High School Equivalency Exam Information

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High School Equivalency

New Mexico accepts two High School Equivalency (HSE) tests for earning High School diplomas and certification: the GED and the HiSET. Explanations for both are below. Exams are registered through candidate portals, and exams are taken at the SFCC Testing Center.

For more detailed information:

1. Contact the Adult Education Department

2. Visit the New Mexico Higher Education Department’s website for specific exam titles.

Before Registering
With a voucher, this exam may be free. Vouchers are available to newly registered students taking a HSE exam. For more information, check out the Higher Education Department’s (HED) website.

If you are under the age of 18 you must complete an underage permission form for the state of New Mexico. Please forward your form once complete to the testing center at testingcenter@sfcc.edu


The tabs below offer a comparison of the two HSE testing options.  Please note, GED and HiSET scores cannot be combined.

About the GED Exam:

The GED® test is made up of 4 subjects, broken into separate exams. You don’t have to take all 4 tests at once – you can space them out however it suits you and go at your own pace. It is not recommended to take all four tests in one day.

How to Register:

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

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.

Where to take the Exam:

Testers will take their exams at the SFCC Testing Center. Testers will need to register, pay, and book their exams through GED.

Required documentation:

  • You must bring the following documents with you to the Testing Center on the day of your exam:
    • One ID with photo and signature (cannot be a digital copy or photocopy)
    • Receipt of $10 sitting fee paid at the SFCC Cashier’s Office

Exam Availability:

GED exams are administered on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays at the Testing Center. 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: 70 minutes.

Costs:

  • $20 per exam paid on your GED portal
  • $10 sitting fee per exam, paid to SFCC Cashier
    **All 4 exams plus sitting fees = $120 total for GED*

Scores:

  • GED Passing Score: 145 and above
  • College Ready: 165-174
  • College Ready + Credit: 175-200

GED Retake Policy (Per NMHED):

In New Mexico, there is no waiting period if you do not pass a subject area test the first time.

  • After taking a test subject 3 times, you’ll have to wait 60 days before retesting. There’s no limit to how many times you can test in a year.
  • https://ged.com/policies/new_mexico/ click on the Test Retake Policies button
  • SFCC $10 sitting fees still apply for every attempt.

Visit https://ged.com/about_test/scores/ for more details.

About the Exam:

HiSET exams help testers earn a state issued high school equivalency credentials allowing individuals to advance in their career, join the military, begin a training program, or continue their education.

How to Register:

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

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.

Where to take the Exam:

Testers will take their exams at the SFCC Testing Center. Testers will need to register, pay, and book their exams through HiSET.

Required documentation:

  • You must bring the following documents with you to the Testing Center on the day of your exam:
    • One ID with photo and signature (cannot be a digital copy or photocopy)
    • Receipt of $10.75 sitting fee paid at the SFCC Cashier’s Office

Exam Availability:

HiSET exams are administered at the Testing Center on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. 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

Costs:

  • $10.75 per exam paid on your HiSET portal
  • $8 sitting fee per exam
    **All 4 exams plus sitting fees = $93.76 total for HSE using HiSET**

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 4

Retake Policy:

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

 

How to order your Diploma/ Transcript

  • All current and previous high school equivalency scores can be ordered from the following websites: www.diplomasender.com

Current Students

  • Register with www.diplomasender.com at any time. After you complete and pass all portions of your test, return to the website and order your transcript and diploma. The first copy of each is free of charge. Additional copies are $18 per document.

Former Students

  • Register with www.diplomasender.com at any time to order copies of your transcript or diploma. The cost is $18 per document.

If you are continuing your higher education, you may provide unofficial transcripts to an SFCC Academic Advisor, showing math and English courses completed within the last three years. These courses may sometimes be used to determine placement.

GED Math Exam: 

TI 30 XS is the online calculator version used in GED and HiSET exams. The Testing Center will provide an exhibit sheet that includes calculator function quick tips. If testers want to bring their own calculator, the TI 30 XS it is the only model of calculator allowed for the GED Math exam. The Test Center staff will need to inspect any calculator before a candidate can be admitted to the exam. The calculator memory must be cleared.

 


HiSET:

There is a calculator built into the exam. The Testing Center will provide a 4-function calculator if a tester prefers a handheld device. Testers cannot bring theirown calculator to use for the HiSET exam, per HiSET PSI policy.