Northern Mariana Islands HiSET® Requirements

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

See the Northern Marianas College website for more information.

Eligibility Requirements

To take the HiSET exam in Northern Mariana Islands, you must meet the following eligibility requirements:

  • Age: You must be at least 16 years of age to take the HiSET exam. Individuals who are 16–17 years must provide the following additional documentation to be eligible to test:
    • Withdrawal from K–12 system. You must NOT be enrolled in any secondary school program and must not have received a high school diploma or high school equivalency credential.

    Note: If you pass the HiSET exam at age 16 or 17, you will not receive the equivalency diploma until your 18th birthday. Before that time, you will receive a letter of intent stating that the diploma is being held pending your 18th birthday.

  • Residency: You must be a resident of the Northern Mariana Islands, living at a Northern Mariana Islands address, to take the HiSET exam. You must be able to prove Northern Mariana Islands residency. You will be required to sign an eligibility form verifying your address.
  • Test Preparation or Instruction: The Northern Mariana Islands requires test preparation or instruction and authorization to test for eligible students. See additional information below.
  • Practice Test: You must qualify to take the HiSET exam by taking the half-length HiSET Practice Test.
  • Identification: All applicants must present government-issued identification on test day at the HiSET test center. Driver's licenses, valid passports, military IDs or other forms of government-issued identification that show 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 Outdated or expired identification will not be accepted.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 Eligibility Requirements above. Below are additional policies for taking the HiSET exam in Northern Mariana Islands.

Fees and Payment

How much does it cost to take the HiSET exam in Northern Mariana Islands

The price per subtest is $12 ($10 ETS fee, $2 test center fee).

How can I pay for my HiSET exam?

Test centers accept cash, money orders, checks and credit cards (VISA® and MasterCard® only).

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.
  • Test Center Fee: You are not eligible for a test center fee refund. 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 ETS, the test center or tester
  • events beyond the control of all parties

Testing Options

Can I take the HiSET exam on paper or computer?

Currently the HiSET exam is available only in paper-delivered format in Northern Mariana Islands. However, there are plans to offer a computer-delivered exam in the future. Contact your test center for more information.

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, contact your test center to schedule your testing appointment.

To reschedule your appointment, contact your test center. Please call the testing office at 1-670-237-6713, Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m.–5 p.m. local time. Note: To avoid being charged again for test and administration fees, you must reschedule or cancel your appointment at least three days before the appointment day.

EXCEPTIONS:

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

Can I take the subtests in any order?

No.

Can I take all five subtests in one day?

No.

How many times can I reschedule my testing appointment?

There is no limit as long as it's three days prior to appointment day. Contact the test center regarding fees.

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

Yes. However, you must provide the following additional documentation to be eligible to test:

  • Withdrawal from K–12 system. You must NOT be enrolled in any secondary school program and must not have received a high school diploma or high school equivalency credential.

Note: If you pass the HiSET exam at age 16, you will not receive the equivalency diploma until your 18th birthday. Before that time, you will receive a letter of intent stating that the diploma is being held pending your 18th birthday.

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

Yes. However, you must provide the following additional documentation to be eligible to test:

  • Withdrawal from K–12 system. You must NOT be enrolled in any secondary school program and must not have received a high school diploma or high school equivalency credential.

Note: If you pass the HiSET exam at age 17, you will not receive the equivalency diploma until your 18th birthday. Before that time, you will receive a letter of intent stating that the diploma is being held pending your 18th birthday.

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 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 by contacting your test center. However, you must cancel at least three days prior to the day of your scheduled appointment to avoid forfeiting your HiSET test fee.

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 (1-855-694-4738) (toll-free), Monday–Friday, 8:30 a.m.–5 p.m. ET.

What are the retest policies?

The Northern Mariana Islands retest policies are as follows:

  • You may test on each subtest three times during a calendar year. Contact your test center for more information.

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 Northern Mariana Islands. 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 residency. Contact your test center for more information.
  • Layered clothing that will allow you to adapt to a range of room temperatures.

Please note: Cell phones, smartphones (e.g., Android®, 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 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 or jurisdictions 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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