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What is a passing score
on the HiSET®?
To pass the HiSET ® test you need a scaled score of 8 (out of 20) on each of the five tested subjects and a combined scaled score of 45. The maximum possible score for the entire five-subject test is 100, with each subject will have a score range of 1 to 20. In achieving the aforementioned scores, you will have met the requirements for earning a High School Equivalency Certificate.
How long is the HiSET?
Not counting breaks, the time allotted for the HiSET test is 7 hours, 5 minutes. Here is the time breakdown of the sections:
Subtest Time (min.)
(calculator use allowed)
Reading 65
Writing 120
Science 80
Social Studies 70
How many questions
are on the HiSET?
Here is the breakdown of the number of questions in the sections:
Subtest # questions

55 MC*
Reading 50 MC*
Writing—Part 1 60 MC*
Writing—Part 2 1 essay
Science 60 MC*
Social Studies 60 MC*
* MC = multiple choice
More details
Additional info for test takers
Test with us...
The HiSET® Test may be taken online (ETS is the publisher of the HiSET). HiSET® Prep Classes are available for those who need classroom instruction to help them pass the HiSET® Test and earn a High School Equivalency Certificate.

The HiSET test may be taken
To register for the test
or for additional information,
including test fees,
please visit hiset.ets.org
or call 1-855-MyHiSET

HiSET® age requirements
A student may take the HiSET test if he/she has not graduated from high school and meets one of the following requirements:
• 18 years of age or older
• within 60 days of turning 18
• currently or would be a member of a high school class due to graduate within 60 days (the examinee testing under this criterion cannot be enrolled in school)
• 17 years of age, not enrolled in school for 60 consecutive days, and provides a letter of request from the military, postsecondary educational institution, or an employer requesting the test.
Calculator Use for HiSET
The HiSET test is designed so that test-takers do not have to use calculators. However, there is an onscreen calculator embedded into the test. Alternatively, upon your request, a basic four-function physical calculator (+, -, x, ÷) will be provided for the entire math section of the HiSET. You may not use your own calculator; you may not use your cell phone's calculator.
Details about calculator use
Writing subtest score
The HiSET Writing subtest consists of 2 parts—one part with multiple-choice questions, the other consisting of an essay question. (Three sheets of physical scratch paper are provided by the test center for writing a draft of the essay, if the test taker chooses to do so. The written-up and any blank scratch paper must be returned to the test center administrator on conclusion of testing.) The maximum total score on the combined two parts of the Writing subtest is 20, with a minimum score of 8 needed to Pass this subtest. The essay counts for up to 6 of the 20 points, with a minimum of 2 required for passing the entire subtest. (The essay is scored by humans, not computers. Each reader awards a score of up to 6; if there is a discrepancy in their scores, a third person reads the essay, and the three readers determine the score.)

Example A:
You score 4 on the essay. So you need a minimum of 4 on the multiple choice in order to achieve the required 8 (out of 20) on the combined essay and multiple choice which comprise the Writing subtest.

Example B:
You score 1 on the essay. You cannot pass the Writing subtest, regardless of how you did on the multiple choice, since a minimum of 2 is required on the essay portion.
Fall 2020

Registration is now closed for
Fall 2020 semester.

Please check back frequently on this page
for registration dates for Spring 2020.

Fall 2020 Program Dates
August 17 - December 11, 2020
Las clases serán
del 17 agosto - 11 diciembre, 2020
Due to COVID-19,  Conejo Valley Adult School Fall 2020 classes are offered online/distance learning.
Office hours
During the regular school year, once classes begin, the ESL/HSE office will be
open limited hours.
Please leave a message at
805-497-2761 ext. 1101 or ext 1102,
and we will get back to you.
HiSET® Test Accommodations
Click here for information about accommodations requests

For more information, please contact dept. coordinator Diana Batista: 805-497-2761 ext. 1101; DianaB@ConejoAdultEd.org
For information about registering for the HiSET or GED test, contact test examiner Bonnie Kane at BonnieK@ConejoAdultEd.org
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