Take the HiSET® Exam: Overview

Before you schedule an appointment to take the HiSET® exam, please read the following information carefully so you understand the process and policies.

  1. Eligibility and Requirements by State or Jurisdiction

    Check to see if the HiSET exam is offered in your state or jurisdiction and review your eligibility requirements. Some states or jurisdictions require you to be a minimum age or a resident of that state, or to take a preparation course before taking the exam. In addition, fees and retesting rules may vary. See Requirements by State or Jurisdiction.

  2. Your HiSET Account

    We encourage you to create an account whether you plan to schedule your appointment through the test center or online. With a HiSET account, you can easily find available test centers, check your registration information, view scores and more. You can set up the account yourself, or test center staff can help you create your account. See Your HiSET Account.

  3. Test Centers and Dates

    You can search for test centers near you at any time, and you can find available test dates and times online through your HiSET account. In some states or jurisdictions, you may need to call the test center to check available test dates. See more about finding test centers and dates.

  4. Disability Accommodations

    If you have a disability or health-related need and require testing accommodations, you must request your accommodations through ETS before you schedule an appointment. The approval process can take six weeks or more, so be sure to allow enough time before your desired test date. See Disability Accommodations.

  5. Fees and Refunds

    Learn about HiSET exam fees, see which forms of payment are accepted and review the refund policies before you schedule a test. Fees and other policies may vary by state or jurisdiction. See Fees.

  6. Scheduling Your Test

    Once you are ready to take the test, you can schedule your testing appointment online through your HiSET account (in some states and jurisdictions), through your test center or by calling ETS Customer Service. You can take all five tests in one day if the test center has availability, or you can schedule them across multiple days. You can take the five tests in any order. Be sure to read the policies on rescheduling, canceling or retaking the test as well. See Scheduling Your Test.

  7. Test Day

    To help get ready for test day, review what to bring to the center, including proper identification, and find out what to expect on test day, see Test Day.

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