What is HiSET™?

HiSET™ is a diploma that shows that you have the same knowledge as someone who completed high school in the USA. Passing your HiSET™ test can help you be more successful. You can use it to get a better job and to go to college.


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What is the HiSET™ test?

The HiSET™ is a test of your understanding and knowledge. What is HiSET™? The name HiSet™ is short for High School Equivalency Test. Passing the HiSET™ test shows you have the same knowledge and skills as a person who graduated from high school in the USA

Why is it important?

Many Americans and refugees and immigrants were not able to finish high school. Without a high school diploma, it can be hard to get a good job and succeed in the United States. But if you pass the HiSET™ test, you get a diploma (certificate) from your state. It is called a high school equivalency (HSE) diploma, so you may sometimes see or hear your test referred to as an HSE test.

The HiSET™ diploma says you have equivalent (the same) skills as someone who completed high school in the United States. This is a big accomplishment! Not only will you gain an education, but you will have better job choices.

What is the HiSET™ test like?

The test take several hours and is divided into several topics. You can take the topics on separate days. You will take the test on a computer.

What’s on the test?

There are five subjects on the test: social studies, science, math, reading and writing.

What shall I do now?

You can study for the test. You can also find out how to take the test.

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Study for your GED®, TASC, or HiSET credential online so you can go to university or find a better job.

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How should I study for theHiSET™ test?

USAHello’s free online classes cover each subject on the tests. You can start a class whenever you are ready. Most students finish one subject within two weeks to two months. You can start and stop anytime. You can retake lessons. You can choose which subject you want to start with.

Does my state offer HiSET™?

You cannot take the HiSET™ test in every state. Look at the table below to find out which test is offered in your state.

Table of HSE tests state by state

If your state does not offer HiSET™, you can still get a diploma. You can take the TASC test or the GED® test in your state. Look at the table again to see which one.

What is GED®?         

The GED® test is like the TASC test. Passing the GED® test shows you have the same knowledge and skills as a person who graduated from high school in the USA.

What is TASC?

The TASC test is like the GED test. Passing the TASC test shows you have the same knowledge and skills as a person who graduated from high school in the USA.

How do I take the HiSET test?

To take the tests, you have to go to a testing center. The tests will be on a computer.

Free practice test

Take our free GED/HiSET/TASC practice test to see if you are ready to pass the tests now, or if you want to study more before you sign up.

Free test preparation classes

Study all four topics to prepare for the HiSET test.

How to take the HiSET test

Find the information you need to register for and take the HiSET test. When you have passed all the subjects, you will receive a diploma.

I have a diploma from another country. Should I still get a HiSET, TASC or GED® credential?

If you have a high school diploma, you may or may not need a HiSET, TASC or GED® credential. But you may need proof you finished school to go to college or get a job. If you do not have proof, getting a diploma in the USA will help you.