High School Equivalency Test (HiSET) FAQ

Statistics show that on average, people with a High School Equivalence (HiSet) diploma or a High School diploma make approximately $7,000 more a year than those that do not!!

What is the HiSETTM?
The HiSETTM (High School Equivalency Test) is a new 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 recently created the HiSET program to provide you with a more affordable, more accessible alternative to other high school equivalency tests. It's another way for you to get the credentials you need to continue your education or to succeed in the workplace.

What will I be tested on?
The HiSET exam lets you demonstrate that you have attained the knowledge equivalent to a high school graduate. It consists of five subtests that measure your knowledge in five core areas:
 * Language Arts--Reading: contains 40 multiple-choice questions and measures your ability to understand, comprehend, interpret, and analyze a variety of reading material.
 * Language Arts--Writing: contains two sections of 51 multiple-choice and one essay question, and measures a test taker's ability to edit and revise written text, and to generate and organize ideas in writing.
 * Mathematics: contains 50 multiple-choice questions and assesses your ability to solve quantitative problems using fundamental concepts and reasoning skills.
 * Science: contains 50 multiple-choice questions and measures your ability to use science content knowledge, apply principles of scientific inquiry, and interpret and evaluate scientific information.
 * Social Studies: contains 50 multiple-choice questions and measures your ability to analyze and evaluate various kinds of social studies information.

Practice tests can be taken at http://hiset.ets.org/prepare/overview

Should I attend classes?
You can attend free Adult Education classes to better prepare yourself to pass the first time. In class, you will work on only the subjects that pre-testing indicates you need to work on, take practice tests and work on your essay. There are several Adult Education classrooms throughout Springfield and surrounding cities and counties. Contact the main Adult Education office at Ozarks Technical Community College (OTC) at 417-447-8860 for class information and times or visit www.otc.edu/adulteducation.

What if I can only study at home?
Local bookstores have a variety of HSE books that you can purchase for study material. If you have Internet access, you can study online at http://www.molearns.com/. The HSE Online program requires you to go to an Adult Education classroom to take an evaluation that sets you up in a study program and return every three months for follow-up assessments.

Who is eligible to take the HiSETTM?
You must be at least 16 years of age and out of high school. If you are 16 years, you must also have completed at least 16 units toward high school graduation. You must be a resident of Missouri. You must present valid photo identification on the day of the test. Expired identification will not be accepted. Missouri does not require a practice test or preparation classes to qualify.

Where do I take the HiSETTM?
The testing center in Springfield is on the OTC campus. The phone number for Testing Services is 417-447-6982. They are located in Information Commons East, Room 123. You can also e-mail Testing Services at testingservices@otc.edu. Applicants will use the ETS online system to determine which dates and times are available at each of the testing centers.

How do I register for the HiSETTM?
Create a My HiSET account through the HiSET Information and Registration Portal. With a My HiSET account, you can easily find available test centers; check your registration information, view scores and more. You can set up the account yourself, or ETS staff can help you create your account. The HiSET Portal is an online system designed to allow test takers to log on and conduct many of the activities related to taking the test. Test takers will be able to create and manage their HiSET Profile and access their Score Reports in the HiSET Portal. Test takers will also be able to make an appointment to take a test at a particular center on a particular day and to pay for the test. You can take the five tests in any order. To create your My HiSET account, visit http://www.hiset.ets.org/.  Note: When you create your My HiSET account, the name you use to register must exactly match the name on your identification that you bring with you on test day.

How much does it cost to take the HiSETTM?
The high school equivalency tests cost a total of $95.00 ($50 to ETS + $10 DESE + $7 per subtest x 5 to the testing center of your choice), but if a student has to retake one test, they only have to pay $7.00 for that subtest. Registration and payment is done online with a debit or credit card through the Educational Testing Service (ETS) online system. They accept (American Express®, Discover®, MasterCard®, VISA® and JCB), PayPal®, or eCheck .  You must pay for the test at the time you schedule it, so you can't pay with cash. However, if you only have cash, you may process it in one of the following ways:

  • purchase a GreenDot® MoneyPak prepaid card and fund a PayPal account
  • purchase a prepaid PayPal My Cash Card and fund a PayPal account
  • purchase a Visa, MasterCard or American Express gift card
  • open a free checking account and pay with an electronic check (eCheck)

The registration is good for 12 months. An examinee must start registration all over again if they do not complete the five tests within the 12 month period. For additional information you can visit the State Department of Education's website at http://www.hse.mo.gov/.

How do I apply for accommodations?
Note: All test takers requesting any accommodations must register by mail through ETS Disability Services and have their accommodations approved before their test can be scheduled. Your request should be submitted as early as possible, especially if you are requesting an alternate test format. Documentation review takes approximately six weeks once your request and complete paperwork have been received. If additional documentation must be submitted, it can be another six weeks from the time the new documentation is received until the review is complete. Test takers requesting accommodations cannot schedule an appointment through their HiSET account. Once your accommodations have been approved, you must contact ETS Disability Services to schedule your appointment.

What will happen on test day?
Be sure to arrive at the testing center with plenty of time before the test starts; at least 45 minutes prior to testing is recommended. If you arrive late, you will not be admitted into the testing session and your test fees will not be refunded. When checking in, you will be asked for a valid permanent or temporary Missouri license (Driver, Non-driver, Intermediate, Commercial or Instruction (learners) permit), U.S. passport, or U.S. military ID. Expired identification will not be accepted.

Are the HSE test results immediate?
Yes, for all but the essay; the essay portion will take about 5-10 days to score. ETS sends the scores to the test takers, the testing center, and the Missouri HSE Office. The Missouri HSE Office will post the official scores to the test takers online transcript and mail the official High School Equivalency Certificate to the test takers.

How many times can you take the test?
The test taker will be allowed to test three times during a 12-month period. The 12-month period begins on the date of the transaction/payment of the battery. A test taker has 12 months from the date of purchase to complete the battery. Scores do not expire but the unfinished sections would need to be purchased as a battery or as subtests.

How long will the scores be good?
Scores will be good until the test changes in a "major" way, which is not expected until 2017.

Do I need to bring a calculator? The CBT has the calculator built into the system. You are allowed to use it on all portions of the math test.

Will the test be different from state to state? No, the HiSET exam will be the same from state to state.

Contact Information
Contact ETS customer service at 1-855-MyHiSET or 1-855-694-4738 or http://www.hiset.ets.org/.  If you have a disability or health-related need and require testing accommodations, you must contact ETS to schedule or change your appointment. For additional information call OTC Testing Services at 417-447-8187 or email testingservices@otc.edu. For information regarding Adult Education classes please call 417-447-8860 or visit www.otc.edu/adulteducation.