High School Equivalency (HSE) Testing

What is the High School Equivalency (HSE) Test?
The High School Equivalency Test (HSE) is an alternative for earning a high school diploma.  Your HSE diploma can be earned after completing a test based on five subject areas including Math, Reading, Writing, Science, and Social Studies.  The skills you are taught and eventually tested on are at the same level as those of graduating high school seniors.

Am I eligible to take the High School Equivalency (HSE) Test?
If you meet all of the following qualifications, you may take the test:
– You have lived in Indiana a minimum of 30 days immediately preceding the testing.
– You have NOT earned a high school diploma from an accredited United States high school.
– You are at least 16 years of age. (16 and 17 year-olds must provide additional documentation of an Indiana exit interview and a document with a Superintendent’s signature.

How may I prepare to take the test?
You may wish to enroll in an adult education program, which provides free classes for adults who have not earned a high school diploma. For class information call 317-988-7975.  Classes are recommended, but they are not mandatory.

How much does it cost to take the test?
The High School Equivalency (HSE) Test cost $90 and will include five subject areas. The payment must be paid in CASH at the time of registration.

How do I sign up?
Registration is done in person at the registration office: Ben Davis University High School Adult Education, 1155 S. High School Road.   At the time of registration you must present ONE government issued picture ID.  Preferred choice would be an Indiana Driver’s License or Indiana State ID.  If the ID is foreign or out-of-state, you would be required to provide additional documentation proving residency in the State of Indiana for at least 30 days.  If you are 16 or 17 years of age, you must also bring additional documentation of an Exit Interview from your last school including a Superintendent’s signature.

How long is the test?
More than seven hours are needed to complete the five tests.   It is given over a two-day period.  Our testing site offers evening, afternoon and morning sessions.  A testing schedule will be available at the time of registration.

Is the test on a Computer or is it Paper/Pencil based test?
We administer only computer-based testing unless you have pre-approved accommodations.

What are the subject areas tested?
· Language Arts: Writing
· Social Studies
· Science
· Language Arts: Reading
· Mathematics

What scores do I need to pass?
To earn your High School Equivalency (HSE) Certification you must pass each individual sub-test with a minimum score of 500.  After the tests are completed you will be able to view your results on-line at www.diplomasender.com within 10-14 days.  The actual documentation will be mailed within 2-6 weeks.

What if I fail the High School Equivalency (HSE) Test?
You may retest in any subject that you did not pass.  You do not have to retake entire test.  There is no waiting time to retest.  The cost to retake an individual test is $18 per test.

Do I get a high school diploma if I pass the High School Equivalency (HSE) Test?
No, if you pass, you will receive a High School Equivalency (HSE) Certificate issued by the state of Indiana.

When can I sign up for the High School Equivalency (HSE) Assessment Test?
The Testing office is located at
Ben Davis University High School Adult Education
1155 S. High School Road
Indianapolis, IN 46241

4:00 pm to 7:00 pm
Tuesdays and Thursdays

Testing Schedule
Tues/Wed evenings, Tues/Wed afternoons, Fri/Sat mornings, each once per month

A testing schedule with dates is available at the time of registration.  There is limited seating in each test session.  You cannot reserve a time until you register, show proper I.D., and pay for the test.