The state of Indiana uses the HiSET® exam for its high school equivalency (HSE) testing program.
The HiSET exam is more affordable than the GED® exam and is offered both on paper and in a computer-based version whereas the GED is fully computerized.
Indiana High School Equivalency Testing Requirements
- The minimum age is 16. For applicants 16 or 17, there are specific restrictions and they must have school district and parental permission.
- Applicants need to be Indiana residents.
- Applicants cannot already have a high school or equivalent diploma.
The Indiana HiSET exam scores are measured on a scale that goes from 0 to 20 and the passing score on each of the five sections is 8. Your overall minimum score must be 45, averaging is not possible, and you need to attain at least a 2-score (out of 6) for your essay.
The Indiana cost of HiSET testing is $52 for the full exam but testing centers will charge additional administrative fees including a $10 fee for retests. Indiana has set a cap of $115 on HiSET testing costs.
The high school equivalency program is crucial for adults who never completed their high school education and offers one more chance to get hold of a diploma that is across America accepted just like a regular high school degree.
The Indiana HSE diploma will definitely improve your chances on the job market and is your ticket to a college education. The HiSET exam has five separate subtests covering the academic fields of Language Writing, Language Reading, Math, Social Studies, and Science.
In the contemporary world, you need to hold at least a secondary education degree for just about any job available out there and if you pass the HiSET exam, you will not just have a better income, you surely will have a positive impact on those around you. The diploma will also give you the opportunity to go to college or university and pursue the career you’ve always dreamed of.
There are numerous locations in Indiana where (usually) free HiSET prep classes are offered and there are also some very good online GED prep sites usually at a modest fee.
Online HiSET testing is now also possible for qualifying students. So your appearance in person at an official Indiana testing site is no longer required if you qualify for online HiSET testing. The diploma that you will be awarded upon successful completion of the HiSET exam is across the U.S. accepted in the same way as a standard high school degree by practically all recruiters, employers, schools, and government agencies.
The state of Indiana does not require you to take a HiSET prep course first, but getting optimally prepared is absolutely needed. The HiSET, like the GED, is a rigorous exam that should not be taken lightly.
In January 2014, Indiana decided to trade the GED exam for the TASC exam (by publisher CTB/McGraw-Hill) for its HSE (High School Equivalency) testing program. The GED was becoming very expensive and is only offered in a computer-based format. Recently, however, the state decided to switch to the HiSET exam.