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Does Louisiana Offer GED Programs?
As of 2014, Louisiana residents will need to take the HiSet (High School Equivalency Test), rather than the GED exam, to earn their high school equivalency diploma. This standardized test is administered by the Educational Testing Service (ETS) and includes five subtests that can be taken separately or all at once.
Adult learners looking for information on the HiSet and Louisiana's high school equivalency program can check out the Louisiana Community and Technical College System's website (www.lctcs.edu). This site provides information on exam requirements and registration. Test candidates can also learn about the more than 200 literacy training providers located across the state, as well as the handful of parish schools and community colleges that provide English language and civics instruction.
While adult learners who are 19 or older can take the test at their own discretion, 16-18 year olds must meet eligibility requirements. Though these vary by age, stipulations may include having acceptable scores on an official practice test, receiving a special authorization to test, or enrolling in adult education courses. Exam candidates must also have officially withdrawn from high school.
Test takers who are eligible can view the state's 40 testing centers on LCTCS's website in order to choose the one that works best for them. Centers may offer just the paper option or just the computer option for taking the test, so test-takers should factor that in to their decision before registering online.
HiSet Exam Info
Successful examinees will need to earn eight points or more (out of 20 possible points) on each subtest and a minimum of 45 points total. They must also earn at least two out of six possible points on the essay portion.
Each subtest includes 40-50 multiple-choice questions; the writing portion also includes an essay prompt. Exam topics and testing times for each test section are outlined below.
Language Arts - Reading
This 65-minute subtest requires students to read and analyze a series of written passages and answer questions asking them to identify the main ideas, determine the meanings of unfamiliar words or phrases, and draw conclusions. Test takers might also be asked to compare and contrast the ideas presented in multiple texts or draw conclusions about an author's argument.
Language Arts - Writing
Test takers are given 75 minutes to complete part one of this exam section. The multiple-choice questions included here assess examinees' ability to revise a selection of words or phrases to follow rules of English grammar and mechanics or improve a piece's organization and clarity.
The second part requires students to write a well-organized essay in which they develop an argument and provide enough supporting evidence to back it up. Examinees are allotted 45 minutes to complete this assignment.
The mathematics section takes 90 minutes to complete and includes algebra, geometry, and statistics problems. To do well on this part of the test, examinees will need an ability to perform basic arithmetic operations, determine an event outcome's probability, report measures of central tendency, interpret graphs of linear equations, and simplify expressions, among other tasks. A calculator is allowed for this section of the test.
This 80-minute exam section assesses test takers' knowledge of life science, physical science, and Earth science topics. Examinees might be asked to identify Earth's layers and the components of the solar system, describe an ecosystem's structure, and recognize matter's physical and chemical properties. They'll also need to be familiar with the basic physics of energy and motion.
Test takers should be able to recall significant events occurring in world and U.S. history to succeed on the social studies exam section. Test questions also assess examinees' knowledge of the types of government and the roles of citizens in a democracy as well as the economics of supply and demand. Human and physical geography topics also make up a small part of this test section, which takes 70 minutes to complete.