What are the HSE tests?
HSE stands for High School Equivalency which is the assessment given in Indiana for students to earn a high school credential. HSE tests can be taken only at official HSE testing centers. The HSE tests provide adults who did not complete a formal high school program the opportunity to certify their attainment of high school level academic knowledge and skills.
What subject areas are covered on the HSE tests?
Language Arts-Reading: 50 multiple choice items with 7-8 passages (70 minutes)
Language Arts-Writing: 50 multiple choice items (60 minutes) & one writing prompt based on 1-2 passages (50 minutes)
Math: 47 multiple-choice items & 12 gridded response items (90 minutes)
Social Studies: 47 multiple-choice items (70 minutes)
Science: 47 multiple-choice items (80 minutes)
Who is eligible to take the HSE tests?
The Indiana HSE test may be administered only to individuals who meet the following minimum guidelines:
Does not hold a diploma from an accredited high school or its equivalent; and
Is a resident of the state of Indiana for a minimum of thirty (30) days immediately preceding the day of testing; and either
If you are not 18 but at least 16 years of age, you may take the HSE exam ONLY if you have first obtained recommendation from a school superintendent. IMPORTANT: The individual providing the approval must be a Superintendent as defined by Indiana Code. Recommendations or exit forms signed by a principal, parent, assistant superintendent, or a superintendent’s designee will NOT be accepted as recommendation for taking the HSE exams.
How much does it cost to take the HSE tests?
At IMPACT Institute, the cost of a full battery is $85.00. The cost for re-taking an incomplete test is $18.00 per section (not to exceed $85.00).
How do I register to take the HSE test?
IMPACT requires all students to pre-register in person at 1607 Dowling Street, Kendallville, IN. You will need your current Indiana state issued ID, and payment for your test. You will need to have the appropriate identification, which includes either an Indiana driver’s license or another form of current government issued photo identification that includes your name, address, birth date, and signature. Please note, without an Indiana Driver’s License, you will be asked to show evidence of living in Indiana at least thirty (30) days prior to testing.
Can I receive accommodations on the HSE test?
All accommodation requests must be done using CTB/McGraw-Hill approved form and submitted to IMPACT Institute at least 30 days before the scheduled test. If you have any questions regarding accommodations, please contact Angi at 1-888-349-0250 ext. 251.
How long do I have to take all of the HSE tests?
Testers must complete the full battery of HSE tests within sixty (60) calendar days from the start of the first subtest.
What are passing scores?
To earn a passing score on the Indiana HSE test, a student must receive a scale score of 500 in each of the five (5) subtests. Each subtest must be passed, but the student does not need to achieve an overall average score in order to earn a credential.
What if I do not obtain a 500 on each section?
You may retake the section(s) you did not pass. Applicants may not retest in any subject until the full battery has been completed. Because there are three forms for the HSE test, candidates will be eligible to immediately re-test twice in a calendar year. While there is no official wait time required prior to retaking a test, additional time for further study and preparation is high recommended.
Can I retest to achieve a higher score?
An Indiana HSE candidate who has already earned a passing score on a subtest may only retest in that subject area if a higher score is needed to meet an admission requirement for postsecondary education or training, to meet employment requirements, or to enlist in the armed forces. The candidate must provide verification of this requirement from the entity requiring it.
Do I get a high school diploma if I pass the HSE test?
Yes, you will be award the Indiana High School Equivalency Diploma from the Indiana Department of Workforce Development.
How can I access my test scores?
Once you have taken the HSE test, you should register an account with Indiana’s official document fulfillment service, DiplomaSender: www.diplomasender.com If you pass the HSE test battery, your score report and diploma will be mailed to the address you indicated on your test registration materials. If you provided an invalid or incomplete address, you will need to login to DiplomaSender and order your credentials. If you do not pass the HSE test battery, then you can view your scores using Diplomasender or contact IMPACT for an unofficial score report.
What testing locations are available?
Angola High School, 350 S. John McBride Avenue, Angola, IN
Butler Elementary, 1025 S. Broadway Street, Butler, IN
Huntington Vocational Center, 2201 N. Jefferson Street, Huntington, IN
IMPACT Institute, 1607 Dowling Street, Kendallville, IN
Lakeland High School, 0805 E. 75 N. LaGrange, IN
When are the upcoming testing dates for the HSE?
APRIL
Huntington County – Huntington Learning Center
2201 N. Jefferson Street
19th & 20th (Wednesday & Thursday) 5:00pm to 9:00pm

Noble County – Kendallville, Impact Administrative Building
1607 East Dowling Street, Kendallville
22nd & 29th (Saturday) 9:00am to 1:00pm
25th & 26th (Tuesday & Wednesday) 5:00pm to 9:00pm

MAY
Noble County – Kendallville, Impact Administrative Building
1607 East Dowling Street, Kendallville
9th & 10th (Tuesday & Wednesday) 5:00pm to 9:00pm

Whitley County – Peabody Public Library
1160 East Highway 205, Columbia City
12th & 19th (Friday) 9:00am to 1:00pm

Huntington County – Huntington Learning Center
2201 N. Jefferson Street
17th & 18th (Wednesday & Thursday) 5:00pm to 9:00pm

JUNE
Huntington County – Huntington Learning Center
2201 N. Jefferson Street
21st & 22nd (Wednesday & Thursday) 5:00pm to 9:00pm

Noble County – Kendallville, Impact Administrative Building
1607 East Dowling Street, Kendallvill
17th & 24th (Saturday) 9:00am to 1:00pm
27h & 28th (Tuesday & Wednesday) 5:00pm to 9:00pm
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