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How to Become an Approved Testing Center

Per Colorado Revised Statutes 22-33-102(8.5), the Department of Education approves testing centers to administer any State Board-approved high school equivalency examination (HSEE) based on geographic need and testing volume.

Prior to administration of any HSEE, testing centers must first be approved by the Department, and must also meet the requirements of the test publisher for any HSEE the testing center selects (e.g., the GED or HiSET). Follow these steps to become approved to administer HSE exams:

  1. Complete the HSEE Testing Center Application: The Department approves and determines need for a new testing site based on geographic location and testing volume in the region. 
  2. Apply with the test publisher: After your Application with CDE has been approved, choose which HSE exam(s) you want to provide and begin the application process with the test publisher. The individual test publishers determine the ability of a testing center to meet all requirements to administer the selected HSEE. Requirements vary by test publisher.
  3. Begin testing! Once you have met all the requirements of the test publisher, you are ready to begin administering your HSE exam(s)!

Note: Department-approved testing centers are authorized to provide any HSEE and do not need additional approval to add new HSEEs. For example, if you are approved to administer the GED and later want to add the HiSET, you do not need to re-apply with CDE. You will simply follow ETS's application process as per step 2 above.


Resource:

US Department of Education Dear Colleague Letter

  • Information from the US DOE to institutions of higher education regarding state-authorized examinations that the state recognizes as the equivalency of a high school diploma. The Letter addresses the 2014 version of the GED and other HSE exams, such as HiSET, that emerged at that time.