High School Equivalency (HSE) test

Harrison County Lifelong Learning administers the high school equivalency (HSE) test for Region 10 in Southern Indiana, serving Harrison, Crawford, Clark, Floyd, Scott and Washington Counties. Students who successfully pass the test will obtain an Indiana High School Equivalency Diploma.

Indiana Candidate Eligibility

The high school equivalency test may be administered only to individuals who meet the
following minimum guidelines:

  • Does not hold a diploma from an accredited high school or its equivalent; and
  • Is a resident of the state of Indiana for a minimum of thirty (30) days immediately preceding the day of testing; and
  • Either has officially exited high school or is at least eighteen (18) years of age. An Exit Interview is required at pre-registration.

Students who are younger than 18 must also obtain an Indiana superintendent’s
recommendation to participate in testing. Absolutely no one younger than 16 may take the test.

Additionally, all students must provide a verifying proof of identity. Valid driver’s licenses, valid passports, military ID’s or other forms of government-issued (national or foreign) identification must show name, address, date of birth, signature and photograph. If the photo identification does not establish Indiana residency, then a second form may be used.

The High School Equivalency Test

  • The test battery is made up of five (5) sections; Math, Reading, Writing, Science and Social Studies.
  • Students have sixty (60) calendar days to complete the full test battery. If the battery remains incomplete on the sixty first day, test scores for the completed subtests will be invalidated.
  • To earn a passing score on the high school equivalency test, a student must receive a scale score of 500 in each of the five subtests. The student does not need to achieve an overall average score in order to earn a credential. Students must also pass the Essay in order to pass the Writing section.
  • Effective October 16, 2020, the cost of testing is $115.00 for the initial test battery; $23.00 per subject.
  • Applicants may not retest in any subject until the full test battery has been completed. Students are eligible to retest twice a calendar year.

Test Registration

Individuals must pre-register in person for all High School Equivalency tests. Please note there are deadlines for each test session. For an appointment or more information, call the learning center.

Test Administration

Effective July 1, 2021, the State of Indiana will begin using HiSET as the test to assess secondary completion. Students who have not completed the TASC Test (used since 2014) have until September 30, 2021 to retest. For more information on the new HiSET Test, visit  www.HiSET.ETS.org

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