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Preparation Checklist

The HiSET® exam at home can help keep your dreams on track. The checklist below provides an overview to help guide you throughout the process. Make sure to review all the detailed information on this website so you're able to properly register and successfully take the test.


  • Computer: Desktop/laptop with Windows® operating system version 10, 8 or 7, or a Mac® computer with Mac OS X 10.5 or higher (10.13 High Sierra recommended)
  • Browser: Chrome or Firefox® browser
  • Speaker: internal or external; not part of a headset
  • Microphone: internal or external; not part of a headset
  • Camera: internal or external, to show a 360-degree view of room

Test Browser and Systems Check


  • Log in to your ETS account to start your registration and pay for your subtest. You’ll choose your test date and time in a later step.
  • Wait for an email from ProctorU with the link and temporary password to access your new ProctorU account.
  • Use your ProctorU account to schedule your test date and time, and complete your registration.
  • Check for the ProctorU confirmation email.

Before Your Test

  • Make sure your equipment meets the ProctorU technical requirements and any issues from the systems check are resolved prior to check in.
  • Close all browsers and applications not needed for the test. This can help prevent bandwidth issues during the test.
  • Have your ID and a small mirror or your mobile phone for check in.
  • Make sure your testing area is private, and free of people and distractions.
  • Sit at a desk or table with a standard chair (no bed, couch or overstuffed chair). Clear the area of all items not approved for use during your test.
  • Have your note-taking materials ready — a small desktop whiteboard or blank sheet of paper with transparent sheet protector and erasable marker.
  • Dress appropriately — make sure your ears and face remain visible throughout the test; do not wear jewelry, tie clips or other accessories.

Your Test Session

  • Log in to your ProctorU account at your appointment time to start your session.
  • Complete the check-in steps with the proctor.
  • Launch the ETS Test Browser when directed to by the proctor. The proctor will provide the password.
  • Expect the entire check-in process to take about 20 minutes.

Need Help?

Review the information on this website for more in-depth information about the at home testing policies and procedures, including a step-by-step look at starting your registration with ETS and completing your registration with ProctorU.

If you need help with your accounts, rescheduling or any other issues related to at home testing, contact us.