The state of Texas accepts three high school equivalency (HSE) tests: the HiSET® exam, and the TASC™ test. After you pass one of these exams you are awarded an HSE certificate. An HSE certificate is accepted by employers, colleges, and universities as proof that you have completed your high school education.
You can take your selected HSE exam at the testing center at ACC’s Highland Campus or Round Rock Campus, or at another area testing center (see below). Testing is available in English and Spanish.
HSE exams cover language arts (reading and writing), math, science, and social studies in individual test sections. You do not need to complete all test sections at once; taking them one at a time is recommended.
View a side-by-side comparison of the three tests, including subjects, fees, and testing locations, at Texas Education Agency Test Information at a Glance.
Contact one of the testing centers listed below to schedule your test.
Accommodations for individuals with documented disabilities must be coordinated with the HSE test provider, not ACC. If you are eligible for accommodations, contact your test provider before scheduling your exam. Allow sufficient time — the request process can take up to six weeks and documentation is required. For information or questions, contact an Adult Education office.
ACC offers free classes to help you prepare for your HSE test. Visit High School Equivalency to learn more or view the HSE Class Schedule.
The total cost of all HSE subject tests ranges from $125 to $145. View Paying for Your HSE Exam to learn about programs that pay test fees and scholarships for HSE certificate recipients.
View these helpful study tools. Find more at HSE Resources.
What if I have passed the GED® exam, but I lost my HSE certificate?
If your HSE certificate was issued in Texas, contact the Texas Education Agency to obtain a duplicate.
What are HSE classes like?
Students in HSE classes take a placement test and are placed in a class that fits their level. Once in class, your instructor will help you create an individual learning plan. Students typically work at their own pace, but also work in groups or as a class. View High School Equivalency for more information and answers to frequently asked questions or view the HSE Class Schedule.