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Adult Basic Education

Basic Education and HiSET Preparation with Salem Continuing Education

Summer 2024: Basic Education and HiSET Preparation will be offered at Derry Center for Adult Studies 

6-week daytime AND evening HiSET Prep class on Tuesdays starting July 15. 

6 Tuesdays, 10:30-12:00 noon, Marion Gerrish Community Center, 39 West Broadway Derry

6 Tuesdays, 6:30-8:00 pm, Marion Gerrish Community Center, 39 West Broadway Derry


Fall 2024 Classes Begin on September 16, 2024

Open House for New Students: September 9, 2024


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

Registration is required:

This class is for students ages 18 and older who want a review of basic reading or math skills or who would like to prepare for the reading, writing, social studies, science and math portions of te High School Equivalency Exam (HiSET). 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 September through June.  Students must live or work in N.H. to register for this class. For students ages 16-18 still enrolled in school, see details below for the After School HiSET Preparation course.

  • Class meets on Monday and Wednesday (2x per week), 6:00-8:00 pm, Salem High School
  • Tuition: FREE, registration and pre-test required

 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  The Placement test will not work on Safari, Firefox or Internet Explorer.


After School HiSET Program: For Students 16-18

See the Adult Diploma Tab for the Registration Link

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. Students must live in N.H. to register for this class.

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 Monday and Wednesday (2x per week), 2:45-4:30 pm, Salem High School
  • Students must be live or work in N.H. to register.
  • Tuition: $80 (Salem students), $160 (non-Salem students)
  • Student enrollment is dependent upon practice test scores and a confirmed appointment for the official exam.  


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.

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).

See more information on the HiSET Exam tab.

Please be advised that the New Hampshire GED or HiSET Certificate of High School Equivalency can be neither earned nor obtained via the Internet or through correspondence programs.

The Tests of General Educational Development (GED Tests) or the HiSET require extensive preparation and the demonstration of a high level of high school knowledge and academic skills.

The Tests are administered in New Hampshire only at Official Testing Centers under the direction of the New Hampshire Department of Education, Bureau of Adult Education. Any other high school equivalency certificate not issued by the New Hampshire Department of Education or another jurisdictional testing authority may be of dubious value and may not be accepted by employers, colleges and universities, or the military.





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