Why the HiSET® Exam?

Making a difference

Now the fastest-growing exam in the market, the HiSET® exam is offered to millions of out-of-school youth and adults across the country. With its exceptional customer service and program support, the HiSET program is making a powerful difference in adult education by offering:

  • a choice of paper- or computer-delivered formats that enable candidates to work in their optimal test environment
  • a secure, web-based reporting portal to provide quick test results and other actionable data
  • a Spanish-language version to address the needs of candidates who are more comfortable testing in that language
  • a cost-effective option for test takers

Aligned with current standards

The HiSET exam was created by ETS along with critical input from states, educators and testing centers. The stakeholders' input ensured that the HiSET exam was consistent with current high school curricula and aligned to the most recent College and Career Readiness Standards for adults.

Created by assessment development experts

Creating the HiSET exam was a logical step for ETS. In 1947, ETS began its work with the development of the then-groundbreaking Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT®). For the first time, colleges and universities had individual performance information so that merit and achievement can be equitably used as admission criterion. Before the SAT, the college admission process was less open and often based on class distinctions.

Since then, ETS has developed many higher education and career-based assessments to help individuals pursue their interests and achieve their goals.

ETS has continually demonstrated its expertise in effectively reaching institutions, influencers, employers and test takers worldwide. For more than 65 years, ETS has developed some of the most widely accepted large-scale assessments used by organizations and institutions around the globe, including the GRE® and TOEFL® tests.

Leading the way with more than 50 million tests administered and scored at more than 9,000 locations in 180 countries each year, ETS is uniquely qualified to offer an alternative high school equivalency test.

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