In the United States, the GED used to be pretty much the only game in town when it came to high school equivilancy tests. This is why many people still broadly use the term "GED" to refer to any high school equivilancy credential (e.g. "I need to get my GED"). Times have changed, and three different High School Equivilency (HSE) tests are now widely available, each published by a different company: GED®, HiSET®, and TASC®. Each state makes its own decision regarding which test(s) it will offer, and passing any state-sanctioned test will lead to an official HSE credential issued by that state. It is important to know that an official HSE credential earned in one state will be valid in any other state (regardless of which test was passed to earn that credential), very much like a driver's license.
Since both the GED® and the HiSET® are available in New Mexico, and since passing either test will earn you the same New Mexico HSE credential, the only question is: Which test do you want to take? Differences in cost, available test format (i.e. computer only vs. paper-and-pencil option), and test structure are all factors you'll likely want to consider.
But before you make the decision about which test to take, there's another critical question you're probably asking yourself: How will I know if I'm ready to take either of these tests? Both test publishers have official practice tests you can take to get a good idea about where you stand. In the next section, we'll provide more detailed information about each of the two HSE tests available in New Mexico. You could use this information to "go it alone." But you don't need to do it alone, and you certainly don't need to pay anyone to help you prepare to take a high school equivilancy test.
There are 24 Adult Education programs all around New Mexico just waiting to help you prepare for a high school equivilancy test - and go beyond it. Adult Education programs can also help you explore and advance in careers, get into college or job training programs, master the English language, and/or support your children's learning needs and education more effectively. These free services are designed to meet each individual's personal education and career goals, so why not explore this option today?
If you need any information about High School Equivalency that you cannot find on this website, please contact Dyanne Salazar, High School Equivalency Administrator at firstname.lastname@example.org or (505) 476-8441.
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