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Massachusetts Offers the GED® Test and HiSET® Exam

To test in Massachusetts, you need to take the HiSET exam or GED test. Getting your HiSET or GED credential will help you get into college and get better job opportunities. Even though you cannot take the test online, but you can study for it online!


Why Study with an Online Program?

There are three reasons why online study speeds up preparation for the tests.

  • 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.
  • And third, you learn faster and retain more because Essential Education Academies customize the study to exactly what you need to know.  

Your $15 enrollment in The College of Essential Education includes six courses to help you pass your high school equivalency test, get a job, improve your computer skills, and manage your finances. Make your dreams come true.  

Massachusetts State 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. 

To locate a Massachusetts testing center, use the HiSET testing center locator, and check your state’s other rules and requirements here, or use the GED testing center locator and check your state’s other rules and requirements here.

Are You Ready?

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.

Our online study course is designed to help you prepare quickly because you study only those areas that you need to master. 



That’s how many have successfully passed their high school equivalency test.