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Equipment and Environment Requirements

Make sure your computer and testing room meet these requirements before you register for the HiSET® exam at home. If they don't, you won't be able to test.



  • Must be a desktop or laptop computer, not a tablet, Chromebook or mobile device.
    • PC: you must use the Windows® operating system, versions 10, 8 or 7.
    • Mac®: you must use Mac OS X 10.5 or higher (10.13 High Sierra is recommended).
  • Must use Chrome or Firefox® browser.
  • Multiple monitors or dual screens are not permitted.
  • Download and install the ETS Test Browser on the computer you'll use for the test. To fully install the browser, run the file after downloading it.
  • Run the ProctorU® System Check from the computer you will use for the test.


  • Must use an internal or external speaker to hear the proctor
  • Headsets or earphones are not allowed


  • Must use an internal or external microphone that isn't part of a headset to talk to the proctor


  • Can use the computer's built-in camera or a separate webcam
  • Camera must be able to show the proctor a 360-degree view of the room, including your tabletop surface, before the test

Environment and Testing Space


  • You must be alone in a private room with no one else entering during the test.
  • You can't take the test in a public space such as a park, internet cafe or restaurant.

Tabletop and seating

  • Your computer and keyboard must be on a desk or other tabletop surface.
  • The tabletop and surrounding area must be clear of all items not approved for use during the test.
  • You must sit in a standard chair; you can't sit or lie on a bed, couch or overstuffed chair.
  • Food and drink are not allowed during the test.

Clothing and appearance

  • Your ears must remain visible throughout the test, not covered by hair, a hat or other items.
  • You must dress appropriately for your test. You will be monitored via camera by the proctor.
  • Don't wear items such as jewelry, combs, barrettes, headbands and other accessories.

Note-taking Materials

  • You may not take notes on regular paper, for security purposes.
  • You may take notes with a dry erase marker on a whiteboard or a paper in a transparent sheet protector.
  • You'll be asked to erase all notes in view of the proctor at the end of the test.

If your computer and testing area meet ALL of these criteria, you can register for your at home appointment.