HiSET

SOWELA Technical Community College is proud to administer the High School Equivalency Assessment (HiSET) and offers testing for computer-based and paper-based HiSET exams.

In the state of Louisiana an examinee below the age of 19 must obtain an authorization form in order to sit for the HiSET exam. Please contact the Literacy Council of Southwest Louisiana for more information on obtaining this form.

Contact Information:
Lake Charles & Sulphur: (337) 494-7000
Jennings: (337) 421-6567, ext. 4658
Toll Free: 1-888-LIT-SWLA
Email: info@literacyswla.org

SOWELA Main Campus (Lake Charles) Scheduling

Computer-Based Testing

  • Computer-based testing is given on Mondays and Wednesdays.
  • To schedule the exam and view testing times visit the HiSET website by clicking the following link: HiSET – Test Takers.

Paper-Based Testing

  • Paper-Based testing is offered the last Wednesday in every month.
  • Scheduled testing times may be found on the HiSET website by clicking the following link: HiSET – Test Takers.

NOTE: The SOWELA Main Campus does not register individuals for HiSET Testing.

SOWELA Morgan Smith Site (Jennings) Scheduling

The Morgan Smith site only offers paper-based HiSET testing on the last Friday of every month.

  • To schedule the exam and view testing times visit the HiSET website by clicking the following link: HiSET – Test Takers.

NOTE: The SOWELA Morgan Smith site does not register individuals for HiSET Testing.

Score Reports/Certificates of Completion

SOWELA’s Testing Center does not send score reports in the in mail.
Score reports are retrieved via your HiSET account.
Official score reports are sent to designated institutions for free by contacting ETS Customer Service.

Passing Test Scores

A score of at least 8 out of 20 is required to pass each multiple choice section
A score of 2 out of 10 is required to pass the essay section
Successful completion of each test section is indicated by a scaled score of 45 out of 100

Official Test Score Release
Computer-based testing

  • 6 to 10 business days for a the Language Arts – Writing section (essay section)
  • 3 to 5 business days for Multiple Choice Sections

Paper-based testing

  • Additional time is needed for the scoring company to receive used answer sheets
  • Used answer sheets are mailed the same day or the next business day

More information about HiSet test score release is found on the HiSET website under the Scores Overview section

Hiset Test Taker Bulletin

Contact Information

Please contact the following locations for assistance regarding HiSET.
SOWELA Main Campus Testing Center
Magnolia Building, Student Success Center
3850 Sen. J. Bennett Johnston Avenue
Lake Charles, LA 70615
Phone: (337) 421-6967, (337) 421-6580, or (337) 421-6973
Email: testing@sowela.edu

SOWELA Morgan Smith Site
2110 North Sherman Street
Jennings, LA 70546
Phone: (337) 824-4811 or (337) 421-6968
Email: testing@sowela.edu

The Literacy Council of Southwest Louisiana
Ms. Tommeka Semien – Director
809 Kirby Street
Lake Charles, LA 70601
Phone: (337) 494-7000
Email: tsemien@literacyswla.org