HIGH SCHOOL EQUIVALENCY

HIGH SCHOOL EQUIVALENCY TEST INFORMATION

GED

HiSET®

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The General Educational Development tests (GED Test) can give you the opportunity to earn a high school equivalency diploma… a credential recognized as a key to employment opportunities, advancement, further education, and financial rewards.

The intent of the GED program is to serve the serious needs of those students who have withdrawn from a regular high school program (either public or homeschool).  In no way does the GED program intend to disrupt or encourage disruption within the regular high school program.

The HiSET® (the High School Equivalency Test) exam is a high school equivalency testing program that will help you take the next step toward a college degree or a rewarding career. Educational Testing Service (ETS) and the Iowa Testing Programs created the HiSET program to provide you with a more affordable, more accessible alternative to other high school equivalency tests. You can earn the credentials you need to continue your education or to succeed in the workplace.

More flexible.

The HiSET® program is available in English or Spanish and in paper-based and computer-based format; the computer-based exams feature a test-taker-friendly design. The program also provides a number of accommodations for test takers with disabilities and health-related needs. Please check with your local test center for availability.

More accessible.

You can take the HiSET® exam at any of your state’s or jurisdiction’s existing test centers, so you can choose the one that’s most convenient for you. The staff at your test center can help you devise the best testing plan to fit your needs.

More affordable.

Not only does the HiSET® exam cost less than other tests, but you get more for your money — including free practice tests to help you prepare as well as two retests* within a 12-month period of your original purchase when you buy the full battery of HiSET tests in one purchase. The full battery refers to the purchase of all five subtests at one time.

TEST SPECIFICATIONS

The GED has four content areas ( 3 opportunities to test per year, per content area) and will be a total of about 7 1/4 hours long with the timing as follows OR you may take each test individually: 

  • Reasoning Through Language Arts (RLA)-150 minutes
  • Mathematical Reasoning- 115 minutes (calculator available as needed-no personal calculators allowed)
  • Science- 90 minutes
  • Social Studies- 70 minutes  
GED Scores: The GED test will have a passing score of 145 for each subject. Therefore, students will need to reach a score of at least 145 on each subject and a total score of 580 or higher across the four-subject tests in order to receive the GED test credential.  

Offered in English and Spanish (NOTE: Now you can mix it up;  take individual sections in either english or spanish or both when registering for GED test. [e.g. math in spanish, science in english, etc.....]), when testing on each section, which language is comfortable for you? 

The HiSET® exam includes five sub-tests that you can schedule to take in any order.

  • Language Arts – Reading – (65 minutes) The Reading sub-test includes 40 multiple-choice questions and measures your ability to understand, comprehend, interpret, and analyze a broad range of reading material.
  • Language Arts – Writing – (120 minutes) The Writing sub-test measures your skill in recognizing and producing effective, standard, American-written English and includes two parts. Part 1 consists of 50 multiple-choice questions and measures your ability to edit and revise written text. You are asked to make revision choices concerning organization, diction and clarity, sentence structure, usage, and mechanics. Part 2 includes an essay prompt and measures evidenced-based writing or your ability to generate and organize ideas in writing. Your writing is assessed on development, organization, language facility, and writing conventions. Spanish test takers may write their essay in Spanish.
  • Mathematics – (90 minutesThe Mathematics sub-test includes 50 multiple-choice questions and measures your mathematical knowledge and competencies. The questions present practical problems that require numerical operations, measurement, estimation, data interpretation, and logical thinking. You will need to know some formulas prior to testing, including distance-rate-time, Pythagorean Theorem, and quadratic formula. All calculators will be provided by the Testing Center. Please do not bring your own calculator to your test session.

  • Science – (80 minutes) The Science sub-test consists of 50 multiple-choice questions and measures your ability to use science content knowledge, apply principles of scientific inquiry, and interpret and evaluate scientific information. Graphs, tables, and charts are used to present information. The questions use material from a variety of content areas such as physics, chemistry, botany, zoology, health, and astronomy.

  • Social Studies – (70 minutes) The Social Studies sub-test includes 50 multiple-choice questions and measures your ability to analyze and evaluate various kinds of social studies information. Documents, posters, timelines, graphs, and other visual tools may be used to present information.

ONLINE REGISTRATION STEPS: Registration is no longer allowed in-person.

Go online to www.ged.com

  • Create an account (you will NEED an email account to receive your activation instructions)
  • Log-in and complete GED registration steps

GED Test takers seeking Accommodations: You will need to follow the steps to Request Accommodations.  Once required forms are completed and sent to the State, you will be notified if approved or not approved in writing within 30 days, then further instructions will be provided by the State.

Accommodation Request Forms Needed:

Pricing: $145 for the entire battery of four test OR you have the option to take each test individually for a price of $36.25.

Payment Type

    • DEBIT, CREDIT, AND GIFT CARDS: All testing programs delivering the GED test can immediately process payments from debit, credit, or gift cards. The online system accepts these forms of payment online and emails the receipt directly to the purchaser.  
    • CASH, CHECKS, AND MONEY ORDERS: Programs can use voucher or a testing center credit line to collect cash, checks and money orders. Testing centers and organizations can also use their business credit cards to schedule students as an alternative form of payment. 

Retest Policy: If you need to retest two times per content area within 12 months of your first test date you will be  discounted at a retest price of $16.25  within the 12 months of the FIRST attemptAfter the third attempt, test-takers MUST wait 60 days before they can test again at the retest cost of $36.25.

UNDER AGE 18 YOU MAY NOTICE AN 'ALERT(s)': For applicants  age 16 & 17 there are forms you will need to complete and email to TEA. Access these forms at  http://www.tea.state.tx.us/gedforms.html.  

Scheduling an appointment

There are four basic steps you need to take to schedule your HiSET exam.

  1. View the requirements for taking the HiSET exam in your state or jurisdiction to make sure you're eligible to take the exam.
  2. Find a test center near you.
  3. Set up your My HiSET Account.
  4. Schedule your appointment.

How you schedule depends on where you're taking the exam. Some locations allow scheduling only through test centers, while others also allow you to:

  • schedule online through your HiSET® account
  • call ETS Customer Service at 1-855-MyHiSET (1-855-694-4738)

To find out how to schedule your appointment, see your State Requirements.

Rescheduling an appointment

If you know you won't be able to go to your appointment, you can reschedule it. Rescheduling includes changing the date, time or test center. There are some policies you need to follow so you don't lose your test fee or have to pay additional fees.

  • Reschedule your appointment by 11:59 p.m. local time the day before your scheduled appointment.
  • Make sure the new test date is less than 12 months from the date you bought the subtest. (You have 12 months from the day you schedule your appointment to take the exam.)
  • Reschedule your test in the same format. You can't switch between computer-delivered and paper-delivered testing. If you want to change the format, you'll need to cancel your test and purchase a new one.

How you reschedule your appointment depends on where you're testing. To find out how to reschedule, see your State Requirements.

Cancel an appointment

You can cancel your appointment any time, but you'll only be eligible for a refund of your test fee if you cancel it by 11:59 p.m. local time the day before your scheduled appointment. If you cancel your appointment, local test center fees and state fees are not refundable.

How you cancel your appointment depends on where you're testing. To find out how to cancel an appointment, see your State Requirements.

Retake a subtest

If you do not meet the minimum HiSET® score requirements, you can take it again. You can only take a subtest up to three times in a calendar year, so we encourage you to study before scheduling your next appointment.

There are no additional ETS test fees if you retake the subtest within 12 months of the date you purchased it. However, local test center fees may apply. If you want to retake a test after the 12-month period, you'll have to pay the ETS test fee, plus any state or test center fees.

Each state or jurisdiction has its own policies for retaking a test. For example, some have a waiting period before you can retest or additional test center fees that may apply.

To find out how to schedule your new appointment, see your State Requirements.

Test Cost: For all subjects of HiSET® it is $125.00.

 

1st/4th Attempt

2nd/5th Attempt

3rd/6th Attempt

HiSET Test Fee

$10.00

$0.00

$0.00

Test Center Fee

$10.00

$10.00

$10.00

TX State Admin Fee

$5.00

$5.00

$5.00

TOTAL:

$25.00

$15.00

$15.00

WHERE CAN I STUDY?

Sign up for MyGED™ at www.ged.com and click on “Study” to find tools, free practice test questions, and GED Ready™: The Official Practice Test. 

Additional study resources that GED Testing Service offers is free online practice tests on website at  http://www.gedtestingservice.com/educators/freepracticetest.

The course is free to Texas residents and is offered in Freeport and Lake Jackson through Community Education for more information you may contact them at (979) 230-3600.

Brazosport College recommends the following to help you prepare for the examinations:

  • The HiSET® course is free to Texas residents and is offered in Freeport and Lake Jackson through Community Education for more information you may contact them at (979) 230-3600.

  • HiSET® offers free downloadable practice tests that are approximately half the length of the actual test and include directions and an answer key. You can experience what it is like to take the computer-delivered exam by accessing free, 30-45 minute interactive practice tests. You can also view a tutorial video and access a study companion, all for free, by visiting Prepare for the HiSET® Exam: Overview.

TEST DATES

GED

-ALL TESTING IN ROOM E129-

July 19, 2017
July 26, 2017
August 2, 2017
August 16, 2016

*ATTENTION: PERSONAL BELONGINGS POLICY*

Brazosport College is not responsible for lost or stolen property during your visit in our testing center; please leave your personal belongings (purse, cell phone, backpacks, etc....) in your vehicle or preferably at home.

HiSET®

-ALL TESTING IN ROOM E129-

September 20, 2017 - Paper

*ATTENTION: PERSONAL BELONGINGS POLICY*

Brazosport College is not responsible for lost or stolen property during your visit in our testing center; please leave your personal belongings (purse, cell phone, backpacks, etc....) in your vehicle or preferably at home.

HOW CAN I RETRIEVE MY SCORES?

 

  • FROM 2014 TO PRESENT 

Within a few hours after testing you can log back into your account at www.ged.com to retrieve your scores. Initial copy of the GED certificate will be mailed to successful test takers who meet the requirements for a GED.

  • BEFORE 2014

Test takers must print copy or duplicate copies of their certificate online for a $5 fee at www.ged.com

To see your official scores, log in to your HiSET account. They aren't sent in the mail.

For additional questions please visit txchse@tea.texas.gov

Customer Service for Test Takers: (877) 392-6433  

For general questions, you can contact ETS Customer Service using any of these methods.

Phone: 1-855-MyHiSET (1-855-694-4738) — toll free
Monday–Friday, 8 a.m.–8 p.m. local time (continental U.S.)

For test-day issues, please call 1-800-257-5123, option 3.

Email: HiSET@ets.org

Fax: 1-609-882-9693

Attn: HiSET – Mail Stop 57-L

 


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