That's 10: New Jersey is 10th State to Approve ETS's HiSET ® Program for High School Equivalency

Dec 18, 2013, 11:02 ET from Educational Testing Service

Joins growing number of states offering the affordable, accessible alternative to the GED® test

PRINCETON, N.J., Dec. 18, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The New Jersey State Board of Education has approved new high school equivalency assessments — including Educational Testing Service's HiSET® program — that will be used throughout the state starting January 1, 2014.

New Jersey is the 10th state that will begin using the HiSET program — which offers paper-based testing in addition to computer-based testing.

The announcement follows adoption of the HiSET exam by Montana, New Hampshire, Tennessee, Missouri, Iowa, Louisiana, Nevada, Maine and Wyoming during the last several months. The number of states, educators, policymakers and employers looking for a high school proficiency exam alternative that includes elements that are critical to providing out-of-school youth and adults with proof of their readiness for higher education or the workplace is expected to grow. 

State-approved test centers and their local governing authorities will choose which test or tests to offer starting in January. The State Department of Education will be accepting applications for new test centers to administer these tests. Please contact the N.J. Department of Education at 1-609-777-1050 if interested in becoming a test center.

Developed by nonprofit Educational Testing Service (ETS) and the University of Iowa's Iowa Testing Program (ITP), the HiSET exam covers the same content areas as the current GED® test, and will be accepted by institutions in the same way; however, the HiSET program's advantages include:

  • Affordable test fee to keep this valuable credential accessible for candidates, states and educational programs 
  • Up to two retests within 12 months at no additional cost
  • Flexibility with the use of existing test centers, test prep and curricula
  • English and Spanish versions of the test
  • Computer-based and paper-based testing options
  • Test design and validation by experts in assessment development for fair and reliable results

"ETS and ITP welcome the opportunity to work with educators in New Jersey to provide learners in their state with an affordable, accessible high school equivalency exam," says John Oswald, Vice President and General Manager, K–12 Student Assessment Programs, ETS. 

"The Phase 1 HiSET test, which will launch in January, will be compatible with current instructional materials used for high school equivalency assessment," added Oswald. "It will measure the more rigorous college- and career-readiness standards that most states will use beginning in 2014–2015, such as the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) in reading, writing and mathematics as well as the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)."  

The Phase 2 HiSET test will align even more fully with the CCSS and NGSS once instructional programs for those standards are developed and instructional providers learn how to teach to the new standards. ETS and ITP will work with the states in designing the Phase 2 assessments.

For more information about the ETS HiSET program, please visit

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SOURCE Educational Testing Service