Applying for the HiSET Test

Update July 8, 2021

Reminder: All test takers for the GED® and HiSET must be an Ohio Resident.

Effective January 11, 2021, Online proctoring is available for the High School Equivalency Program.  The same guidelines are applicable for the online proctoring. 
  • All test takers must be Ohio residents, and are eligible for one voucher code per vendor;
  • Age requirements for test takers 16, 17, and 18 years of age remain the same; and,
  • Although HiSET At Home uses a different voucher code, test takers who have received a used a voucher code for the paper or online test, are not eligible for a new code.
More information on the HiSET® Exam at Home
 

Steps to apply for the HiSET Test:

1. Create an account on the HiSET website. Applicants who are 16 - 18 years of age will need to include the ETS ID number on the withdrawal and parental consent form. The ETS ID number will be emailed to you after your application has been created.

2. Contact your local Career Technical Planning District (CTPD) Office in order to receive a state voucher code. Voucher codes are available and will expire June 30, 2022.

3. Test takers who are 18 years of age, must submit a current school year withdrawal form to:

State of Ohio HSE Office
Ohio Department of Education
25 S. Front Street, MS 622
Columbus, Ohio 43215

4. Test takers who are 16 - 17 years of age, must submit a current school year withdrawal form and a signed/notarized parental consent form to:

State of Ohio HSE Office
Ohio Department of Education
25 S. Front Street, MS 622
Columbus, Ohio 43215

5. Once the withdrawal form and/or parental consent form has been received by the office, the age approval will be entered into the HiSET system.

6. Test takers will log back into their HiSET account and complete the application process by scheduling the test, entering the voucher code and making the payment.

Age Requirements

September 14, 2016 - UPDATE

Per House Bill 113, Ohio Revised Code 3301.81 - Effective Date: Sept. 14, 2016

Rule: Ohio Administrative Code 3301-41-01 

To take the Ohio High School Equivalence tests, an eligible applicant must meet the following criteria:

  • A test applicant must be at least 18 years of age.
  • A test applicant must be officially withdrawn from school.
  • A test applicant may not have received a high school diploma or honors diploma awarded under section 3313.61, 3313.611, 3313.612, or 3325.08 of the Ohio Revised Code.
  • A copy of the withdrawal form signed by a school official must be submitted to State of Ohio High School Equivalence Office.

Test applicants who are a minimum age of 16 years, but less than 18 years of age may apply under the following criteria

  • A test applicant must be officially withdrawn from school.
  • A test applicant may not have received a high school diploma or honors diploma awarded under section 3313.61, 3313.611, 3313.612, or 3325.08 of the Ohio Revised Code.
  • A copy of the withdrawal form signed by a school official must be submitted to State of Ohio High School Equivalence Office.
  • A test applicant must provide written approval from the parent, guardian or court official. A signed and notarized consent form must be submitted to the State of Ohio High School Equivalence Office.

HiSET Fees

The cost of the HiSET test is $90.  Voucher codes are available by contacting one of your local Career Technical Planning Districts Offices.

Price change effective 2019:

Computer-delivered tests:
$18.75 per subtest ($93.75 total cost prior to the voucher code)
Paper-delivered tests: $23.00 per subtest ($115.00 total cost prior to the voucher code)
Online Proctored tests: 28.25 per subtest ($141.25 total cost prior to voucher code)

Test takers: must be a resident of Ohio. Only first time test takers are eligible for a voucher code. All voucher codes expire on June 30, 2022.  

HiSET Scores

Min score of 0
Max score of 20
Passing score of 8 in each section
(Must also get a 2 out of 6 on the essay piece in Writing)
45 total points required to pass

HiSET Test subjects

The five subjects tested on the HiSET are Reading, Writing (with essay), Math (calc. optional; whole test), Science, and Social Studies.

Last Modified: 7/8/2021 1:10:44 PM