Maine GED Programs and Information

In Maine, the GED exam has been replaced with the High School Equivalency Test (HiSET). Adult learners who have yet to earn a high school diploma can sit for this exam and earn an equivalent credential. Eligibility requirements, test prep options and exam content are outlined below.

Does Maine Offer GED Programs?

As of January 2014, adult learners looking to earn a high school equivalency diploma in Maine will need to pass the High School Equivalency Test (HiSET) administered by the Educational Testing Service (ETS), rather than the GED exam.

HiSET Eligibility Requirements

Test takers in Maine must be 18 years of age or older before they can sit for this exam, though exceptions are made for 17-year-olds in some instances. Exam candidates will also need to submit passing scores on the practice test or an alternative proof of sufficient test prep before being allowed to register with a local testing center; no other test preparation is required. Examinees who are Maine residents can take the test for free.

Test Prep Information

The Maine Adult Education Association offers free or low-cost programs through its statewide network of adult training centers. These day and evening classes are designed to help students hone their reading, writing and math skills or brush up on their science and social studies content area knowledge.

Students who'd like to familiarize themselves with test content or formatting can also take advantage of resources available on the ETS website. These include practice tests covering each subject area, an online study companion and video tutorials.

Exam Content

This paper-based test includes five sections covering reading, writing, math, science and social science. Examinees who earn eight points or more on each subtest, at least two points on the essay and a combined score of 45 or higher will receive a high school equivalency diploma that can help them get into college degree programs or land a job.


The reading portion is the first of two sections designed to assess test takers' language arts skills. Examinees will be given 65 minutes to read a series of written passages and answer 50 multiple-choice questions evaluating their reading comprehension skills and their ability to analyze a text.


The writing portion is a bit more involved; in addition to 60 multiple-choice questions in which examinees revise selected words or phrases from a written passage, they'll be asked to write a well-organized response to an essay prompt. Test takers will have 120 minutes to complete this exam.


The math section consists of 55 multiple-choice questions assessing examinees' knowledge of number sense, probability and statistics, geometry and algebra. Test takers are allotted 90 minutes to complete this part of the exam.


Science test content includes 60 multiple-choice questions delivered over an 80-minute time period. Success on this area of the exam requires a knowledge of life, physical and Earth science topics. Test takers are also asked to interpret scientific information presented in the form of graphs and tables and evaluate experiment design.

Social Studies

The 70-minute social studies section is one of the exam's shortest. It includes 60 multiple-choice questions on history, government, economics and geography. Students will be presented with a variety of historical documentation and asked to draw inferences from the material, evaluate its reliability or decipher between statement and opinion.

Why Get Your High School Diploma in Maine?

People who pass the HiSET can join the military, attend college or enroll in a training program and advance their careers.

Need help preparing for the GED? Check out's GED Test Prep study guides, complete with bite-size video lessons, practice tests, informational resources, and more to make sure you ace the exam!

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