(HSE) High School Equivalency Testing

Recent changes to the "GED" Test

The State of NJ has changed the testing requirements for a state issued high school diploma, formerly known as the “GED”. The testing is now called the HSE which stands for High School Equivalency. The change was initiated to meet the new High School Core Curriculum Standards.

Although all “GED” state issued diplomas issued before 2014 are valid, all scores for the “GED” taken previous to 2014 have expired for those who did not pass the full battery required to receive a diploma.

There are now three state approved versions of the HSE. The Cape May County Technical School is administering the McGraw-Hill TASC (Test Assessing Secondary Completion). Passing any version of the HSE will qualify the examinee for the state issued high school diploma and open doors to college entrance and better job opportunities.

* Please be aware of fraudulent websites offering home-based online testing for a fee. Testing must be administered at an approved testing site.

H.S.E. Adult High School Equivalency (replaces GED) *We now offer the H.S.E. Test in Spanish

The HSE, formerly known as the “GED”, sets a new standard for obtaining a NJ State Issued High School Diploma. The HSE-TASC is administered at the Cape May County Technical School and assesses five subject areas including Reading, Writing, Mathematics, Science, and Social Students. Examinees must receive a minimum score of 500 in all five sections to be issued a New Jersey High School Diploma by the NJ Department of Education. The Cape May County Technical School hosts an Annual High School Diploma Recognition Ceremony to honor students who have successfully passed the HSE and earned their diploma.

For information on HSE-TASC Preparation Classes

Eligibility Criteria

*Candidates under the age of 18 must complete and submit a Certificate of Non-Enrollment form which can be obtained from their last school of record. A form can also be obtained from the Cape May County Adult Education Office, Rm. # 145. Candidates that are 16 or 17 years old must be accompanied by a parent or guardian (with proper ID) at registration.


The TASC website will provide information about special accommodations and an accommodation request form: www.tasctest.com

Registration Information

For testing schedule: HSE Testing Schedule

In-person registration is required one week prior to the requested test dates. Candidates must possess and present a valid New Jersey Driver’s License or valid government issued photo ID with current address and a social security card or birth certificate.


For additional information about acceptable forms of identification: HSE Testing ID Requirements

Candidates under the age of 18 must present proof of non-enrollment in high school and be accompanied by a parent or guardian (with proper ID) who will sign a participation consent form.

To print a Certificate of Consent Form: HSE Certificate Consent Form

Registration Times

Monday-Thursday from 2:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Friday from 8:00 AM - 3:00 PM

Excluding school holidays

Testing Fees

Initial Test (all five subjects) - $92.00*

Retest (each test) - $20.40

* ALL TESTING FEES MUST BE PAID BY CASH OR MONEY ORDER. Personal checks are not accepted.

*The initial test fee of $92.00 also includes two retests per subject at a reduced rate of $10.00 per test to cover test administration costs if used within one year.


CMCTS Adult & Continuing Education Office, Room # 145

188 Crest Haven Road, Cape May Ct. Hse., NJ 08210

Directions to Cape May County Technical School District

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