GED, HiSET, and TASC are exams that allow adult students, who never finished high school, get their High School Equivalency Credential.
This credential is all across America accepted just like a high school diploma by practically all institutions of higher learning, government agencies, and employers.
The GED Test is the most popular exam but not all states offer the possibility of GED testing.
For example, in New York State you can take only the TASC exam and in Tennessee only the HiSET test. Some states allow students to choose out of two or all three HSE tests.
The latest version of the GED test includes four instead of five individual tests in the academic fields of Literacy (Reasoning through Language Arts), Science, Social Studies, and Math (Mathematical Reasoning).
The GED test is only offered on a computer. The passing score on each of the four GED sub-tests is 145 points. Read all about it here.
The computerized GED results will be at your disposal after a few hours already except for the essay part, that needs longer to be properly assessed.
At the GED test, you have two whole years to complete the four test modules, so your test results will be valid for that period of time from the moment of your first registration.
To check what you know take a free GED Practice Test.
HiSET and TASC
Some states changed from the GED to TASC (developed by CTB/McGraw Hill) while others opted for the HiSET (created by ETS – Educational Testing Services) and a few states offer all three options.
The HiSET and TASC exams include five test in these fields: Science, Social Studies, Mathematics, Literacy Writing, and Literacy Reading.
The HiSET (High School Equivalency Test) and the TASC (Test Assessing Secondary Completion) are offered both computer-formatted and in a paper-based version while the four GED tests must be taken on a computer. In New Jersey, all three test options must be taken on a computer.
The HiSET and TASC exams include five tests that usually need to be taken in one session, generally spread out over a few days.
You will receive your test results after around five to six weeks if you test paper-based.
All three exams lead, on successful completion, to an HSE certificate or diploma. This document opens the doors to a college education and a secondary education diploma is more or less a ‘must’ for practically all future employment positions.
To be able to qualify for credit classes or get financial support at schools of higher learning, you definitely are required to hold a high school or equivalent diploma, so be wise, and try to get your HS equivalency diploma as soon as you possibly can.
You can prepare for the GED test by studying online.
Which HSE Exam Is Available Where?
To see a full overview of which HSE testing options are offered in which states, go to this page.
The content of the HiSET and TASC resembles the former GED test, so you may very well make use of this website’s free video lessons and practice tests to get all set for the real thing fast.
Please check with a testing center in your area to discover which alternative(s) they are using for HSE testing to avoid possible disappointment.
Over the next few years, all tests will make the transition to ‘computerized’ testing, but for now, only the GED test is offered solely this way.