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, SC-215, Thursday’s 1-3 PM by appointment only. Call Nancy Carroll, Clerk III, (978) 556-3458 to schedule an appointment.
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.
This program offers 2 levels: Pre-HiSET and HiSET. Click here for additional information.
Free Test Preparation Materials
Note: All test preparation PDFs on this page are accessible by screen readers. For additional test preparation materials in accessible formats, see Disability Accommodations.
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).
You can experience what it is like to take the HiSET exam by taking these free, 30–45-minute practice tests. Each subtest is half the length of the actual test and includes directions as well as an answer key. Questions are similar to those on the subtests, so you find out how ready you are and where you might need additional preparation.
- Language Arts – Reading Practice Test (PDF)
- Language Arts – Writing Practice Test (PDF)
- Mathematics Practice Test (PDF)
- Science Practice Test (PDF)
- Social Studies Practice Test (PDF)
See examples of the types of questions that will appear on the five subtests. Correct answers with explanations are included. Download the Sample Questions (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. See Tips for Getting Ready.
Community Based Adult Education
GED Assessment and Classes (no cost):
Adult Literacy Program, Northern Essex Community College, Riverwalk Campus, (978) 659-1272, Lynn Ricketts
Community Action Haverhill, 145 Essex St., 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):
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.
Massachusetts does not require you to take practice tests prior to taking the HiSET™ test.
For additional information, call our main HiSET number at: 978-556-3458
Nancy Carroll, Clerk/Examiner
Donna Felisberto, HiSET Chief Examiner