High School Equivalency

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You can contact the Testing Office between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Wednesdays & Thursdays at 508-588-9100, extension 1993.

Massasoit Community College has been approved, by the State Department of Education and ETS, as a site to administer the new state high school equivalency test called HiSET. Testing will begin in mid-June. Specific dates and times are listed on the ETS website when you register for your tests. 

The state has chosen a new test that is the HiSET from ETS – no longer called a GED (trade mark name) to issue the high school equivalency credential. It is a computer based test with the option for paper based administration also. Massasoit Community College will be administering computer based tests only.

Massachusetts State High School Equivalency Test
The Commonwealth of Massachusetts has chosen a new high school equivalency test, HiSET from ETS to replace the GED® testing program.
For information on curriculum, refer to the HiSET website at http://hiset.ets.org.

Obtain a copy of your GED/HiSET Transcript or HiSET Diploma

Effective  August 18th, 2014, all requests for a GED or HiSET transcript must be submitted to Diploma Sender at www.diplomasender.com.

Massasoit Community College will no longer be able to provide GED or HiSET transcripts. If you have questions regarding this process please contact the State High School Equivalency Testing Office.

To obtain your HiSET diploma, please log onto diploma sender.

Prepare for the HiSET® Exam

Step 1: Complete Letter of Withdrawal
If you are 16 or 17 years old, you must get a “letter of withdrawal” from the last school that you attended verifying you have withdrawn. The letter must be presented on the day of your test.

Step 2: Go to www.hiset.ets.org  and Create your HiSET account.

Step 3: Study
Prepare for the test by accessing free study materials from ETS, listed below:

Tutorial Video - A tutorial video is available at: http://hiset.ets.org/prepare/overview to learn more about how to create an account, schedule an appointment and take the HiSET exam. You will also learn about the computer screens and navigation for the computer-delivered test being offered at Massasoit Community College. 

Study Companion - You can use the Study Companion to familiarize yourself with the test content, test question formats and available study resources for each subtest. A HiSET study companion is available at: http://hiset.ets.org/s/pdf/study_companion.pdf

Practice Tests - You can experience what it is like to take the HiSET exam by taking these free, 30–45-minute practice tests. Each subtest is half the length of the actual test and includes directions as well as an answer key. Questions are similar to those on the subtests, so you find out how ready you are and where you might need additional preparation. Practice tests are available at: http://hiset.ets.org/prepare/overview 

The five subtests of the HiSET are listed below:
Reading = 60 minutes
Language Arts = 120 minutes
    Part 1 -multiple choice = 75 minutes
    Part 2 - essay = 45 minutes
Mathematics = 90 minutes
Science = 80 minutes
Social Studies = 70 minutes

Sample Questions - Examples of the types of questions, with correct answers and explanations are given for the five subtests at http://hiset.ets.org/s/pdf/sample_items.pdf.  

Step 4: Requesting Accommodations for Testing
The ETS HiSET testing program is committed to serving test takers with disabilities and health-related needs by providing services and reasonable accommodations that are appropriate given the purpose of the test. The HiSET® Test-taker Bulletin contains procedures and forms for requesting testing accommodations at: http://hiset.ets.org/s/pdf/test_taker_bulletin.
You may need to document your disability before applying for accommodations. You can visit the HiSET ETS site at: http://www.ets.org/disabilities/documentation/ to view the Disability Documentation Policy Statements.

Step 5: Make an Appointment to Take the HiSET Test
When you register, make sure that you use the EXACT NAME that is on your VALID PHOTO ID.

Massasoit Community College will offer computer based testing only.
Testing will be by appointment only. Please make note of the days, times and locations of your tests as our testing labs will be undergoing some construction over the summer and other testing labs will be used intermittently.

Step 6: Take the Test
Show up on time with necessary materials-see below:

*A Valid Photo ID that matches the name of the person who is registered to take the test must be submitted for entrance to the test center. Names must match!
**If you are 16 or 17 years old, you must submit a withdrawal letter from the last school you attended at admittance to the test.
***There will be no late admittance. Late arrivals will need to reschedule with ETS.

Need more information?

Massasoit Community College Testing Office – Attention Colleen Spence
1 Massasoit Blvd.
Brockton, MA 02302
Wednesday & Thursday - between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.
508-588-9100 ext. 1990

Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education
HSE Office
75 Pleasant Street
Malden, MA 02148
(781) 338-6625