Wappingers Central School District


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Steps to follow in the WCSD High School Equivalency (HSE) program:
  • Student must sign out of high school and must bring sign-out sheet from the guidance office to the first class.
  • If the student is under 21, they must also bring a $20 registration fee.
  • Attend the class of your choice.
  • Meet with the instructors and fill out the necessary paperwork.
  • The instructor will give the student a TABE test (Test of Basic Education) to see what areas the student needs to work on.
  • Attend classes & complete assignments.
  • Take the practice High School Equivalency (HSE) exam.
  • If the student gets a passing score on the practice test, then he/she will fill out an application to take the HSE exam at Dutchess Community College.  If the student does not pass the practice test, he/she will be given additional work to better prepare him/her.
  • Once the student passes the HSE practice exam and fills out the application, it will be submitted and he/she should get a test date in approximately 2-3 weeks.
  • The student will receive a letter from the state informing them of their exam date.
  • The HSE exam is held on a Friday evening and a Saturday morning at the Dutchess Community College campus in Poughkeepsie. The student must attend both sessions.
  • The student will receive a letter from the New York State Education Department informing the student if they have passed or failed.
    • In the event the student passes, they will recieve a letter in May from the WCSD Continuing Ed office with details about the HSE graduation ceremony which is held in June.
    • If the student fails the HSE exam, they only have to retake the sections of the exam that they failed.
  • For those students with IEPs, testing modifications may be available. The student must apply for the modifications and receive approval from the New York State Education Department.