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High School Equivalency (HSE) Tests

California has approved the use of two high school equivalency tests (GED® and HiSET®) for students 18 years old and older, and 17 years old in some instances, for the purpose of receiving a California High School Equivalency Certificate.

High School Equivalency Test Information

California High School Equivalency Tests

General Educational Development
(GED®)
High School Equivalency Test
(HiSET®)
Test Assessing Secondary Completion
(TASC)

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ETS HiSET Logo

TASC (Test Assessing Secondary Completion) Logo

Computer-based Test Format

Paper- or Computer-based Test Formats

Paper- or Computer-based Test Formats

Find out more about the GED® in California External link opens in new window or tab.

Find out more about the TASC in California External link opens in new window or tab.

Request a copy of your GED®
Transcript or Certificate External link opens in new window or tab.

Includes Third Party Requests

Request a copy of your HiSET® Transcript or Certificate External link opens in new window or tab.
Includes Third Party Requests

Request a copy of your TASC
Transcript or Certificate External link opens in new window or tab.

Includes Third Party Requests

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Protect Yourself from HSE Testing Fraud

If you are considering taking the GED®, HiSET®, or TASC test, please be aware of the following:

  • Any test must be taken in person and may NEVER be taken at a location other than an official Testing Center site. Official testing center information can only be found on the GED® External link opens in new window or tab., HiSET® External link opens in new window or tab., or TASC External link opens in new window or tab. web sites.

  • The CDE only authorizes the companies offering the GED®, HiSET®, or TASC to issue a California High School Equivalency Certificate or Official Transcript.

  • Although some HSE Test preparation programs may issue “diplomas or certificates” of program completion, these documents ARE NOT genuine high school equivalency credentials.

  • There are many legitimate fee-based online and classroom HSE Test preparation programs. Before enrolling and spending money for these courses, take advantage of the many free programs available through the California Adult Education Provider Directory External link opens in new window or tab..
 

 

 

 

 
Questions:   High School Equivalency and Outreach Office | HSEOffice@cde.ca.gov | 916-445-9438
Last Reviewed: Friday, September 20, 2019
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