HiSET Social Studies Practice Test
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Answer the following question

“…The accumulation of all powers, legislative, executive, and judiciary, in the same hands, whether of one, a few, or many, and whether hereditary, self-appointed, or elective, may justly be pronounced the very definition of tyranny….” — James Madison

Which feature of the United States Constitution was included to address the concern expressed by James Madison?

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HiSET Test Information

The HiSET (High School Equivalency Test) Exams are a set of five subject tests designed to certify that a student has the academic skills normally acquired by completing a typical high school program of study.  The HiSETs Tests are always given in person at testing locations in states/jurisdictions that recognize the HiSET.  Candidates for the HiSET tests are individuals who have not earned a high school diploma. The HiSET is essentially an alternative to the GED credential.

The HiSET Tests are standardized by comparing scores to graduating high school seniors. This standardization process sets the benchmark that candidates must achieve to earn a HiSET credential.  The HiSET credential is issued by the state (or jurisdiction) that the student resides in.  The HiSET credential is typically considered to be equivalent to a high school diploma.

HiSET Test Format

The HiSET consists of 5 subtests in the following categories:

  • Math
  • Science
  • Social Studies
  • Language Arts - Writing
  • Language Arts - Reading

Each of the subtests will present a series of multiple choice questions and will have a time limit.  In addition, the Language Arts - Writing section will include an essay.

HiSET Scores

Your HiSET Scores are scored on a scale of 1-20.  

To pass the HiSET you need to get a total score (sum of all subscores) of at least 45.  In addition, you must achieve a minimum score of 8 on each of the 5 subtests. Finally, your score on the HiSET essay must be at least 2 (out of 6).


Some questions are from the following sources:

Erik Jacobsen at

From the New York State Education Department. "High School Regents Examinations".  Internet. Available from; accessed 8/29/2011.

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