The HiSET Exam
The HiSET Exam assesses your academic knowledge and skills in reading, writing, math, science and social studies. In Missouri, the multiple-choice test is offered on computer and is available in English and Spanish. To be eligible to take the HiSET Exam in Missouri, you must be a resident of Missouri, at least 16 years old and not enrolled in high school.
To pass the HiSET, you need a scaled score of 8 out of 20 possible points on each of the five tests, and you must earn at least 2 of 6 possible points on the writing test essay. The total score must be at least 45 out of 100 on all subtests.
You can take the five sections of the HiSET Exam at one time if your local test center schedule allows, or you can take the following test sections individually, in whatever order you choose.
- Language Arts - Reading - assesses your reading skills and your ability to analyze literary and informational texts such as editorials, reports, biographical sketches and poetry. The test is 65 minutes and has 50 multiple-choice questions that ask you to draw conclusions, infer relationships, form generalizations and identify themes and details.
- Language Arts - Writing - measures your ability to express thoughts and ideas in clear and concise language. The first part of the test has 60 multiple-choice questions that ask you to revise written selections that have problems with organization, grammar, style and usage. Part 2 of the test requires you to write and revise your own essay. You have 120 minutes to complete the entire test.
- Mathematics - is a 90-minute test that lets you demonstrate your problem-solving skills. The test covers numbers operations, measurements, geometry, data analysis and algebra. The 55 multiple-choice questions use real-life situations to present problems involving topics such as percentages, proportions, fractions, algebraic expressions and equations and the area, volume and perimeter of geometric figures. You can use a calculator during the test.
- Science - gauges your ability to understand and evaluate science-related information and apply scientific concepts and principles. The 80-minute test has 60 multiple-choice questions that cover health, botany, zoology, chemistry, physics and astronomy.
- Social Studies - is a 70-minute test that requires you to demonstrate your ability to read, understand and evaluate different types of social studies-related information. The test uses graphs, maps, political cartoons charts and reading selections as the source of 60 multiple-choice questions that cover history, geography, political science, anthropology and sociology.
Preparing for HiSET
You can find sample questions and practice tests on the HiSET website. If you take the practice tests and decide you need some time to study, you can find help at many of Missouri's Adult Education and Learning Programs. The following HiSET prep classes are just three of the many options offered through the adult education programs listed on the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education website.
- Lake Career & Technical Center - offers free HISET prep via its lab that is open Tuesdays and Thursdays with day and evening hours. Classes are open to students at all levels. To use the lab and get personal help, you must attend a three-day orientation in Camdenton.
- Moberly Area Community College - provides free HiSET Exam preparation through its Adult Education and Literacy Program. Students must attend an orientation, attend a minimum of nine class hours per week and work toward being prepared for the HiSET.
- Independence Adult Basic Education - operated through the Independence public school system, the Independence adult education program provides free HiSET prep classes at five different locations throughout the city. Classes are held in the mornings and evenings, two days a week, and each location has a different schedule. To take a HiSET prep class, you must attend an enrollment session. Students work at their own pace and receive individualized support from tutors. To learn more about the Independence adult education HiSET prep class, go to the Independence School District's website. You have to be at least 17 years old to start the class.
Why Get Your HiSET in Missouri?
Several colleges offer scholarships for students who have passed the HiSET, so you can further your education at an affordable cost.