New Mexico GED Requirements

In New Mexico, adults who were not able to complete their high school education can take the GED exam and earn their high school equivalency diploma.

Besides the GED® (General Educational Development) exam, New Mexico residents can also take the HiSET® (short for High School Equivalency Test) to achieve that objective.

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New Mexico GED testing requirements

  • Applicants cannot already hold a secondary education degree (high school or equivalent diploma).
  • Applicants cannot be registered for another school program.
  • In New Mexico, you must be at least 16 years to qualify.
  • 16 & 17-year old applicants qualify only if they meet extra criteria. They must, for example, hold permission from a parent or guardian and their school districts.
  • The New Mexico High School Equivalency Test is open to non-residents as well
  • New Mexico doesn’t require test-takers to first register for a prep course or attain satisfactory results on the GED Ready® practice test.
  • In New Mexico, you must complete the entire GED exam within a 3-year period of time.

The diploma that New Mexico awards upon successful completion of the GED or HiSET exam is the equivalency of a common high school diploma. It is accepted as such by practically all North American educational institutions and employers.

New Mexico GED online

To qualify for online GED testing, applicants need to attain “Likely To Pass” (green) results on the GED Ready test. There are four GED Ready tests (one for each subtest) that can be purchased on the website for $6.99 each.

To sit for the GED exam at one of New Mexico’s state-approved GED testing sites, there’s no requirement to attain satisfactory scores first on the GED Ready test. This only counts for online testing.

New Mexico GED cost

The New Mexico GED test costs $80 for the entire exam or $20 per individual module when taken at one of the state’s official testing centers. When taken in an online procured format, the New Mexico GED exam costs $36 for each of the four subtests (or $144 in total). Take also the additional $28 into account that you’ll have to pay for the four GED Ready practice tests!

New Mexico HiSET cost

In New Mexico, the HiSET exam will set you back $75 if you take the exam paper-based or $53.75 if you take the exam on a computer. The price is the same for testing at a test center or online thought paper-formatted testing is only available at test facilities.

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What’s on the GED test?

The GED test comes with four independent modules (subtests) that may be taken separately, and this also applies to the HiSET subtests. The four GED tests are in Math (Mathematical Reasoning), Literacy (Reasoning through Language Arts), Science, and Social Studies. The HiSET has five subtests; the section Literacy comes with separate writing and reading subtests.

How do I register for the GED test?

To register for the GED exam, you need to open an account on the website. You’ll have to register with the portal MyGED where you can make and pay for your GED test appointments.

This is also the place where a lot of useful information is available about everything related to GED testing, the job market, college programs, and much more.

How do I prepare for the GED test?

There are numerous locations in New Mexico where you have the chance to become properly prepared and courses offered over the internet may provide a great learning opportunity, especially for people with busy schedules and those in remote areas. Also, your local library or bookstore will offer various options to help you get all set for the New Mexico GED or HiSET exam.

Both exams are challenging and it is imperative to become fully prepared. There are also some pretty sophisticated and well-structured courses offered online for HiSET or GED preparation such as the ONSEGO GED Prep Course. The contents of the HiSET and GED are pretty similar, so a GED preparatory course will also get you all set for the HiSET exam.

GED passing score

The passing score for each GED subtest is 145 and if your result is in the 145-164 range, your score equals high school level. In the 165-174 range, you are so-called college-ready and when your results are in the 175-200 range, you will additionally receive college credits.

HiSET passing score

On the HiSET exam, you are required to attain a score of at least 8 out of a possible 20, your essay score must be no less than 2 out of a possible 6, and your total score cannot be less than 45 (excluding your essay score).

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The GED is a fully computerized exam whereas the HiSET is offered in both a computerized and a paper-based version. It won’t be long though before computer-based testing will be the standard as there is hardly any job anymore that does not require basic keyboarding and computer skills.

HSE testing centers can decide on the exam(s) they administer and not all testing sites offer both options yet so check with an HSE testing site in your area for details.