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Prepare for Your High School Equivalency Test

Contact OCC’s Workforce and Professional Development (WPE) department for information about their Adult Education and Civics Workforce and Preparation Program (AECWP) and the Ocean County Achievement Center regarding test preparation classes.  You can reach them at 732.255.0400 ext. 2346.

OCC administers the HiSET High School Equivalency Assessment offered through PSI*.  If you have already taken and passed any TASC or GED test sections, you can complete your test with HiSET.

The HiSET test has five sections:

  • Language Arts-Reading: 65 minutes in English; 80 minutes in Spanish
  • Language Arts-Writing: 120 minutes (includes an essay)
  • Mathematics: 90 minutes
  • Science: 80 minutes
  • Social Studies: 70 minutes

Separate appointments for each section will be available Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays at 9:00 a.m., 11:30 a.m., and 2:00 p.m.

You may schedule up to three (3) appointments per day. All appointments must be made through the HiSET website.

*Tests are available in Spanish.

Office Information

Location: Ocean County College Testing Center
Library Building (#3), Room 014B
Campus Map
Phone: 732.255.0530


HSEA Remote Testing

Both the GED from Pearson and HiSET from PSI  have remote testing available, and you can make testing arrangements with them from their websites as follows:

HiSET Test Candidates Under the Age of 18:  You Need this form – Consent to Participate

For those candidates who are 16 or 17 years old, the HiSET registration procedure includes the completion of a Consent to Participate form.  This form is required for both in-person and remote testing.

First, set up your HiSET profile/account. Testing appointments for those who are 16 or 17 years old cannot be scheduled until the HiSet profile/account is set up AND the vendor has received the Consent to Participate form.

Then, complete the required Consent to Participate form, have it notarized, and bring the notarized form to the Testing Center for in-person completion; or, both the parent/guardian and the test candidate, together, may bring the completed Consent to Participate form to the Testing Center without Notary. Both will be required to show an original, current photo ID upon presentation of this form.

HiSET Testing FAQ

Yes, create your MyHiSET account before you try to schedule your test.

The fee for each subtest is $20.75 ($10.75 ETS fee and $10 test center fee).  You will receive two retests per subject; you must pay the $10 test center fee for each of these retests.

All testing fees must be paid online at the time you schedule your test.  OCC does not accept payment of any kind on-site. Online payments may be made using credit cards, debit cards or PayPal.

Available test dates and times can be found online through your My HiSET account.  Generally, we have seating available three days a week: Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays at 9:00 a.m., 11:30 a.m., and 2:00 p.m.

No, the OCC Testing Center can only schedule up to three sub-tests on a given day.

If you cancel at any time up until 11:59 p.m. local time the day before your scheduled appointment, you are entitled to a refund of your $10.75 ETS fee.  If you miss a test or arrive too late to take your test, you are not entitled to a refund.  The $10 test fee is non-refundable.

No, you must take all subtests in one language or the other.

Prior to scheduling your test appointment, you must request your accommodations directly through ETS.  It can take six (6) weeks or more for this process.  For more information, see HiSET Accommodations for Test Takers with Disabilities or Health-related Needs.

Yes, the State of New Jersey allows you to “mix and match” the test sections from any of the approved tests.

High School Equivalency Diplomas are issued from the State of New Jersey.  It takes anywhere from five (5) to seven (7) business days for new test results to be received by the State from the Test Vendor, and another three (3) to five (5) days to process and mail the diploma and transcript.  If you know that you have passed your test and have not received your diploma, you must contact the State within six (6) months.  The State will not issue another diploma beyond that timeframe.

No, the State does not issue duplicate diplomas.  Instead, they will provide official verification that the test is passed.  Go to the NJ Adult Education webpage for information.

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