Massachusetts Selects ETS's HiSET® Program for High School Equivalency Certification


Princeton, N.J. (January 22, 2014) —

The Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education has chosen Educational Testing Service’s (ETS) accessible and affordable HiSET® program to replace the GED test as the States’ high school equivalency exam.

Massachusetts is the 11th state to choose the HiSET program, which offers paper-based testing in addition to computer-based testing to serve the greatest number of candidates.

The announcement follows adoption of the HiSET exam by Iowa, Louisiana, Maine, Missouri, Montana, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, Tennessee and Wyoming in recent months.  The number of states, educators, policymakers and employers looking for a high school proficiency exam alternative that includes elements that are critical to providing out-of-school youth and adults with proof of their readiness for higher education or the workplace is expected to grow.

"Earning a high school equivalency certificate is so important for our adult learners who are seeking a pathway to greater career and higher education opportunities," said Elementary and Secondary Education Commissioner Mitchell D. Chester. "ETS is an experienced testing company that will deliver a high quality exam."

Developed by nonprofit Educational Testing Service (ETS) and the University of Iowa's Iowa Testing Program (ITP), the HiSET exam covers the same content areas as the current GED® test, and will be accepted by institutions in the same way; however, the HiSET program's advantages include:

  • Affordable test fee to keep this valuable credential accessible for candidates, states and educational programs
  • Up to two retests within 12 months at no additional cost
  • English and Spanish versions of the test
  • Computer-based and paper-based testing options
  • Flexibility with the use of existing test centers, test prep and curricula
  • Test design and validation by experts in assessment development for fair and reliable results

"ETS welcomes the opportunity to work with educators in Massachusetts to provide learners in their state with an affordable, accessible high school equivalency exam," says John Oswald, Vice President and General Manager, K–12 Student Assessment Programs, ETS.

For more information about the ETS HiSET program, please visit

About ETS

At ETS, we advance quality and equity in education for people worldwide by creating assessments based on rigorous research. ETS serves individuals, educational institutions and government agencies by providing customized solutions for teacher certification, English language learning, and elementary, secondary and post-secondary education, as well as conducting education research, analysis and policy studies. Founded as a nonprofit in 1947, ETS develops, administers and scores more than 50 million tests annually — including the TOEFL® and TOEIC® tests, the GRE® tests and The Praxis Series™ assessments — in more than 180 countries, at over 9,000 locations worldwide.

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