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Continuing and Alternative Education: ABE/HiSET

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Adult Basic Education

Adult Basic Education/HiSET Preparation 

Free class for students ages 18 and older will help improve math skills in the areas of algebra, geometry, and problem solving. Writing and reading classes will cover writing organization and structure, as well as comprehension, vocabulary, and critical thinking skills. Class will help students prepare for the HiSET exam. 

Class meets on Monday and Wednesday, 5:00-7:00 pm, beginning Monday, September 14, 2020. Pre-registration is required.

How to Register: 

1) Click here to complete the online registration form: 

2) You will be contacted by the office to complete the registration process, if necessary.

3) You will receive an email with information about your class from the Continuing Education office. 

3) We will ask you to take a placement test in reading and math.  This helps us to understand your current level.

4) Your teacher will contact you via email before class begins. 



The HiSET Exam is the test administered for a NH High School Diploma. Salem Continuing Education is an official HiSET testing center and offers paper-based testing. The exam meets two days, Tuesday and Thursday, $25 (per subtest test), fee to be paid at time of testing (cash or money order only). Students must be NH residents to take the test at Salem Continuing Education location. For more details, see below Frequently Asked Questions

September 2020 Exam Dates: Tuesday and Thursday, September 22 and 24, 2020,  4:00 pm, Salem High School, Continuing Education Office.  Pre-registration is required.


HiSET Practice Tests are administered at Salem Continuing Education, $25 to be paid at time of registration.  To register, please call 603-893-7074.



Frequently Asked Questions

HiSET Frequently Asked Questions

What is the HiSET?

Since January 2014, the High School Equivalency Certificate issued by the NH Department of Education is based on the HiSET, a new high school equivalency test. HiSET is published by ETS.  For more information, visit their website at

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.

Who can take the HiSET exam?
According to NH 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.  Students must be a resident of NH 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.

How to I schedule an exam at Salem Continuing Education?

First, you’ll need to create a HiSET account by going to  Click on Test Takers, Login/Sign Up.  Once you create an account, you will be issued an ETS ID number (8-digit numbers and letters).  Call Salem Continuing Education at 603-893-7074 with your Log-in Name and ETS Number, and you will be scheduled for an exam.

How much does the test cost?
The total for the HiSET Exam is $125 (5 subtests, $25 per test) and must be paid the day of testing.  If you are retaking an exam, the cost is an additional $25 per subtest.  Cash, check, money order, or cashier’s check (made out to Salem Continuing Education).

Do I have to take a 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 advance to 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. The Practice Test is $25 (includes retakes).

How do I schedule a practice test at Salem Continuing Education?

Call Salem Continuing Education at 603-893-7074 to schedule a practice test.

Can I use a calculator when I take the math test? 
Calculators are provided for students taking the math portion of the HiSET.  Students may not use their own calculators or phones.  The math section is all multiple choice.

Do I take the test on a computer?

Tests administered at Salem Continuing Education are paper-based only.

Can I take the HiSET exam online?
New Hampshire Certificate of High School Equivalency cannot be obtained via the Internet.  All testing must be taken in person at an approved HiSET Testing Center.

How long will the 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?
Please bring payment and the proper ID. Test takers must have a driver’s license, state or government issued ID, or passport the day of the test. Identification must not be expired. Birth certificates, credit or debit cards, social security card, or student ID’s will not be accepted.  Cell phones and food/drink is not allowed in the testing room.

Are accommodations available for students who have a documented disability?
Accommodations are available for test takers with diagnosed disabilities. All test takers requesting any accommodations must register by mail or email through ETS Disability Services and have their accommodations approved before their test can be scheduled. Your request should be submitted as early as possible, especially if you are requesting an alternate test format. Documentation review takes approximately six weeks once your request and complete paperwork have been received. If additional documentation must be submitted, it can be another six weeks from the time the new documentation is received until the review is complete.  Once accommodations are approved by ETS, test takers will need to call ETS to schedule the exam and indicate which location they would like to test at.

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.

Where do I go the day of testing?

tests are 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.


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