WHAT DO I NEED TO KNOW?

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.

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:

Individual subtest costs are as follows:

  • Paper-delivered test: Up to $20 ($15 ETS fee, up to $5 test center fee).
  • Computer-delivered test: Up to $15.75 ($10.75 ETS fee, up to $5 test center fee).
  • The ETS fee must be paid when you schedule the appointment.
  • Test center fees can apply to both subtests and retests, and must be paid to the test center. Note: All test center fees will be collected at the test site.  Please contact your test center for additional fee payment information before test day.  Please log in to your HiSET account for more information.

Waiver of Minimum Age Requirement

  • Candidates 17 and 18 years of age are eligible to test and receive HSE diplomas provided the candidate:
    • submits to the HSE testing center prior to testing, an original, official school document that clearly identifies the candidate by name, date of birth, and provides the last school enrollment date and signed by the chief education officer verifying that the candidate has been advised of in-school and alternative educational options, or
    • candidates with no previous high school enrollment are required to provide documentation from a chief education officer or the county superintendent of the county in which the candidate currently resides, documenting the candidate has not enrolled in school and has been advised of in-school and alternative education options.
    • In-Person HiSET Testing Requirements for 17 & 18-Year-Olds (Information)
  • A 16-year-old candidate may receive a waiver of the age requirement provided the candidate submits the following documentation and it is approved by the state HSE test administrator:
    • Complete a signed and notarized 16-year-old Waiver Application Form providing school status and notarized permission from the candidate's parent or legal guardian.
    • Include a statement from an adult basic education program stating the candidate has successfully completed HSE preparation classes or has attained pre-test scores indicating a likelihood that the candidate will pass the official HSE test.
    • Include a letter on official letterhead stationery from an employer or continuing education training program indicating that acceptance of the candidate is based upon successful completion of the HSE test.
    • Candidates with no previous high school enrollment are required to provide documentation from a chief education officer or the county superintendent of the county in which the candidate currently resides, documenting the candidate has not enrolled in school and has been advised of in-school and alternative educational options.

PREPARING FOR TEST

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.

AREAS OF STUDY

UNDERSTANDING YOUR SCORES


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