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The High School Equivalency Test (HiSET) computer based exam is the new alternative to the GED test.  Candidates receive the same state-issued high school equivalency credential.  The exam is available in both English and Spanish. 

The HiSET consists of 5 subtests:
READING, 65 minutes
WRITING, 120 minutes
MATH, 90 minutes
SCIENCE, 80 minutes
SOCIAL STUDIES, 70 minutes

Test Dates and Times

  • Only on Mondays at 11 AM only and Only on Wednesday at 11 AM
  • Report to the testing center 15 minutes before scheduled testing time. 
  • See the HiSET website for available dates; this schedule is subject to change so make sure to verify the date you want is still available before registering for an exam.  
  • The time of a specific exam is selected at registration. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED. 
  • STUDENTS ARRIVING LATE WILL NOT BE ALLOWED INTO THE TESTING ROOM.
  • CLOSED DATES check out the Blinn Academic Calendar

State of Texas Eligibility Requirements
Age:  You must be 18 years or older to take the HiSET exam without meeting additional requirements. You may take the exam if you are 16 or 17 years old, if you meet state requirements for an exception.

If you are 17:  You must qualify for an age exception.  To do so, you have to meet all of the following requirements:

  • have a government-issued (national or foreign) photo ID (see above for ID requirements)
  • have proof of Texas residency (see above for residency requirements)
  • verify you are not currently enrolled in school (unless enrolled in an approved in-school High School Equivalency Program)
  • lacking an accredited high school diploma
  • have parent or guardian permission

Alternatively, a 17-year-old may qualify under the 16-year-old rule.
The Parent/Guardian Consent and High School Non-Enrollment forms are located at www.tea.texas.gov/txchseforms.html. Someone must submit these forms on your behalf; they cannot be submitted by the test taker. You must include your ETS ID on the form or it will be rejected. Texas Education Agency (TEA) will review your eligibility and apply the exception to your HiSET profile, if approved.

If you are 16:  You must qualify for an age exception.  In order to do so, you must meet all of the following requirements: 

  • have a government-issued (national or foreign) photo ID (see above for ID requirements)
  • have proof of Texas residency (see above for residency requirements)
  • verify you are not currently enrolled in school
  • lacking an accredited high school diploma
  • be one of the following:
    • in the care of a state agency
    • under a court order issued under Family Code 65.103 (a) (3)
    • enrolled in a Job Corps training program
    • enrolled in the Texas Challenge Academy

Before you can request an age exception, you must first create a HiSET candidate profile. Note the ETS ID number assigned to you when you finish creating your profile. You’ll need it for the form you have to fill out.
The next step is to submit the Court Order form.  Someone must submit this form on your behalf; it cannot be submitted by the test taker.  You can find the form at www.tea.texas.gov/txchseforms.html.  You must include your ETS ID on the form or it will be rejected.  TEA will review your eligibility and apply the exception to your HiSET profile, if approved.

No one under 16 years of age may request an exception.

Residency Requirements:  You must be a resident of Texas to take the HiSET exam, and you must show proof on test day. Acceptable proof of residency includes a valid Texas driver’s license, a utility bill or a bank statement with a Texas address.

Payment and Registration for the HiSET is done entirely through the HiSET website at https://hiset.ets.org/test-takers

TESTING LOCATION - Tejas Center, 3125 S. Texas Ave, Behind the H.E.B. in Bryan

Bring on Test Day: Test Takers must follow instructions provided when registering to take the HiSET.  A valid form of government-issued (national or foreign) identification is required in order to test. If you do not bring a valid government-issued ID, you will not be allowed to test.  NO EXCEPTIONS

Valid ID requirements include:

  • State-issued driver’s license or identification card
  • Military identification card
  • Foreign- or U.S.-issued passport
  • Matrícula consular identification card

Test Results
Unofficial scores are displayed immediately after completion of a computer-based test for all multiple-choice sections.  Scores are available through a student's HiSET account.  NOTE: the Testing Center staff does not have access to a student's HiSET scores.    

Test Preparation or Instruction:  You are encouraged to seek test preparation and instruction.  While Blinn College does not endorse any one particular study agency, the following websites have proven to be valuable preparation tools:
http://www.testprepreview.com
https://www.mometrix.com/academy/hiset-test/
www.ets-cls.org/hiset/
www.test-guide.com/HiSET

Practice Test: Texas does not require you to take an official practice test in order to take the HiSET exam.

Accommodations
Accommodations must be arranged through HiSET at the time a student registers for an exam.  Students who require accommodations must contact HiSET directly and cannot register for the exam online.