The HiSET exam is one of three available High School Equivalency Tests in America. When you pass the HiSET exam, you will receive the High School Equivalency Diploma from your State.
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What HiSET Graduates say
In this video, students who are working towards their HiSET diploma at DMACC are sharing their experience.
HiSET is short for “High School Equivalency Test”. The HiSET exam assesses knowledge and skills at a level that compares to that of high school graduates.
The HiSET exam is for adults who, for some reason, were not able to finish their regular high school education and offers them to secure a diploma that is across North America recognized and accepted in lieu of a common high school credential.
The HiSET exam includes five separate subtests that cover the academic fields of English Writing, English Literature and the Arts, Mathematics, Social Studies, and Science.
The five subtests require test-takers to understand and apply reading, writing, mathematical, and critical reasoning skills. The five HiSET subtests may be taken separately and in any order provided mathematics and language writing are not taken last.
When students have passed all five HiSET subtests they will be awarded their states’ High School Equivalency Diploma. As said above, this credential is the equivalency of a regular H.S. diploma and accepted by just about all employers, universities and colleges, state and federal government agencies, and the armed services.
The HiSET was introduced in 2014 as a more affordable alternative to the GED (General Education Development) program that introduced a new version that allowed students to take the test only in a computer-based format while the price had gone up dramatically. The HiSET exam is available in both a paper-based and a computer-based format.
The HiSET is available in 23 states: California, Colorado, Hawaii, Illinois, Iowa, Louisiana, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas, and Wyoming.
On each of the five HiSET subtests, test-takers need to attain a score of no less than 8 out of 20 to pass that section. There are five tests (so 100 is the maximum score) and the minimally required overall scaled score is 45 while on the essay part, the score must be at least 2 out of a possible 6.
The HiSET is a pretty challenging exam. The passing score is set in a way that some 40 percent of high school graduates would not be able to pass the HiSET exam on the first try.
All of the five HiSET subtests come with multiple-choice questions. Only the Writing part of the English Language Arts subtest requires you to write an essay. When you take the HiSET exam in a computer-formatted version, you can skip questions if you don’t know the answer immediately and come back to them later, review questions, change your answers later, and see if you missed any of the questions.
When you’re working on your essay, please keep in mind to budget your precious time. You’ll need the time to think about what’s given in the prompt, you’ll have to plan your response carefully, and write your best possible essay. When you’ve finished your essay, you should check for errors. Occasional grammatical, typographical, or spelling mistakes will not influence your essay score, but persistent and/or severe errors will affect the quality of your essay and have a lowering effect on your score.