Massachusetts offers two tests for earning the High School Equivalency (HSE) credential: the GED (General Education Diploma) or the HiSET (High School Equivalency Test). Massasoit Community College offers both exams.

Comparison of the GED and HiSET tests

For additional information about the HSE test, under 18 requirements or testing accommodations, please visit the Massachusetts Department of Education

Massachusetts now offers free GED® Testing for MA Residents Starting September 12, 2022.

Effective September 12, 2022, The Commonwealth of Massachusetts will pay for a candidate’s first GED® test in each subject plus limited retakes (two retests per subject).

To schedule your exam visit

First Time Testers

  • If you are scheduling your GED®test at an Official GED® test center, enter promo code MAFREEGED1 during checkout.
  • If scheduling the GED®Online Proctored test (GED OP®), enter MAFREEGED1 first then enter promo code OPMAFREEGED during checkout. Please note that the Official GED® Practice test is still required for GED OP® and the cost for these tests is paid by the test taker.


  • If you are taking the retest at an Official GED®test center, enter promo code MARETAKE during checkout.
  • For GED®Online Proctored test (GED OP®) retakes, enter promo code OPMARETAKE during checkout.

The HiSET® exam will also be paid for by the Commonwealth at a later date (estimated time for to start HiSET® free testing is October).

For more information please visit the HiSET exam

Any payment of HSE exams by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts is contingent on available funding.