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High School Equivalency (HSE) Exam Information

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.

 

GED Information

The 2016 version of the GED exam is available on computer only. The exam consists of four modules or subtests, as follows:

You may access the GED website, which contains some preparation materials as well as general information about the test.

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.

COST

The cost for taking the GED is $80 for all four modules or $20 per module. Payment is made with a credit or debit card online when you schedule the test. In addition, SFCC Testing Center charges a $10 seating fee per module, payable at the time of testing.

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

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 2016 GED exam is scored on a scale from 100-200 as follows:

Passing is now 145 - 169; Honors is now 170 -200

REGISTERING FOR THE GED exams.

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.

 

HiSET Information

The 2016 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:

To pass a student must score at least 8 out of 20 on each test and score at least 2 out of 6 on the essay and achieve a total score across all test of at least 45.

COST

The cost for taking the HiSET exams is $50 for all five modules if purchased at one time or $15 per module if purchased separately. Payment is made with a credit or debit card online when you schedule the test. In addition, SFCC Testing Center charges an $8 seating fee per module, payable at the time of testing.

HiSET RETAKE POLICY

You may retake any HiSET module twice for no charge if you purchased all five modules at once. If you purchased modules individually, a $10 charge will apply.  You may take any HiSET module up to three times in any twelve month period.

SCORES 

To pass HiSET, a student must meet three requirements:

REGISTERING FOR THE HiSET exams.

For HiSET exams, students will register online. Specific directions for setting up an account and scheduling your test can be found and printed out in the HiSET website which contains some preparation materials as well as general information about the test.

DIPLOMAS AND TRANSCRIPTS

All 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, ellen.roth@sfcc.edu.

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