Palau HiSET® Exam Requirements

The following policies apply to anyone taking the HiSET® exam in Palau. Before your scheduled appointment, you will need to confirm that you have read and understand these policies.

Eligibility Requirements

To take the HiSET exam in Palau, you must be a Palauan or U.S. citizen or a resident of Palau and meet the following requirements:

  • Age: You must be 18 years of age or older and at least one (1) year out of school (drop out) to be eligible to take HiSET exam.
  • Residency: You must be a resident of Palau, living at a Palau address to take the HiSET exam. You must have resided in Palau for at least one (1) year to be eligible to take the HiSET exam. You must provide proof of residency.
  • Test Preparation or Instruction: Palau requires test preparation or instruction and authorization to test for eligible students. Learn more about preparation, instruction and authorization requirements.
  • Identification: All applicants must present government-issued identification on test day at the HiSET test center. Outdated or expired identification will not be accepted. Acceptable forms of identification include:
    • driver's licenses
    • valid passport
    • Palau ID that show your name, address, date of birth, signature and photograph

Additional Policies

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

Fees, Payment and Refunds

How much does it cost to take the HiSET exam in Palau?
  • Subtest: $15
  • Test center fee: $10 (one-time fee per student)

Please log in to your HiSET account for more information.

How can I pay for my HiSET exam?

You will pay in person at your test center. Palau test centers accept cash 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 any time up until 11:59 p.m. local time the day before your appointment.
  • Test center fee: You are not eligible for a test center fee refund. Test center fees are nonrefundable.
  • If you are absent or arrive too late to take the test at the test administration scheduled, you are not entitled to a refund. If the missed appointment was made using one of your retake credits, the credit will not be returned to you.
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?

The HiSET exam is available only in a paper-based format in Palau.

If I started testing in English, can I switch to or retake my remaining subject tests in Spanish?

Yes. You can switch languages or retake your remaining subject tests in a different language from when you started.

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?

You may send all completed requests for testing accommodations to:

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

Scheduling an Appointment

How do I create a HiSET account?

You will complete the candidate profile form at the test center and Adult Education Office staff will create your online profile. Make sure your name is listed exactly as it is shown on your ID.

Do I have to complete any test preparation or instruction before I can take the HiSET exam?

Palau requires the following instruction before you can take the HiSET exam:

  • Pre-testing to measure educational level
  • Completion of at least sixty (60) hours of instruction
  • Post-testing to measure educational gain

Additionally, you must qualify to take the HiSET exam by taking the half-length HiSET Practice Test and scoring a minimum of:

  • Math: 12–15 score
  • Reading: 12–14 score
  • Writing: 9–12 score
  • Science: 13–15 score
  • Social: 14–15 score

Once you have met these requirements, you will receive authorization to test.

How can I schedule/change a testing appointment?

Once you have completed the appropriate instruction and achieved the minimum passing score on the half-length HiSET Practice Test, you will receive authorization to test from the Adult Education Office. Your test center will schedule your testing appointment and notify you by phone three weeks prior to your appointment.

Note: You may cancel your testing appointment at any time up until 11:59 p.m. local time the day before your scheduled appointment.


You must contact ETS to schedule your appointment if you:

What are the retest policies?

The Palau retest policies are as follows:

  • You may test on each subtest three times during a calendar year. Contact your test center for more information.
  • You must wait 21 days and complete tutoring instruction in the area or areas to be retested as certified by an instructor in the local program. Once this information has been verified, the authorization is granted at the local level.

Test Day

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

You will need to bring:

  • Government-issued ID such as a driver's license, valid passport or Palau ID that shows your name, address, date of birth, signature and photograph. Make sure your name and your ID appears EXACTLY as it does on your profile that was created in your HiSET account when your HiSET exam was scheduled.
  • Layered clothing that will allow you to adapt to a range of room temperature.

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.


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.

How do I challenge my scores?

If you feel your HiSET scores were reported incorrectly or do not accurately reflect your performance, you can have them reviewed for a fee. The following score review services are available:

Constructed-response (Essay) Scoring Review — $25 per essay

A trained scorer will review your essay and original score received to determine whether it is consistent with HiSET Language Arts Writing test scoring rules. If there is a change in your score, the new score (which may be higher or lower than your originally reported score) will be reported to you and your state or jurisdiction, and your score review fee will be refunded. Your essay is not available for disclosure. Please note that each essay will be reviewed only once. This service is available for both computer- and paper-delivered tests.

Multiple-choice Scoring Review — $25 per test

Paper-delivered Tests — Multiple-choice responses will be hand scored by our trained Resolutions team. If there is a change in your score, the score will be reported to you and your state or jurisdiction, and your score review fee will be refunded. Your test responses are not available for disclosure. Please note that each test will be reviewed only once.

Computer-delivered Tests — Computer-delivered tests will not be reviewed because those answers are scored once at the test center, then transmitted to ETS where they are verified before being reported.

To request either of the services listed above, please call ETS Customer Service at 1-855-MyHiSET (1-855-694-4738).

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