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High School Equivalency (HSE) Testing Program

HiSET®/GED© Comparisons

HiSET®
(5 Subtests/Battery)
Both computer-delivered and paper-based testing
GED©
(4 Modules/Battery)
Computer-delivered testing only (except for accommodations)
Language Arts-Reading (65 minutes)
  • 40 multiple Choice Questions
Reasoning through Language Arts (150 minutes)
(51 Questions)
  • Section 1 — (27 minutes*)
  • Section 2 — Extended Response (45 minutes)
  • Student Break (10 minutes)
  • Section 3 — (60 minutes)
*The time allotted for Sections 1 and 3 may vary slightly, but the total test time will always be 150 minutes.
Language Arts-Writing (120 minutes)
  • 51 Questions
    • 50 multiple-choice questions
    • 1 Essay
Mathematics (90 minutes)
  • 50 Multiple-Choice Questions
Calculator: TI-30XS scientific calculator
Mathematical Reasoning (115 minutes)
(46 Questions)
  • Part 1 (first 5 questions) calculator not allowed
  • Part 2 (remaining 41 questions) calculator allowed
  • Possible Item Types:
    • Multiple choice
    • Drag-and-drop
    • Hot spot
    • Fill in the blank
Calculator: TI-30XS scientific calculator
Science (80 minutes)
  • 50 multiple-choice questions
Science (90 minutes)
(34 Questions)
  • Possible Item Types:
    • Multiple choice
    • Short answer
    • Drag-and-drop
    • Hot spot
    • Fill in the blank
Calculator: TI-30XS scientific calculator
Social Studies (70 minutes)
  • 50 Multiple-Choice Questions
Social Studies (70 minutes)
(35 questions)
  • Possible Item Types:
    • Multiple choice
    • Drag-and-drop
    • Hot spot
    • Fill in the blank
Calculator: TI-30XS scientific calculator
Scoring:
scaled-score range per subtest: 0-20
To pass: no subtest score lower than 8 and a battery total of 45 or above
Scoring:
scaled-score range per module: 100-200
To pass: a score on each module of 145 or above
For more detailed information on the content and structure of the HiSET®, go to HiSET® - Test at a Glance (TAAG) Information Brief - 2017. For more detailed information on the content and structure of the GED© test, go to GED Testing Service: The New Assessment Downloads.
Fee Structure:
$100/battery ($24 for the 1st subtest, $19 for the remaining 4 subtests in the initial battery)
$9/retest (up to two per subtest, within one year of initial test)
$19/subtest (after one year from initial test)

Starting January 1, 2019:
$103.75/computer battery
$125/paper battery
(with a proportional increase in individual subtest fees)
Fee Structure:
$125/battery ($31.25/module)
$10/retest (up to two per module, within one year of initial test)
$31.25/retest (after one year from initial test)


Last Updated: January 24, 2017
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