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Iowa Offers the HiSET® Exam

In Iowa, the HiSET exam is offered to measure for high school equivalency level of skills and knowledge. You can find HiSET classes that make it easier to obtain your HiSET certification, but why go to a class when you can study online!


Why You Should Study for the HiSET Exam Online

There are three reasons why online study makes preparing and passing the HiSET exam faster.

First is flexibility. Online studying can fit into your schedule and lifestyle. Second is control. You can study at your own pace instead of what the classroom dictates. Third, you learn faster and retain more because our College of Essential Education customizes your study to exactly what you need to know.  

Your $15 enrollment includes  access to the HiSET Academy plus five additional courses to help you pass your high school equivalency test, get a job, improve your computer skills, and manage your finances.

Iowa State HiSET Test Eligibility Requirements

  • You do not have to be a resident of Iowa.
  • You cannot be enrolled in an accredited high school or be a high school graduate.
  • Iowa requires all test takers to receive instruction in an adult education classroom before taking the HiSET exam and you must take the official HiSET half-length practice test before taking the official HiSET exam. Learn more about the Iowa State rules here.
  • Identification and official practice test verification is required on the test day.
  • You must be at least 18 years of age. But you can take the exam at 16 if you are a resident of an Iowa Juvenile Institution or under the supervision of a juvenile probation officer. If you are 17 and do not meet the above criteria, you can still take the exam but you will not be issued your high school equivalency diploma until you are 18 and your 9th grade class has graduated. Other Iowa State rules may apply so be sure to check for additional requirements. 
  • Cost: $10 (per subject); $50 (all subjects)
  • Passing score: 8 in each subtest, combined score of 45; minimum of 2 on the Language Arts, Writing essay
  • Accommodations: You must apply for disability accommodations through the HiSET exam’s accommodations page.

After you pass the test, the State of Iowa will award you a HiSET certificate that will show you have achieved the same level of knowledge as a high school graduate. 

How to Know When You’re Ready

To get ready to pass the HiSET exam, first take our free practice test before taking the official high school equivalency test to make sure you are ready. You will discover which areas you need to focus on in order to pass. 

Second, enroll in an easy and affordable study program like our HiSET Academy. It’s designed to help you prepare quickly because you study only those areas that you need to master.

After you’ve studied, locate an Iowa HiSET testing center to take the exam at an official center.



That’s how many have successfully passed their high school equivalency test. Why wait to pass your HiSET exam?