How do I take the HiSET™ test? What do I need to know about taking the HiSET™ test? Here are the tools and information you need to take and pass the HiSET™ test.
Here are 10 steps to help you get ready to take the HiSET™ test:
1. Make sure this is the best test for your state
Some states offer another test instead of HiSET™. They may offer GED® or TASC. Many states offer a choice. Look at this table to find out which test is offered in your state.
This information is to help you understand which test your state offers. This information is general and might change. You should check with your state to see which test they accept before registering for any test.
2. Check that you are eligible
You will usually be eligible to take the HiSET™ test if you are 18 years of age or older and have not graduated from a US high school. In some cases, you may be able to take the test if you are 16 or 17. Some states ask that you attend test preparation classes. Other states only allow residents to take the test, but you do not have to be a US citizen. You can find the HiSET™ test requirements in your state.
3. Learn about the HiSET test
Find out what to expect when you take the test – what knowledge you need and the kind of questions you will be asked. You need to know what’s on the HiSET™ test.
4. Study for your test
5. Find a testing center
You cannot take the test online. You MUST take the test in person at a testing center. Find a testing center now or after you register.
IMPORTANT NOTICE: Many testing centers have cancelled tests because of COVID-19. HiSET is offering an online test for some students. Find out more about HiSET® Exam at Home.
6. Register for an account at hiset.ets.org
You may decide to create an online account at hiset.ets.org. You can create your account at any time – you don’t have to wait until you are ready to take your test. Your account is called My HiSET. In some states you can use the site to schedule your test. You will also be able to view your test results and scores there.
During your registration with hiset.ets.org, you will need to provide information, but you will not need to pay until you are ready to make a test appointment.
7. Schedule and pay for your tests
Once you are ready to take the test, you can schedule your testing appointment in one of three ways:
- online through your HiSET account
- by contacting your test center
- by calling ETS Customer Service at (855) 694-4738
You can take each part of the test on different days. Decide the first test or tests you want to take. Then choose the location and date and time. If you want to take all the tests in one day, schedule your tests so you can have breaks. The entire test takes 7 hours and 5 minutes.
You will have to pay a fee to schedule the test. The fee is $10 for each of the five tests, plus whatever your state charges for each test. These extra fees range from $5 to $20 per subtest. Find the fees charged by each state. You can pay for one test at a time as you schedule them.
8. Keep taking practice tests
Before you take the real test, practice as much as you can with the free HiSET™ prep materials and with USAHello practice test. Practice the question formats and instructions that you will see on the test.
The tests will make sure you are prepared on test day. And, your results will show you if you are ready to take the test.
9. Get ready for test day
Here are some tips to help you succeed on test day:
- Find out what’s on the HiSET™ test.
- If you are taking the test on a computer, get comfortable with the test experience by practicing on any computer.
- Keep using the free USAHello practice tests too!
- Make a practice trip to the test center so you do not have to find it for the first time on test day. While you are there, check with the testing center to ask for their rules and any other information you may need.
- Make sure you get a good night’s sleep before your test. Do not arrive tired, thirsty, or hungry. You won’t be allowed to bring food or drinks into the testing room.
- Don’t take a lot of things with you, as personal items are not allowed in the testing room. But do bring your ID – a passport, driver’s license, or other government-issued ID. Check your state’s ID requirements.
- If you’re taking the paper-delivered math test, your test center will give you a handheld calculator – you may not use your own. The decision for the type of calculator used is up to your state. Find out ahead of time what calculator it is, so you can practice using one. If you’re taking the computer-delivered math test, the calculator will be on-screen.
- You won’t be allowed to bring your own paper but you will be given paper for making notes. You will be given three sheets at a time, and you can ask for more if you need it.
- Arrive at least 30 minutes early at the test center so you can check in and get settled. Use the bathroom as there are no breaks in the test. If you have to leave to take a break, it will come out of your test time – you won’t get extra time.
- If you have questions or problems during the test, raise your hand.
10. After the test
To pass the HiSET™, you have to choose the right answer to a certain number of questions. Those right answers will give you points. The total possible number of points you can get on all the five subtests together is 100.
- Your total score on all the subtests together must be at least 45 points out of a possible 100 points.
- On each sub-test, you must score at least 8 out of a possible 20 points.
- On the essay question of the language arts – writing test, you must score at least 2 out of a possible 6 points.
You can retake all the tests or some of the subjects if you fail. You can keep taking the test until you pass. You can take a subtest up to three times in a calendar year. This includes your initial appointment and two retakes. There are different rules for retaking the test in each state.
The HiSET™ customer service number is (855) 694-4738).