West Virginia HiSET® Exam Requirements

The following policies apply to anyone taking the HiSET® exam in the state of West Virginia. Before scheduling an appointment, you will need to confirm that you have read and understand these policies. Please note that all scheduling for test appointments must be completed with the assistance of an adult education or Option Pathway teacher.

See the West Virginia Department of Education website for more information.

State Eligibility Requirements

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

  • Age: You must be at least 19 years of age and not enrolled in high school to take the exam without providing any additional documentation, other than verification that you passed the HiSET Official Practice Test (see below). If you are 16, 17 or 18 years of age, you may take the HiSET exam, but you must meet certain conditions in addition to providing verification that you passed the HiSET Official Practice Test. Learn more:
    • I am 18 years of age
    • I am 17 years of age
    • I am 16 years of age

    No one under the age of 16 can take the HiSET exam in West Virginia.

    For questions regarding eligibility requirements, contact your local adult learning center or Option Pathway program.

  • Residency: You do not have to be a resident of West Virginia to take the HiSET exam. However, you must take and pass the last HiSET subtest to complete the test battery at a West Virginia HiSET test center and meet all state eligibility requirements to receive the State of West Virginia High School Equivalency Diploma.
  • Test Preparation or Instruction: Other than the HiSET® Official Practice Test (see below), West Virginia does not require any test preparation or instruction to take one or more HiSET subtests for the first time (except for students enrolled in the Option Pathway Program). However, test takers are encouraged to prepare for the HiSET exam at a local adult education site. West Virginia adult education programs provide comprehensive academic services at no cost to the test taker. Specific requirements must be met before you can retake one or more subject area tests. Contact your local adult learning center or Option Pathway program for retesting requirements.
  • Practice Test: You must first take the HiSET Official Practice Test and achieve the required minimum scores as determined by the West Virginia Department of Education (WVDE) before you can take the HiSET exam. Documentation must be provided to the Test Administrator, verifying that you have passed the practice test. Additional requirements are required for retesting. Contact your local adult learning center or Option Pathway program for more information and to schedule an appointment.
  • Identification: All applicants must present an original state and/or government-issued identification on test day at the HiSET test center. Outdated or expired identification will not be accepted. Also, photocopies or IDs presented on a phone or electronic device will not be accepted. Acceptable forms of identification include:
    • state-issued photo ID
    • driver's licenses
    • valid passport
    • national IDs
    • military IDs
    • other forms of government-issued identification that show name, address, date of birth, signature and photograph
    • institutional identification while a resident of the facility (i.e., Job Corps, correctional institutions, Mountaineer ChalleNGe Academy, etc.)
  • Language Testing: In West Virginia, the HiSET exam is available in both English and Spanish.

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 West Virginia.

Fees, Payment and Refunds

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

In the state of West Virginia, the test is available at no cost to you. Please use PROMO CODE WVHiSET when scheduling your test.

Please be advised you must take an approved HiSET Official Practice Test (OPT) and achieve the required minimum scores as determined by the West Virginia Department of Education (WVDE) to take the test. You will be required to provide documentation to this effect prior to taking the official HiSET exam. Contact your local adult education learning center or Option Pathway program to take the practice test and to schedule an appointment to take the HiSET exam.

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 West Virginia. However, both formats may not be 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. Contact your local adult learning center or Option Pathway program to reschedule for the appropriate test.

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, you must retake subtests in the same format in which you previously tested.

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

Yes. Test takers in West Virginia can combine different language versions to complete the test battery. This means you may take any test subject in the language of your preference, either English or Spanish.

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 a testing appointment?

Scheduling your appointment:

Once you're ready to take the test, you must contact your local adult education test center or Option Pathway teacher to schedule your appointment to take the HiSET exam. All scheduling must be completed with the assistance of an adult education or Option Pathway teacher.

EXCEPTIONS:

You must contact ETS to schedule your appointment if you:

Changing an appointment:

To reschedule your appointment, contact your local adult education or Option Pathway program. Read the policies on rescheduling, canceling or retaking the test included on this page.

Can I take the subtests in any order?

You can take the five subtests in any order. If the test center has availability, you can take all five subtests in one day or you can schedule them across more than one day.

Can I take all five subtests in one day?

Yes, if the test center allows you to.

Can I take the test if I'm 18 years of age?

Yes. If you are 18 years of age, you can test if you provide verification that you've passed the HiSET Official Practice Test and meet one of the following exceptions:

  • Are officially withdrawn from high school and provide documentation from the last school attended, verifying your date of withdrawal. Contact your local adult learning center for the required form to take to the last school attended.
  • Are homeschooled and provide proof of eligibility to take the HiSET exam with official documentation from the county attendance director. Contact your local adult learning center for the required form to take to the county attendance director.
  • Are enrolled in the Option Pathway or one of its supplemental programs (HSEA Credit Recovery or HSEA Opportunity).

Contact your local adult learning center or your Option Pathway program for more information and to schedule an appointment.

Can I take the test if I'm 17 years of age?

Yes. If you are 17 years of age, you can test if you provide verification that you've passed the HiSET Official Practice Test, have parent/guardian permission to test and meet one of the following exceptions:

  • Are eligible under state and county guidelines to officially withdraw from school and provide documentation from the last school attended verifying the date of your official withdrawal. Contact your local adult learning center for the required form to take to the last school attended.
  • Are homeschooled and provide proof of eligibility to take the HiSET exam with official documentation from the county attendance director. Contact your local adult learning center for the required form to take to the county attendance director.
  • Are married or emancipated and have officially withdrawn from high school. You must provide documentation from the last school attended verifying your date of withdrawal. A copy of your marriage license or court order must also be provided. Contact your local adult learning center for the required form to take to the last school attended. (No parent/guardian signature is required.)
  • Are enrolled in the Option Pathway or one of its supplemental programs (HSEA Credit Recovery or HSEA Opportunity).

Contact your local adult learning center or your Option Pathway program for more information and to schedule an appointment.

Can I take the test if I'm 16 years of age?

Yes. If you are 16 years of age, you can test if you provide verification that you've passed the HiSET Official Practice Test, have parent/guardian permission to test and meet one of the following exceptions:

  • Are married or emancipated and have officially withdrawn from high school. You must provide documentation from the last school attended verifying your date of withdrawal. A copy of your marriage license or court order must also be provided. Contact your local adult learning center for the required form to take to the last school attended.
  • Are homeschooled and meet specific WVDE eligibility requirements and provide required documentation. Contact the State HSE Coordinator at 1-304-558-2389 for information.
  • Are enrolled in the Option Pathway or one of its supplemental programs (HSEA Credit Recovery or HSEA Opportunity).

Contact your local adult learning center or your Option Pathway program for more information and to schedule an appointment.

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

No. West Virginia does not permit anyone under the age of 16 to take the HiSET exam.

What can I do through my online account?

Once you create an account, you can:

  • update your account information (address, phone, email)
  • cancel an appointment
  • schedule or reschedule an appointment (only with the assistance of your adult education or Option Pathway teacher)
  • 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 a retake credit.

  • If you scheduled an appointment using a retake credit, to avoid losing that credit, you must reschedule your appointment any time up until 11:59 p.m., local time, the day before your scheduled appointment. Contact your local adult learning center or Option Pathway teacher to reschedule your appointment.
How many times can I reschedule my testing appointment?

You may reschedule your testing appointment as often as needed as long as you have followed the cancellation policies as outlined below. 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. You must contact your local adult education or Option Pathway teacher to reschedule your appointment.

What are the cancellation policies?
  • You must cancel your appointment any time before 11:59 p.m. local time the day before your scheduled appointment. If you scheduled the appointment using a retake credit, and do not cancel your appointment by this time, you will lose the retake credit.
  • You can cancel your appointment 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 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. U.S. Eastern Time.
What are the retest policies?

The West Virginia retest policies are as follows:

  • You can only take each subtest up to three times in a six-month period.
  • You must wait a minimum of 14 days before you can retake a subtest.
  • You must retake subtests in the same test format as you took the original test.
  • You must meet additional retesting requirements. Contact your local adult education center or Option Pathway program for more information.

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 West Virginia. 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. If the name on your ID does not appear exactly as it does on your profile, it will not be accepted.
  • Layered clothing that will allow you to adapt to a range of room temperatures.

Note:

You do not need to be a resident to take the HiSET exam in West Virginia, so you don't need to bring proof of residency with you.

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. For a full list of items, you shouldn't bring, review Your HiSET Test Day Checklist.

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.

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

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% 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% 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%) 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.

Can I combine English and Spanish HiSET test scores?

Yes, English and Spanish scores can be combined.

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