HSE Exam Information

New Mexico accepts two High School Equivalency (HSE) tests for earning High School diplomas and certification: The GED and the HiSet. A brief comparison of the tests is available here, but for more detailed information, contact the Adult Education Information Desk 505-428-1356 or the SFCC testing center 505-428-1910.

GED Information

The GED exams are available on computer only. The GED consists of four tests:

  • Reasoning through Language Arts: 150 minutes, includes a 45 minute essay.
  • Mathematical Reasoning: 115 minutes
  • Science: 90 minutes
  • Social Studies: 90 minutes.

Log onto the GED website, for more information and free practice tests.


The cost for taking the GED is $20 per test. In addition, SFCC Testing Center charges a $10 seating fee per test payable at the time of testing.


Two free retakes per test


  • Below Passing: 100-144
  • GED Passing Score: 145-169
  • GED Honors Score: 170-200


HiSET Information

HiSet exams are available in computer and paper versions. The HiSET consists of five tests.

  • Language Arts-Reading: 40 multiple choice, (65 minutes)
  • Language Arts-Writing: 50 multiple choice(75 minutes) and one essay (45 minutes)
  • Math: 50 multiple choice (90 minutes) Hand-held calculator allowed.
  • Social Studies 50 multiple choice (70 minutes)
  • Science 50 multiple choice (80 minutes)

Log on to the HiSET website for more information and free practice tests.


HiSET exam costs $10 per test. In addition, SFCC Testing Center charges an $8 seating fee per test, payable at the time of testing.


HiSet provides two free retakes.


To pass HiSET, a student must meet three requirements:

  • Score at least 8 out of 20 on each test
  • Score at least 2 out of 6 on the essay
  • Achieve a total score across all tests of at least 45


Official transcripts are available at  http://www.diplomasender.com/. An e-mail address is required to create an account. The first copy of your official transcript is free. Additional copies are $18.

For more information, please contact Ellen Roth, 505-428-1910, ellen.roth@sfcc.edu.