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Which HSE tests are available through TMCC?

TMCC offers the General Education Development (GED) and the High School Equivalency Exam (HiSET).

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

Yes, you must commit to the entire 10- or 11-week session (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 you meet the specific academic requirements of the material.

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

You must complete all sections before retesting on any individual subsection. You will only need to retake those subsections necessary to pass your exam. 

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 do I find out my HiSET or GED test scores?

Log into your HiSET or GED website portals to view your scores.

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

The GED has four test subsections:

  • Math (115 minutes)
  • Language Arts (150 minutes)
  • Science (90 minutes)
  • Social Studies (90 minutes)

The HiSET has five subsections:

  • Math (90 minutes)
  • Language Arts ~ Reading (65 minutes)
  • Language Arts ~ Writing (120 minutes)
  • Science (80 minutes)
  • Social Studies (70 minutes)

How many times can I take the HSE exam?

You may take a specific type of HSE exam up to three times in a calendar year. If you still haven't passed after three attempts, you can move on to a different test type, i.e. GED, HiSET or TASC.

How often are the HSE exams offered?

It depends. To learn when GED tests are being offered, log on to GED's website. To find out about the HiSET, visit TMCC's Workforce Development and Continuing Education's registration page.

I am a foreign language student taking the HSE exam in English. May I use a translator?

No. If your English skills are not sufficient, you may take a test in another language or accessibility version. 

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

No, the certificate does not indicate the exam language. However, your official transcript will indicate the language.

Is it possible to take the HSE exams in Spanish?

Yes. However, you must complete the entire exam in the same language.

How old do I have to be to take an HSE exam?

If you are 18 years old or more, you may take the exam as long as you meet the other test requirements.

If you are 16 or 17 years old, you may test under certain conditions. 

You must present the following to the TMCC HSE testing center :

  • the official written permission of withdrawal from compulsory attendance from the board of trustees of a school district (or the applicable designee within the school district or your zoned school); and
  • a signed parental permission form.

You may also be required to demonstrate your proficiency by passing a practice exam. Contact us to verify that you have met all requirements before you register or schedule an HSE exam.

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

Yes, you can. However, you must present a valid photo I.D. when you come to take your test. Acceptable forms of identification are a valid driver's license, passport, military ID or other government-issued ID that shows your name, address, date of birth, signature and photo. Outdated or expired identification cannot be accepted.

Note: Your ID must match the demographic information you provided when you registered for this test. You must also be able to prove your Nevada residency and your personal identification.

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.

Where are the HSE exams given?

All of TMCC's HSE exams are given at the Testing Center at TMCC's Meadowood Center.

Can the HSE be taken on the computer or on paper?

TMCC's Testing Center offers both paper and computer format exams. GED tests are only available on the computer, but the HiSET can be given on either paper or by computer.

TASC, another alternative, can be given either way as well. However, the TMCC Testing Center does not offer this exam. To take the TASC, you'll need to contact another authorized testing center.

Can I combine HSE scores from the different types of exams?

No. You must use the same exam (GED, HiSET or TASC) and the same test version (i.e. you cannot combine a GED 202 series with a GED 2014 series exam).