How to Get a HiSET® Credential in Iowa

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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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