Top HiSET FAQs

  • What is the HiSET?
    The High School Equivalency Test, or HiSET exam, provides out-of-school youth and adults with the opportunity to earn a state-issued high school equivalency credential. This is similar to, but different from, the GED test. The HiSET is another example of a high school equivalency test. Most states have a minimum age for the test.
  • What’s on the HiSET?
    The HiSET is a multiple-choice test. Each section features 40-50 questions. Five sections of questions include Math, Science, Language Arts Reading, Social Studies, and Language Arts Writing (the writing practice test is split into two parts on the exam).
  • How is the HiSET scored?
    The HiSET is scored on a 0 – 100 point scale. Test-takers can score up to 20 points per section.
  • Who takes the HiSET?
    People who did not complete high school and want to earn the equivalency of a high school equivalency credential. Many adult education programs focus on students earning either their HiSET or GED credential.
  • How can I register for the HiSET?
    Make sure you are eligible for the HiSET in your state or jurisdiction. You can find this information on the Educational Testing Service (ETS) website. From there, you can schedule an appointment at an available test center.
  • Should I prep for the HiSET?
    HiSET exams test you on the equivalent of a high school curriculum. Some practice on the content and test itself is in order as a satisfactory score earns you the high school equivalency credit you’re looking for.