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All About the GED: New Hampshire

Adult residents of New Hampshire who do not have a high school diploma can take advantage of the adult educational programs to prepare for the HiSET test. The HiSET credential can be the ticket that opens the door to better job opportunities or higher education.

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The HiSET in New Hampshire

As of January 1, 2014, New Hampshire stopped offering the General Educational Development (GED) exam. In place of the GED, New Hampshire offers the HiSET exam from ETS (Educational Testing Service).

Overview of the HiSET

The HiSET is a 5-subject timed test administered in an official testing facility. The five subject areas that make up the test are language arts reading and writing, math, social studies, and science. The test is meant to assess the taker's knowledge of the academic subjects typically taught in high school. The test is currently available in English and Spanish. The HiSET is available in both paper- and computer-based formats.

Each subtest of the HiSET exam (or battery) is scored on a scale of 1 to 20. To pass the entire battery, test-takers must:

  • Score a minimum of 8 points on each subtest
  • Score a 2 or higher on the essay portion of the writing test
  • Achieve a combined score (all subsets) of 45 or higher

Requirements for Taking the HiSET in New Hampshire

New Hampshire requires test-takers be residents of the state. Additionally, students must be at least 18 years of age and no longer enrolled in high school.

Ways to Prepare for the New Hampshire HiSET

As part of the HiSET program, ETS provides test-takers with access to a variety of free study aids through the company's website (www.hiset.ets.org). The site hosts tutorial videos, study companions, sample tests, practice questions, and study tips. In addition to the free aids, ETS offers a selection of low-cost test preparation material.

Another option for test-takers is enrolling in a local adult education course. These courses can often be found through the state's education department, or through the America's Literacy Directory (literacydirectory.org).

Accommodations and Re-Testing

Students requiring accommodations to take the HiSET must have their requests approved by ETS prior to scheduling a test date. Individuals will need to complete the HiSET Testing Accommodations Request Form (found on the HiSET website) and submit the form to ETS for approval.

Those needing to retake the HiSET are not required to wait between retakes. However, ETS only allows students to take a subject area subtest 3 times in a calendar year.

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