Cape Cod Community College

High School Equivalency Test Center

The High School Equivalency Test Center is administered within the Testing Center on the second floor of the Grossman Commons Building. The office is open Monday–Friday from 8:30am–4:30pm. For more information regarding the High School Equivalency Test, please call 774-330-4450. For directions to the Testing Center in the Grossman Commons, plase call 774-330-4909.

HiSET Test in Massachusetts

As of January 1, 2017, the Massachusetts Department of Education has approved using both the HiSET examination and the GED examination to measure high school equivalency. Both of these  tests are computer based and registration and test scheduling is completed online. Currently, the Testing Center at Cape Cod Community College only offers the HiSET exam to measure high school equivalency. However, we anticipate beginning to offer the GED Test in early 2018. Once we have this information and the dates of testing, we will include them on this page.

To register and schedule to take the HiSET examination at Cape Cod Community College, please go to to either the HiSET website (www.hiset.ets.org) or the GED website (www.ged.com). Once you are at either one of these websites, you will first need to create your own personal HiSET or GED account. The above HiSET and GED websites are specifically designed for those interested in finding out more about these tests and/or how to go about taking one of these tests. These websites will provide you with the most current information regarding the test, along with test taker information and practice tests. This information will give you a better idea of what to expect on the test, links on how to best prepare to take the test, and lead you through the steps to register and to schedule to take one of these tests. Once you have established an account, and you feel you are ready to take the test, log-in to your personal account and schedule and pay for your test online.

The Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education have established specific requirements for those who would like to take the HiSET or GED test in Massachusetts. These include:

  1. You must be a resident of Massachusetts with a Massachusetts address.
  2. You must not be currently enrolled in any secondary school program and must not have received a high school diploma or high school equivalency certificate.
  3. You must be 18 or older to be eligible to take the HiSET or GED test in Massachusetts with no qualifications. If you are 16 or 17 years old, please see the information below on the procedure for registering for either of these test.
  4. You must present proper identification at the test center for each test session. Approved picture identification documents include: a valid driver's license, valid passport, valid state-issued ID card, valid Military ID card, valid Tribal ID card, or valid National ID card. Failure to provide this documentation will prohibit you from taking the test.

Under 18 Years of Age Requirements for Registering for HiSET* or GED Tests: As of January 1, 2015, the requirements and procedures for verifying individuals who are under the required eligibility age of 18 years of age to take the high school equivalency tests (HiSET* or GED) have changed. If you are 16 or 17, you cannot schedule any HiSET or GED exams until an official Letter of Withdrawal from your last school attended has been approved by the Massachusetts High School Equivalency Office. However, you must complete the HiSET* or GED registration (create your own personal HiSET account) at www.hiset.org or www.ged.com as the first step. If you already have the Letter of Withdrawal or if you need to get it, please make sure it contains the following information:

  • Be on school letterhead, including the address and phone number;
  • Includes your last date of attendance and your date of withdrawal;
  • Comes from the office of the Principal/Headmaster or the Head of Guidance; and
  • Must be signed by the Principal/Headmaster or the Head of Guidance.

Then submit the letter to the name and address below, making sure you have provided your ETS or GED ID number, your phone number and your e-mail address. The letter and the additional information must be submitted by mail to the following address:

DESE
HSE Office, 3rd floor
75 Pleasant Street
Malden, MA  02148
Attn: Olympia Stroud

Please visit the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education's High School Equivalency Testing Program's website at www.doe.mass.edu/hse/req/html for additional information on state requirements and for a listing of test centers in Massachusetts.

HiSet and GED Preparation Classes

For more information regarding High School Equivalency preparation classes for either the HiSET Test or GED Test, please contact the Adult Learning Center at the downtown Hyannis location, 540 Main Street in Hyannis, 508.362.2131 x5000; or the JTEC program located at the Career Opportunities Center, 372 North Street, Hyannis, 508.862.6146.

Upcoming HiSET Testing dates at Cape Cod Community College

December 4 and 5 (4:00pm and 5:30pm start times)
December 11 and 12 (9:00am, 10:30am, 12:00pm, 1:30pm and 3:00pm start times)

January 3 and 30 (9:00am, 10:30am, 12:00pm, 1:30pm and 3:00pm start times)
January 8 and 9  (4:00pm and 5:30pm start times)

February 5 and 6 (9:00am, 10:30am, 12:00pm, 1:30pm and 3:00pm start times)
February 12 and 13  (4:00pm and 5:30pm start times)

March 5 and 6 (4:00pm and 5:30pm start times)
March 12 and 13 (9:00am, 10:30am, 12:00pm, 1:30pm and 3:00pm start times)

April 2 and 3 (9:00am, 10:30am, 12:00pm, 1:30pm and 3:00pm start times)
April 17, 18 and 30 (4:00pm and 5:30pm start times)

May 1 (4:00pm and 5:30pm start times)
May 7 and 8 (9:00am, 10:30am, 12:00pm, 1:30pm and 3:00pm start times)


High School Equivalency Certificates / HiSet Transcripts
The Commonwealth of Massachusetts Department of Elementary & Secondary Education contracts with Diploma Sender to process requests for official High School Equivalency Certificate  and Official Transcript scores. Cape Cod Community College no longer process requests for high school equivalency transcripts. To request your official High School Equivalency Certificate and an Official Transcript, please visit the Diploma Sender web site www.diplomasender.com and register. Once you are registered, Diploma Sender will mail these two documents directly to you within the next 2-4 weeks. There is no cost to you to receive these documents for the first time.

In the future, if you wish to have any additional copies of your transcript sent to you, an employer, or school/college, you will need to request these additional documents directly from Diploma Sender. The cost per additional transcript is $15.

GED Transcripts (from the year 2013 and earlier)
The Commonwealth of Massachusetts Department of Elementary & Secondary Education contracts with Diploma Sender to process requests for official GED Transcrips from the year 2013 and earlier. Cape Cod Community College no longer process requests for GED transcripts. To request your official GED Transcript, please visit the Diploma Sender web site www.diplomasender.com and register. Once you are registered, Diploma Sender will process your request for transcripts. The cost per transcript is $15 and is paid online at the time that you request them from Diploma Sender.