The HiSET exam includes five tests in these fields: Science, Social Studies, Mathematics, Literacy Writing, and Literacy Reading.
The HiSET (High School Equivalency Test) is offered both in a paper-based and a computer-formatted version whereas the four GED modules need to be completed on a computer.
The HiSET exams (five tests) don’t need to be taken in one session as well.
You will receive your test results after around five to six weeks if you test paper-based.
HiSET passing score
To pass the HiSET exam, test-takers need to attain at least an eight-score (out of a possible 20) on all five HiSET subtests and their overall score cannot be less than 45. Additionally, their essays must result in a score of at least two.
All five HiSET subtests have between 40 and 50 questions that are all multiple-choice except for, of course, the essay section in the writing test.
These subtests are also offered separately. Get prepared by taking our free HiSET practice tests
- HiSET Math Practice Tests
- HiSET Reading and Writing Arts Practice Tests
- HiSET Science Practice Tests
- HiSET Social Studies Practice Tests
When you pass the HiSET exam, you will get an HSE certificate or diploma.
This document opens the doors to a college education and a secondary education diploma is more or less a ‘must’ for practically all future employment positions.
To be able to qualify for credit classes or get financial support at schools of higher learning, you definitely are required to hold a high school or equivalent diploma, so be wise, and try to get your HS equivalency diploma as soon as you possibly can.
Some states subsidize the HSE examination partially, and there are four states that fully subsidize the cost of the exam for their residents (New York, West Virginia, Maine, and Connecticut)
Beware that the HiSET exam cannot be taken online, you must go in-person to a state-designated test center, though online preparation can be a great solution for students living in remote areas or those who are not in a position to attend classes in a traditional setting.
Language Arts – Reading
This is a 65 minute-long test in which applicants must read and analyze a number of written texts and answer questions regarding the main topics, identify the meaning of words and phrases, and come to conclusions. Candidates may be required to describe and compare some ideas in a number of texts or identify the author’s arguments.
Language Arts – Writing
Candidates have 120 minutes to deal with part 1 and part 2 of this exam portion. This multiple-choice section (part 1) examines a candidate’s skills in English grammar and structure. In part 2, candidates must show they are capable of writing a well-structured essay, describe and develop a statement or argument, come up with evidence to support the idea, and come to a conclusion.
Applicants have 90 minutes to complete the mathematics section. This part requires them to address issues in the fields of algebra, geometry, and statistics. They must have command of basic arithmetic operations, determine the probable outcome of events, analyze and interpret graphics, and handle measurements of central tendency.
This is an 80-minutes section that examines applicants’ knowledge of physical science, life science, and Earth science issues. Applicants need to answer questions about, for example, our solar system and the layers of the Earth. The need to be able to describe the structures of ecosystems and demonstrate that they are familiarized with the principles of physics.
To pass this 70-minute test, applicants must show they know important events going on in the world and have sufficient knowledge of the U.S. history. They additionally are required to be able to answer questions about different types of government, and about the roles that citizens play in democracies.
This section also addresses topics as economics (supply and demand questions), physical geography, and human demographics.