High School Equivalency Test

High School Equivalency

HCC provides an opportunity to earn your high school equivalency certificate through the HiSET test. The tests are online, though a paper test option is available. Sample questions and practice tests are available to help you prepare. Test takers can also access career counseling and learn more about furthering their education.

About HiSET

The Massachusetts Department of Elementary & Secondary Education (DESE) is in the process of changing from the GED test (used since 1946) to HiSET. DESE expects to have information on fees and requirements available around the first week of February, with testing to begin shortly after. Information will be posted here when it becomes available. General info on HiSET can be found at hiset.org

What's on the HiSET Exam?

Your skills and knowledge are measured in five core areas that make up the five HiSET subtests:

  • Language Arts - Reading
  • Language Arts - Writing
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Social Studies

To Apply

First time testers can register for the HiSET test by attending one of HCC's walk-in group registration sessions. For those dates, contact the Testing Services Office at (413) 552-2292 or stop by the Kittredge Center, Room 307. The office is open M-F from 9:00 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Because tests are scheduled on a space available basis, applicants who are not able to attend their chosen test dates will forfeit their fee and must reschedule in person.

Transportation & Parking

Free parking is available in campus lots. There is also frequent bus service available to the HCC campus.
From Springfield take the Purple 11 PVTA bus
From Westfield take the Blue 233 PVTA bus
From Northampton and Easthampton take the Red 41 PVTA bus.
PVTA bus schedules are available online at www.pvta.com or at the HCC switchboard in the lobby of the Frost Building.


Theresa Eccles, Chief Examiner & Test Administrator
Phone: (413) 552-2292
Fax: (413) 552-2113


Holyoke Community College
303 Homestead Ave. Holyoke, MA 01040
(413) 538-7000