Louisiana GED Requirements

To get hold of your high school equivalency diploma in Louisiana, you need to pass the five subtests of the HiSET exam.

The HiSET® exam is offered both on a computer and in a paper-based version if you sit for the exam at a test center. Online HiSET testing can only be done on a computer.

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Louisiana HiSET testing requirements

  • You cannot already have a secondary education credential (high school or equivalent diploma).
  • You cannot be enrolled in another education program.
  • You must be at least 16 years old to be able to take the HiSET exam.
  • Test takers 16 to 18 years old need to be withdrawn from Louisiana’s K–12 system, provide an approved age waiver, and have parental consent. They additionally need authorization by a WorkReady U literacy program and have a passing score on the half-length HSE Practice Test.
  • Louisiana requires 16 to 18-year-olds to attend HiSET instruction and hold authorization.
  • Applicants 19 years of age do not need to take and pass the HiSET practice test to qualify for testing.
  • The Louisiana HiSET test is also open to non-residents.

Once again, test-takers in the age group 16 through 18 must qualify to be able to take the HiSET. They need to take the 1/2-length official HiSET Practice Test and attain a score of no less than 8 on each of the five subtests, with a minimum score of at least 45.

The qualifying scores on the 1/2-length HiSET Practice Test will be certified by state-licensed WorkReady U instruction sites, and any state-authorized WorkReady U literacy center can recommend a student to sit for the HiSET exam.

Louisiana HiSET online

You can take the five HiSET subtests (one or more at a time if you want) at one of Louisiana’s state-approved testing facilities or online, the “HiSET-at-Home exam.

The on-site exam is available on paper and on a computer but, as you will understand, the online exam must be taken in a computer-based format.

Louisiana HiSET price

The Louisiana HiSET testing fee is $95 for all 5 tests when taken in a paper-based format, or $83.75 for the full battery when taken in a computer-based format. Keep in mind that an additional $10 state fee is also due upon registration.

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HiSET scoring

To pass the HiSET exam you need to attain at least a score of 8 on each of the five subtests, have a score of no less than 2 on your essay portion (HiSET writing), and attain a score of no less than 45 for the entire exam and that does not include your essay score.

Upon completing the HiSET exam, your multiple-choice (unofficial) scores will be available immediately, and generally, your official scores will be posted on your HiSET account within 3 to 5 days for the multiple-choice sections and within 6 to 10 days for the section Language Arts Writing.

When coming to sit for the HiSET exam, all HiSET test takers must present proper identification either issued by the state or the federal government. Expired or outdated IDs are not accepted. This also applies to online HiSET testing.

What’s on the HiSET exam?

The HiSET exam (short for High School Equivalency Test) contains five subtests that cover the academic subject areas of Science, Math, Social Studies, Literacy Writing, and Literacy Reading. You have the choice to prepare for and take the five sub-exams one or more at a time.

How do I prepare for the HiSET exam?

The passing standard for the HiSET exam is set at such a level that around forty percent of all high school graduates would not be able to pass the exam on their first tries. So getting perfectly prepared is the key to success on the exam.

You may want to attend a physical HiSET prep class in your community and your local book store and library will also have plenty of prep material available.

These days, there are also some great and well-structured online prep courses available over the internet, for example, the online prep course created by ONSEGO that will help you get all set for success fast. HiSET and GED contents are quite comparable so you may very well use a good online GED course to get set for the HiSET exam.

It’s about YOUR future

Individuals that hold a Louisiana High School Equivalency Diploma are sure to land a better-paying job and the credential also qualifies for a college education. Workers with a secondary education degree are expected to earn at least $10.000 more on a yearly basis than workers without a high school or equivalent degree.

People with the HiSET diploma also qualify to continue their academic education at college or university and the credential is across North America regarded as the equivalency of a regular high school diploma by educational institutions, employers, and government agencies. So there’s nothing that should hold you back from working toward a better future, right? Pass the HiSET exam and get the life you and your loved ones deserve!