Questions About High School Equivalency Tests

Q: I didn't graduate from high school. What can I do?

A: There are three high school equivalency tests that lead to a high school credential: GED®, HiSET®, and TASC®. All these tests are similar, but they have some differences, too.

Q: How can I get information about each of the tests?

A: Each test has a website that is full of information and sample questions:,,

Q: Which tests can I take in my state?

Some states offer all three tests, and some states offer only one. You can go to each test's website to see if it is offered in your state.,,

Q: How long will it take me to prepare for a high school equivalency test?

A: That all depends on you. Each student has a different amount of previous knowledge and time to devote to studying. However, the lessons in ā€œIā€™m Not Afraid of Math Anymore!ā€ are designed to give you exactly the math that you need to prepare. Every lesson in the GED® Math textbook was designed with the GED® math test in mind, and every lesson in the HSE Math book was designed with the HiSET® math test in mind.

Q: Are there any advantages of taking one of the new HSE tests?

A: Both the HiSET® and the TASC® tests are available as a paper and pencil test or as a computer-based test. The GED® test is only available as a computer-based test. Also, the HiSET® and TASC® tests normally cost less than the GED® test.

Q: Are the newer tests accepted by technology centers and colleges?

A: Yes. Technology centers and colleges are now accepting the diploma or credential that you receive when you pass the HiSET® or TASC® test in addition to accepting the GED® test. These new tests are also listed on the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid).

Q: How do I register for a test?

A: You must register online for all the high school equivalency tests by going to each test's website:,,