New Mexico now accepts two High School Equivalency (HSE) tests for academic and employment purposes. The GED exams are still available on computer only, and the HiSET exam is now available in either paper or computer versions. A brief comparison of characteristics of the two tests is available here:
AGE REQUIRMENTS FOR HSE TESTING
You must be at least 16 years old to take the HiSET or GED exam. International students must be at least 17 years old. If you are under 18 years old you must submit a completed Underage Permission Form to the Testing Center before you will be able to register for the exam. The form must be signed by a parent or guardian and by the Superintendent of your local school district, and may be e-mailed, faxed or delivered in person to the Testing Center. The Underage Permission Form is available here or at the Testing Center.
The 2014 version of the GED exam is available on computer only. The exam consists of four modules or subtests, as follows:
A major change in the 2014 GED test is that the test is now ONLY offered on computer. Testers will need to have minimal keyboarding skills. Several new question types are included in the test; for example, the test now includes some fill-in-the-blank, drag-and-drop, drop-down selections, short answer and extended response items.
The cost for taking the GED is $120 for all four modules or $30 per module. Payment is made with a credit or debit card online when you schedule the test.
GED RETAKE POLICY
If you fail one or more modules, you may retake each module twice for a reduced fee of $10. If you fail the same subtest after two retakes, you must wait 60 days before retaking the test and pay the $30.00 fee plus admin fee applies. You may retest on a subtest before completing entire 4-test battery.
Scores will be posted to your GED account usually the same day as completion of each test module. Reasoning through Language Arts module may take up to three business days.
The 2014 GED exam is scored on a scale from 100-200 as follows:
Test-takers seeking accommodations such as a private room or extra time must begin their registration at http://www.ged.com, in the same manner as all other testers. During the registration process, test-takers seeking accommodations will select, “yes” when asked if they intend to apply for testing modifications (accommodations) based upon a documented disability. After selecting “yes,” test-takers will receive an email with specific information on where to submit their accommodations request, which will include a link to the accommodations website.
GED Testing Service, not the State of New Mexico or the local Testing Center, will make all accommodations decisions beginning in 2014. Test-takers will be notified in writing of the accommodations decision, usually within 30 days. If approved, test-takers will be given specific instructions for how to schedule their accommodated GED Tests with the Pearson VUE Accommodations Scheduling team. If not approved, test-takers will be advised about the appeal procedures. Either way, test-takers will then have the ability to call to discuss the accommodations decision.
The 2015 HiSet exam is available in computer and paper versions. Choose the version you want when you register online. The HiSET exam consists of four modules or subtests as follows:
REGISTERING FOR THE HiSET and GED EXAMS
For either GED or HiSET, students will register online, from any computer with an internet connection, and then complete the tests at the Testing Center on the date and time of their choosing. Specific directions for setting up an account and scheduling your test can be found and printed out here:
DIPLOMAS AND TRANSCRIPTS
All GED testers in New Mexico must create an account at http://www.diplomasender.com/. An e-mail address is required to create an account. After you complete and pass all parts of the GED exam, return to the Diploma Sender website and order your final transcript and New Mexico high school diploma. The first copy of each is free of charge. Additional copies are $18 per document.
For more information, please contact Ellen Roth, 505-428-1910, firstname.lastname@example.org.