Maine HiSET® Requirements

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

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

State Eligibility Requirements

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

  • Age: You must be at least 18 years of age to take the HiSET exam. For more on documentation required, exceptions to this policy and homeschooler information, review the Additional Policies section below.
  • Residency: You do not have to be a resident of Maine to take the HiSET exam. However, you must take at least one of the five HiSET subtests from a Maine test center and meet all eligibility requirements for the state of Maine to be eligible to be awarded the Maine High School Equivalency Diploma. Maine residents must provide proof of Maine residency in order to take the HiSET exam for free.
  • Test Preparation or Instruction: Other than the Official HiSET Practice Test (see below), Maine does not require any test preparation or instruction to take the initial test. Test takers are encouraged to prepare for the HiSET exam at a local adult education site. Maine adult education programs provide comprehensive academic services at little or no cost to the test taker and encourage instruction before retesting. See the Additional Policies section below for more information.
  • Practice Test: You must first take and pass the Official HiSET Practice Test at a local adult education test center or provide similar evidence (to the satisfaction of the local Maine test center) of preparation for testing. Local test centers may impose additional requirements concerning age waivers, initial testing, and retesting through local school board policies. Check with your test center.
  • Identification: You must present identification on test day at the HiSET test center. A valid State of Maine ID, 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 Outdated or expired identification will not be accepted.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 Maine.

Fees, Payment and Refunds

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

If you are a resident of Maine:

There is no fee to take the HiSET exam or retest. You must provide proof of Maine residency to take the HiSET exam for free.

If you are a non-resident of Maine:

  • The total price for the first subtest is $40 ($10 ETS fee and a one-time $30 state administration fee). The price per subtest is $45 ($10 ETS fee and a one-time $35 state administration fee. This subtest price includes two retests if needed).
  • All test fees are due at time of scheduling.
  • Acceptable forms of payment are cash, credit/debit card and money order.
What is the refund policy?

The refund policy is as follows:

  • Test Fee: You are eligible for a full refund of your test fee if you cancel at any time up until 11:59 p.m. local time the day before your scheduled appointment.
  • State, Jurisdiction or Test Center Fee: You are not eligible for a state, jurisdiction or test center fee refund. These fees are nonrefundable.
Can I get a refund if something unexpected happens on test day, I don't cancel and I cannot make my scheduled appointment?

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 ETS, the test center or tester
  • events beyond the control of all parties (e.g., severe weather, power outages, etc.)

Testing Options

Can I take the HiSET exam on paper or computer?

The HiSET exam is available in a computer-delivered format. If you have needs that require testing in another format, please see the HiSET Test-taker Bulletin for more information on requesting accommodations

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:

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

Scheduling an Appointment

How can I schedule/change a testing appointment?

Once you are ready to take the test, you must contact your local adult education test center to schedule your initial appointment to take the HiSET exam.

To reschedule an existing testing appointment, contact your local adult education test center.

EXCEPTION: You must contact ETS to schedule your appointment if you have a disability or health-related need and require testing accommodation. Contact ETS Disability Services.

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

Based on your readiness to test and subtest pretest results, 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.

If I am 16 years old, can I schedule an appointment to take the HiSET exam?

No, you are not eligible to take the HiSET exam at 16 years of age in Maine.

If I am 17 years old, can I schedule an appointment to take the HiSET exam?

In Maine, you may be eligible to take the HiSET at age 17, providing you:

  • have documentation that indicates you have been out of school for one year;
  • are home-schooled; or
  • have a state-approved "Immediate Need" waiver as defined by the State.

Contact your local adult education center for more information.

What can I do through my online account?

Once you have created an account, you can:

  • update your account information (address, phone, email)
  • view your Comprehensive Score Report and Individual Test Reports
What is the reschedule policy?
  • To avoid forfeiting your test fee, you must reschedule your appointment any time up until 11:59 p.m. local time the day before your scheduled appointment.
  • You have 12 months from the day you schedule your appointment to reschedule. For example, if you schedule in November 2015 for a test date at any time in the future, your reschedule date must be before November 2016.
  • You can reschedule each subtest as many times as needed, free of charge.
What are the cancellation policies?
  • You can cancel your appointment at any time. However, depending on when you cancel and whether or not you're a Maine resident, you may forfeit your HiSET fee. See refund policies information above.
  • You must contact your local adult education test center to cancel your appointment.
  • If you have a disability or health-related need and you require testing accommodations, you must call ETS to cancel your appointment at 1-855-802-2748 (toll-free), Monday–Friday, 8:30 a.m.–5 p.m. ET.
What are the retest policies?

There is no state mandated waiting period for retesting; however, local adult education test centers may impose restrictions based on local school board-approved 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 Maine. Make sure your name on your ID appears EXACTLY as it does on the profile you created in your HiSET account.
  • Layered clothing that will allow you to adapt to a range of room temperatures.

Maine requires proof of residency to take the tests without a fee. Non-residents must pay the non-resident fee and take at least one of the five HiSET subtests at a Maine test center in order to be awarded the Maine High School Equivalency Diploma.

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 health-related needs 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 exam?

Each of the five subtests in the HiSET exam 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 exam.

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 percentage of items you answered correctly
  • your college- and career-readiness score
What does passing mean?

Candidates who have received a passing score on the HiSET exam 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 exam 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 I 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. For the Language Arts – Writing test, you must score at least a total score of 15 with a 4 on the essay.

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 percentage of items answered correctly in each content category. This information might suggest areas where it would be worthwhile to concentrate your efforts.

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