HiSET/GED Definition

HiSET Test Definition

The High School Equivalency Test (HISET) exam is the new alternative to the GED test, it can help you achieve the important state-issued high school equivalency credential.  

Passing the HiSET exam shows that you have attained the academic knowledge and proficiency equivalent to those of a high school graduate. The HiSET exam has also been aligned to the Office of Vocational and Adult Education (OVAE) College and Career Readiness (CCR) Standards for Adult Education that were released in April 2013.

And since the HiSET exam measures essential components of the CCR Standards for Adult Education and the Common Core State Standards (CCSS), it helps identify the areas where you are career and college ready. A score of 15 on each subtest demonstrates college and career readiness.

The HiSET exam includes five subtests and will be about 7 hours long with the timing for each subset as follows:

  • Language Arts – Reading is 65 minutes
  • Language Arts – Writing is 120 minutes
  • Mathematics is 90 minutes
  • Science is 80 minutes
  • Social Studies is 70 minutes

Many examinees are able to pass the test battery without special preparation. However, a number of HiSET/GED instructional programs in the Bay Area offer a practice test to those who have questions about their abilities to pass the real test.  HiSET/GED preparation classes are offered at various City College campuses free of charge to potential examinees.

Currently, the HiSET Test is given in English and Spanish. Modifications and special accommodations for learning or physically disabled students can be provided with advance arrangements with the Educational Testing Service.

 

GED Test Definition

The General Educational Development (GED) Test is designed for people who, for various reasons, did not graduate from high school but want a certificate equivalent to the traditional high school diploma. The 2014 GED Test is administered on a computer at an authorized Pearson VUE Testing Center. The GED test will be about 7.5 hours long with the timing for each module as follows:

  • Reasoning through Language Arts is 150 minutes (including a 10-minute break)
  • Mathematical Reasoning is 115 minutes
  • Science is 90 minutes
  • Social Studies is 90 minutes

Many examinees are able to pass the test battery without special preparation. However, a number of HiSET/GED instructional programs in the Bay Area offer a practice test to those who have questions about their abilities to pass the real test. HiSET/GED preparation classes are offered at various City College campuses free of charge to potential examinees.

Currently, the GED Test is given in English Spanish. Modifications and special accommodations for learning or physically disabled students can be provided with advance arrangements with the Chief Examiner and with State GED approval.

According to the American Council on Education, among the many benefits of the GED program, passing the GED Test provides an apportunity for adults to continue their education. In fact, 93 percent of colleges and universities accept GED graduates who meet their other qualifications for admission. A GED diploma documents that you have high school level skills. About 96 percent of employers accept the GED diploma as equal to a traditional high school diploma.