HSE Frequently Asked Questions
- What does HSE stand for?
The initials stand for High School Equivalency. This is now being used in lieu of GED.
- Is there a new HSE exam?
Yes, there is a new HSE exam effective January 1, 2014. For more information about the new exam, please go to www.ged.com.
- Can I still take a paper and pencil test just like before?
No. The new HSE exam is computer-based.
- If I did not pass the old test, what happens to those previous test scores?
Those scores are no longer valid. You will need to take and pass the entire battery of tests in order to obtain your HSE diploma.
- Where can I obtain my transcripts if I have already passed my HSE exam?
You need to contact the Arizona Department of Education. For more information, please go to www.azed.gov.
- What types of classes are offered for HSE preparation?
- What kind of ID is required to register for each class?
In person – To register for an in-person class, Rio Salado College and the Arizona Department of Education have specific eligibility requirements.
Rio Salado College: Students must present the required documentation for establishing a lawful presence in the United States and complete the "Maricopa Community Colleges Student Declaration of Citizenship or Status". Click here for a list of documents that meets this requirement
Arizona Department of Education: Students must complete the mandated Verification of Eligibility for Services Form lists all acceptable documents to determine eligibility to attend class. Documents are listed in three categories: Preferred, Primary, and Secondary. A Social Security card is listed as one of many secondary documents but is not required.
Online – For online non-credit classes, ID is not required.
- Are HSE preparation classes available to undocumented residents?
In-person: No, the residency documents required by the AZ Department of Education prohibit enrollment of non-residents.
Online: Yes, the online class is a non-credit class available to anyone who wishes to enroll.
- How does a person register for a HSE preparation class?
In-person: Visit or call a Rio Salado College location that offers HSE preparation classes.
Online: You can register by calling (480) 517-8540 and referencing course HSE800-10000.
- How much do HSE preparation classes cost?
In-person: There is a registration fee for HSE Prep classes based on a sliding scale. Go to the Fee Guidelines.
Online: The online 14 week class costs $125 plus the cost for the access code for MyFoundationsLab. The cost of the access code is $82.00
Registration and access code fees are subject to change.
- What subjects are taught in HSE classes?
Students can expect to study the same four content areas of the GED test: Social Studies, Science, Reasoning Through Language Arts, and Mathematical Reasoning.
- How long are the classes?
In-person: It depends on the academic readiness of the student. As long as a student maintains regular attendance in the class, the student may remain in class until the student and teacher agree that the student is sufficiently prepared to take the HSE test.
Online: The online class is 14 weeks long. After the 14-week class is over, students who have not completed the course will be required to pay an additional $125.00 if they choose to re-enroll.
- What language are HSE classes taught in?
Both in-person and online classes are taught in English.
- Is there a wait list to take classes?
In-person: Yes. It varies by location and class availability. The HSE preparation classes are in high demand. Please call the location you are interested in attending to inquire about class availability and dates of registration for new students.
Online: Not at this time. However, the online HSE classes have a limited enrollment and when capacity is reached, a wait list will be started.
- Are online HSE preparation classes more difficult than in person?
It depends on the academic readiness, English literacy level and technology expertise of the student. Successful online students require a substantial amount of self-discipline and motivation.
- Where are in-person classes offered?
Rio Salado currently offers in-person classes at many locations throughout Maricopa County. Click here to find a location near you
- Are practice tests a part of the HSE preparation classes?
In-person: Official practice tests are not offered in class. Voucher codes for the practice tests are available for purchase at www.ged.com.
Online: Official practice tests are not offered in class. Voucher codes for the practice tests are available for purchase at www.ged.com.
- Where can I get more information about HSE classes?
In-person: Call 480-517-8110 or 480-377-4050
Online: Visit our website
- Who administers the official HSE test?
The HSE test is offered at official HSE testing locations. Please go to www.ged.com for the latest information on designated testing locations.
- How much does the HSE test cost?
- Where can students get additional information about HSE testing?