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Continuing and Alternative Education: ABE/HiSET

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Adult Basic Education

Basic Education and HiSET Preparation

Winter/Spring 2022

Study for the HiSET Exam with Salem Continuing Education!

After School HiSET Program: For Students 16-18 

The after school HiSET Program helps students (ages 16-18) prepare for their high school equivalency exams by providing academic support and individualized attention. Class also prepares students for the required practice tests, and assists students with setting up an ETS account and registering for the official exam.  Student enrollment is dependent upon practice test scores and a confirmed appointment for the official exam.  

The HiSET is a series of five tests in core subjects: Math, Science, Social Studies, Reading and Writing. Passing the tests confirms that a student has high school level academic skills and is able to pass the tests that are given to high school diploma graduates. Students ages 16-18 are required to receive a Prepared/Well Prepared on the practice tests before registering for the official exam.  Upon passing the official HiSET exams, students will be issued a High School Equivalency Test Certificate which is considered equivalent to a high school diploma.

  • Class meets in person on Mondays, 2:45-5:00 pm, Salem High School
  • Student enrollment is dependent upon practice test scores and a confirmed appointment for the official exam.  
  • If a student wants to take an official practice test in advance to gage their readiness, please contact Salem Continuing Education at 603-893-7074 or SalemContinuingEducation@sau57.org.

Click here to complete the online registration form:  https://form.jotform.com/213225104133135

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Adult Basic Education/High School Equivalency Preparation: For Students 18 and over 

This class is for students ages 18 and older who did not finish high school and who want a review of basic skills. Classes will help prepare students in the five skill areas of the HiSET exam: writing, reading, social studies, science, and math. Students may take an official practice test to gauge readiness, then take the official exam at Salem Continuing Education to achieve their High School Equivalency Certificate.

  • Class meets in person on Monday and Wednesday (2x per week), 6:00-8:00 pm, Salem High School, 44 Geremonty Drive.
  • Monday classes will focus on Writing, Reading, and Social Studies; Wednesday classes will focus on Math and Science.

 Upon registration, you will be contacted by a staff member in the Continuing Education office to discuss the course outline, your goals, and the expectations of the course.

New students to the program will be asked to take a placement test (Part 1 and Part 2) in reading and math.  This helps us to understand your current level.

Note: Remote testing requires Google Chrome. To download and install the latest version of the Chrome browser, go to https://www.google.com/chrome/.  The Placement test will not work on Safari, Firefox or Internet Explorer.

Click here to complete the online registration form: https://form.jotform.com/213536069303149

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HiSET Exam

The HiSET, published by Educational Testing Service (ETS), is a nationally recognized high school equivalency exam that has been used in New Hampshire since 2014. Successful completion of the exam leads to a High School Equivalency Certificate issued by the Department of Education and opens opportunities for graduates to enter into postsecondary education or training, enter into or advanced in their careers, or join the military.

The HiSET eRegistration system will provide flexibility for test takers, including online payment and access to multiple testing sessions in different testing centers.

Testing admission is open to New Hampshire residents only who are 18 years or older without a high school diploma. A waiver is required for students under 18 who meet certain requirements and requires approval from the Bureau of Adult Education. Salem Continuing Education is an approved Test Center and offers computer and paper-based tests.

Our 2021-2022 testing dates:

  • September 2021:  Tuesday and Thursday, September 21 & 23, 3:30 pm       
  • October 2021:  Tuesday and Thursday, October 19 & 21, 3:30 pm     
  • December 2021:  Tuesday and Thursday, December 14 & 16, 3:30 pm           
  • February 2022:  Tuesday and Thursday, February 15 &17, 3:30 pm       
  • April 2022:  Tuesday and Thursday, April 12 & 14, 3:30 pm     
  • May 2022:  Tuesday and Thursday, May 17 & 19, 3:30 pm           
  • June 2022:  Tuesday and Thursday, June 21 & 23, 3:30 pm       

Registration Process for Students Over 18

1. Establish an online account on HiSET’s eRegistration system https://hiset.ets.org Cut off is 36 hours before a scheduled exam. Click orange box “For Test Takers.” In the top menu bar click on “Sign In/Create My Hiset Account.” Fill out the information.  Make note of your username, password, and ETS#.

2. Look for Schedule Your Exam on the home page.  You will see the available dates/times offered at Salem Continuing Education.  Register and pay for your test dates.  Salem Continuing Education is a paper-based center (PB).  There are 5 tests total:  Math, Science, Reading, Writing, and Social Studies.  For the full battery (all five tests), the cost is $125.  For retakes, the cost is $10 per subtest.  You may pay with a credit card, Paypal, or a voucher code.  Please watch this brief registration video: https://hiset.ets.org/resources/videos/transcripts/hiset-registration-transcript

3. On the test date, arrive at Salem Community Education, located in Salem High School, 44 Geremonty Drive, 30 minutes prior to the 3:30 pm testing time.  Remember to bring a government-issued photo ID such as a passport, non-driver’s ID, or driver’s license.  A birth certificate or student ID are NOT acceptable.  No cell phones or food/drink will be allowed in the testing room.

4. After the exam, check your ETS account for your test scores (may take two weeks for scores).

5.  When you have passed the entire exam, the Bureau of Adult Education will send a High School Equivalency Certificate to the mailing address on your HiSET account.

 

Registration Process for Students Under 18 years old

Students 16 and 17 years old are required to have an approved Waive Age Requirement in order to be able to take the   HiSET Exam. The student will need permission from their school and parent and will have to complete the following steps:

1. Schedule an appointment with Salem Continuing Education to take the Official Practice Test.
            o You must score a Prepared or Well Prepared on all five practice tests for approval.
            o You may submit a form for one subtest at a time.

2.  Establish an online account on HiSET’s eRegistration systemhttps://hiset.ets.org Cut off is 36 hours before a scheduled exam. 

2.  Click orange box “For Test Takers.”  In the top menu bar click on “Sign In/Create My Hiset Account.” Make sure that the name and address of your HiSET registration matches your government issued photo ID.

3.  Be sure to write down your HiSET ID#, you will need this number for the Waive Age Requirement form.

4.  Complete Request to Waive Age Requirement Form. 

6.  You will be notified via email when your waiver is approved by the Bureau of Adult Education 

7.  Once your waiver is approved, go into your hiset.ets.org account to schedule and pay for your test. Location: Salem Continuing Education. Cost, $25 per subtest (five total tests). Please watch this brief registration video: https://hiset.ets.org/resources/videos/transcripts/hiset-registration-transcript

8.  On the test date, arrive at Salem Community Education 30 minutes prior to the 3:30 pm testing time.  Remember to bring a government-issued photo ID such as a passport, non-driver’s ID, or driver’s license.  A birth certificate or student ID are NOT acceptable.  No cell phones or food/drink will be allowed in the testing room.

9.   Once you have completed the tests, check your hiset.ets.org account for your scores.

10.  When you have passed the exam, the Bureau of Adult Education will send a High School Equivalency Certificate to the mailing address on your HiSET account.

 

 

Frequently Asked Questions


HiSET Frequently Asked Questions

What is the HiSET?

HiSET (High School Equivalency Test) has replaced the GED in New Hampshire, Massachusetts and Maine. Like the GED, it provides an opportunity to earn a high school equivalency certificate issued by the NH Department of Education. HiSET is published by ETS.  For more information, visit their website at hiset.ets.org

Why take the HiSET exam?
The HiSET exam will provide a high school credential and allow students to attend college and enlist in the military.  Many jobs require a high school diploma and the HiSET will provide an affordable option for students who wish to advance their career.

How much does it cost to take the HiSET exam?                                                                                                           Initial subtest is $25 ($125 for all 5 tests).  Retakes: $10 each test. 

What if I took the GED Exam but did not pass?                                                                                                              The GED Tests changed on January 1, 2014. Test-takers who did not complete and pass all sections of the GED tests before the end of December, 2013, will have to start over.  In 2014, New Hampshire started using the HiSET® Tests for high school equivalency.

Who can take the HiSET exam?
According to N.H. rules a student must be 18 years old.  Some students may receive approval from their school districts to take HiSET Tests at the age of 16 or 17 by passing all five sections of the practice tests.  Students must be a resident of N.H. to take the HiSET tests in New Hampshire and to receive a New Hampshire Certificate of High School Equivalency.  You do not have to be a citizen to take the test but will need a government-issued ID.

Do I have to take a HiSET practice test?
Practice tests are required for students under the age of 18. Students must receive a prepared/well prepared on all 5 practice tests to take the official HiSET exam.  A practice test is not required for students over 18, but highly recommended so students can gain a greater understanding of the test and the type of questions that are asked. 

What is on the HiSET exam?                                                                                                                                            There are five total tests to complete, this is spread over the course of two days. Writing (85 minutes); Social Studies (35 minutes); Science (40 minutes); Reading (35 minutes); Math (45 minutes).  The Practice Test is $25 (includes retakes).

How do I study to take the HiSET Exam?                                                                                                                              There are a number of resources are available on the HiSET website: http://hiset.ets.org/states_educators/about/test_prep/.  HiSET preparation books, e-books, and study guides are available through a number of publishers.

HiSET Exam for Students ages 16-17

On July 1, 2009, the New Hampshire compulsory school age changed from 16 to 18. The process for seeking permission to take High School Equivalency Tests before the age of 18 also changed. Students 16 and 17 years old will be able to register to take HiSET tests only by completing the Request to Waiver Age Requirement For High School Equivalency form (see attached below), which requires the following:

  • Documentation that the student is prepared to take the HiSET section as demonstrated through a score of prepared or well prepared on the applicable HiSET test section.
  • Permission from the High School Principal or his/her designee to take the HiSET® test.
  • Permission from a parent/guardian.
  • Approval from the Bureau of Adult Education. 

How do I schedule a practice test at Salem Continuing Education? Call Salem Continuing Education at 603-893-7074 or SalemContinuingEducation@sau57.org to schedule a practice test. Cost, $25. 

How to I schedule a HiSET official exam at Salem Continuing Education?  First, you’ll need to create a HiSET account by going to http://hiset.ets.orgClick orange box “For Test Takers.” In the top menu bar click on “Sign In/Create My Hiset Account.” Fill out the information.  Make note of your username, password, and ETS#.  Schedule Your Exam is found on the home page.  You will see the available dates/times offered at Salem Continuing Education.  Register and pay for your test dates.  For the full battery (five tests), the cost is $125.  For retakes, the cost is $10 per subtest.  You may pay with a credit card, Paypal, or a voucher code.      ​​​​​​

How to I contact ETS?  1-855-MyHiSET (1-855-694-4738) toll free, Monday–Friday, 9 a.m.–7 p.m. For test-day issues, please call 1-800-257-5123, option 4.

What is the refund policy if I sign up for the exam?                                                                                                            You are eligible for a full refund of your test fee if you cancel at any time up until 11:59 p.m. local time the day before your scheduled appointment. If you are absent or arrive too late to take the test at the test administration scheduled, you are not entitled to a refund. If the missed appointment was made using one of your retake credits, the credit will not be returned to you.

What is the reschedule policy? To avoid forfeiting your test fee, you must reschedule your appointment any time up until 11:59 p.m. local time the day before your scheduled appointment. You have 12 months from the day you schedule your appointment to reschedule. For example, if you schedule in November 2021 for a test date at any time in the future, your reschedule date must be before November 2022.

Testing fees and registrations are not interchangeable between paper-delivered and computer-delivered tests. For instance, if you scheduled a paper test and need to take a computer test instead, you must cancel the paper test and schedule a new computer testing appointment.

What are the cancellation policies?

You can cancel your appointment at any time. However, depending on when you cancel, you may forfeit your HiSET exam fee. To cancel your appointment, log in to your HiSET account or call ETS Customer Service at 1-855-MyHiSET (1-855-694-4738), Monday–Saturday, 8 a.m.–8 p.m. ET.

If you have a disability or health-related need and you require testing accommodations, you must call ETS to cancel your appointment at 1-855-802-2748 (toll-free), Monday–Friday, 8:30 a.m.–5 p.m. ET.

Do I take the official test on a computer? Tests administered at Salem Continuing Education are either computer-based or paper-based. Students will have the option of choosing a computer test or a paper test when registering.

Can I take the official HiSET test online?
Students over the age of 18 may take the HiSET online.  Contact http://hiset.ets.org  for more information.

How long will the official HiSET test take?
The whole test takes 7 hours to complete and is administered on two separate days.
Writing (2 hours, includes multiple choice and an essay); Math (90 minutes, calculator allowed); Science (80 minutes); Social Studies (70 minutes); and Reading (65 minutes).

What is required on the day of the test?

On the test date, arrive at Salem Community Education 30 minutes prior to the testing time.  You will need to bring:

  • Acceptable and valid ID as required by New Hampshire. Make sure your name on your ID appears EXACTLY as it does on your profile you created in your HiSET account when you scheduled your HiSET exam.

  • Proof that you live in New Hampshire with a valid driver's license or other proof of residency. You must be a resident of New Hampshire or have physically resided in New Hampshire to take the HiSET test at a test center in New Hampshire.

  • Please note: Cell phones, smartphones (e.g., BlackBerry® or iPhone® devices, etc.), PDAs and/or any other electronic, photographic, scanning, recording, or listening devices are not permitted at the test center at all.

  •  In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, special accommodations are allowed for HiSET Testing for physical disabilities, emotional disabilities, learning disabilities, and Attention Deficit/Hyper-Activity Disorder (ADHD) and Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD). Accommodations include but are not limited to a private testing room, extended time, reader, and scribe. To test with accommodations, please contact ETS/HiSET Disability Services at 1-855-802-2748 or HiSetSSD@ets.org. 

Can students who are homeschooled take the HiSET test to be eligible for college?
Homeschooled students who are under 18 and who have passed the HiSET practice tests and who wish to take the HiSET exam should view the requirements on the ETS website to apply for HiSET testing. Separate forms are required for homeschooled students.

How long does it take to get the results after a person takes the HiSET Tests?
It should take approximately two weeks for students to see test results. Check your ETS account for test results.

Where do I go the day of testing? The official HiSET test is administered at Salem Continuing Education, located in Salem High School, 44 Geremonty Drive.  Phone: 603-893-7074.   An email will be sent to test takers a few days before the exam with reminders.

Do I receive a certificate for completing the HiSET?  When you have successfully complete the entire exam, the Bureau of Adult Education will send a High School Equivalency Certificate to the mailing address on your HiSET account.  Students may also participate in Salem Continuing Education's graduation ceremony to be held in June each year.

What do I do if I have health-related needs that require an exception to the test center policies?  If you have health-related needs requiring you to bring equipment, beverages, or snacks into the testing room or to take extra or extended breaks, you need to request accommodations through ETS in advance. 

How do I know if I've passed the HiSET exam? Each of the five subtests in the HiSET exam is scored on a scale of 1–20. In order to pass you must do all three of the following:

  • achieve a score of at least 8 on each of the five individual subtests

  • score at least 2 out of 6 on the essay portion of the writing test

  • have a total combined score on all five subtests of at least 45                                                                               

  • your score, the total possible score and whether you passed

  • the minimum score required to pass

  • the percentage of items you answered correctly

  • your college- and career-readiness score

What does passing mean?

Candidates who have received a passing score on the HiSET exam have demonstrated a level of performance that exceeds the minimum level of performance typically required to graduate from high school.

How should I interpret my score?

If the HiSET exam were to be administered to a random sample of high school seniors, it is estimated that approximately 60 percent would pass on the first attempt. If you receive a score of 45 or higher we estimate that you would be in approximately the top 40 percent of graduating high school seniors nationally.

What information is provided so I can try to improve my score on the HiSET exam?

On the HiSET subtests, questions are grouped into content categories. To help you in future study or in preparing to retake the test, your individual test score report shows the percentage of items answered correctly in each content category. This information might suggest areas where it would be worthwhile to concentrate your efforts.

 

Request to Waive Age Requirement form for the HiSET Exam

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