GED in Louisiana

 GED/HiSET test qualification requirements in Louisiana:

Louisiana High School Equivalency Diploma/HiSET

Several states, including Louisiana, no longer offer the GED examination. From 2014 on the state is working with ETS (Education people-smilingTesting Service). This is the same organization that produces the GRE and they have developed a high school equivalency examination, the HiSET. Louisiana made the change to keep the price affordable for its citizens. The GED price has increased from $50 several years ago to $90 in 2013, and the new 2014 GED test costs $120. With HiSET, the cost will remain $90 (ETS is a non-profit organization). The HiSET test is available in a computer-based or written format, unlike the GED which is only available in a computer model only from 2014.

Age: you must be at least 19 years old. If you are 16, 17, or 18 specific restrictions apply. Please contact your nearest testing site

  • 17-18 years old’s must enroll in the Adult Education program, and take free classes until they are ready sit for the exam. They will need documentation from the school system that they have officially withdrawn. For 16 year old’s more rules apply
  • Fee: $90 for all tests (pencil-and-paper format or computer based)
  • Re-testing: $6
  • Residency Requirements: you do NOT have to be a Louisiana resident to take the GED test
  • You must FIRST take the official GED practice test
  • You have not graduated from high school
  • You don’t attend high school

GED/HiSET programs in Louisiana are intended to help you become well prepared for the examination. GED (General Education Development) and HiSET programs were created to help adults boost their employment opportunities and to provide them with the chance of entry to college education. In the US you can find close to 40 million people who never finished high school, and the GED and HiSET programs are especially intended for them.

Every year, more than half a million men and women complete the GED or similar examination, and you may very well be one of them. The test consists of four sections, Language Arts (reading and writing), Math, Science and Social Studies, and the entire exam will last 7 1/2 hours to complete, usually split up over several days. Today, a high school diploma is definitely the minimum degree you should have for any kind of job and you must have it for entry to the majority of colleges and universities. If you don’t have a high school diploma, progress in just about all work areas will be pretty much impossible.

In Louisiana, the HiSET test is administrated by the Louisiana Community and Technical College System, and if you pass the test, you will be awarded the Louisiana High School Equivalency Diploma. Be aware that the test is not available via the internet, and that, just as in other US states, the Louisiana HiSET test must be taken by you in person at an official testing site.

The exam can be taken in English, Spanish, or French. Please contact your local testing center, since available test languages and schedules could vary. If you want to take the HiSET/GED examination, make sure you are well prepared. Check out GED/HiSET classes to find all locations close to you that offer preparation classes.


Here is a list of official Louisiana GED/HiSET test centers by city:

- Abbeville Vermilion Parish Public Schools – 216 South Jefferson, Abbeville, LA 70510, 337-893-3973
- Alexandria Rapides Parish Adult Education Center – 505 6th Street, Alexandria, LA 71309, 318-449-3140
- Bastrop Morehouse Parish Schools – 4095 Naff Avenue, Bastrop, LA 71220, 318-281-5784
- Baton Rouge LA Community and Technical College System – 265 South Foster Drive, Baton Rouge, LA 70806, 225-922-2800
- Baton Rouge East Baton Rouge Parish Schools – 12000 Goodwood Boulevard, Baton Rouge, LA 70815, 225-226-7650
- Bossier City Adult Learning Center – 415 Monroe Street, Bossier City, LA 71111, 318-549-6839
- Centerville St. Mary Parish School Board – 434 Highway 317, Centerville, LA 70522, 337-836-9661
- Chalmette St. Bernard Parish – 200 East St. Bernard Highway, Chalmette, LA 70043, 504-301-2000
- Columbia Caldwell Parish School Board – 219 Main Street, Columbia, LA 71418, 318-649-2689
- Covington St. Tammany Parish School Board – 321 North Theard, Covington, LA 70433, 985-898-6407
- Crowley Acadia Parish School Board - 404 W. 12th Street, Crowley, LA 70526, Phone: 337-83-5808
- DeRidder Beauregard Parish School Board – 202 West Third Street, De Ridder, LA 70634, 337-462-2707
- Hammond SE Louisiana University – 900-B W University Avenue, Hammond, LA 70402, 985-549-5054
- Harahan Jefferson Parish School Board – 822 S. Clearview Parkway, Harahan, LA 70123, 504-736-1868
- Jena Lasalle Parish School Board – 2988 North First Street, Jena, LA 71342, 318-992-8884
- Jennings Jeff Davis Parish Ed. Media Center – 314 Shankland Avenue, Jennings, LA 70546, 337-824-0597
- Lafayette Parish School Board – 113 Chaplin Drive, Lafayette, LA 70501, 337-521-7079
- Lake Charles McNeese State University – 4209 Ryan, Lake Charles, LA 70605, 337-475-5140
- Leesville Vernon Parish School Board – 502 Berry Avenue, Leesville, LA 71446, 337-239-3464
- Luling St. Charles Parish School Board – 13855 River Road, Luling, LA 70070, 985-758-6289
- Many Sabine Parish School Board – 695 Peterson Street, Many, LA 71449, 318-256-9228
- Marksville Avoyelles Parish – 221 Tunica Drive, West, Marksville, LA 71351, 318-240-0200
- Minden Webster Parish School Board – 1442 Sheppard Street, Minden, LA 71055, 318-377-7052
- Monroe Ouachita Parish Education Center – 3158 Louisville Avenue, Monroe, LA 71201, 318-362-5018
- Natchitoches NW State University Testing Center – 735 University Parkway, Natchitoches, LA 71497, 318-357-5246
- New Iberia Progressive Educational Program – 501 N Landry Drive, New Iberia, LA 70560, 337-365-0933
- New Orleans Warren Easton Charter Foundation – 3019 Canal Street, New Orleans, LA 70119, 504-324-7400
- New Orleans Dillard University – 2601 Gentilly Boulevard, New Orleans, LA 70122, 504-816-4670
- Opelousas St. Landry Parish School Board – 1013 E Creswell Lane, Opelousas, LA 70570, 337-948-3657
- Plaquemine Iberville Parish – 58030 Plaquemine Street, Plaquemine, LA 70764, 225-955-8652
- Rayville Richland Parish School Board – 411 Foster Street, Rayville, LA 71269, 318-728-5964
- Reserve St. John Parish – 1 Wildcat Drive, Reserve, LA 70084, 985-536-4226
- Shreveport Caddo Parish School Board – 2010 North Market, Shreveport, LA 71107, 318-424-3417
- Sorrento Ascension Parish School Board – 9697 Airline Highway, Sorrento, LA 70778-3007, 225-675-5397
- St. Martinville St. Martin Parish School – 305 Washington Street, St. Martinville, LA 70582, 337-394-6262
- Thibodaux Lafourche Parish School Board – 805 East 7th Street, Thibodaux, LA 70301, 985-446-5631
- Ville Platte Evangeline Parish School Board – 1123 Te Mamou Road, Ville Platte, LA 70586, 337-363-6651
- West Monroe Ouachita Parish Education Center – 609 Vocational Parkway, West Monroe, LA 71292, 318-397-6171
- Winnfield Winn Parish School Board – 304 E. Court Street, Winnfield, LA 71483, 318-628-6936
- Winnsboro Franklin Parish School Board – 7293 Prairie Road, Winnsboro, LA 71295, 318-435-9046

If you have any questions call Louisiana’s state office at: 225-922-2800

Check out GED/HiSET classes to find all locations close to you that offer GED/HiSET preparation classes. GED testing centers are available in every state.

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