High School Equivalency Exams – GED® or HiSET™

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Mount Wachusett Community College offers the GED® and HiSET™ as a High School Equivalency. Students must be at least sixteen years of age to test and must have a valid picture ID. Students who are under the age of eighteen must obtain a withdraw letter from the last high school they attended stating they officially withdrew. All withdraw letters must be sent to Olympia Stroud for approval prior to scheduling at HSE Office Specialist Dept. of DESE, (781)338-6625, Fax# (781)338-3089.

The HiSET™ program is available in English or Spanish in paper-based (PBT) and computer-based format (CBT). The HiSET™ exams are available at Devens (CBT & PBT) Gardner (CBT & PBT) and Leominster (PBT only).The HiSET™ program provides a number of accommodations for test takers with disabilities and health-related needs. To apply for accommodations email hisetssd@ets.org or call 1-855-802-2748.

Students must register online or call customer service at 1-855-694-4738.

Note: The MWCC Testing Center requires that all students provide proof of vaccination in order to take a test. Submit your verification by email to testingservices@mwcc.mass.edu in advance, or bring your vaccination card to your appointment. Please also note the guidelines below.

MWCC has recently changed its policies concerning on-campus visitors and vaccination status. All persons, including students, faculty, and guests on campus must remain masked at all times on any MWCC campus. As with all our COVID-19 protocols, this is subject to change, based on prevailing public health data and best practices.

Visitor COVID-19 Attestation:

By attending the event you’ve registered for, you are attesting to the following:

  1. You are fully vaccinated against COVID-19.
  2. In the past 72 hours, you have not experienced:
    1. Subjective fever (felt feverish) or measured a temperature at or above 100.4°F
    2. New or worsening cough
    3. Shortness of breath or chest tightness
    4. Sore throat
    5. Vomiting/Diarrhea
    6. Extreme fatigue
    7. Loss of sense of taste or smell
    8. Persistent muscle aches
    9. Headaches
  3. You have not been diagnosed with COVID-19 in the past 14 days or live with an individual who has been diagnosed with COVID-19 in the past 5 days.
  4. In the last 5 days, you have not knowingly been in close contact with someone who was at the time positive for COVID-19. Close contact means being within six feet of another person for more than 15 minutes during a 24-hour period.
  5. You have not traveled out of the United States within the last 14 days.
  6. You have not been personally contacted, directed and/or been advised by a government health department or a healthcare provider to currently self-isolate or self-quarantine. Please stay home if you are sick or have symptoms. Mount Wachusett Community College reserves the right to cancel or make other last minute programming changes due to emerging state and local guidance.

Register for HiSET


The GED® program is available in English or Spanish and on a computer-based format. The Paper based format is available for accommodation testing only. The GED® exam is available at the Devens and Gardner campus. The GED® program provides a number of accommodations for test takers with disabilities and health-related needs. To apply for accommodations email accommodations@gedtestingservice.com.

Students must register online or call customer service at 1-877-392-6433.

Register for GED

Comparison Chart


 https://hiset.ets.org/s/pdf/2017 taag.pdf

(5 Subtests/Battery)

Both computer-delivered and paper-based testing


http://gedtestingservice.com/educators/the-new-assessment– downloads

(4 Modules/Battery)

Computer-delivered testing only (except for accommodations)

Language Arts-Reading  (65 minutes)

       50 multiple Choice Questions

Reasoning through Language Arts (150 minutes)

(51 Questions)

50 multiple –choice questions

1 Essay


Language Arts-Writing (120 minutes)

(61 Questions)

60 multiple-choice questions

1 Essay

Mathematics (90 minutes)

55 Multiple-Choice Questions

Calculator: TI-30XS scientific calculator

Mathematical Reasoning (115 minutes)

(46 Questions)

Calculator: TI-30XS scientific calculator

Science (80 minutes)

60 multiple-choice questions

Science (90 minutes)

(34 Questions)

Social Studies (70 minutes)

60 Multiple-Choice Questions

Social Studies (70 minutes)

(35 questions)


Scaled-score range per subtest: 0-20

To pass: no subtest score lower than 8 and a battery total of 45 or above


Scaled-score range per module: 100-200

To pass: a score on each module of 145 or above

Fee Structure:

$100/battery ($24 for the 1st subtest, $19 for the remaining 4 subtests in the initial battery)

$9/retest (up to two per subtest, within one year of initial test)

$19/subtest (after one year from initial test)


Fee Structure:

$125/battery ($31.25/module)

$10/retest (up to two per module, within one year of initial test)

$30/retest (after one year from initial test)



Diploma or transcripts- go to www.diplomasender.com or call 1-855-313-5799

Free ABE Preparation Classes- Contact Adult Education Staffers at (978) 630-9831.

All classes are made possible by grants received by the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education office, North Central Massachusetts Workforce Investment Board/Employment Links, Inc.

Information regarding High School Equivalency Testing please contact

        Angela Lunn-Marcustre – Chief Examiner/Test Administrator

             (978) 630-9173