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High School Equivalency (HSE) Testing

High School Equivalency (HSE) testing: The GED and HiSET Exams

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CNM's Adult Basic Education Program offers High School Equivalency (HSE) Exam Preparation courses in both English and Spanish.

In-person GED and HiSET testing are now available at the Main Campus Assessment Center. Social distancing and COVID-19 safety precautions are in place and will be strictly adhered to.

A government-issued photo ID is required. Please leave all other personal belongings, such as cell phones, purses, hats, wallets, and watches at home or secure them in your vehicle.

The GED and HiSET

The GED exam is available on computer only, and currently is only administered at the CNM Main Campus. The exam is offered in both English and Spanish.

The HiSET exam is available in CBT (Computer-Based Testing) format and currently, is only offered at the Main Campus. The exam is offered in both English and Spanish.

Note: GED and HiSET test scores cannot be combined.

The GED Test is Made Up of Four Subtests

  • Reasoning through Language Arts is 155 minutes and includes a 10-minute break.
  • Mathematical Reasoning is 120 minutes, which includes a calculator-prohibited and on-screen calculator-allowed section.
  • Science is 95 minutes.
  • Social Studies is 95 minutes. Types of questions include multiple-choice, drag and drop, Hot spot, Fill in the blank, short answer, and extended response.

The HiSET Test is Made Up of Five Subtests

  • Language Arts-Reading is 65 minutes with 40 multiple-choice questions.
  • Language Arts-Writing has two parts: part 1 is 75 minutes with 50 multiple choice questions; part 2 is a 45-minute essay.
  • Mathematics is 90 minutes with 50 multiple-choice questions.
  • Science is 80 minutes with 50 multiple-choice questions.
  • Social Studies is 70 minutes with 50 multiple-choice questions.

Cost and Retests

The New Mexico Higher Education Department is offering free GED and HiSET vouchers to those that qualify. See their Free HSE Testing Vouchers page for more information.

GED Exam

The GED exam costs $20 per module x 4 modules = $80. The first two retakes are free (per subject).

After two retests, you must wait 60 days and the process repeats.
You have three years to complete and pass the test, after which your scores expire and are void.

HiSET Exam

The HiSET exam costs $10.75 per subject x 5 subjects = $53.75. Two free retakes per subject are included in the cost; only three tries per subject in a 12 month period.
You have three years to complete and pass the test, after which your scores expire and are void.


Registration and Scheduling

GED Exam

  • Create your MyGED account at www.GED.com.
  • You will have access to information about test availability, preparation, scheduling, scoring, and college and career opportunities.
  • We recommend NOT scheduling all four tests in one day.
  • You can also register for the exam by calling (877) EXAM-GED or (877) 392-6433.
  • A credit or debit card is required for scheduling.

HiSET Exam

  • Create your My HiSET account at www.HISET.ETS.org.
  • You will have access to information about test availability, preparation, scheduling, scoring, and college and career opportunities.
  • You can also register for the exam by calling (855) My HiSET or (855) 694-4738.
  • A credit or debit card, eCheck, or PayPal account is required for scheduling. Alternative cash options can be found at http://hiset.ets.org/take/fees


Remote testing options are available through GED and HiSET

> GED remote testing information
> HiSET remote testing information


Cancellations and Rescheduling

Appointments can be canceled and rescheduled at your www.GED.com homepage or by calling (877) EXAM-GED. Appointments can be canceled or rescheduled at your www.HISET.ETS.org homepage or by calling (855) My HiSET.


16 and 17-Year-Olds

If you are 16 or 17 years old, you will be prompted to complete and submit an Underage Verification Form (UVF) in order to complete your on-line registration.

Fax, e-mail, or drop-off the completed form to one of the CNM Assessment Centers after you've completed your online registration process up to that point

If you ever attended a New Mexico public school, you will need your 9-digit NM ID number:

APS students may contact (505) 855-9042; Rio Rancho students may contact (505) 896-0667; for other school districts, contact your superintendent's office.

Home-schooled students will also require signatures from the parents and the home school operator, as well as the Home School Confirmation number.


Special Accommodations

GED Exam

HiSET Exam


Test Results and Transcripts

GED Exam

  • A minimum passing score of 145 (on a scale of 100-200) must be achieved on each of the four tests in order to pass the GED exam.
  • Official scores will be available online at your MyGED account. Order your Official High School Equivalency (HSE) Transcript and Diploma from www.DiplomaSender.com

HiSET Exam

  • A minimum score of 8 (on a scale of 1-20) must be achieved on each subtest of the HiSET exam, plus a combined score of 45 or higher on all five tests, and a minimum score of 2 on the essay portion of the Writing test. All three criteria must be met to pass the HiSET exam.
  • Official test scores are available at your My HiSET home page. Order your Official High School Equivalency (HSE) Transcript and Diploma from www.DiplomaSender.com

Test Preparation

GED Exam

CNM's Adult Basic Education Program offers High School Equivalency (HSE) Exam Preparation courses in both English and Spanish. The Official GED practice exam, the "GED Ready," and other test preparation materials are available in the "Study" section of your MyGED dashboard.

HiSET Exam

CNM's Adult Basic Education Program offers High School Equivalency (HSE) Exam Preparation courses in both English and Spanish. Test prep materials including free practice tests and video tutorials are available at http://hiset.ets.org/prepare/overview/


IDs Required on Test Day

GED Exam

  • A valid driver's license, passport, or another form of government-issued identification that shows your name, address, date of birth, signature, and photograph are acceptable forms of identification.
  • Expired or photocopied identification will not be accepted. Your name on the ID must match the name you registered with at www.GED.com exactly.

HiSET Exam

  • A valid driver's license, passport, military ID, or another form of government-issued identification that shows your name, address, date of birth, signature, and photograph are acceptable forms of identification.
  • Expired or photocopied identification will not be accepted. Your name on the ID must match the name you registered with at www.HiSET.ETS.org exactly.

Calculators

Both the GED and HiSET exams have built-in electronic calculators. For the HiSET we will also provide a basic calculator supplied by HiSET. For the GED, students are allowed to bring in and use the TI-30XS Multiview only (see picture below).

Photo of the allowed scientific calculator.
TI-30XS calculator