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Earning Your Indiana High School Diploma!

Adults in Indiana who do not have a high school diploma have three ways to earn one. They may participate in state programs to complete their high school credits, earn their diploma by completing certain college credit courses or pass the High School Equivalency (HSE) test.

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Earn a High School Diploma in Indiana

As of 2014, Indiana no longer uses the GED. Instead, individuals can take the Indiana HSE (High School Equivalency) exam to earn a high school diploma. There are several programs for adults living in Indiana who do not possess a high school diploma and want to earn one or its equivalent.

Graduation Requirements

To earn a high school diploma you must complete 40 total credits. Eight credits are allotted to English, four each in math, science and social studies, two in physical education, one in health and wellness and six in college and career pathway courses. Five flex credits are also required which come from dual high school/college courses, additional career and college pathway courses or workplace learning courses. An additional six elective credits are also required.

Indiana's High School Equivalency Diploma (HSE)

The HSE is an alternative to receiving a high school diploma. The test is structured around five subject areas (math, reading, writing, science and social studies). Students aged 16 or older who have not already earned a high school diploma can take the HSE. The participant must also be living in Indiana for a minimum of 30 days before the test and cannot be currently enrolled in a high school. To pass the HSE exam the student must earn a score of at least 500 out of a possible 800 points for each subject section. There is an essay portion of the exam which requires a minimum score of 2 out of 8 points in addition to the 500 point requirement in the writing section. Test-takers are not required to take the entire exam in one sitting but the entire exam must be completed within 60 days of the initial test. The exam is generally taken on a computer but a paper option is also available. Locations of testing centers can be found on the Indiana.gov website.

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This program enables participants to earn a high school equivalency diploma along with career certifications in over 30 job fields such as Manufacturing, Business Administration, Hospitality, Construction, Information Technology and Health Care. Classes are held at Adult Education centers and WorkOne Career centers throughout the state. Each career path has different requirements for enrollment and completion an the duration of programs ranges from 21 hours to 180 hours of coursework. A breakdown of what is needed for each occupational certificate can be found on the Indiana.gov website.

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