Massachusetts GED Requirements

The state of Massachusetts uses two options for high school equivalency testing: the GED (General Education Development) exam and the HiSET (short for High School Equivalency Test).

The GED® and HiSET® exams offer individuals who never completed their high school education the opportunity to earn a credential that is equivalent to a conventional high school degree.

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The GED is completely computer-formatted whereas the HiSET is available both on a computer and on paper. Paper-based HiSET testing is only possible if you take the exam at a test center.

Massachusetts GED testing requirements

  • In Massachusetts, the minimum age for GED or HiSET testing is 16.
  • 16 or 17-year-olds, however, must meet additional criteria such as having permission from their school districts and holding parental consent.
  • GED or HiSET testing is only open to Massachusetts residents.
  • Test-takers cannot already have a high school or equivalent diploma.
  • Test-takers can also not be signed up for another educational program.
  • Massachusetts does not require test-takers to first take and pass the GED Ready® or another practice test.

Massachusetts GED online

You can take both exams (GED and HiSET) at one of Massachusetts’ test centers or in an online format. To qualify for online GED testing, you’ll have to reach “Likely To Pass” (green) scores on the official GED Ready practice test.

You can get the GED Ready test for $6.99 on the official GED website, GED.com. Because there are four GED Ready tests (one for each GED sub-exam), this will cost you an additional $28 on top of the testing fees.

When you’ll take the GED test at an official Massachusetts GED testing facility, there’s no need to attain sufficient scores on the GED Ready test. This is only required when you take the GED exam in an online format.

Massachusetts GED price

The GED test will set you back $31,25 per subtest or $125 for the entire GED battery in Massachusetts. This counts only when you sit for the exam at a testing center.

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The online Massachusetts GED exam costs $37.25 per subtest or $149 for the entire GED battery. Be aware, however, that you’ll also have to pay for the four GED Ready tests, so you can add that amount ($28 in total) to your overall GED testing cost which brings it to $178.

Massachusetts HiSET price

In Massachusetts, the fee for HiSET testing on a computer is $103.75 but when you take the HiSET exam in a paper-based format, the price is $125 for the entire set of five subtests. When you take the HiSET exam online (the HiSET-at-Home), you’ll also pay $103.75. Paper-based testing is not possible online.

GED scoring

GED scoring takes place on a 100 to 200 scale. The minimally required score on each GED subtest is 145. You must reach this passing score on each of the four GED subtests and averaging your scores is not possible.

There are three passing score ranges: high school equivalency score: 145-164; college-ready score: 165-174; college-ready plus college credit score: 175-200.

HiSET scoring

The HiSET exam, like the GED, measures the knowledge and skills of adults at a level that compares to that of high school students at the time of graduation.

The HiSET tests are measured on a scale that goes to 20 and the passing score on each of the five tests is 8. You must attain at least a 2 for your essay and the total result must be at least 45 and this excludes your essay score.

How do I register for the GED test?

To register for the GED exam (online or at a test center), you need to go to the website GED.com and set up your account with the portal MyGED. Here, you can schedule your tests and make payments.

This portal also contains lots of information about trends in the job market, colleges and universities and their academic offerings, and, of course, everything related to sitting for the GED exam.

What’s on the GED test?

The GED exam contains four modules, or individual subtests, that cover the academic subject fields of Science, Social Studies, Mathematical Reasoning, and Reasoning through Language Arts (writing and reading combined).

The HiSET exam has five subtests as the Language Arts section comes with separate reading and writing subtests. As said before, the GED and HiSET exams are modular meaning the subtests are separate modules that can be taken one at a time if you wish and in any order.

How do I prepare for the GED test?

Both the HiSET and the GED are challenging exams so proper preparation is absolutely required. In Massachusetts, you can find many locations where (often free) classes are offered that will help you to get ready for the HiSET or GED exam and your local bookstore and library will also have lots of preparation material available.

Nowadays, there are also quite a few online courses that will help you get optimally prepared fast. A great option is the premium GED Prep Course created by ONSEGO. This course allows you to get ready for the GED exam fast at a modest fee. The HiSET and GED contents are pretty similar so you may very well take a GED prep course to get ready for the HiSET as well!

It’s about YOUR future

Holders of the Massachusetts HSE (high school equivalency) degree will surely qualify for better work options and they can make some $10,000 more annually than workers who don’t have the degree. The credential also qualifies students for further education at college or university.

So what should be holding you back from pursuing your dreams? If you secure your GED diploma, you qualify for a decently-paying job and you also may enroll in college. So start working toward a brighter future for you and your loved ones!