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Did you know that workers who have a High School diploma (or Equivalency) earn more than $8,000 per year than their peers who do not? 

More than 14% of Hoosiers in Indianapolis do not have their High School diploma or High School Equivalency (HSE) diploma. The HSE is an alternative option for earning a high school diploma. Now more than ever, a HSE diploma is vital to securing sustainable employment. After the COVID-19 pandemic, the unemployment rate is the highest it's been in decades and being competitive in today's job market requires a HSE diploma. Students learn skills that are at a 12th grade level and a successful test proves the individual has completed the 12th grade. Our Student Navigator can also connect students to certification programs or college education programs.

Indy Reads offers free courses to adults looking to obtain their HSE diploma. Through our interactive Community Classroom model, students will gain the skills necessary to study to take the HSE diploma test. For more information about Indy Reads, call (317) 275-4040 or fill out this online form

Job readiness skills are integrated into the HSE Diploma curriculum, including the option to earn a certification in customer service.

If you pass the HSE exam, you will receive a High School Equivalency Certification from the State of Indiana. 

The HSE subject areas on the TASC assessment include: 

  • Language Arts: Writing
  • Social Studies
  • Science
  • Language Arts: Reading
  • Mathematics

It takes more than 6 hours to take the full exam. The full exam can be split into multiple, consecutive testing days. The test can be administered on a computer or as a paper/pencil version. Students must take the entire group of subject area tests within 60 days of taking the first test. Examinees who fail to meet this requirement will have to begin again and their earlier results will not be counted.

The first full exam cost includes 2 retakes per content area if a passing score is not received. A subject that is not passed may be retaken individually. The first 3 retests on the same subject requires no waiting period. The 4th retest on the same subject requires 6 months between tests using the same form. A student may not test more than 6 times in a calendar year. 

At registration, a student must present ONE government issued photo identification. This may include an Indiana Driver’s License or Indiana State ID. If the ID is foreign or Out-Of-State, it’s required to provide additional documents proving at least 30 days of residency in Indiana.

Eligibility to take HSE exam:

  • Lived in Indiana at least 30 days immediately preceding the testing 
  • Do NOT have a High School Diploma from an accredited United States high school
  • At least 16 years of age (16 and 17 year-olds must provide additional documentation of an Indiana Exit Interview and a document with a Superintendent’s signature). 

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