High School Equivalency Exam Information

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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 below, but for more detailed information, contact the Adult Education Information Desk 505-428-1356 or visit the New Mexico Higher Education Department’s website which gives an overview of the features of each exam.

Before registering for your HSE exam please go to the Higher Education Department’s (HED) website and fill out the form to receive free vouchers to take your exam. Vouchers are available to any student taking a HSE exam as long as you have not already registered. 

If you are under the age of 18 you must complete an underage permission form for the state of New Mexico. No one under the age of 16 can be approved to test.

GED Information

To register for the GED exam you must set up an account at GED.com. If you are paying for the exam yourself you can go to your account and register for the exam immediately. If you are using vouchers you must wait to register after you receive your voucher numbers.

GED exams are administered on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays. 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 general information and free practice tests. It’s also a good idea to review the GED information specific to New Mexico.

COST

The cost for taking the GED is $20 per test unless you request and receive a free voucher from the HED (see above). In addition, SFCC Testing Center charges a $10 sitting fee per test payable at the time of testingWithout vouchers, the GED will cost $120 total, including exam and sitting fees.

GED RETAKE POLICY

GED allows two free retakes per test. However, SFCC sitting fees still apply for every attempt. You have three years to complete all four tests.

SCORES

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

HiSET Information

To register for the HiSET exam you must set up an account at HiSET.ets.org. If you are paying for the exam yourself you can go to your account and register for the exam immediately. If you are using vouchers you must wait to register after you receive your voucher numbers.

HiSET exams are administered on Mondays. HiSET exams are available in computer and paper versions, however at this time only the computer version will be available. 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 general information and free practice tests. It’s also a good idea to review the HiSET information specific to New Mexico.

COST

Each HiSET exam costs $10.75 per test unless you request and receive a free voucher from the HED (see above). In addition, the SFCC Testing Center sitting fee is $8 per exam. Without vouchers, the HiSET will cost $93.75 total, including exam and sitting fees.

HiSET RETAKE POLICY

HiSET provides two free retakes per exam. However, SFCC sitting fees still apply for every attempt.

SCORES 

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

DIPLOMAS AND TRANSCRIPTS

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 the Testing Center at testingcenter@sfcc.edu.