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Effective July 1, 2023, Iowa's Adult Education and Literacy Programs will transition to Iowa Workforce Development to reflect programs and services primarily focused on workforce development and employment. This change is being made as part of a broader state government realignment to bring together entities that work with similar subject matter. Iowans can expect the same quality services from these programs, in addition to greater access to job services provided through IowaWORKS.

Iowa Eligibility Requirements to Take HSED Test

  • Be a minimum of 17 years of age (unless granted exception)
  • Enroll at an Adult Education and Literacy program
  • Complete a pre CASAS Assessment in Math and Reading
  • If appropriate, be referred to instruction and class enrollment
  • Pass the Official Practice Test (OPT)
  • On testing day, present a valid photo identification, verify social security number if applicable and a Verification for Testing Form

Cost for taking the HiSET in Iowa

  • $53.75* for the full battery of tests (all five content areas), which includes two free re-tests per sub-section during a 12 month period from the initial date of purchase
  • $10.75* for a single subtest (1 content area) - no retakes
  • There is no charge for the first diploma after the HiSET battery is taken with a passing score
  • Duplicate diplomas and documentation $15.00 (paid to

*Does not include voucher fees

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Below is a list of frequent questions received at the state office. Please review the information provided. If you still have questions, contact the closest program for specific answers or the state office for general information.

What if I tested in a different state?
Did you take your HSED test in another state? Do you want to contact that state’s HSED office for your test results or other HSED-related information?

Did I pass?
Each of the five subtests in the HiSET battery is scored on a scale of 1–20. In order to pass you must do all three of the following:

  • Achieve a score of at least 8 on each of the five individual subtests
  • Score at least 2 out of 6 on the essay portion of the writing test
  • Have a total combines score on all five subtests of at least 45

Some states may set passing scores that are higher, but under no circumstances can you pass with a total score lower than 45 on the battery.

Is this test legit?
There are hundreds of websites offering high school diplomas, HSED credentials, and other degrees. What they don’t tell you is the “accredited degree” they’re offering is practically worthless. These sites are looking to make a quick buck at your expense—and they’re charging anywhere from $50 to $500 to do it.