Colorado HiSET® Requirements

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

See Colorado High School Equivalency Testing Program for more information.

State Eligibility Requirements

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

  • Age: Typically, you may only take the HiSET exam if you are seventeen (17) years of age or older. However, if you are sixteen (16) years old, you may take the HiSET exam if you are approved by the HiSET program for a HiSET Testing Age Waiver after meeting one of the conditions set by the Colorado HSE Office. Learn more about getting an age waiver.

    Note: If none of the conditions in the HSE age waiver apply, you cannot be approved and must wait to test until the age of 17.

  • Residency: You are not required to be a Colorado resident to test.
  • Test Preparation or Instruction: Colorado does not require you to prepare for the HiSET exam in an adult education classroom, but it is recommended. Find an Adult Education Program near you.
  • Practice Test: You are not required to take a HiSET practice test before taking the test.
  • Identification: You must provide a valid government-issued photo ID. The identification must display your full name (matching the name used for exam registration), address, date of birth, signature and photograph. Outdated or expired identification will not be accepted. On the day of your test, if you do not bring a valid government-issued ID, you will not be allowed to test. Acceptable forms of photo ID include:
    • passport
    • government-issued driver’s license or temporary license
    • state or province ID card (including those issued by motor vehicle agencies)
    • national ID card
    • military ID card
    • tribal education card
  • If you don’t have any of the above, you can use an acceptable Supplemental ID. Learn more about acceptable Supplemental ID.

    Note: The test center may ask for Supplemental ID in addition to the above forms, so we recommend that you always bring it with you on test day.

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 Colorado.

Fees, Payment and Refunds

How much does it cost to take the HiSET exam in Colorado?
  • Individual subtest costs are as follows:
    • Computer-delivered tests: $28.25 ($10.75 ETS test fee, $7.50 state fee and $10 test center fee).
    • Paper-delivered tests: $32.50 ($15 ETS test fee, $7.50 state fee and $10 test center fee).
  • You will receive up to two retakes per subtest.
  • You must complete these retakes within 12 months of the original purchase date.
  • You must pay the state and test center administration fees each time you take a subtest.

Please log in to your HiSET account for more information.

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:

  • use PayPal Cash® to fund a PayPal account
  • purchase a VISA®, MasterCard® or American Express® gift card

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
  • voucher

Note: You may use a voucher to pay for full or partial fees.

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 may also provide your voucher code to pay full or partial fees.

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

Note: A $10 fee will be applied when registering by 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, Jurisdiction or Test Center Fee: You are eligible for a state, jurisdiction or test center fee refund. These fees will be issued separately from the test fee refund. You must contact ETS at 1-855-MyHiSET (1-855-694-4738) to receive this refund.
  • If you are absent or arrive too late to take the test at the test administration scheduled, you are not entitled to a refund. If the missed appointment was made using one of your retake credits, the credit will not be returned to you.
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 Colorado. 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?

Yes. You can change your mind and take a computer-delivered test even though you scheduled a paper-delivered test. However, you do need to check with your test center to make sure that both options are available, as not all test centers offer both computer-delivered and paper-delivered tests.

If I started testing in paper-delivered format, can I switch or retake my remaining subtests in computer-delivered format?

You can switch test formats for your remaining subtests; however, retake credits may only be used for the same format as the original test.

If I started testing in English, can I switch to or retake my remaining subject tests in Spanish?

Yes. You can switch languages or retake your remaining subject tests in a different language from when you started.

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 can schedule or reschedule a testing appointment in one of three ways:

  • online through your HiSET account
  • by contacting your test center
  • by calling ETS Customer Service

Before rescheduling, canceling or retaking the test, be sure to read the policies included on this page.


You must contact ETS to schedule your appointment if you:

Can I take the subtests in any order?


Can I take all five subtests in one day?

Yes. Contact your local test center for availability.

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

If you are 16, you can take the HiSET exam if you meet one of the conditions set by the Colorado HSE Office:

  • Applicant is required to take the high school equivalency exam to be eligible for admission or financial aid requirements for an educational or vocational program (C.R.S. 22-33-104.7(1)).
  • Applicant has been expelled from school or denied admission in accordance with the provisions of C.R.S. 22-33-104.
  • Applicant is enrolled in a "Pilot School" with an agreement with a school district or board of cooperative services to provide educational services enabling the applicant to successfully complete the high school equivalency exam (C.R.S. 22-38-104(10)).
  • Applicant has a probation condition requiring attendance to an educational program or to work toward the successful completion of the high school equivalency exam (C.R.S. 18-1.3-204).
  • Applicant has a parole condition requiring attendance to an educational program or to work toward the successful completion of the high school equivalency exam (C.R.S. 19-2-207).
  • Applicant is subject to the jurisdiction of the juvenile court and the judicial officer or administrative hearing officer who has responsibility for the case finds that sitting for the high school equivalency exam is in the best interest of the student (C.R.S. 22-33-104.7(2)).

If you meet one of these conditions, you must apply for an age waiver through the HiSET Program by completing the HiSET Testing Age Waiver Application.

If I am 17 years old, can I schedule an appointment to take 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)
  • 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 are the reschedule policies?
  • 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?

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 fees. 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 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?
  • You may test on each subtest three times during a calendar year. Contact your test center for more information. There is no wait time to retest, however, it may be beneficial to take time to prepare before retaking a subtest due to the limited attempts available per calendar year.
  • Retake credits may only be used for the same test format as the original test.

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 Colorado. 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.

You do not need to be a resident of Colorado to take the HiSET exam in Colorado, so you do not need to provide proof of residency.

Please note: Cell phones, smartphones (e.g., Android®, 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 can I use as supplemental ID? Do I always need to bring it?

Yes, you should always bring it. You will have to provide a supplemental ID if the test center administrator questions your primary ID document and/or if your primary ID document does not have your full name, date of birth, photograph or signature.

Supplemental ID documents may not be used to resolve last name discrepancies. The last name on your primary ID must match (excluding hyphens, accents and spaces) the name on your registration confirmation.

The following ID documents are generally acceptable as supplemental ID:

  • Government-issued ID card (including, but not limited to, those listed under Primary ID Documents above)
  • Student ID card
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.


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.

Can I combine English and Spanish subtest scores?

Yes. You can combine English and Spanish subtest scores to pass the HiSET exam and earn your High School Equivalency credential.

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.

How do I challenge my scores?

If you feel your HiSET scores were reported incorrectly or do not accurately reflect your performance, you can have them reviewed for a fee. The following score review services are available:

Constructed-response (Essay) Scoring Review — $25 per essay

A trained scorer will review your essay and original score received to determine whether it is consistent with HiSET Language Arts Writing test scoring rules. If there is a change in your score, the new score (which may be higher or lower than your originally reported score) will be reported to you and your state or jurisdiction, and your score review fee will be refunded. Your essay is not available for disclosure. Please note that each essay will be reviewed only once. This service is available for both computer- and paper-delivered tests.

Multiple-choice Scoring Review — $25 per test

Paper-delivered Tests — Multiple-choice responses will be hand scored by our trained Resolutions team. If there is a change in your score, the score will be reported to you and your state or jurisdiction, and your score review fee will be refunded. Your test responses are not available for disclosure. Please note that each test will be reviewed only once.

Computer-delivered Tests — Computer-delivered tests will not be reviewed because those answers are scored once at the test center, then transmitted to ETS where they are verified before being reported.

To request either of the services listed above, please call ETS Customer Service at 1-855-MyHiSET (1-855-694-4738).

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