Montana High School Equivalency Assessment
Montana LINCS - Click Here to Learn About Montana Adult Basic and Literacy Education. You will find a lot of information on the new high school equivalency test (HiSET) in the email archives.
The Montana ETS HiSET® is a battery of tests which measures a student's academic skills as compared to a high school graduate. If passed, a Montana High School Equivalency Diploma is issued which is accepted by institutions of higher education and employers as equivalent to a regular high school diploma.
2015 Graduate Aspin Miller
On May 5, 2014, Aspin achieved her High School Equivalency through the Billings Adult Education Center. She has subsequently enrolled in MSU Billings with the goal of becoming an educator. Not only is she the first person in her family to receive an HSE but she will also be the first to go to college. Aspin's family is very proud of her, and she is increasingly self-confident and is looking forward to a satisfying career.
Office of Public Instruction
PO Box 202501
1300 11th Avenue.
Helena MT 59620-2501
HiSET Test-Taker Information
What Are The Tests?
The HiSET tests are five tests in the areas of writing skills, social studies, science, literature and the arts,and mathematics. The questions in each of these tests require you to use general knowledge and thinking skills. Few questions ask about facts, details, and definitions. The HiSET tests are designed to measure the important knowledge and skills, usually learned during four years of high school, that you may have obtained in a different manner.
Waiver of Minimum Age Requirement:
Applicants 16 years of age, under special circumstances, may apply for a waiver provided following criteria can be documented:
- Completed, signed, and notarized 16 year old Waiver Application Form with required school documentation attached demonstrating consensus of applicant, school officials, and applicant's parent/legal guardian that the HiSET program is considered in the best interest of applicant.
- Original letter, on official letterhead, signed by Adult Basic Education (ABE) Director certifying applicant has been enrolled in HiSET classes and is academically prepared for the HiSET test.
- Letter of documentation, on official letterhead, establishing applicant's need to obtain a HiSET at age 16 from one of the following: higher education admissions officer or employer requiring HiSET.
Method of Applying:
Applicants must meet minimum age and residency requirements. Applications for testing must be completed at nearest official HiSET Testing Center; photo identification and proof of age are required.
Cost of the Test:
Testing at Official HiSET Testing Centers costs $50.00. The $50.00 covers the cost of the test and up to three retakes, and is good for one year. When you report to the test center you may be charged an additional test center fee of $25. Check with your center to determine your cost.
- Frequently Asked Questions for HiSET Test-Takers
- November 2014 High School Equivalency Informational Letter
- 2015-16 Montana Test Center Schedule for the HiSET
How to Prepare?
Many adult education programs sponsored by local school districts, colleges, and even community organizations, provide the instruction you may need for the tests. You can talk to the teachers at these adult education programs to decide whether you need to study for all of the tests. Libraries and bookstores also carry HiSET study materials.
- HiSET Information on How to Prepare for the Test
- HiSET Eligibility Requirements for Montana
- Reach Your Goals
- Test at a Glance
- Montana ABLE Programs
A request for a duplicate transcript must be mailed to the following address.
HSE PROGRAM OFFICE OF PUBLIC INSTRUCTION
PO BOX 202501
HELENA, MT 59620.2501
Include a stamped return envelope with your request.
- There is no charge for an official transcript
- No fax or email requests
- No duplicate diplomas
HiSET Testing Centers in Montana
*AE: Alternate Examiner
*AS: Addendum Site
Adult Education Center
415 N 30th St
Billings MT 59101.1252
Deer Lodge:MSPVal Ericson
500 Conley Lake Rd
Deer Lodge, MT 59722
(406)846.1320 x 2360
Hamilton High School
327 Fairgrounds Road
Hamilton MT 59840
Rena K. Bolton
Montana HiSET Option Program
The Montana HiSET Option Program (MHOP) is designed to be a part of a high school curriculum that provides another pathway for students to obtain a high school diploma. Montana HiSET Option Program students are a group of students who have the capabilities to complete high school but are behind in the credits needed to graduate with their class and are at risk of leaving school without a high school diploma. This program allows those students who meet the requirements an opportunity to stay in school and graduate with their class.
The due date for the 2016-17 Option Program Application is June 17.What is the Montana HiSET Option Program (MHOP)?
2016-17 HiSET Guideline Manual
2016-17 School District Application
Option Program Contract
Option Program: Account Creation, Scheduling and Payments
Option Program: Monitoring Tool
Option Program: Permission to Test Waiver