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:
- 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.
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 www.erikthered.com/tutor
From the New York State Education Department. "High School Regents Examinations". Internet. Available from www.nysedregents.org; accessed 8/29/2011.
CK-12 Foundation - www.ck12.org
BEHS Sat Prep - https://behssatprep.wikispaces.com/
PWN the SAT - http://blog.pwnthesat.com/