Basic Education and HiSET Preparation
Study for the HiSET Exam with Salem Continuing Education!
Look for our Fall 2022 Schedule Coming Soon
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.
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.
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.
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-based tests (CBT) and paper-based tests (PBT).
Our Fall 2022 testing dates:
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. 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. 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.
Request to Waive Age Requirement form for the HiSET Exam