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The HiSET Test


The HiSET test measures high school level skills and knowledge in addition to College and Career Readiness. It can be the best thing you do for yourself - and your family.  The HiSET contains five subtests in five areas that certify you have mastered high school level academic skills while also ready for college or embarking on a career. 

  1. Language Arts Reading Subtest- (65 minutes) - 40 multiple choice questions measuring your ability to understand, interpret and analyze a broad range of literary and informational texts.

  2. Language Arts Writing Subtest- Part 1 (75 minutes) 50 multiple choice questions measuring your ability to edit and revise written text. Part 2 (45 minutes) is an essay question measuring your ability to generate and organize ideas in writing.

  3. ​Social Studies Subtest- (70 minutes) 50 multiple choice questions covering history, political science, psychology, sociology, anthropology, geography and economics. 

  4. Science Subtest- (80 minutes) 50 multiple choice questions measuring scientific content knowledge, application of principles of scientific inquiry and interpret and evaluate scientific information. 

  5. Math Subtest- (90 minutes) 50 multiple choice questions measuring mathematical knowledge, and competencies. Includes measuring numerical operations, measurement, estimation, data interpretation and logical thinking. Problems are based on realistic situation and may test abstract concepts such as algebraic patterns, precision in measurement and probability. 


Passing Requirements: You must score a minimum of "8" on each of the five subtests with total passing score of "45" as well as scoring at least a "2" on the Essay portion of the test.

Age Requirement: A Massachusetts resident of age 18 or older may sit for the test.

If you are a Massachusetts resident of age 16 or 17, you must request an "official letter

of withdrawal" from your last school of attendance to take the HiSET.