High School Equivalency Testing for Students 16 and 17 Years of Age
On July 1, 2009, the New Hampshire compulsory school age changed from 16 to 18. The process for seeking permission to take High School Equivalency Tests before the age of 18 also changed.
Students 16 and 17 years old are required to have an approved waiver to the age requirement in order to be able to take the HiSET Test.
The student will need to complete the following steps:
1. Consult with your school counselor and your parents to see if the HiSET Exam is an appropriate option for you.
2. Establish an online HiSET account at https://test-takers.psiexams.com/hisetnewhampshire/auth/login
3. Make sure that the name and address of your HiSET registration matches your government issued photo ID.
4. Be sure to write down your HiSET ID#, you will need this for the waiver form.
5. Complete the Request to Waive the Age Requirement Form by following the instructions.
- Take the Official Practice Test (check with your school to see if they offer the test or if you need to schedule an appointment at a local testing center.
- You must score a Prepared or Well Prepared for approval.
- You may submit a waiver form for one subtest at a time.
- Get permission from your school district
- Get permission from your parent or guardian
6. Mail the completed form to:
High School Equivalency Office
Bureau of Adult Education
21 South Fruit Street, Suite 20
Concord, NH 03301
Or Fax it to: (603) 271-3454
7. You will be notified via email when your waiver is approved.
8. Go back into the HiSET Registration System to schedule and pay for your test.
9. Take the exam
10. Once you have successfully completed the entire exam, the Bureau of Adult Education will send your High School Equivalency Certificate to the address on your HiSET account.
How to Register for the HiSET Exam poster
For test takers who already have an approved waiver or partially approved waiver
- Test Takers that already have approved waivers for all 5 subtests in the ETS-HiSET system. The overrides applied in the old system have been transferred to the new system. These students will need to call HiSET Customer Service at (800) 367-1565 x6750 to schedule and pay for their exams.
- Test Takers that have been approved for 1 or more subtests in the ETS-HiSET system, but need approval for additional subtests. The revised waiver form needs to be submitted to the Bureau for approval (this is not a change). Once approved, the test candidate and his/her representative will receive a notification email from the Bureau. At that time, the test candidate and/or the representative can call HiSET Customer Service at (800) 367-1565 x6750 to schedule and pay for the exam.
- Test Taker that need initial approval. The waiver form needs to be submitted to the Bureau for approval (this is not a change). Once approved, the test candidate and the representative will notified by the Bureau and then be contacted (via phone or email) by HiSET Customer Service to schedule and pay for the exam.
Please note that this is an interim process and check back on this website for updates.
How to schedule the HiSET exam for test candidates who already have an approved waiver
How to register for the HiSET exam
Home School Students
Home schooled students sometimes take the high school equivalency exam as a way to demonstrate a high school credential for colleges or employers. A home schooled student who is 18 or older may register and schedule testing without restrictions.
A home schooled student who is 16 or 17 must have an approved waiver to the age requirement on file prior to testing including permission from the agency (referred to as the “participating agency” that was originally informed of the intent to homeschool by the parent. Generally, this is the local Superintendent’s office, the school district,a private school or the NH Department of Education.
Home school students should consult with the participating agency to determine if any additional requirements apply.
- Students, aged 16 or 17, residing in a correctional or other institutional setting should consult with the Education Director, a guidance counselor or a school liaison from their originating district for additional requirements.