Degrees and Certifications:

What is a High School Equivalency (HSE) credential?

If you left high school before graduation, you can demonstrate that you have the same skills and knowledge as a high school graduate by taking a High School Equivalency (HSE) test. Once you pass the test, the state of Ohio will issue you a high school equivalence diploma.

Why is a High School Equivalence (HSE) diploma important?

With a state-issued HSE diploma, you'll qualify to take advantage of opportunities on the job, join the military, begin a training program or continue your education on the college level. The GED® test is one of three tests used nationally to award a high school equivalency credential. Until recently, it was the only test available. Today, there are two other testing options available — the HiSET®exam and the TASC™ test.  Ohio uses all three tests to measure high school equivalency skills in language arts, mathematics, science and social studies, and all three enable you to earn the same HSE diploma. 


Click here for information about the GED® test.

Click here for more information about the HiSET®exam .

Be sure to look for information on how to receive a voucher to help pay for your test!


How can I prepare for a HSE Test? 

Aspire of Stark County offers FREE classes to prepare you to take a HSE Exam. 

We have day and evening classes in: Alliance, Canton, Massillon, Minerva. Click on your city for information about how to sign up!