Ohio HiSET® Exam Requirements

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

See the Ohio Department of Education website for more information.

State Eligibility Requirements

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

  • Age: If you are 16, 17 or 18 years old, you must meet both of the following requirements:

    • You must be officially withdrawn from school
    • You must not have received a high school diploma or honors diploma.

    If you are 16 or 17 years old, in addition to meeting these requirements, you must also submit a consent form (PDF) signed by your parent, guardian or court official.

  • Residency: You must be a resident of the state of Ohio.
  • Test Preparation or Instruction: Find Ohio test preparation centers. Instruction is optional, but recommended.
  • Practice Test: Ohio does not require students to take a practice test.
  • Identification: You must provide a government-issued, non-expired, identification at the time of testing. Acceptable forms of government-issued identification include:

    • driver's license
    • learner's permit
    • passport
    • national, state, country identification card

    Please note that if your government-issued identification does not include your Ohio address, you must provide additional documentation listing your name and your Ohio address. Acceptable documentation includes:

    • utility bill
    • rental lease
    • bank statement
    • automotive registration

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 Ohio.

Fees, Payment and Refunds

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

Individual subtest costs are as follows:

  • Computer-delivered tests: $18.75 ($10.75 ETS fee, $8 test center fee).
  • Paper-delivered tests: $23 ($15 ETS fee, $8 test center fee).

Please log in to your HiSET account for more information.

Ohio offers $80 voucher codes that significantly lower the cost of taking the HiSET exam on paper or computer. Please visit Ohio Department of Education: HSE CTPD where you can locate a Career Technical Planning District (CTPD) Office to inquire about a voucher code. Once you are ready to test, please contact the CTPD office and enter the code on the HiSET exam payment page prior to paying and testing. There are no reimbursements for students who do not enter the HiSET exam voucher code received from the CTPD office.

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

You must pay for the exam when you schedule it, so you can't pay with cash. However, if you only have cash, you can 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 to do these things, download the Cash Options for HiSET® Test Takers flyer.

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

If you're scheduling online, you can pay by:

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

If you're scheduling by phone, you can use a 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.

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 not eligible for a state, jurisdiction or test center fee refund. These fees are nonrefundable.
  • 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 can't 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 on a case-by-case basis and include:

  • events caused by ETS, the test center or test taker
  • events beyond the control of all parties (e.g., severe weather, power outages)

Testing Options

Can I take the HiSET exam on paper or computer?

Yes. The HiSET exam is available in both computer- and paper-delivered formats in Ohio. However, both formats are not available at every test center. Make sure you check that the format you want is available before scheduling your 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, the test center must offer both formats, and you need to make the change before the day of your appointment, since you will need to cancel one subtest and purchase another one in the correct format.

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 must request accommodations and have them approved before scheduling your 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 an appointment?

Scheduling your appointment:

Once you're ready to take the test, you can schedule your appointment in one of three ways:

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


You must contact ETS to schedule your appointment if you:

Changing an appointment:

To reschedule your appointment, call an ETS representative at 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.

Can I take the subtests in any order?


Can I take all five subtests in one day?

Yes, if the test center allows you to.

What can I do through my online account?

Once you create an account, you can:

  • update your account information (address, phone, email)
  • schedule, reschedule or cancel an appointment
  • view your approved accommodations (if applicable)
  • view and print your Comprehensive Score Report and Individual Test Reports
What are the reschedule policies?

You can reschedule your appointment as often as needed. However, it's better to be sure you're prepared to take the test and available on the testing date, so that you don't have to reschedule.

If you need to reschedule, make sure you follow the policies below so you don't lose your test fee or have to pay additional fees.

  • Reschedule your appointment by 11:59 p.m. local time the day before your scheduled appointment.
  • Make sure the new test date is less than 12 months from the date you bought the subtest. (You have 12 months from the day you schedule your appointment to take the exam.)
What are the cancellation policies?
  • You can cancel your appointment any time, but you'll only be eligible for a refund of your test fee if you cancel it by 11:59 p.m. local time the day before your scheduled appointment. 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 needs 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 can only take a subtest up to three times in a calendar year. Contact your test center for more information.
  • There are no additional ETS test fees if you retake the subtest within 12 months of the date you purchased it. However, local test center fees will apply.
  • Retake credits may only be used for the same test format as the original test.

There is a 15-day waiting period to retest. If there are extenuating circumstances, contact Sandra Phipps Sandra.Phipps@education.ohio.gov at the State HSE Office for approval to test prior to the 15-day waiting period. Once all retests have been exhausted, test takers will have to wait until January of the upcoming year, before being allowed to retest per subtest, thus the need for the waiting period.

Test Day

What do I need to bring on the day of my test?

Make sure you have these things on test day:

  • Acceptable and valid ID as required by Ohio. Make sure the name on your ID appears EXACTLY as it does on the profile you created in your HiSET account when you scheduled your HiSET exam.
  • Proof of Ohio residency. Acceptable documentation includes:
    • acceptable government-issued ID as required by Ohio
    • utility bill
    • rental lease
    • bank statement
    • automotive registration

Please note: Cell phones, smartphones (e.g., Android®, BlackBerry® or iPhone® devices), PDAs and/or any other electronic, photographic, scanning, recording or listening devices are not permitted at the test center at all. For a full list of items you shouldn't bring, see the HiSET® Test-taker Bulletin.

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 before scheduling your appointment. Find out how you can request an accommodation.


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 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 information is on my Individual Test Report?

Your Individual Test Report includes:

  • 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?

If you receive a passing score on the HiSET exam, it means that you 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?

Passing rates were chosen to be roughly equivalent to those on a nationally administered high school equivalency examination, based on a score equivalency table.

Did I demonstrate college and career readiness?

Your individual test score report indicates whether you achieved the score required to demonstrate college and career readiness:

  • at least a 15 out of 20 on any of the subtests
  • a 4 on the essay (in addition to a score of 15 out of 20) for the Language Arts – Writing test
What does college and career readiness mean?

Students who score 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 prepare to retake the subtest, your individual test score report shows the percentage of items answered correctly in each content category. This information will help you focus your study 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).

How will I receive my official diploma and transcript?

To obtain your Ohio Certificate of High School Equivalence and official transcript once you have passed the HiSET exam, you must sign up at DiplomaSender and follow the steps to have the documents sent directly to you. The initial diploma and transcript are free. You may also request additional documents by accessing your account on the DiplomaSender website and by paying the required fee of $15 per document.

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