High School Equivalency

GED Frequently Asked Questions

Below are answers to GED's most commonly asked questions.

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How do I get a copy of my GED transcript?

Diploma Sender will mail out transcripts for all HSE in the State of Nevada. The first transcript will be free of charge. Students will need to contact Diploma Sender to verify their mailing address before transcripts mailed. Students who seek additional transcripts and/or verifications may contact Diploma Sender, these requests may be obtained for a fee. Students will be charged $15 if requested online or $21 if requested by phone at 855-313-5799.

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Are there other versions of the HSE exams available?

There are seven versions of the exams (English, Spanish, French, Canadian, audio, large print, and Braille). Not all sites will have all the versions. You will need special permission to take the test in audio, large print, or Braille, so make those arrangements well in advance of testing.

Do I have to take all of the HSE classes in the session?

Yes, a commitment throughout the entire 12-week session is mandatory (unless it's determined that you're ready to take one of the actual exams [see above]). Each class in the session is specifically designed to help the students in that session meet the specific academic requirements of the material in which they need further study.

Do I have to take the HSE exams over if I miss one part?

An applicant who takes one of the HSE exams for the first time must complete all sections before retesting on any individual subsection. An applicant who completes initial testing but fails to achieve the minimum scores may be retested on the entire series of tests or on the failed individual subsection tests.

Do I need a Social Security number to take the HSE exams?

No, a Social Security number is not required.

How do I prepare for the HSE exams?

Many Nevada community colleges and literacy agencies offer HSE preparation classes. If you prefer to study on your own, books are available at bookstores and your local library. Practice tests and other resources are available on the internet. Public television stations (PBS) also offer HSE classes on television, although many of these are given in early morning hours and you may wish to tape them for viewing at your convenience.

How are the HSE exams scored?

Each part of the tests are scored separately. Contact us for more information.

How many questions are there on the HSE exams and how much time is allowed per section?

Information below is specific to the GED exam. Please contact us for more information.

TestContent NumberItemsTime Limit
Language Arts
Writing Part I
Organization 15%
Sentence Structure 30%
Usage 30%
Mechanics 25%
50 120 minutes
(45 minutes of this time is allowed for the essay.)
Language Arts
Writing Part II
Essay 1  
Social Studies U.S. History 25%
World History 15%
Civics and Government 25%
Geography 15%
Economics 20%
50 70 minutes
Science Life Science 45%
Earth and Space Science 20%
Physical Science 35%
50 80 minutes
Language Arts
Nonfiction Texts 25%
Literary Texts 75%
  • Prose Fiction
  • Poetry
  • Drama
40 65 minutes
Mathematics Number Operations and Number Sense 25%
Measurement and Geometry 25%
Data Analysis, Statistics, and Probability 25%
Algebra 25%
Part I
25 with Calculator 45 minutes

Part II
25 no calculator
45 minutes
Totals:   240 + essay 7 hours, 5 minutes

How many times can I take the HSE exams?

An applicant may be retested any number of times, although availability of alternative forms of the test may limit the number of possible retests in any 12 month period. If an applicant was initially tested with an edition in the English language, a different form of the edition must be used for the retest.

How often are the HSE exams offered?

Check the HSE testing dates for the latest scheduling information.

Some sites give the entire test in one day, in which case all parts of the test must be completed on the same day. Some sites give the test over two days. If the test site gives the test over two days, the applicant, except those requiring special accommodations, must complete initial testing in no more than two sessions held within a period of six weeks. If the applicant fails to complete the tests within the six-week period, the results of the initial testing become invalid.

I am a foreign language student taking the HSE exams in English, may I use a translator?

No. If you feel your English skills are not sufficient, you may take a test in one of the other languages and accessibility versions. Taking the exams in any of these languages is equally difficult to the English version.

If I take one of the HSE exams in Spanish will that be indicated on my HSE certificate?

No; however, it will be indicated on your HSE transcript.

Is advance registration necessary for the HSE exams?

Yes. If you are over eighteen, you will need proof of Nevada residency, a government issued picture ID (driver's license or identification card) and another form of identification.

If you are under the age of 18 you will need other documentation, so check with your test registrar ahead of time to be sure you bring the proper papers with you when you register.

If you are not a U.S. citizen, please refer to the Frequently Asked Question for "May I take the HSE exams if I am not a U.S. citizen".

Is it possible to take the HSE exams in Spanish?

Yes, the Spanish versions are offered at many of the sites in Nevada. Call your local test site or the Adult Education Office to learn where the Spanish versions are offered.

Is there a minimum age requirement to take the HSE exams?

Yes. The minimum age is 18, except in the certain cases. Please contact us for further information.

May I take the HSE exam if I am not a U.S. citizen?

Yes. HSE Testing Service guidelines stipulate that in order for a person to take the HSE tests, he or she must possess verification of identity and eligibility for testing. Identity and age must be verified using acceptable photograph-bearing identification. A driver's license, valid passports, military ID, or another form of government-issued (national or foreign) identification that show name, address, date of birth, signature and photograph are all acceptable forms of identification, unless there is any reason to question their authenticity. An appropriate combination of documents may be used to satisfy the requirements. Non-citizens, including refugees, legal and illegal immigrants, resident and nonresident aliens, and other foreign nationals are eligible to take the HSE tests if they meet all of the requirements of the Commission and the State, province or territory, including requirements on age and withdrawal from school.

May I take the HSE exams if I have a high school diploma from another country?

Yes. Persons whose high school diploma is from an unaccredited high school are eligible to take the HSE tests if they meet all other requirements of the Commission and State, province or territory. Persons who earn diplomas in countries that do not participate in the HSE testing program are likewise eligible to take the HSE tests if they meet all other requirements

Must I be a resident of Nevada to take the HSE exams?

Yes. Certificates of High School Equivalency are only issued to persons who reside in the State of Nevada or who are on active military duty and have attended secondary school in Nevada. Nevada's residency policy for HSE testing allows for testing certain non-residents who live near the border of Nevada in adjacent states when a testing site is not easily accessible to the non-resident. Please contact us for further information.

What areas do the HSE exams cover?

The GED covers: Language Arts Writing (Parts I and II), Reading, Social Studies, Science and Mathematics. Please contact us for further information.

Where are the HSE exams given?

You can register to take the HSE exams at the TMCC Testing Center or various testing centers throughout Nevada. You may take it at any site convenient for you. Some versions of the test may not be offered at every site. Some test sites may have more versions of the test and/or accommodations than others.

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Are books supplied for HSE orientation?

Yes. Books are provided for classroom use, free of charge.

You will need to purchase a Casio fx-260 solar calculator to bring to class. The Steck-Vaughn Complete GED Preparation Book and the Math Supplement are especially helpful to have for your own use. You are requested to provide your own writing paper and writing utensils.

Do I have to attend classes in order to take the HSE exams?

No. You can register (the fee is currently $65) to take the HSE exams right away; however, taking the CASAS and HSE practice tests during the initial week will help you determine how ready you are, and will actually help predict your scores! You can bypass taking the classes if your scores indicate you are now ready. Contact Testing Services for additional test registration information.

Does TMCC offer classes in HSE preparation?

HSE preparation classes are offered year round at the TMCC Meadowood Center . They are a blend of live, classroom-based instruction and individual, computerized modules.

The classes are unique in that each session is tailored to meet the specific needs of the students enrolled in that session. This is determined through a GAIN pre-test and a HSE practice test.

GAIN and the HSE Practice Test series are administered after orientation and prior to class registration.

Classes are scheduled in 12-week blocks and usually have 25-40 students enrolled.

How much does it cost to take the practice HSE exams and how much do classes cost?

Students pay the minimal fee of $30 which covers GAIN and HSE Practice Tests and the entire HSE Preparation Program, including all materials, classes and graduation.

Students must also pay to take the actual exam.

How will I know if the HSE prep classes are right for me at this time?

If you have a strong desire to pass the HSE exam, in as short a time as possible, and are committed to making that happen, then this is class is for you.

Your CASAS reading and math scores need to be 235 and 220 respectively. Your practice-HSE exams need to be at least 400 each (for all five areas). If your scores are below these guidelines, you will need to strengthen those areas before beginning HSE preparation. TMCC offers individual tutoring and small group classes in reading, writing and math in preparation for HSE study. These classes are offered through Adult Basic Education and also English as a Second Language classes.

To help you chart the best course of academic action, schedule an appointment with a Student Placement Advisor.

How will the HSE prep classes help me?

The classes are tailored to address your strengths and weaknesses. Areas you need to improve on will be addressed and areas you've already mastered will be skipped.

May I continue with the prep classes as long as I need to prepare for the HSE exams?

Yes, if you are still not ready to take and pass the HSE exams at the end of the 12-week studying sessions, and you have met the terms of your contract, you will be given preferential registration privileges for each subsequent session.

What happens if I don't pass the HSE exams?

You have three chances each year to pass each section of the exams. You are not required to retake any of the sections you passed, just those in which you need to improve your scores. You are welcome to return to class and study those sections.

What is required of me when attending the HSE prep classes?

We ask that you make a strong commitment to attain your HSE as quickly as possible, and you will need to sign a contract to that effect. You will need to agree to attend all classes of the session and take the pre- and post-assessments. The amount of time it will take you to be ready to pass the HSE exam will depend on the balance between your program entrance scores and amount of time you spend studying the material each week.

When are the HSE classes offered?

Classes meet Monday through Thursday, and are offered mornings, afternoons, and evenings. All classes meet at the TMCC Meadowood Center, 5270 Neil Road, Reno.