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Ames

Des Moines Area Comm College-Ames Hunziker Center
1420 S. Bell Avenue Room 220
Ames, IA 50010
(515) 428-8120

Ankeny

Des Moines Area Comm College
2006 South Ankeny Blvd, Building 17
Ankeny, IA 50023
(515) 964-6255

Atlantic

Iowa Western Community College-Atlantic
705 Walnut Street
Atlantic, IA 50022
(712) 325-3267

Boone

Des Moines Area Comm College-Boone
1125 Hancock Drive, Room 102
Boone, IA 50036
(515) 433-5096

Calmar

Northeast Iowa Community College
1625 Hwy 150 South
Student Center, Testing Center Room 111
Calmar, IA 52132
(563) 562-3263

Carroll

Des Moines Area Comm College-Carroll
906 North Grant Road, Room 107
Carroll, IA 51401
(712) 792-8333

Centerville

Indian Hills Comm College
Centerville Campus
721 North 1st Street
Centerville, IA 52554
(641) 683-5233

Cherokee

Western Iowa Tech Community College
Cherokee Campus
200 Victory Drive
Cherokee, IA 51012
(712) 274-8733

Clarinda

Iowa Western Community College-Clarinda
923 East Washington, Rowland Hall
CLARINDA, IA 51632
(712) 325-3267

Council Bluffs

IWCC Adult Education & Literacy Program
2700 College Road, Kinney Hall
Council Bluffs, IA 51503
(712) 325-3266

Creston

Southwestern Community College
1501 West Townline Street
Creston, IA 50801
(641) 782-1497

Denison

Western Iowa Tech Community College
Denison Campus
11 North 35th Street
Denison, IA 51442
(712) 274-8733

Des Moines

Des Moines Area Comm College-Urban
1100 7th Street, Building One Room 207
Des Moines, IA 50314
(515) 248-7204

Des Moines Area Comm College-Southridge
1111 East Army Post Road Ste 2004, Room 3
Des Moines, IA 50315
(515) 287-8720

Emmetsburg

Iowa Lakes
3200 College Drive
Emmetsburg, IA 50536
(712) 362-7936

Fairfield

Indian Hills Jefferson County-Fairfield
112 South Court
Fairfield, IA 52556
(641) 683-5233

Fort Dodge

Iowa Central Community College
Academic Resource Center
One Triton Circle
Fort Dodge, IA 50501
(515) 574-1959

Grinnell

Iowa Valley Community College-Grinnell
123 6th Avenue West
Grinnell, IA 50112
(641) 754-1348

Harlan

Iowa Western Community College
1901 Hawkeye Avenue, Suite 102
Harlan, IA 51537
(712) 755-3568

Iowa Falls

Iowa Valley Community College
Technology and Industry Building
1100 College Avenue
Iowa Falls, IA 50126
(641) 754-1348

Marshalltown

IVCCD Education and Training Center
206 East Church Street
Marshalltown, IA 50158
(641) 754-1348

Mason City

North Iowa Area Community College
500 College Drive, Activity Center Room 210
Mason City, IA 50401
(641) 422-4237

Newton

Des Moines Area Comm College
Newton Campus, Building One
600 North 2nd Avenue West-Room 109
Newton, IA 50208
(641) 791-1730

Osceola

Southwestern Community College
2520 College Drive
Osceola, IA 50213
(641) 782-1497

Oskaloosa

Indian Hills Comm College
William Penn Center
1710 N Market
Oskaloosa, IA 52577
(641) 683-5233

Ottumwa

Indian Hills Community College
525 Grandview Ave, Trustee Hall
Ottumwa, IA 52501
(641) 683-5233

Indian Hills Community College
North Campus
15260 Truman Street- Suite 2
Ottumwa, IA 52501
(641) 683-5233

Red Oak

Southwestern Community College
2300 North 4th Street
Red Oak, IA 51566
(641) 782-1497

Sheldon

Northwest Iowa Community College
Learning Center, Building A
603 West Park Street
Sheldon, IA 51201
(712) 324-5061

Sioux City

Western Iowa Tech Community College
4647 Stone Avenue
Sioux City, IA 51106
(712) 274-8733

Spencer

Iowa Lakes- Spencer Campus
1900 Grand Avenue, Suite B-1
Spencer, IA 51301
(877) 807-9585

Storm Lake

Iowa Central Comm College
Storm Lake Campus
916 North Russell Street
Storm Lake, IA 50588
(515) 574-1959

Tama

Iowa Valley Community College
Tama Education Center
215 West 9th Street 2nd Floor
Tama, IA 52339
(641) 754-1348

Vinton

Kirkwood Comm College
Benton County Center
111 West 3rd Street
Vinton, IA 52349
(319) 472-2318

Washington

Kirkwood Comm College
Washington County Center
2192 Lexington Blvd
Washington, IA 52353
(319) 398-5456

Waterloo

Hawkeye Community College
Metro Center
844 West 4th Street
Waterloo, IA 50702
(319) 234-5745

Webster City

Iowa Central Community College
Webster City Campus
1725 Beach Street
Webster City, IA 50595
(515) 574-1959

Iowa State HiSET Exam 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. 

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