Earning a Commonwealth Secondary School Diploma

 Pennsylvanians looking to obtain the Commonwealth Secondary School Diploma (CSSD) now have another option available. The state has approved the Educational Testing Service’s paper-based HiSET® equivalency exam, and the Central Susquehanna Intermediate Unit (CSIU) is making it available in test centers throughout the region.

“The HiSET is an additional exam for adults to attain the CSSD,” says Julie Shumaker, CSIU Adult Education Manager. “Compared to the GED, the HiSET is a more affordable option offered at convenient locations.”

The HiSET is made up of five parts (math, science, social studies, reading and writing) and each is administered for $18 each. The questions are in multiple choice plus one essay format. Click here for additional facts about the HiSET exam. 

Upon successful completion of all sections, a CSSD will be issued. The CSSD is accepted by colleges, employers and the U.S. military, expanding opportunities for examiners pursuing postsecondary education and career goals.

In addition to administering the HiSET exam, the CSIU also offers classes to prepare adults to take the HiSET, as well as the traditional GED® exam. See the complete listing of class locations and hours here

HiSET Exam 
offered by CSIU

You must pre-register to take the exam, which can be done at www.hiset.ets.org 

After you are registered, remember to take the following items with you to the test center:

  • Valid Pennsylvania photo identification (ID)
  • Your appointment number from HiSET

The following items are prohibited in the testing center:

  • cell phones
  • cameras
  • hats
  • food
  • drinks
  • purses/bags/backpacks

Your scores are automatically shared with your test center (CSIU) and the state (PA) administrator's office in Harrisburg. Upon passing all five sections of the HiSET exam, the Pennsylvania Department of Education will issue you a Commonwealth Secondary School Diploma (CSSD) to the address you provided on your profile page in your HiSet account. Please keep your profile up to date.

Please do not ever give your original diploma or transcript to anyone. Extra transcripts can be sent from your HiSet account for a fee. The Diploma is only issued one time to you.