New Mexico HiSET® Requirements

The following policies apply to anyone taking the HiSET® exam in New Mexico. When you schedule an appointment, you will need to confirm that you have read and understand these policies.

See the New Mexico Public Education Department website  for more information.

Eligibility Requirements

To take the HiSET exam in the New Mexico, you must meet the following eligibility requirements:

  • High School Equivalency Status: You must not be enrolled, nor required to be enrolled, in high school, and you must be without a high school diploma or high school equivalency certificate.
  • Age:
    • If you are 18 years of age or older, you may test without any special conditions.
    • If you are 16 or 17 years of age, you must complete an underage form (PDF) and submit it to the test center before scheduling your exam.
    • No one under 16 may test.
  • Residency: You do not have to be a resident of New Mexico to take the HiSET exam
  • Test Preparation or Instruction: You are not required to take HiSET preparation courses before taking the test.
  • Practice Test: Although taking a practice test prior to the exam is encouraged, you are not required to take it before taking the official exam.
  • Identification: When you register to take the HiSET exam, you must provide a government-issued ID. Acceptable current photo identification includes:
    • New Mexico driver’s license
    • photo ID cards issued by New Mexico Division of Motor Vehicles
    • passport
    • military ID
    • other forms of national or foreign government ID

New Mexico HiSET Testing Fees

Paper-based Test

Perfect for test takers who love the scratch of pencil on paper and the feeling they’re in high school all over again.

$ 15 .00

per subtest, plus test administration fee
(see below)

  • Includes two (2) re-tests per subtest *
  • Paper-based tests may only be taken at a designated test center and are not available for Test at Home.

Computer-based Test

Ideal for test takers who are more comfortable clicking a mouse. Plus, it costs less.

$ 10 .75

per subtest, plus test administration fee
(see below)

Test Administration Fees

Test Center Fee:

$ 0 .00

per subtest

Test at Home Fee:

$ 17 .50

per subtest

State Admin Fee:

$ 0 .00

per subtest

* A test center administration fee is required for each re-test. Test center administration fees by modality are outlined above.

*With purchase of an initial HiSET subtest, you get two retests within a 12-month period of your original subtest purchase date. Test center or state fees may still apply.