FAQs - Indiana HSE

Who can take the HSE?

  • Anyone living in Indiana for a minimum of 30 days before taking the test.
  • Those who have not already earned a diploma from an accredited high school in the United States.
  • Students who are at least 16 years of age.

What’s new with HSE?

  • Students will no longer take the GED® and will now take the Indiana HSE test.
  • Official transcripts will show student’s Indiana HSE test scores.
  • Students can now take the test using a computer. A traditional paper and pencil version is also available.
  • The content of the test matches current Indiana high school academic demands.

What's the same about HSE?

  • The official document students earn is still the Indiana High School Equivalency Diploma.
  • All GED’s earned in Indiana prior to the new test will be recognized as an Indiana HSE.
  • Test-takers still need to demonstrate their knowledge and understanding of subject matter at the level of a high school senior.

How do I sign up?

How do I prepare?

  • Enroll in an Adult Education program, which provides free classes to adults who have not earned a high school diploma or those who need some help preparing to be College and Career Ready.
  • For more information, email dwdadulted@dwd.in.gov or call 1-866-220-6675.

How much does it cost?

  • Classes are free of charge. Testing costs are $90 or less, which includes all of the tests, test scoring, transcripts and diploma.
  • Optional practice tests or readiness assessment are available for $10.

What languages and special accommodations are available?

  • The HSE is offered in English and Spanish.
  • Alternate formats, including large print, Braille, and audio, are also offered.

What are End of Course Assessments? 

  • Adult students who need the End-of-Course Assessments (ECAs) in Algebra I and/or English 10 for graduation can now take them at an Adult Education Site. ECA Testing is available in the winter and spring. Email dwdadulted@dwd.in.gov to locate an ECA testing site.  Interested test takers will need to contact the site prior to testing day. Walk-in testers may not be admitted.