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The New High School Equivalency Test from ETS

Educational Testing Service (ETS), a leader in assessment development worldwide, is pleased to announce that it will offer a more affordable, more accessible high school equivalency test beginning in January 2014. The ETS High School Equivalency Test (HiSET™), the first alternative to the GED® test since 1942, will include elements that are critical to providing educational opportunities for those who need a second chance to succeed.

 The purpose of the ETS High School Equivalency Test (HiSET™) is to certify a candidate’s attainment of academic knowledge and skills equivalent to those of a high school graduate.

HiSET™ scores will identify those candidates who have performed at a level consistent with high school equivalency. Information from the HiSET program also will help identify areas in which candidates are career- and college-ready, as well as areas in which additional preparation may be needed.


Understanding the HiSET

Candidates will be tested in five core content areas:

  •      Language Arts – Reading
  •      Language Arts – Writing
  •      Mathematics
  •      Science
  •      Social Studies

More Accessible

The HiSET program will be widely available in both paper- and

computer-based administrations through

existing testing locations, establishing a smooth transition. The HiSET exam can be taken in multiple formats and multiple languages, and it provides a number of accommodations for test takers with disabilities and health-related needs.

Candidates can prepare for the test with existing materials and courses, as well as free and low-cost options available on the HiSET website.

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More Affordable

Cost will not be a barrier to using the HiSET program. The single pricing model includes all costs — from registration to scoring and reporting. Up to two free retests per subtest are included for up to 12 months from original date of purchase. The maximum number of tests per subtest is three per calendar year.


Federal Assurance

Federal Legislation: The Higher Education Act, the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, the Workforce Investment Act, the Adult Education Act, and the Perkins Career and Technical Education Act, leave the decision to states to recognize high school equivalency alternatives and the awarding of credentials.

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HiSET Test Centers

The state will continue to approve high school equivalency test centers. Test centers do not pay for assessment materials, shipping and licensing. Test centers will have access to the HiSET portal to order materials, register, schedule, print rosters, obtain test results and history, as well as print score reports.


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Phone Toll-Free: 1-855-MyHISET