What should I know about the HiSET?

In the adult world, there aren’t nearly as many tests to take as there were when you were in school. So, if you haven’t finished high school, the thought of getting into test-taking shape to earn your high school equivalency diploma can seem overwhelming. When you know what you’re getting into with the HiSET, you can feel much more confident! At HopeWorks, we help people of all education levels and backgrounds prepare to pass the HiSET, and learning about the test is step one. Our Adult Basic Education instructors will get into the more specific details, but we’ll break down a few of the most important components you should know here. 

About the test 

The HiSET is a way to show that you understand the information a student needs to know to graduate high school. The test is fully online, and each of the five sections varies in length from 60 to 120 minutes. It can take a long time to complete, which is why it’s important to study with a reputable organization like HopeWorks before you take the test – you don’t want to have to do it twice!  

When you pass the test, the state recognizes that you are college and career ready, which can open the door to new job opportunities. If you don’t pass, you will receive information about how you performed on each subject so you can study and prepare to take the test again. 

Subjects included

There are five sections on the HiSET that are divided into four subjects. There are two sections of language arts: reading and writing. The reading section is 65 minutes long and asks multiple choice questions about sections of text. The writing section is 120 minutes and is a combination of multiple choice and essay questions. The essays focus on how well you can organize your ideas into writing and the multiple choice section tests your ability to edit writing. Then there is a multiple choice math section. You’re able to use a calculator during this 90-minute section to solve problems about measurement, algebra, probability, order of operations and general logic. During the 80-minute science section, you’ll answer multiple choice questions to determine your ability to interpret and evaluate scientific data. Finally, the social studies section is full of multiple choice questions. For 70-minutes, you’ll be evaluated on how you demonstrate your knowledge of history, political science, psychology, sociology, anthropology, geography and economics. 

How to prepare

After reading about the sections and subjects, you might feel like passing this test will be challenging. While it’s not easy to earn your HiSET, it is worth the effort and we can help you! HopeWorks ABE team helps thousands of people in Memphis and across the Mid-South prepare for and pass the HiSET. Enrolling in our program is easy and simple when you use the form below! 

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