About the HiSET
The High School Equivalency Test (HiSET) is a program created by Education Testing Service (ETS) and the Iowa Testing Programs with the goal of helping individuals earn a high school equivalency credential. It is one of three high school equivalency programs available; others include the General Educational Development (GED) and Test Assessing Secondary Completion (TASC). States differ in which tests they offer, with some using one specific test and others allowing two or three options. Passing the HiSET exam can show employers, colleges, the U.S. military and training programs that you have a high school graduate's academic knowledge and proficiency.
The HiSET exam is divided into five subtests: Language Arts-Reading, Language Arts-Writing, Mathematics, Science and Social Studies. The Language Arts-Reading subtest consists of 40 multiple-choice questions, while the Language Arts-Writing subtest features 51 multiple-choice questions and one essay. The Mathematics, Science and Social Studies subtests each consist of 50 multiple-choice questions. All five subtests can be taken individually in any order or all in one sitting over a 7-hour period. The subtests are each scored on a scale of 1 to 20. To pass the HiSET, you must earn a score of at least 8 on each subtest, score at least 2 out of 6 on the writing test's essay portion and have a combined total score of 45 or more.
The HiSET exam offers both computer-based and paper-based testing options in English and Spanish. Testing is available at test centers in states or jurisdictions that offer the exam. Visit the HiSET website to check test availability in your state, and contact local test centers to learn about test dates. Policies and requirements for taking the HiSET (i.e. age restrictions or prerequisites) vary by jurisdiction or state.
Our test prep courses are designed to ensure you have the knowledge to excel on HiSET subtests that include:
- HiSET Language Arts - Reading: Prep and Practice
- HiSET Language Arts - Writing: Prep and Practice
- HiSET Mathematics: Prep and Practice
- HiSET Science: Prep and Practice
- HiSET Social Studies: Prep and Practice
About Study.com HiSET Courses
Our test prep courses are designed to give you all the information you need to pass the HiSET exam. Review our engaging lessons to strengthen your knowledge of concepts covered on the subtests, including American literature, writing mechanics, quadrilaterals, human body systems and World War I. These lessons are available as short videos or texts. Visit them as often as needed to deepen your understanding of exam topics.
Accompanying each lesson is a multiple-choice quiz you can take any time to find out how well you understand key concepts. Each chapter in our courses is matched with a comprehensive exam to give you an even broader review of the lessons. To confirm your full understanding of each course and readiness to answer questions in the multiple-choice format, be sure to take our final exams.
A great way to check your progress as you navigate the courses is to visit our dashboard. We keep track of your recent activity, making it easy to revisit specific portions of the courses you review. The dashboard also offers an Ask the Expert feature that lets you submit lesson topic questions to our subject-matter experts. All of these fantastic resources are available 24 hours a day and can be accessed using your computer, smartphone or tablet of choice.
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