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.
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.
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
- Language Arts – Writing Practice Test
- Mathematics Practice Test
- Science Practice Test
- Social Studies Practice Test
See examples of the types of questions that will appear on the five subtests. Correct answers with explanations are included. Download the Sample Questions.
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.
Low-cost Test Preparation Materials
In addition to the free practice tests mentioned above, we offer even more opportunities to practice with practice tests developed by ETS for just $7.50 per subtest. Purchase these tests now to continue building your knowledge in the HiSET content areas.
Get Help Before Taking the HiSET Exam
Many HiSET test centers and adult education centers offer free or low-cost instruction and other support to help you get ready for the HiSET exam. Instruction can help you to improve your reading and math skills, learn to write an essay and develop test-taking strategies. Contact your test center or find an adult education program through America's Literacy Directory.
Additional Low-cost Materials
The HiSET team is working to ensure that additional materials aligned with HiSET content will be available. As materials become available from commercial vendors, we will add them to the list of the reviewed and recommended materials on this page.