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HiSET

The HiSET (High School Equivalency Test) is designed to measure learning outcomes that are generally acquired through completion of a high school program of study. The HiSET test is a standardized test, meaning that its scoring scale is derived from the performance of a sample of graduating high school seniors. The content on the test is drawn from  material used in the current high school curriculum and is also based on national adult education College and Career Readiness Standards (CCRS). 

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Summary of HiSET Test
Test times and length
Summary of test subjects, time, and length

HiSET standard scores range from 1 to 20 in each of the five sections. To pass the test in Louisiana, a student must score a minimum of 8 on each section of the test and at least a 45 out of 100 overall. Additionally, the essay score must be a at least a 2 out of 6 as included in the total Language Arts subtest score.

The HiSET is given in both computer and paper format. Students can choose either computer or paper for each subtest, and the formats may be mixed. For example, students may choose to take the Language Arts/Writing and Math in the paper format, and Science, Social Studies, and Reading on the computer. The Terrebonne Test Center uses a paper-based format. Fletcher (Main Campus) and Morgan City use computer testing.

Information regarding accommodations is also available at ets.org. Adult education staff members can assist with application for accommodations if a student requests this help.

The HiSET test costs $115 for the entire battery in one calendar year. This fee allows students to take each subtest once and to retest two more times for $6 per each subtest. If after the year expires, a student needs to take only a specific subtest, the cost will be $31.
Fee Breakdown:
$10 yearly state fee (once per year)
$6 test center fee
$15 paper-based test fee (once per year per subtest)

Computer based and home testing have different fees.

After a 30 day waiting period, you can retest. Since a subtest can be taken only three times within a calendar year, it is recommended that you attend classes to become better prepared for the section(s) of the test that you did not pass. (If you are under 19 years old, you MUST return to class to re-qualify.)

There are several other options to obtain digital money to pay through the website: pay by check or PayPal or prepaid card. Also the adult education center can acquire vouchers for students in some circumstances.

All HiSET registration takes place on the hiset.ets.org website. Students can find test centers, create a personal account which allows them to login for registration, arrange payment for the test, and access scores. Adult education staff members will assist students if they need help with this process. TESTERS under age 19 MUST BE ENROLLED IN AN ADULT EDUCATION PROGRAM AND RECOMMENDED BEFORE REGISTRATION.

The Louisiana High School Equivalency Diploma is accepted by about 97% of the U.S. Colleges and universities. HiSET graduates are also eligible for most federal financial aid programs provided they meet other criteria. At the present time, HiSET graduates are not eligible for the TOPS program. If you need information about financial aid, contact the appropriate number in the support services section of your handbook.

The HiSET test is given at official HiSET testing centers throughout the United States, Canada, and other territories. In Terrebonne Parish the test will be administered at the main branch of the Terrebonne Parish Library, 151 Library Drive, Houma.  Until further notice the test will be given at the Bayou Cane branch of the Terrebonne Parish Adult Education Program.  Please check with staff members to ensure the correct testing center. The test schedule for the year is included in the back of the handbook and on our website at www.bca-tpsd-la.schoolloop.com. Fletcher testing is at the Schriever Main Campus.

History of the HiSET

The GED program began in 1942 when the U.S. Department of Defense partnered with American Council on Education to develop a battery of general education tests based on the high school curriculum. The tests were originally for military personnel and veterans who had enlisted prior to finishing their high school education. Passing these tests gave these service members an academic credential that could then be used to help gain entry into college or to obtain a job.

In 1947, the state of New York became the first state that made the GED test available to non-veteran civilians and made it equivalent to the Regent's Diploma, a credential normally given to adults attending night school to obtain their high school diploma. By 1974, at last all 50 states were awarding GED credentials to non-veteran civilians.  (www.study.com General Educational Development (G.E.D.): What Is It?)

Concerns over the 2014 revision of the GED prompted many states to seek alternative equivalency tests, and two new exams—the HiSET and the TASC—stepped in to fill this demand. The ETS High School Equivalency Test (HiSET) is a very new examination which was introduced in 2014 by Educational Testing Service (ETS) and Iowa Testing Programs (ITP).  (ETS: ETS's HiSET Test Offers Affordable, Accessible High School Equivalency Assessments) (Education Week: More States Dumping the GED, Choosing Alternative Tests)