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HiSET (formerly GED) Test Prep

HiSET Test Preparation Information

Prepare for the HiSET® Exam: Overview:

Scheduling a HiSET® exam is an important first step toward achieving your high school equivalency credential, and we want to make sure that you have the tools you need to prepare. The HiSET program offers free and low-cost options to familiarize you with both the exam questions and the computer-delivered testing experience.

HiSET Math Prep at Northern Essex Community College

Haverhill Campus, Student One-Stop Center, Room SC-215, Thursday’s 1-3 PM by appointment only. Steps to Register (1-2):

  • OnlineClick here to register for the class and fill out the HiSET Math Prep Class Registration Form.

If you have trouble submitting your HiSET Math Prep Class Registration Form online you can scan/save and email it to testing@necc.mass.edu or print and fax it to 978-556-3169.

You will be contacted to schedule your class session for HiSET Math prep.  


Free HiSET Prep through the Adult Literacy Program at Northern Essex Community College

This program provides basic skill instruction in Language Arts Reading, Writing, Science, Social Studies and Math  to prepare adult learners to obtain their high school credential and to succeed in their next steps, whether college, further training, employment, or personal goals. These programs help adult learners develop the skills, knowledge and confidence that will serve them in their roles as family members, parents, community members and employees, as well as with post-secondary education and training.

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HiSET ETS Preparation Materials

HiSET Bulletins and Downloads

Disability Accommodations. Note: All test preparation PDFs on this page are accessible by screen readers. For additional test preparation materials in accessible formats

Watch this brief video (Flash) to learn more about how to create an account, schedule an appointment and take the HiSET exam. You’ll also learn about the computer screens and navigation for the computer-delivered test that is offered at some test centers.

You can use the Study Companion to familiarize yourself with the test content, test question formats and available study resources for each subtest. Download the Study Companion (PDF).

Tips for Getting Ready. Find helpful tips and strategies to help you get ready for the exam, including how to organize your time both before and during the exam. 

Community Based Adult Education
GED Assessment and Classes (no cost):

Adult Literacy Program,  Northern Essex Community College, Riverwalk Campus, (978) 659-1279, Marsha Parinussa-Flynn

Community Action Haverhill, 3 Washington Sq., 3rd Floor, Haverhill, MA, 01830, (978) 373-1971

Adult Learning Center Lawrence, 183 Haverhill St, Lawrence, MA, 01841,  (978) 722-8171

Adult Learning Center Methuen, 36 Boylston, Methuen, MA, 01844,  (978) 681-1347

Self-Paced Learning Center (no cost, membership required):

ValleyWorks Career Center

439 South Union St. Bldg 2, Suite 106, Lawernce, MA 01841,  (978) 722-7000
Contact: Mary Newhall (during the academic school year)
Steps to start: http://www.valleyworks.cc/youth.htm

Test Preparation or Instruction:

Massachusetts does not have any test preparation or instruction requirements to take the HiSET™ exam. However, instruction is encouraged before retesting. To locate classes please contact the Massachusetts Literacy Hotline or call 800-447-8844 or go to ACLS website and click on ABE and ESOL Directory for a list of programs.

NOTE: Test preparation for the HiSET Exam is not a guarantee that you will pass the exam(s).

Additional Information

For additional information, call our main HiSET number at: 978-556-3458

Nancy Carroll, Clerk/ HiSET Examiner

Donna Felisberto, HSE Chief Examiner