High School Equivalency Diploma

The High School Equivalency Diploma (HSED) tests are a group of four tests that are designed to measure the general knowledge and thinking skills to earn a high school diploma.


Most employers and colleges require a diploma or its equivalent for employment, promotion, or admission.


Anyone 17 years old or older, and not enrolled in any public or private school, who does not already have a high school diploma from an accredited school, can take the HSED test. 


The HSED is accepted by all states, technical colleges and most 4-year colleges and universities.  


The South Carolina State Department of Education issues a South Carolina High School Equivalency Diploma to those who successfully pass all four HSED tests with a minimum score of 145 on each of the four tests.  


The four testing areas are:

Mathematical Reasoning - 120 minutes
Reading Through Language Arts -  155 minutes
Science - 95 minutes
Social Studies - 75 minutes

Anderson Adult Education 3, 4, & 5

enrollment requirements for HSED classes: 
Students 17-21 years of age, must submit an application for 17 year old or the 18-21 year old application referral form signed by the principal, guidance counselor of the last school attended prior to registering. 17 year olds and their parents(s) or guardian(s) are required to sign the forms and may be required to meet with the Director of Anderson Adult Education Center before enrollment.
Students 17-18 years of age that wish to take the HSED must also submit an official verification of withdrawal form signed by the principal of the last school attended. 
Forms can be picked up at our center or downloaded by clicking on the following attachments. Please note, the 17 year old form is a two-page form. Both the front and back are required for enrollment. 
All fees owed to the last school attended must be paid before enrollment at Anderson Adult Education Center.
Orientation Pre-Assessment
All students seeking entrance into the HSED program are required to attend an orientation session prior to enrollment. This session will prepare you for class, along with determining your reading, language and math skills.
Enrolled Anderson Adult Education 3,4,& 5 students who earn a HSED are also eligible to participate in our graduation exercise held each year.  


The HSED test is computerized. Your score is determined by how many questions you answer correctly. Be sure to answer every question. There is only one answer to each question. 
You must be withdrawn from high school. You must bring with you a valid South Carolina driver’s license, valid ID card or valid passport with you on the day of testing. Drivers' licenses from another state are also permitted. If you have an ID/driver's license from another state, you must bring with you proof of South Carolina residency. Proof of residency consists of water, power, utility bill or lease (bank statements, credit card statements, cell phone bills are unacceptable forms of proof of residency) . If you do not have any of the documentation listed, a note signed by the individual(s) that you reside with explaining your residence issues signed and dated along with their power, water, utility or lease will be acceptable.  
You must arrive no later than 15 minutes prior to your scheduled test time. 
Items that you bring with you to the testing center such as hats, purses, cell phones, watches, water, food etc, will be stored in a locked locker during your test session. You are not allowed to take those items into the testing room. If you do not want to place those items in our lockers, please leave them in your car out-of-site for others passing by your vehicle or at home. 
Special Accommodations requested for testing must be submitted to Pearson Vue for approval prior. 
HSED testing fees are $37.50 per test. Cancelation of any scheduled exams must be done 24 hours prior to the exam time and date or the testing fee is forfeited. All testing fees are Non- Refundable.   
To register for a test visit https://ged.com. Create an account. Once registered, you will be able to view locations, dates and times the test is given. All payments are received through Pearson Vue's website with a debit or credit card. If you are under the age of 19, email your SC verification of withdrawal to: [email protected] prior to registering for an official exam. For additional information, you may call Pearson Vue at 1-877-392-6433. The Spanish edition of the GED examination is available at any location. For GED ready questions and any other inquiries, call Pearson Vue Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. central time except U.S. holidays.  
You may check your scores by visiting GED.com and logging in to your account. 
Replacement GED Diplomas and/or Transcripts
If you have misplaced your HSED diploma or transcript, you can request a duplicate by using the following URL: https://doesc.scriborder.com/application. Records requested on this application require a payment.