How to Get a GED® or HiSET® in Massachusetts

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You can study for the Massachusetts GED and HiSET test online without having to attend class.


Massachusetts State GED Test and HiSET Exam Eligibility Requirements

  • You are required to be a resident of Massachusetts.
  • You cannot be enrolled in an accredited high school or be a high school graduate.
  • You must be 18 years of age. However, you can take the test at 16 or 17 if you meet additional requirements. 
  • Cost: $100-$125, check with local testing center
  • Passing score: GED: 145 (minimum) in each subject. HiSET: 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 test’s accommodations page or through the GED testing service's accommodations page.
  • After you pass the test, the State of Massachusetts will award you a HiSET or GED certificate that will show you have achieved the same level of knowledge as a high school graduate.

Over 20 Million Adults

That’s how many have successfully passed the high school equivalency test. So why wait?


"I was born very poor to a single parent house hold in the black ghetto section of Boston, Massachusetts, and was raised on welfare. It was very difficult growing up under these conditions and I even took to a brief life of crime... it lead me to my first positive male role model in the form of a corrections officer. On his positive influence, I took and passed the GED exam and was on my way to a four-year college by the age of 20. I did indeed graduate from college and attained a Master’s degree by the year 2000 in Political Science."

- Ramone, Massachuetts