What to Expect on the HiSET and GED
The HiSET and GED exams cover core subject areas that allow you to demonstrate that you have attained the knowledge equivalent to a high school graduate. Use the information below to learn more about what to expect on the test!
HiSET Test Content
The HiSET exam is given in both English and Spanish, and includes five subtests that you can schedule to take in any order:
GED Test Content
The 2014 GED test is designed to measure the skills and knowledge equivalent to a high school course of study and supports an adult’s successful transition to careers or college.
The GED test has four content areas and takes roughly seven and a half hours:
Reasoning Through Language Arts
This test is 150 minutes long and testing is broken down into three sections:
- Section 1 (35 minutes*) tests all content
- Section 2 (45 minutes) is the Extended Response portion of the test
- Student break (10 minutes)
- Section 3 (60 minutes*) tests all content
*The time allotted for sections 1 and 3 may vary slightly, but the total test time will always be 150 minutes.
This test is 115 minutes long and is one single section.
- Part 1 – (first 5 questions) calculators not allowed
- Part 2 – (remaining 41 test questions) calculators allowed
Students must submit their answers to the first five questions before moving on to the rest of the test. These parts are not timed separately.
Not sure how to work a calculator? View the GED Test TI-30XS On-Screen Scientific Calculator video.
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This test is 90 minutes long and testing is broken down into two sections:
Section 1 (65 minutes) tests all content
Section 2 (25 minutes) is the Extended Response portion of the test
This test is 90 minutes long and is one single section. There are two Short Answer questions included on the test, but they are not timed separately. Students are expected to manage their time and spend about 10 minutes on each of the Short Answer questions.
It is offered in English and Spanish and delivered on the computer at an Official GED Testing Center (not online).