HiSET Language Arts Reading Practice Test 1
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Read the following passage and answer the question

Technology is rapidly expanding the scope of capabilities for both professional and personal use; such is the case with smart phones. Professionals now have devices available to them capable of digital media, internet access, phone communication, multi-person scheduling and office tools for documents and presentations. Businesspeople that are often mobile may maximize the use of these critical features on smart phones. Individuals who simply enjoy the luxury of multi-function devices often use these devices for frivolous pursuits such as downloading catchy ring tones, instant messaging about the latest gossip and looking up the world record for most cans crushed on one’s head during the Superbowl. This fusion of capabilities and increased availability of such devices could be a sign of a growing blend in society between work and personal life, or individuals could simply be taking a luxurious approach to their connectivity in personal lives.

The term “frivolous” implies that the author

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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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