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High School Equivalency

High School Equivalency Testing

Cape Cod Community College provides both HiSET and GED testing on campus. Both tests are computer based and registration and test scheduling is completed online.

HiSET Testing

To register and schedule to take the HiSET examination at 4Cs, please go to to either the HiSET website (hiset.ets.org) or the GED website (ged.com). Once you are at either one of these websites, you will first need to create your own personal HiSET or GED account.

The HiSET and GED websites are specifically designed for those interested in finding out more about these tests and/or how to go about taking one of these tests. These websites will provide you with the most current information regarding the test, along with test taker information and practice tests. This information will give you a better idea of what to expect on the test, links on how to best prepare to take the test, and lead you through the steps to register and to schedule to take one of these tests.

Once you have established an account, and you feel you are ready to take the test, log-in to your personal account and schedule and pay for your test online.

GED Testing

The Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education have established specific requirements for those who would like to take the HiSET or GED test in Massachusetts. These include:

  1. You must be a resident of Massachusetts with a Massachusetts address.
  2. You must not be currently enrolled in any secondary school program and must not have received a high school diploma or high school equivalency certificate.
  3. You must be 18 or older to be eligible to take the HiSET or GED test in Massachusetts with no qualifications. If you are 16 or 17 years old, please see the information below on the procedure for registering for either of these test.
  4. You must present valid, proper picture identification at the test center for each test session. Approved picture identification documents include: a valid driver's license or learner's permit, valid passport, valid state-issued ID card, valid Military ID card, valid Tribal ID card, or valid National ID card. Failure to provide this documentation will prohibit you from taking the test.

 

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 Pandemic, all on-site HiSET Testing at Cape Cod Community is cancelled through August 31, 2020. We are hopeful of resuming on-site testing in the fall. 

HiSET At Home Testing Option:

Educational Testing Service (ETS), the developer of the HiSET Test, has introduced a new HiSET At Home version in response to the closing of HiSET Test Centers across the country during this pandemic. You need to meet certain technology requirements to take this version of the HiSET Test. You also need to be at least 18 years of age. They are working on how they can deliver this version of the test to 16 and 17 year olds, but that may take a while due to meeting federal requirements about recording minors while testing. For more information about this option, please visit the following site:

https://www.ets.org/s/cv/hiset/at-home/

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:

DESE
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.

For more information regarding High School Equivalency preparation classes for either the HiSET Test or GED Test, please contact the Adult Learning Center at the downtown Hyannis location, 540 Main Street in Hyannis, 508.375.5000; or the JTEC program located at the Career Opportunities Center, 372 North Street, Hyannis, 508.862.6146.

We are no longer able to process requests for former or future High School Equivalency transcripts at Cape Cod Community College. The Commonwealth of Massachusetts Department of Elementary & Secondary Education has contracted with a vendor, Diploma Sender, to handle sending out your official High School Equivalency Certificate and Official Transcript scores, once you have successfully passed either the HiSET or GED Test. However, to receive these two documents, you will need to go to the Diploma Sender web site, www.diplomasender.com, to register. There is no cost to you to receive these documents for the first time. Once you are registered, Diploma Sender will mail these two documents directly to you within the next two weeks from the date you successfully completed and passed wither the HiSET or GED Test.

In the future, if you wish to have any additional copies of your transcript sent to you, an employer, or school/college, you will need to request these additional documents directly from Diploma Sender. The cost per additional transcript is $15.

We are no longer able to process requests for former GED Transcripts at the Cape Cod Community College High School Equivalency Test Center. The Commonwealth of Massachusetts Department of Elementary & Secondary Education has contracted with a vendor, Diploma Sender, to handle sending out copies of your Official GED Transcript from the year 2013 and earlier. However, to have prior GED Transcripts sent to you, an employer, or a school/college, you will need to go to the Diploma Sender web site, www.diplomasender.com, to register. Once you are registered, Diploma Sender will process your request for transcripts. The cost per transcript is $15 and is paid online at the time that you request them from Diploma Sender.

Contact the Office of Student Readiness

Office of Student Readiness
Location Grossman Commons, Second floor
Hours Monday–Friday, 8:30am–4:30pm
Phone 774.330.4450
Directions 774.330.4909
Website Student Readiness