Montana HiSET® Requirements

The following policies apply to anyone taking the HiSET® exam in the state of Montana. When you schedule an appointment, you will need to confirm that you have read and understand these policies.

See the Montana high school equivalency testing program website for more information.

State Eligibility Requirements

To take the HiSET exam in the state of Montana, you must meet the following eligibility requirements:

  • Age: You must be at least 16 years of age to take the HiSET exam, and you cannot be enrolled in high school. Note: If you are 16, 17 or 18 years of age, there are additional requirements and policies that apply. Click on your age below to see what you need to do in order to take the HiSET exam.

    • I am 16
    • I am 17
    • I am 18

    If you are 19 or older, you do not have any additional age-related policies or requirements.

  • Residency: You must be a resident of Montana to take the HiSET exam at a test center in Montana. You will need to provide proof that you live in Montana with a valid driver's license or other proof of residency. Contact your state office for information about proof of residency. If testing on a military installation or in a federal correctional institution, you must claim Montana as your state of residency.
  • Test Preparation or Instruction: Montana does not have any test preparation or instruction requirements.
  • Practice Test: Montana does not require you to take a practice test to qualify for the HiSET exam.
  • Identification: You must present identification on test day at the HiSET test center. A valid driver's license, passport, military ID, or other form of government issued (national or foreign) identification that shows name, address, date of birth, signature and photograph are acceptable forms of identification. Outdated or expired identification will not be accepted.

Additional Policies

Make sure you read and understand all of the State Eligibility Requirements above. Below are additional policies for taking the HiSET exam in Montana.

Fees and Payment

How much does it cost to take the HiSET exam in Montana?

Battery (all five subtests):
In Montana, the HiSET exam fee for the battery is $50. The test center may charge an additional fee of up to $15*. Contact your test center for more information. If you pay for the battery and need to retest on an individual test, you may have to pay the $6* test center's retesting fee for each retest.

Individual Subtests:
If you only need to take an individual subtest initially, the total cost is $17 for each test. At the time of registration $15 will be paid to ETS and there may be a $2* test center fee. If you must retake an individual subtest, there may be a $6* test center fee.

*Test Center Administration Fees: Test centers may charge additional fees. See the chart below for details.

Test Center Battery Fee Individual Subtest Retest
Billings $0 $0 $0
Bozeman (Wilson Center) $15 $2 $6
Browning
Butte $15 $2 $6
Dillon $15 $2 $6
Glasgow $15 $2 $6
Glendive $15 $2 $6
Great Falls $5 $2 $5
Hamilton $15 $2 $6
Hardin $0 $0 $0
Havre $15 $2 $6
Helena $15 $2 $2
Kalispell $15 $2 $6
Lame Deer $15 $2 $6
Lewistown $0 $0 $0
Livingston $15 $2 $0
Miles City $15 $2 $6
Missoula $15 $2 $0
Pablo $15 $2 $6
Poplar $5 $2 $0
Shelby $0 $0 $0
I only have cash. How can I pay for my HiSET exam?

You must pay for the exam at the time you schedule it, so you aren't able to pay with cash. However, if you only have cash, you may use it in one of the following ways:

  • purchase a GreenDot® MoneyPak prepaid card and fund a PayPal® account
  • purchase a prepaid PayPal My Cash Card and fund a PayPal account
  • purchase a VISA®, MasterCard® or American Express® gift card
  • open a free checking account and pay with an electronic check (eCheck)

If you are purchasing a prepaid credit card or gift card, be sure to check the cards before you purchase them for any restrictions that might prevent you from using them in our registration system, such as restrictions against using the card for online purchases. To learn more about how you can use one of these payment methods, download the Cash Options for HiSET Test Takers flyer.

How do I pay for the HiSET exam if I am scheduling through my online account?

If you are scheduling online, you may pay by:

  • debit card or credit card (American Express, Discover®, MasterCard, VISA and JCB)
  • PayPal
  • eCheck
How do I pay for the HiSET exam if I am scheduling my appointment by phone?

If you are scheduling by phone, you may pay by debit card or credit card (American Express, Discover, MasterCard, VISA and JCB).

You can't use a PayPal account to pay over the phone.

If I purchased the battery (all five tests at one time), can I get a refund if I cancel my scheduled appointment?

If you cancel your scheduled appointment and do not want to reschedule, you must do so at least three days prior to your scheduled appointment, not including the day of your appointment and the day of your request. The refund policy for the battery is as follows:

  • If you have taken no subtests:
    • Test Fee: You are eligible for a partial refund of 50 percent of your test fee if you cancel at any time up until the third day before your appointment, not including the day of your appointment and the day of your request.
    • State or Test Center Fee: You are not eligible for a state or test center fee refund. State and test center fees are nonrefundable.
  • If you have taken one or more subtests from the battery:
    • You are not eligible for a refund.
  • If you don't cancel in advance and you don't show up for your scheduled appointment on testing day, you will not be eligible for a refund.
If I purchased an individual subtest, can I get a refund if I cancel my scheduled test appointment?

If you bought a single subtest or subtests rather than a battery, the refund policy is as follows:

  • Test Fee: You are eligible for a 50 percent refund of your test fee if you cancel at any time up until the third day before your appointment, not including the day of your appointment and the day of your request.
  • State or Test Center Fee: You are not eligible for a state or test center fee refund. State and test center fees are nonrefundable.
What if something unexpected happens on test day, I don't cancel and I cannot make my scheduled appointment? Can I get a refund?

ETS understands that things happen that are outside your control and has processes in place to evaluate and approve refunds for ETS-collected HiSET test fees. Exception cases are handled and evaluated for refund eligibility on a case-by-case basis. Exception cases refer to:

  • events caused by the ETS, test center or tester
  • events beyond the control of all parties
Does Montana have any state-specific refund policies for test center administration fees?

Montana does not have any state-specific refund policies. Each test center sets its own policies regarding refunds of test center administration fees. Check with the test center where you scheduled to take your test for test center fee refund policies.

Testing Options

Can I take the HiSET exam on paper or computer?

The HiSET exam is available in both computer- and paper-delivered formats in Montana. However, both formats are not available at every test center. Make sure you verify that the format you prefer is available at your selected test center before scheduling your testing appointment.

If I scheduled a paper-delivered test, can I change my mind and take the test on a computer?

Yes, as long as the test center offers both formats. However, you must make the change at least three days prior to your originally scheduled test, not including your appointment day or the day of your request. If you scheduled a paper test and would now prefer to take a computer test instead, you must cancel the paper test and schedule a new computer testing appointment. The same is true if you would like to switch from a computer test to a paper test. You cannot show up at the test center on the day of your scheduled appointment expecting to be able to make the change at the test center.

How do I request accommodations so I can be successful on the HiSET exam?

If you have a disability or health-related needs, you need to request accommodations prior to scheduling your test appointment. For more information, see Disability Accommodations.

Where do I send my request for testing accommodations?

Send all completed requests for testing accommodations to:

ETS Disability Services
P.O. Box 6054
Princeton, NJ 08541-6054

Scheduling an Appointment

How can I schedule or change a testing appointment?

Once you are ready to take the test, you can schedule your testing appointment in three ways:

  • online through your HiSET account
  • by contacting your test center
  • by calling ETS Customer Service

To reschedule your appointment, call an ETS representative 1-855-MyHiSET (1-855-694-4738) or contact your test center. Read the policies on rescheduling, canceling or retaking the test included on this page.

EXCEPTIONS:

You must contact ETS to schedule your appointment if you:

Can I take the subtests in any order or all in one day?

You can take the five subtests in any order. If the test center has availability, you can take all five subtests in one day or you can schedule them across more than one day.

How many times can I reschedule my testing appointment?

You may be able to reschedule your testing appointment as often as needed. However, it is better to be sure you are prepared to take the test and available on the testing date, so that it is not necessary for you to reschedule.

ETS allows you to reschedule up to two times for no fee. For additional rescheduling, you must pay $10 each time you reschedule. Your test center may have additional fees for canceling or rescheduling on top of the $10 ETS fee. Contact your test center for more information.

I am 16 years old. What do I have to do to take the exam?

If you are currently enrolled in high school:
You cannot take the test.

If you are NOT currently enrolled in high school:
If you are 16 years of age and not enrolled in high school because of special circumstances, you must submit all of the following documentation for an age requirement waiver to the Montana State HiSET Administrator for review and approval prior to being able to schedule an appointment for testing:

  • Completed, signed and notarized 16-year-old Age Waiver Application Form with required school documentation attached (1C) demonstrating consensus of applicant; school officials; and applicant's parent/legal guardian that the HiSET testing program is considered in the best educational interest of the applicant.
  • Original letter from an Adult Basic Education (ABE) Director or Literacy Program Director certifying that the applicant has enrolled in and attended HiSET preparation classes and is academically prepared to attempt the HiSET Exam Battery; and/or documentation from same source certifying the applicant obtained pre-test scores substantiating preparedness for the official HiSET Exam Battery.
  • Letter of documentation, on official letterhead, establishing applicant's need to obtain a high school equivalency credential through the HiSET test at age 16, originally signed and coming from one of the following:
    • postsecondary admissions officer
    • employer requiring high school equivalency for employment purposes
I am 17 years old. What do I have to do to take the exam?

You must provide the test center with documentation for one of the following prior to testing.

Candidates with previous high school enrollment:

  • An original, official school document that clearly identifies you by name and date of birth, provides your last school enrollment date, and is signed by the chief education officer verifying that you have been advised of in-school and alternative educational options.
  • Letter of approval on school letterhead, originally signed by the chief education officer of the last school attended, documenting your last school enrollment.
  • Letter of documentation on school letterhead, originally signed by the chief education officer indicating your high school class has graduated.

Candidates with no previous high school enrollment:

  • Letter of documentation on school letterhead, originally signed by the chief education officer in the public school district in which you currently reside, certifying you have not enrolled in the public school and have been advised of local in-school options.
  • You can only provide this documentation if you last attended school out-of-state and are able to demonstrate the inability to obtain an official withdrawal document for the last school you attended.
I am 18 years old. What do I have to do to take the exam?

You must provide the test center with documentation for one of the following prior to testing.

Candidates with previous high school enrollment:

  • An original, official school document that clearly identifies you by name and date of birth, provides your last school enrollment date, and is signed by the chief education officer verifying that you have been advised of in-school and alternative educational options.
  • Letter of approval on school letterhead, originally signed by the chief education officer of the last school attended documenting your last school enrollment.
  • Letter of documentation on school letterhead, originally signed by the chief education officer indicating your high school class has graduated.

Candidates with no previous high school enrollment:

  • Letter of documentation on school letterhead, originally signed by the chief education officer in the public school district in which you currently reside, certifying you have not enrolled in the public school and have been advised of local in-school options.
  • You can only provide this documentation if you last attended school out-of-state and are able to demonstrate the inability to obtain an official withdrawal document for the last school you attended.
What can I do through my online account?

Once you have created your account, you can:

  • update your account information (address, phone, email)
  • schedule, reschedule or cancel a testing appointment
  • view your approved accommodations (if applicable)
  • view and print your Comprehensive Score Report and Individual Test Reports
What are the cancellation policies?

You can cancel your appointment at any time. You can contact your test center to cancel your appointment. You can also do it online through your HiSET account or by calling ETS Customer Service at 1-855-MyHiSET (1-855-694-4738).

If you have a disability or health-related need and you require testing accommodations, you must call ETS Customer Service to cancel your appointment at 1-855-802-2748 (toll-free), Monday–Friday, 8:30 a.m.–5 p.m. (Eastern Time).

Is there a waiting period before retesting?

Montana has no state-specific retest policies.

Test Day

What do I need to bring on the day of my test?

You will need to bring:

  • Acceptable and valid ID as required by the state. Make sure your name on your ID appears EXACTLY as it does on your profile you created in your HiSET account when you scheduled your HiSET exam.
  • Proof of Montana residency with a valid driver's license or other proof of residency. If testing on a military installation or in a federal correctional institution, you must claim Montana as your state of residency.
  • Layered clothing that will allow you to adapt to a range of room temperatures.
  • Payment for the test center administration fee (if applicable). See fee information above for more information.

Please note: Cell phones, smartphones (e.g., BlackBerry® or iPhone® devices, etc.), PDAs and/or any other electronic, photographic, scanning, recording or listening devices are not permitted at the test center at all. See What to Bring for a list of additional items not permitted in the testing session.

What do I do if I have health-related needs that require an exception to the test center policies?

If you have a health-related need requiring you to bring equipment, beverages or snacks into the testing room or to take extra or extended breaks, you need to request accommodations in advance. Procedures for requesting accommodations are described in Disability Accommodations.

Scores

How do I know if I’ve passed the HiSET battery of five subtests?

Each of the five subtests in the HiSET battery is scored on a scale of 1–20 In order to pass you must do all three of the following:

  • Achieve a score of at least 8 on each of the five individual subtests
  • Score at least 2 out of 6 on the essay portion of the writing test
  • Have a total combined score on all five subtests of at least 45

Some states may set passing scores that are higher, but under no circumstances can you pass with a total score lower than 45 on the battery.

What does my individual test scoring report tell me?

For each individual test scoring report, it indicates:

  • your score, the total possible score and whether you passed
  • the minimum score required to pass
  • the number you answered correctly and the maximum number of questions in each content category
  • your college and career readiness score
What does passing mean?

Candidates who have received a passing score on the HiSET battery have demonstrated a level of performance that exceeds the minimum level of performance typically required to graduate from high school.

How should I interpret my score?

If the HiSet battery were to be administered to a random sample of high school seniors, it is estimated that approximately 60 percent would pass on the first attempt. If you receive a score of 45 or higher we estimate that you would be in approximately the top 40 percent of graduating high school seniors nationally.

How are passing rates determined?

A score equivalency table was established between the HiSET exam and a nationally administered high school equivalency examination. Passing rates (60 percent) were chosen so as to be roughly equivalent to those on the nationally administered examination.

Did you demonstrate college and career readiness?

Your individual test score report also indicates whether or not you have achieved the score required to demonstrate college and career readiness — with at least 15 out of 20 on any of the subtests.

What does college and career readiness mean?

Students who have scored at the college- and career- readiness level have shown a level of performance similar to the minimum level required to succeed in college-level credit-bearing courses.

What information is provided so I can try to improve my score on the HiSET exam?

On the HiSET subtests, questions are grouped into content categories. To help you in future study or in preparing to retake the test, your individual test score report shows the "number correct" you earned in each content category. This information might suggest areas where it would be worthwhile to concentrate your efforts.

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