As of January 1, 2015, the requirements and procedures for verifying individuals who are under the required eligibility age of 18 years of age to take the high school equivalency tests (HiSET* or GED) have changed. If you are 16 or 17, you cannot schedule any HiSET or GED exams until an official Letter of Withdrawal from your last school attended has been approved by the Massachusetts High School Equivalency Office. However, you must complete the HiSET* or GED registration (create your own personal HiSET account) at www.hiset.org or www.ged.com as the first step. If you already have the Letter of Withdrawal or if you need to get it, please make sure it contains the following information:
- Be on school letterhead, including the address and phone number;
- Includes your last date of attendance and your date of withdrawal;
- Comes from the office of the Principal/Headmaster or the Head of Guidance; and
- Must be signed by the Principal/Headmaster or the Head of Guidance.
Then submit the letter to the name and address below, making sure you have provided your ETS or GED ID number, your phone number and your e-mail address. The letter and the additional information must be submitted by mail to the following address:
HSE Office, 3rd floor
75 Pleasant Street
Malden, MA 02148
Attn: Olympia Stroud
Please visit the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education's High School Equivalency Testing Program's website at www.doe.mass.edu/hse for additional information on state requirements and for a listing of test centers in Massachusetts.