Second Start is the High School Equivalency testing center
for the Greater Concord area. As of January 1, 2014, the
test used for High School equivalency is no longer the GED.
If you did not successfully pass all parts of the GED test
before December 31, 2013, you will have to begin testing
all over again and take all parts of the HiSET in order
to earn the New Hampshire High School Equivalency Certificate.
The HiSET is an (approximately) eight hour test and is usually
taken over two or more days. The test measures competency
in reading, writing, math, science and social studies. More
information on the HiSET can be found by clicking here
as well as here.
The minimum age to take the HiSET is 16. Students under
18 must first obtain permission to take the HiSET from their
high school superintendent or desingee and must successfully
pass all Official Practice Tests. Please click here
for more information and for links to the appropriate NH
Department of Education Referral forms.
Preparing for the HiSET
Second Start offers FREE classes in the mornings, afternoons
and evenings to prepare for the HiSET. Those who cannot
attend classes may be interested in the Guided Study option
or tutoring with a trained volunteer. Please call to register
For information about preparing to take the HiSET, please
You will find links to sample questions, a FREE half
length practice test (strongly encouraged) and directions
for applying for Disability Accommodations.
HiSET Official Practice Tests are required for students
less than 18 years of age. People over 18 may take the
Official Practice Tests for $5 per subject at Second Start,
but are not required to do so. Please call for information
on scheduling a practice test.
To Register for the HiSET
to establish an online HiSET account.
Once you have your HiSET ID # you can schedule your testing
dates. Click below for Second Start's testing schedule and
the registration form.
HiSET Registration Form and Schedule
Return the completed Registration Form and the testing fee
of $95, payable in cash or a money order,
to Second Start to reserve a spot in the testing. Do not
pay any money onilne. To see the complete fee structure
(including single test fees and retesting fees), click here
NOTE: Please be sure to register well in advance of the
testing date. Seating is limited to 12 for the paper test
and 10 for the computerized version.
What will I need to bring on the day of the exam?
You will need a government issued picture ID (NH Driver's
License, Non-Driver's ID or Passport). If your government
ID does not have your current NH address listed, you must
bring two pieces of mail as proof of NH residency.
What if I have to reschedule my exam?
to familiarize yourself with the cancellation and rescheduling
Plan to arrive a half-hour early on test day to allow
enough time for the check-in process. If you arrive late,
you may not be allowed into the test room. If you are expected
but fall to show up for any reason on the day the exam is
given (inlcuding late arrival), you will forfeit your testing
fee for that day.