Frequently Asked Questions

What is HSE?

HSE means, High School Equivalency, formerly referred to as the GED®. There are two tests approved by the state of New Mexico: GED® (computer test only) or HiSET® (pencil and paper test only). Both test are equally recognized for employment and/or college entrance.

You may take the test if:

  1. if you didn't complete high school
  2. You are at least 16 years of age (An underage permission slip is required for 16 or 17 year olds).
  3. You have a government-issued photo identification: valid Driver's License, Passport, or State ID.

How much does the HSE cost?

GED® Computer Test: $20.00 for each of 4 subtests or $80.00 for the battery (all tests)

HiSET® Paper and Pencil Test: $15.00 for each of 5 subtests or $50.00 for the battery (all tests) .

I want to take my HSE Test, how do I go about it?

See Steps in Taking the HSE Test.

What is Passing?

GED® (computer) 145 or above on each of 4 tests or a total score of 580.

HiSET® (pencil and paper) 8 or above on each test and a 2 or above on the essay for a total score of 45 points.

Can I retest?

Yes, however, you only have to re-take the subject tests you did not pass. On the GED® (computer), you may re-take any subject test in which you scored less than a 145. On the HiSET®(paper and pencil), you may re-take any subject test in which you scored less than an 8 or if you scored less than a 2 on the essay.

When will I receive my test results?

the GED® (computer) usually within 24 hours of testing

HiSET® (pencil and paper) approximately 8 to 10 days after taking the test.