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If you want to take the next step toward a rewarding career or continuing your education or training, then the HiSET® exam is for you! A high school equivalency credential is required for college and is more important than ever to employers.
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.
The high school equivalency or HiSET® diploma is earned by passing a series of five (5) tests that include: Reading, Writing, Math, Social Studies, and Science.
You must be 18 or older to take the tests or must prove that you have been out of school for more than one year to test at age 17. Other exceptions may apply. HiSET® preparation can start before you qualify to take the tests.
The HiSET® process begins with an appointment with Mary Angelini, the Evening Coordinator. Appointments are available morning, afternoon and night. At the appointment you will learn more about the GED and develop a plan. Following that appointment you will be assessed as to your ability to successfully pass the HiSET® tests, this will include HiSET® pre-testing. If your pre-test scores indicate that you need to improve your skills, we offer classes and/or tutoring. The classes are free, but there may be a book cost. Please call 646-4565 to set up an appointment.
You may take the official tests if your pre-test scores show that you are ready. Official testing follows pre-testing. Before you can begin testing, you'll need to logon to www.hiset.ets.org and create a profile. We can help you with that. At testing time you MUST bring a government-issued picture i.d. (Driver’s License, Maine State ID, Passport, etc) to test. Testing times are available morning, afternoon and night. All testing is done at Wells High School.
The HiSET® exam is an alternative to the more well-known GED. It is now the only high school equivalency test offered in Maine, as well as 10 other states. It is a recognized and validated alternative to a traditional high school diploma. For more information on the HiSET® exam visit www.hiset.ets.org/about/overview or call us at 646-4565.