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How to Earn Your Louisiana High School Equivalency
As of 2014, Louisiana does not offer the GED test. The state now offers the HiSET test from Educational Testing Service (ETS) as an alternative to earning a traditional high school diploma. This test is accepted by most employers and postsecondary education institutions. In Louisiana, the HiSET test is managed by Louisiana's Community and Technical College System.
Louisiana requires you to be at least 16 years of age to take the HiSET test, though those who are 16-18 years old must show documentation that they are not enrolled in a K-12 school and may only be eligible to take the test under certain life circumstances. You can check with the Louisiana Community and Technical College System (LSTCS) for more information about those requirements. Additionally, if you're 18 or younger, you must pass an official half-length HiSET practice test before you can take the real exam.
HiSET Test Format and Scoring
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 sections:
- Language Arts - Reading
- Language Arts - Writing
- Social Studies
Most of the exams are multiple choice, although the second part of the writing exam includes an essay. The sections 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 a total score of 45 or higher. You are required to score 2 out of 6 on the essay. If you fail all or one of the sections, you are permitted two retests per subject a year.
The HiSET may be taken online or on paper, and it must be taken in person at a qualified testing center. There are more than 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.
Why Get Your High School Equivalency in Louisiana?
Passing the HiSET exam opens new doors for you, from better employment opportunities to college education or training programs. You can also join the military with your high school equivalency credential.