Texas HiSET® Requirements

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

See Certificate of High School Equivalency Information on the TEA website for more information.

State Eligibility Requirements

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

  • Age: In Texas, you can take the HiSET exam without meeting any additional requirements if you are not currently enrolled in high school and are at least 18 years of age.

    If you are age 16 or 17, not enrolled in high school and meet state requirements for an exception you can test.

    If you are between the ages of 16 and 21 and enrolled in public or TEA accredited charter high school equivalency program (Options) you may test.

    • I am 16
    • I am 17
    • I am between 18 and 25 years old

    Note: No one under 16 years of age may request an exception. No one between the ages of 21 and 25 years who is still enrolled in high school may take the HiSET exam.

  • Residency: You must be a resident of Texas to take the HiSET exam, and you must show proof of it on test day. Acceptable proof of residency includes a valid Texas driver’s license, a utility bill or a bank statement with a Texas address.
  • Test Preparation or Instruction: You are encouraged to seek test preparation and instruction, but Texas does not require you to complete an instruction or preparation course in order to take the exam.
  • Practice Test: Texas does not require you to take an official practice test in order to take the HiSET exam.
  • Identification: A valid form of government-issued (national or foreign) identification is required in order to take the HiSET exam. On the day of your test, if you do not bring a valid government-issued ID, you will not be allowed to test. Valid forms of identification include:
    • state-issued driver’s license or identification card
    • military identification card
    • foreign- or U.S.-issued passport
    • matrícula consular identification card

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 Texas.

Fees, Payment and Refunds

How much does it cost to take the HiSET exam in Texas?
  • ETS HiSET test fee: $10/individual test, which includes three attempts within 12 months from your date of purchase
  • Texas State Administration fee: $5/individual test, per attempt
  • Test Center fees: $10/individual test, per attempt*

* Some test centers may charge an additional fee on test day. Please contact your preferred test center to confirm.

I only have cash. How can I pay for my HiSET exam?

You must pay for the exam at the time you schedule it online or by phone, so you aren't able to pay with cash. However, if you only have cash, you may use it in one of the following ways:

  • purchase a prepaid PayPal® My Cash Card and fund a PayPal account
  • purchase a VISA®, MasterCard® or American Express® gift card
  • open a free checking account and pay with an electronic check (eCheck)

To learn more about how you can use one of these payment methods, download the Cash Options for HiSET Test Takers flyer.

How do I pay for the HiSET exam if I am scheduling through my online account?

If you are scheduling online, you may pay by:

  • debit card or credit card (American Express, Discover®, MasterCard, VISA and JCB Card)
  • PayPal
  • eCheck
How do I pay for the HiSET exam if I am scheduling my appointment by phone?

If you are scheduling by phone, you may pay by debit card or credit card (American Express, Discover, MasterCard, VISA and JCB Card).

You can't use a PayPal account to pay over the phone.

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 or Test Center Fee: You are not eligible for a state 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, the 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 in both computer- and paper-delivered formats in Texas. 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?

If you change your mind and would like to test on the computer, you must reschedule your test as a computer test at least 24 hours in advance in order for a computer test to be available to you on test day.

You may not show up for your paper-delivered test appointment and expect to switch to computer without advance notice.

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 or change a testing appointment?

Once you are ready to take the test, you can schedule your testing appointment in one of two ways:

  • online through your HiSET account
  • by calling ETS Customer Service

To reschedule your appointment, call an ETS representative 1-855-MyHiSET (1-855-694-4738) or contact your test center. 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, you may take the subtests in any order you wish.

Can I take all five subtests in one day?

While taking all five subtests in the same day can be very tiring, you may schedule as many subtests on the same day as you wish.

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

Yes, but you have to qualify for an age exception. In order to do so, you must meet all of the following requirements:

  • have a government-issued (national or foreign) 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
  • not have an accredited high school diploma
  • 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
    • enrolled in the Texas Challenge Academy

Before you can request an age exception, you must first create a HiSET candidate profile. Note the ETS ID number assigned to you when you finish creating your profile. You’ll need it for the form you have to fill out.

The next step is to submit the Court Order form. Someone must submit this form on your behalf; it cannot be submitted by the test taker. You can find the form at www.tea.texas.gov/txchseforms.html. You must include your ETS ID on the form or it will be rejected. TEA will review your eligibility and apply the exception to your HiSET profile, if approved.

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

Yes, but you have to qualify for an age exception. To do so, you must meet all of the following requirements:

  • have a government-issued (national or foreign) 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
  • have parent or guardian permission

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

The Parent/Guardian Consent and High School Non-Enrollment forms are located at www.tea.texas.gov/txchseforms.html. Someone must submit these forms on your behalf; they cannot be submitted by the test taker. You must include your ETS ID on the form or it will be rejected. TEA will review your eligibility and apply the exception to your HiSET profile, if approved.

If I am between 18 and 25 years old, can I schedule an appointment to take the HiSET exam?

If you are not enrolled in high school, you can take the exam without any additional requirements.

If you are between the ages of 18 and 21 years and enrolled in a public or TEA accredited charter high school equivalency program (Options), you may test. Your school will work with you to coordinate and schedule testing.

If you are between the ages of 22 and 25 years and still enrolled in high school, you may not take the exam.

What can I do through my online account?

Once you have created your account, you can:

  • update your account information (address, phone, email)
  • schedule, reschedule or cancel a testing appointment
  • view your approved accommodations (if applicable)
  • 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 2016 for a test date at any time in the future, your reschedule date must be before November 2017.
  • 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?

You may be able to reschedule your testing appointment as often as needed. However, 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.

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.
  • Cancellations must be done 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?

The retest policies are as follows:

  • You may test on each individual subtest up to three times during a calendar year. For more information, please contact ETS customer service at 1-855-MyHiSET (1-855-694-4738).
  • There is a minimum 24-hour wait period between test appointments for both computer and paper testing. However, testers are encouraged to spend additional time preparing for a retest. Local adult education and literacy programs may be of assistance.

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. 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.
  • Layered clothing that will allow you to adapt to a range of room temperatures.
  • Proof of residency. You must be a resident of Texas in order to take the HiSET exam in Texas. To demonstrate residency, bring one of the following:
    • Texas state ID/driver’s license
    • Utility bill with Texas address
    • Bank statement with Texas address

    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 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

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
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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