What Your HiSET® Scores Mean for College Course Selection

Your HiSET® scores can be a useful tool when you're selecting college courses and deciding on your major. If you score at least 15 out of 20 on any of your subtests, it means you've demonstrated college and career readiness. What does that mean? It means your performance is comparable to the level required to pass a college-level, credit-bearing course.

If you don't score at least a 15, it doesn't mean you shouldn't go to college. It just means you might want to do additional preparation or enroll in remedial courses for content categories that you didn't score as well on.

Interpreting scores

Comprehensive Score Report

Here's a Comprehensive Score Report for Michael Robinson. Other than the fact he passed, what does it mean?

Michael earned at least 15 points on each subtest. This means he is ready for college-level, credit-bearing coursework. He shouldn't need to enroll in remedial courses at college.


Individual Score Report

This Language Arts – Writing individual score report indicates Michael is strong in his understanding of Organization of Ideas and Language Facility, but weak in his understanding of Writing Conventions. What does this mean? It means:

  • for any courses requiring extensive writing, he may need to develop his grammar and editorial skills to better construct assignments, essays and reports
  • he has a good foundation for any journalism class he may want to take
  • any classes that rely on certain topics where he has a weakness will require extra work