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Louisiana High School Equivalency Pathways

HSE Program Pathway

Welcome to the home of the official Louisiana High School Equivalency (HSE) Program where you can find everything you need to know about choosing a high school equivalency (HSE) pathway, taking your tests or enrolling in classes, and earning your high school equivalency (HSE) credential. The Louisiana Community & Technical College System (LCTCS) now offers multiple options for achieving your high school equivalency.

Flexible. Affordable. At Your Own Pace.

Take college courses and earn your high school equivalency (HSE) at the same time.The Career+ Pathway HSE option offers the flexibility to earn a high school equivalency (HSE) without the stress of a high-stakes test. Students age 18 and older without a high school diploma can acquire foundational education and high-demand workforce skills at the same time. Complete coursework to become certified in your chosen career path. Embrace the journey. Enjoy the rewards.

Apply for a Career+ Pathway HSE


  • Get your high school equivalency without taking a high-stakes test.
  • Enroll in college courses right away.
  • Tuition-free programs are available.
  • Earn industry certifications in your chosen field. 
  • Earn more money with a post-secondary credential.
  • Receive one-on-one support from Adult Education staff.


  • Business
  • Computers & Engineering
  • Construction & Manufacturing
  • Healthcare
  • Logistics & Operations
  • Public Safety
  • Transportation…and more!

HiSET examination logoGraphical computer monitor with two buttons (checkmark and an "x")Since January of 2014, Louisiana has offered the HiSET® exam to qualifying individuals to allow them to earn a high school equivalency credential. PSI HiSET® works closely with states to ensure the HiSET® exam closely reflects the skills of a high school graduate and to provide a fair, rigorous exam. Built on the OCTAE College and Career Readiness Standards for Adult Education, the HiSET® exam gives out-of-school youth and adults the opportunity to demonstrate their skills and knowledge and earn a state-issued high school equivalency (HSE) credential.

Eligibility Requirements

  • You must be at least 16 years of age to take the HiSET exam.
  • You must be at least 19 years of age to take the exam without providing any additional documentation.
  • If you are 16–18 years of age, you must provide all of the following additional documentation to be eligible to test:
    • Enrollment in and/or authorization by an approved WorkReady U program.
    • Enrollment in a state-recognized LA "Options" program within the K–12 system with the required testing authorization.
    • HiSET Official Practice Test for Educators administered by WRU program with state qualifying scores (Prepared or Well-Prepared).

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HiSET Quick Facts

Students can earn a high school equivalency (HSE) by demonstrating college readiness via two different methods -- completion of a college placement assessment or completion of college preparation (developmental) coursework. Explanations for both methods are outlined below. 

Apply for an HSE through Demonstrated College Readiness


Completion of a College PLacement Assessment

A student who is 18 years old or older can earn the minimum standard score on an approved placement test that is based on established placement scores of recognized college readiness assessments in Mathematics, English, and Reading. A performance level congruency alignment will be reviewed annually by the LCTCS.
*All components must be completed within 5 years of the application date.



Next Generation
(as of january 2019)
English 18 86 250
Math 17

20 (CLM)
65 (ELM-ALG)

200 (AAF)
250 (QAS)

Reading 18 85 256


Completion of College Preparation Coursework

A student can demonstrate college readiness by completing developmental coursework in Mathematics, English, and Reading at an LCTCS college. Courses need not be taken at the same LCTCS college.
*All components must be completed within 5 years of the application date.


Subject Course Grade of "C" or Better
English 099
Math 098
Reading 099


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