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HSE - High School Equivalency

An Oklahoma high school diploma can help you move on to the next level: college, technical training or a better job. For most employers, colleges and universities and branches of the military, passing an HSE test proves that you're ready to meet the challenge. If you have children or grandchildren, you may want to take an HSE test to encourage them to pursue their education. Or you may want to take an HSE test just to feel good about reaching a goal you set for yourself.

The Oklahoma legislature passed House Bill 1687 and Gov. Mary Fallin signed the bill into law in June 2015. This law allows all federally approved testing companies to offer high school equivalency exams in Oklahoma. To date, three tests are offered in Oklahoma: the GED, HiSet and TASC. Each test gives the examinee the ability to receive an Oklahoma high school diploma.

The Oklahoma HSE testing program serves all Oklahomans who are 16 years or older who are not enrolled in or have graduated from high school and who meet other state requirements.

The HSE exams are based on four to five subtests, depending on which exam you believe is the best for you. The subtests cover reading, writing, social studies, science and mathematics. All of the HSE exams are designed to measure academic skills and knowledge in subjects that are learned during four years of high school. Although all three exams have an option to be taken on computer, the exams cannot be taken online.

Below is a synopsis of each exam.


What you need to know

The test changed in 2014.

The pencil and paper version of the GED® test retired at the end of 2013 in Oklahoma and all of the United States. The GED® test is offered exclusively on computer.

The GED® test is not online. You must appear in person at an official GED® testing center. In an era where everything’s on the internet, high school diplomas and credentials are easily found. But the GED® test and credential are not online.

There are hundreds of websites offering high school diplomas, GED® credentials and other degrees. What they don’t tell you is the accredited degree they’re offering is practically worthless. These sites are looking to make a quick buck at your expense, and they’re charging anywhere from $50 to $500 to do it. For more information about the GED test, please visit


For the first time in history, Oklahoma students have a choice of what test they take to earn a high school equivalency credential. Oklahoma has approved three different high school equivalency assessments: GED®, HiSET® and TASC™. All three tests lead to the same Oklahoma certificate of high school equivalency. The HiSET exam, developed by Educational Testing Service and Iowa Testing Programs, became a test option across the country in 2014 and is approved in 20 states and four U.S. territories. Scores measure high school equivalent skills and are accepted for college or job applications and the U.S. military. The test is offered in computer- or paper-delivered formats and is more affordable than previous options. For more information about the HiSET program from ETS, please visit




The Test Assessing Secondary Completion is Data Recognition Corporation CTB's high school equivalency test. Upon successful completion of this exam, you can use the TASC® credential to apply to a university, college or trade school; to apply for financial aid; to apply for a job; and to be considered for a promotion if you're already working. The TASC® exam has been designed to be easily taken at all the test centers where any of the previous high school equivalency tests were administered. For more information and to find test center locations, please visit http://www.TASC®

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