Your Requirements Checklist

Before you take the test, there are things you need to do and know. Stay on track with your HiSET® test experience. Here's a checklist to help you stay focused and organized.

Step 1 — Check your eligibility in your state or jurisdiction

Your very first step is to figure out if you're eligible to take a high school equivalency test in your state or jurisdiction. Every state has its own rules and requirements for eligibility, such as:

  • minimum age, usually 18 years old
  • residency
  • completion of an adult education course before testing

Check your eligibility.

Step 2 — Select a test center

Your test center is more than just a place to take your exam. The staff can also be a resource to help you if you have questions about the process, and they'll know your state or jurisdiction's policies.

Finding a test center near you is easy with our test center search. Search by ZIP code or test center name, and choose whether you're looking for paper or computer testing.

The HiSET exam is offered at many different locations, including community colleges and adult learning facilities, so you have lots of choices. Search for test centers in your area.

Step 3 — Create a My HiSET account

With an online HiSET account, you can easily:

  • set up test appointments (in most locations)
  • check your registration information
  • view scores
  • print reports

You can set up the account yourself, or a HiSET Customer Service representative can help you.

Create your HiSET account.

Step 4 — Review fees, payment and refund policies

How much it will cost you to take the HiSET exam depends on where you're taking the test. Payment and refund policies vary, too.

Get information about fees, payment and refund policies.

Step 5 — Request disability accommodations if necessary

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 to take the exam. The approval process can take six weeks, so make sure to leave yourself enough time to submit all the necessary information before your test date.

Review disability accommodation information.

Step 6 — Select a test date and schedule your appointment

When you're ready, check available test dates online or call your local test center. In some states or jurisdictions, you can use your HiSET account to find available dates and times. The exam can be taken on most days when the test centers are open.

The HiSET exam is made up of five subtests. You can take them on different days, or take more than one on a single day. In most states you can schedule the subtests in any order.

Learn more about scheduling your exam.

Step 7 — Prepare for test day

There are two ways you need to prepare.

First, you need to know the content that's on the test. Use our free and low-cost test preparation materials to familiarize yourself with the test content, question formats and other information about the test.

Prepare for the test.

Next, you need to make sure you prepare for the test day itself. You'll need to know what to bring to the test center — including valid ID — and what to expect on the day of your test.

Read about taking the test.