What's On the HiSET® Exam

Section Time Format Description
Language Arts – Reading 65 minutes – (English)
80 minutes – (Spanish)
Multiple-choice questions
  • This section measures your ability to understand, interpret and analyze a broad range of literary and informational texts.
  • The selected texts range in length from approximately 400 to 600 words.
Language Arts – Writing 120 minutes Multiple-choice questions and an essay prompt
  • This section measures your skill in recognizing and producing standard American English.
  • The multiple-choice section questions measure your ability to edit and revise written text.
  • The essay measures your ability to generate and organize ideas in writing.
Mathematics 90 minutes Multiple-choice questions
  • This section measures mathematical knowledge and competencies.
  • Questions are presented as practical problems and are solved by numerical operations, measurement, estimation, data interpretation and logical thinking.
  • Some questions test abstract concepts such as algebraic patterns and probability.
  • You may use a calculator for this section.
Science 80 minutes Multiple-choice questions
  • This section measures your ability to use science content knowledge, apply principles of scientific inquiry, and interpret and evaluate scientific information.
  • Graphs, tables and charts are used to present information and results.
Social Studies 70 minutes Multiple-choice questions
  • This section measures your ability to analyze and evaluate information from a variety of content areas such as history, political science, psychology, sociology, anthropology, geography and economics.
  • Primary documents, posters, cartoons, timelines, maps, graphs, tables, charts and reading passages are used in questions.

Where can you get more information about test content?

Download the HiSET Test-at-a-Glance.

Can you see sample questions?

Here are some sample questions for the most current exam.