General Educational Development Programs in Louisiana

Mar 05, 2018

Louisiana has replaced the General Education Development or GED high school equivalency test with the HiSET Exam. Read on to learn more about Louisiana's HiSET program and requirements.

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The Louisiana HiSET Test

If you did not graduate from high school, you can still expand your career options and attend college by taking the HiSET Exam and earning a Louisiana High School Equivalency credential.

HiSET Eligibility Requirements

In Louisiana, eligibility requirements vary with age. Anyone who is 19 or older can take the HiSET exam with no special conditions. You are not required to be a resident of Louisiana to take the exam, however you must show a state and/or government-issued identification.

If you are between 16 and 18 years old, you can take the exam if you provide a withdrawal from school form and authorization from a WorkReady U literacy program. An official age waiver or proof of enrollment in Louisiana Options/Connections program is also required for all 16- and 17-year-old HiSET test takers.

In addition to the documentation, anyone who is 16-18 must take and pass a HiSET practice exam at a WorkReady U program center.

Passing Scores in Louisiana

The HiSET subtests are scored on a scale of 1-20. To pass a subtest, you must score a minimum of 8 points on each subtest and earn at least 2 of the 6 possible points on the Writing subtest essay. You must have a minimum combined score of 45 on all subtests to pass the exam.

Five Subtests on the HiSET Exam

The HiSET Exam is a set of five subtests on reading, writing, math, science and social studies. HiSET is offered in English and Spanish, and in Louisiana, you can choose between computer and pencil-and-paper versions of the test. You can take the entire exam all in one day if your test center's schedule allows, or you can take the following subtests separately, in any order:

  • Language Arts - Reading - This subtest is 65 minutes and has 50 multiple-choice questions based on a variety of reading selections such as essays, poems, memoirs and historical sketches. The test measures your ability to interpret and analyze the texts, and questions may ask you to draw conclusions, identify topics and themes and categorize an author's purpose and style.
  • Language Arts - Writing - The 120-minute Writing subtest evaluates your writing skills. Part 1 of the two-part test has 60 multiple-choice questions that ask you to review and revise drafts of reports, letters and written accounts with errors in grammar, spelling, punctuation and language use. Part 2 is the drafting and writing of an original essay.
  • Mathematics - The math subtest has 55 multiple-choice questions that require you to demonstrate your problem-solving skills. Questions use real-world scenarios to present problems involving percents, decimals, fractions, measurements and the area, perimeter and volume of geometric figures. The test also covers algebraic expressions, patterns, equations and inequalities. You have 90 minutes to complete the test, and you can use a calculator provided by the test center.
  • Social Studies - The Social Studies test asks you to interpret and evaluate information and ideas presented through reading selections, charts, maps, graphs and illustrations. The content covers civics, U.S. history, economics and geography. You have 70 minutes to answer 60 multiple-choice questions.
  • ScienceThe Science subtest is designed to measure your ability to interpret and apply scientific information, concepts and principles. The 80-minute test has 60 multiple-choice questions that cover topics in health, botany, chemistry, zoology, physics and astronomy.

Fees and Retesting

You will need to pay a fee of $90 to take all five subtests of the HiSET exam in Louisiana. If you register to take each test individually, the fee is $26 for the first subtest and $16 for each additional subtest. Retests taken within one year of the original subtest cost $6 for the testing center fee. You can retake each section of the HiSET exam twice within a calendar year, with a minimum of 30 days from having taken a test. If you are 16-18 years old, before you are eligible to retest, a WorkReady U literacy provider must provide you with instruction and a recommendation.

You can register to take the HiSET Exam on the HiSET website, The website has a list of testing centers in Louisiana. You can select a test center and schedule your tests online.

Preparing for the HiSET Exam

You can prepare for the HiSET Exam using the sample questions and practice tests on the HiSET website. If you need additional help, you can access the classes and test prep resources available through Louisiana's WorkReady U program network. There are nearly 200 WorkReady U centers through the state. You can find a center near you through the WorkReady U section of the Louisiana Community and Technical College website at

Why Get Your HiSET in Louisiana?

Obtaining a Louisiana High School Equivalency credential, by passing the HiSET exam, means that you can show a potential employer you are job-ready. The credential also opens up opportunities with college, military and training programs. After passing the HiSET exam, you will receive a College and Career Opportunities Report to help you achieve your next steps.

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