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Continuing and Alternative Education: ABE/HiSET

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Adult Basic Education

Basic Education and HiSET Preparation

Study for the HiSET Exam with Salem Continuing Education

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.  For students ages 16-18 still enrolled in school, see details below for the After School HiSET Preparation course.

  • Class meets in person on Monday and Wednesday (2x per week), 6:00-8:00 pm, Salem High School

 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

Class is full, there is a waitlist for this class

Registration required:

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 Monday and Wednesday, 2:45-4:30 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


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).

2022-2023 Testing Dates

  • November 2022:  Tuesday and Thursday, November 15 and 17
  • December 2022:   Tuesday and Thursday, December 13 and 15
  • February 2023:  Tuesday and Thursday, February 21 and 23
  • April 2023:  Tuesday and Thursday, April 11 and 13 

  • May 2023:  Tuesday and Thursday, May 16 and 18

  • June 2023:  Tuesday and Thursday, June 20 and 22   

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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