The HiSET® exam covers five subject areas: Reading, Writing, Mathematics, Science, and Social Studies. To pass the following must be met:
- Score at least 8 out of 20 on each of the five subtests, and
- Score at least 2 out of 6 on the essay, and
- Achieve a total scaled score on all five HiSET® subtests (at least 45 out of 100).
HiSET® Language Arts Reading
The reading test measures your ability to understand, interpret and analyze a broad range of literary and informational texts. The selected texts range in length from approximately 400 to 600 words.
- There is a limit of 65 minutes to complete the multiple-choice questions.
HiSET® Language Arts Writing
This section measures your skill in recognizing and producing standard American English. The multiple-choice section questions measure your ability to edit and revise written text. The essay measures your ability to generate and organize ideas in writing.
- There is a limit of 120 minutes to complete the multiple-choice questions and an essay prompt.
This section measures mathematical knowledge and competencies. Questions are presented as practical problems and are solved by numerical operations, measurement, estimation, data interpretation and logical thinking. Some questions test abstract concepts such as algebraic patterns and probability. You may use a calculator for this section.
- There is a limit of 90 minutes to complete the multiple-choice questions.
This section measures your ability to use science content knowledge, apply principles of scientific inquiry, and interpret and evaluate scientific information. Graphs, tables, and charts are used to present information and results.
- There is a limit of 80 minutes to complete the multiple-choice questions.
HiSET® Social Studies
This section measures your ability to analyze and evaluate information from a variety of content areas such as history, political science, psychology, sociology, anthropology, geography, and economics. Primary documents, posters, cartoons, timelines, maps, graphs, tables, charts and reading passages are used in questions.
- There is a limit of 70 minutes to complete the multiple-choice questions.