, to your local test center in order to be able to take the exam. Contact your local testing center to verify that all requirements have been met before registering or scheduling the HiSET exam.
  • Residency: You must be a resident of Nevada to take the HiSET exam. There is no minimum residency requirement. You will be required to show proof of residency prior to testing.
  • Practice Test: Your local test center or educational agency may require you demonstrate readiness prior to actual testing. Check with your local test center before registering.
  • Identification: You must present valid photo identification on test day at the state-approved high school equivalency test center. A valid driver's license, passport, military ID, or other form of government issued identification that shows name, address, date of birth, signature and photograph are acceptable forms of identification. Outdated or expired identification will not be accepted.

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 Nevada.

Fees, Payment and Refunds

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

The total price is $15 per test ($10 ETS fee and $5 test center fee). Fees must be paid directly to the test center and are due at the time of scheduling.

How can I pay for my HiSET exam?

All test centers accept cash or money orders. Some may accept credit and debit cards. Check with your local test center for available options.

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?

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.).

If something like this occurs, contact your local testing center as soon as possible.

Testing Options

Can I take the HiSET exam on paper or computer?

The HiSET exam is available in both computer- and paper-delivered formats in Nevada. 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 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.

Can I take part of the exam in English and part of the exam in Spanish?

No, you must take all subtests in one language or the other.

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

Scheduling an Appointment

How can I schedule/change a testing appointment?

Contact your local testing center directly.

EXCEPTION: You must contact ETS to schedule your appointment if you have a disability or health-related need and require testing accommodation. Contact ETS Disability Services.

Can I take the subtests in any order or all in one day?

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

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

Nevada state law permits persons 16 and 17 years old to test under certain conditions: you must present official written permission of withdrawal from compulsory attendance from the board of trustees of a school district (or their designee within the school district or at your zoned school), along with signed parental permission, to your local test center in order to be able to register. Contact your local testing center to verify that all requirements have been met before scheduling the HiSET exam.

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

Nevada state law permits persons 16 and 17 years old to test under certain conditions: you must present official written permission of withdrawal from compulsory attendance from the board of trustees of a school district (or their designee within the school district or at your zoned school), along with signed parental permission, to your local test center in order to be able to register. Contact your local testing center to verify that all requirements have been met before scheduling the HiSET exam.

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 your Comprehensive Score Report and Individual Test Reports
What are the reschedule policies?

Contact your test center for details.

How many times can I reschedule my testing appointment?

While most test centers allow you 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. The local test center may limit the number of times you can reschedule. Check with your local test center for rescheduling options.

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 can contact your test center to cancel your appointment. You can also do it online through your HiSET account or by calling ETS Customer Service at 1-855-MyHiSET (1-855-694-4738).
  • If you have a disability or health-related need and you require testing accommodations, you must call ETS Customer Service 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?

Nevada requires that you must take each subtest at least once before you can retest on any subtest.

You may test three times during any one calendar year. You may only retest after you have received your official scores.

Test Day

What do I need to bring on the day of my test?
  • Current, unexpired, unedited and unmodified government or accredited school-issued photo identification. Make sure your name on your ID appears EXACTLY as it does on your profile you created in your HiSET account. There are no exceptions.
  • Layered clothing that will allow you to adapt to a range of room temperatures.
  • Testing center administrative fee.
  • Proof of residency. Contact your test center for more information.

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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