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The HiSET Test

Published or Revised April 12, 2021

Texas HiSET® Requirements

The following policies apply to anyone taking the HiSET® exam in the state of Texas. When you schedule an appointment, you will need to confirm that you have read and understand these policies. See Certificate of High School Equivalency Information on the TEA website for more information.

State Eligibility Requirements

To take the HiSET exam in the state of Texas, you must meet the following eligibility requirements:

Age: In Texas, you can take the HiSET exam without meeting any additional requirements if you are not currently enrolled in high school and are at least 18 years of age. If you are age 16 or 17, not enrolled in high school and meet state requirements for an exception you can test. If you are between the ages of 16 and 21 and enrolled in public or TEA accredited charter high school equivalency program (Options) you may test. Under "Additional Policies" below, click on the hyperlink and refer to links on “Scheduling an Appointment,” for more information for 16-year-olds, 17-year-olds, and those between 18 and 25 years of age. Note: No one under 16 years of age may request an exception. No one between the ages of 21 and 25 years who is still enrolled in high school may take the HiSET exam.

Residency: You must be a resident of Texas to take the HiSET exam, and you must show proof of it on test day. Acceptable proof of residency includes a valid Texas driver’s license, a utility bill or a bank statement with a Texas address.

Test Preparation or Instruction: You are encouraged to seek test preparation and instruction, but Texas does not require you to complete an instruction or preparation course in order to take the exam. Paris Junior College’s Adult Education Program offers preparation courses; contact them at 903-782-0467.

Practice Test: Texas does not require you to take an official practice test in order to take the HiSET exam.

Identification: A valid form of government-issued (national or foreign) identification is required in order to take the HiSET exam. On the day of your test, if you do not bring a valid government-issued ID, you will not be allowed to test. Valid forms of identification include:

  • state-issued driver’s license or identification card
  • military identification card
  • foreign- or U.S.-issued passport
  • matrícula consular identification card

Additional Policies

Make sure you read and understand all of the State Eligibility Requirements above. Additional, up-to-date information and frequently asked questions are available at This includes payment and refunds, testing options, scheduling appointments, the day of the test, and scores.