All About the GED: Louisiana

Earning a high school equivalency credential can provide a way to increase your employment opportunities in an increasingly competitive job market. This article provides you with information about receiving your Louisiana High School Equivalency Diploma.

How To Earn Your Louisiana GED

As of 2014, Louisiana does not offer the GED test, and has replaced with the HiSET test. The HiSET test from Educational Testing Service (ETS) provides an alternative to earning a traditional high school diploma and is accepted by most employers and postsecondary education institutions. In Louisiana, the HiSET test is managed by Louisiana's Community and Technical College System (http://www.lctcs.edu/).

HiSET Test Format

The HiSET test is a compilation of five individual exams that are designed to test you on the material taught at a traditional high school. The test is divided into the following subjects:

  • Language Arts - Reading
  • Language Arts - Writing
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Social Studies

Most of the exams are multiple-choice, although the second part of the writing exam includes an essay.


The subjects are each scored out of a possible 20 points. Louisiana requires you to earn a minimum score of 8 on each of the five HiSET subtests and score an average of 45 across all five sections. You are required to score 2 out of 6 on the essay portion of the test. If you fail all or one of the sections, you are permitted 2 retests per subject a year.


Louisiana requires you to be at least 16 years of age to take the HiSET test. Those who are 16 years old may be eligible to take the test under certain extenuating life circumstances. You can check with the Louisiana Community and Technical College System (LSTCS) for more information about those requirements (www.lctcs.edu). Additionally, if you're 18 or younger, you must pass an official half-length HiSET practice test before you can take the real exam.


The HiSET may be taken online or on paper, and it must be taken in person at a qualified testing center. There are currently 40 official testing centers located across Louisiana. You can find the testing center closest to you on the LCTCS website, as well as through the Educational Testing Service, which oversees HiSET testing on the national level (www.acenet.edu). In Louisiana, you may take the exam in English, Spanish or French.

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