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The High School Equivalency Test (HSE) test is a national test that may be taken in California by persons who are eighteen years of age or older, or who meet specific criteria for testing at age seventeen. The HSE test is administered statewide throughout the year at approximately 300 testing centers. Currently there are three approved HSE tests: (GED®, HiSET®, and TASC™). Topics tested on HSE tests include language arts/reading, language arts/writing, mathematics, science, and social studies. The average fee to take the test is $140.

Those who pass the test receive a California High School Equivalency Certificate and an official report of test results from the State of California. For more information regarding the High School Equivalency test, contact the High School Equivalency Office by phone at 916-445-9438 or by e-mail at HSEoffice@cde.ca.gov. Additional information is available on the California Department of Education High School Equivalency Tests Web page.

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Last Reviewed: Tuesday, September 11, 2018
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