All About the GED: Maine

Aug 03, 2018

The GED test has been replaced by the HiSET exam in Maine. Adults living in Maine who don't have a high school diploma may earn the Maine High School Equivalency Diploma by passing the HiSET exam. This credential has the same legal status as a regular Maine high school diploma.

Earn Your Maine High School Equivalency Credential

Eligibility Requirements

Adults in Maine who do not have a high school diploma may earn a high school equivalency by taking and passing the HiSET exam. In order to take this exam, you must be 18 years old and present a valid form of government-issued photo identification.

If you are 17 years old, you're eligible to take the HiSET examination if it has been at least one year since you were last enrolled in high school, you have a state waiver, or you are home-schooled. You do not have to be a resident of Maine to take the HiSET exam in that state.

HiSET candidates in Maine must take and pass the practice test before taking the actual exam. This requirement may be waived if you can prove you're adequately prepared to take the exam. Additional requirements for testing, retesting and age exceptions may be requested by the local testing center, based on the policies of the local school board. Contact the center nearest you for information about your eligibility, the exam or the practice test.

Test Scoring and Passing

To pass the Maine HiSET exam, you must obtain a score of 8 out of 20 on each individual subtest. You must score at least 2 out of 6 on the language arts essay portion of the test, and you need to achieve a total scaled score of 45 out of 100 on all five subtests.

Candidates who pass the HiSET may obtain their transcripts by using the Diploma Sender website which is accessible from the DOE or HiSET website.

Contents of the HiSET

The HiSET is made up of five sections: Writing, Social Studies, Science, Reading and Mathematics. The writing section has an essay component. You will be allowed to use a calculator, supplied by the testing center, during the math test.

HiSET Preparation

Maine's Adult Education Association provides HiSET test preparation classes that are free for Maine residents. You may also find a listing of adult education centers on the HiSET website. Online and at-home study resources include test questions with explanations. Other resources include the HiSET preparation, Fast Forward, produced by Kentucky Educational Television.

Registration and Cost

The HiSET tests are not given online. You can only take the HiSET tests at an official testing center. A directory of test centers is available on the HiSET website. Register and schedule at the testing center where you intend to take the exam. There is no fee if you are a Maine resident. Contact your local test center or the Maine HiSET administrator for further registration information.

Why Get Your High School Equivalency Diploma in Maine?

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, individuals with a high school diploma experience less unemployment and higher earnings than those who do not have a diploma. By passing the HiSET exam in Maine, you can improve your opportunities for increased earnings and obtaining competitive skills.

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