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GED in Maine

The state of Maine said goodbye to the GED® exam and introduced the HiSET to determine the High School Equivalency (HSE) knowledge level of its residents in early 2014.

The state offers many locations where you can get HiSET preparation classes to help you become all set to pass the HiSET exam. The HSE diploma will lead to better career options and allows for higher education.

On-site testing

The HiSET and GED tests are not available via the internet, you will have to appear at a Maine official testing site personally. Websites that tell you a different story are fraud, and their ‘diplomas’ will not be accepted by schools and employers. These documents are not even worth the value of the paper they’re printed on.

HiSET scoring

Getting the diploma will improve job options and open up doors for a college education. You are required to meet these three passing standards if you want to be successful on the HiSET: You score needs to be 8 out of 20 on each one of the five subtests (Science-Social Studies-Reading-Writing-Math). Your essay result must be at least 2 (out of maximally 6), and your total testing result cannot be less than 45 out of a possible 100.

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HSE diploma acceptance

When you have completed the HiSET exam successfully you will receive the Maine HSE (High School Equivalency) Diploma. This document is all over the country regarded as equivalent to a high school diploma by practically every government agency and all employers, recruiters, and colleges. The HiSET program is very important for people who, for whatever reason, never completed high school, and gives them another option to receive a similar diploma. Listed here are locations where HiSET classes are offered in key Maine areas.

GED (HiSET) prep classes in and around (click on your nearest city):

Augusta
Bangor
Biddeford
Brunswick
Lewiston
Portland
Presque Isle

GED (HiSET) cost

Maine has decided to use a different High School Equivalency Assessment provider than GED Testing Services. The state is now providing the High School Equivalency Test (HiSET), which addresses the same subject areas the former GED test. The HiSET gives participants the chance to show knowledge and understanding of academic skills that may be expected of high school grads.

The diploma is accepted by recruiting agencies, employers, and postsecondary education institutions. The new GED test costs $120 and is only available in computer format. The HiSET test costs $50 (state-subsidized, free for test takers), and is also available in paper and pencil format.

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Maine GED (HiSET) eligibility requirements

  • Age: you must be at least 18 years old. If you are 16 or 17  specific restrictions apply. Please contact your nearest testing site
  • Fee: In Maine, there is no fee to take the HiSET test. Computer testing is not yet available
  • Re-testing: there is no fee for re-testing in Maine
  • Residency Requirements: you do NOT have to be a Maine resident to take the test. Applicants must have taken at least one of the five test subjects at a Maine testing site to receive the Maine High School Equivalency Diploma
  • You have not graduated from the high school and don’t attend a school program
  • All applicants must first pass a free practice test
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Maine GED (HiSET) testing centers

Auburn
Auburn Ad. and Comm. Education – 77 Harris St, Auburn, ME 04210, 207-784-9220
Augusta
Augusta Ad. and Comm. Education – 33 A Union St, Augusta, ME 04330, 207-626-2470
Bangor
Bangor Ad. and Comm. Education – 121 York St, Bangor, ME 04401, 207-941-6315
Bath
Regional School Unit 1, Ad. Education – 800 High St, Bath, ME 04530, 207-443-8255
Belfast
Regional School Unit 20, Ad Education – 6 B Lions Way, Belfast, ME 04915, 207-338-3197
Biddeford
Biddeford Ad. Education – 18 Maplewood Ave, Biddeford, ME 04005, 207-282-3883
Bucksport
Regional School Unit 25, Ad and Comm Ed – 66 Bridge St, Bucksport, ME 04416, 207-469-2129
Ellsworth
Regional School Unit 24, Ad Ed – 248 State St, Ellsworth, ME 04605, 207-667-6499
Freeport
Regional School Unit 5, Comm Education – 17 West St, Freeport, ME 04032, 207-865-6171
Gardiner
Maine School Admin. Distr. 11, Ad. Ed. Program – 40 West Hill Rd, Gardiner, ME 04345, 207-582-3774
Gorham
Gorham Ad. Education – 106 Weeks Rd, Gorham, ME 04038, 207-222-1095
Gray
Regional School Unit 15, Ad and Comm Education – 10 Libby Hill Rd, Gray, ME 04039, 207-657-2620
Hollis
Maine School Distr. 6, Ad. Ed. – Hollis Learning Ctr, 536 River Rd, Hollis, ME 04042, 207-929-9185
Kennebunk
Ad. Ed. of Kennebunk and Arundel – 87 Fletcher St, Kennebunk, ME 04043, 207-985-1116
Lewiston
Lewiston Ad. Education – 145 Birch St Ste 5, Lewiston, ME 04240, 207-784-2928
Lisbon
Lisbon Ad. Education – 19 Gartley St, Lisbon, ME 04250, 207-353-3037
Mechanic Falls
Regional School Unit 16, Ad. Ed. – 108 Lewiston St, Mechanic Falls, ME 04256, 207-345-3217
Newport
Nokomis Regional High School – 266 Williams Rd, Newport, ME 04953, 207-368-3290
North Berwick
Noble Ad. and Comm. Education – 388 Somersworth Rd, No. Berwick, ME 03906, 207-676-3223
Old Orchard Beach
Old Orchard Beach High School – 40 E. Emerson Cummings Blvd, Old Orchard Bch, ME 04064, 207-934-7922
Old Town
Regional School Unit 34, Ad. and Comm. Ed. – 203 Stillwater Ave, Old Town, ME 04468, 207-827-3906
Portland
Portland Public Schools – 57 Douglass St, Portland, ME 04102, 207-874-8155
Readfield
Regional School Unit 38, Maranacook Ad. Ed. – 2250 Millard Harrison Dr, Readfield, ME 04355, 207-685-4923
Richmond
Richmond High School – 132 Main St, Richmond, ME 04357, 207-737-4348
Sabattus
Regional School Unit 4, Oak Hill Ad. Ed. – RDS #1, East Rd Extension, Sabattus, ME 04280, 207-375-6605
South Berwick
Marshwood Ad. Education – 260 Rte 236, South Berwick, ME 03908, 207-384-5703
South Paris
Oxford Hills Ad. Education – 256 Main St, South Paris, ME 04281, 207-743-8842
Springvale
Sanford Comm. Ad. Education – 21 Bradeen St, Springvale, ME 04083, 207-490-5145
Sullivan
Regional School Unit 24, Sumner Ad Education – 2456 US Hwy 1, Sullivan, ME 04664, 207-422-9100
Thorndike
Regional School Unit 3, Ad and Comm Ed – 577 Mountview Rd, Thorndike, ME 04986, 207-568-3426
Topsham
School Admin, District 75 – 35 Republic Ave, Topsham, ME 04086, 207-729-7323
Turner
Maine School Admin. District 52 – 486 Turner Center Rd, Turner, ME 04282, 207-225-3478
Waterboro
Regional School Unit 57, ME Ctr for Ad Learning – 84 West Rd, Waterboro, ME 04087, 207-247-2022
Waterville
Waterville High School – Brooklyn Ave, Waterville, ME 04901, 207-873-5754
Wells-Ogunquit
Wells-Ogunquit Ad. Education – 200 Sanford Rd, Wells, ME 04090, 207-646-4565
Westbrook
Westbrook Ad. Education – 125 Stroudwater St, Westbrook, ME 04092, 207-854-0826
Whitefield
Whitefield Ad. Education – 164 Grand Army Rd, Whitefield, ME 04353, 207-549-4687
Windham/Raymond
Windham/Raymond Ad. Education – 406 Gray Rd, Windham, ME 04062, 207-892-1800
Winthrop/Monmouth 
Winthrop/Monmouth Ad. Ed. – 39A Highland Ave, Winthrop, ME 04364, 207-377-2265
Wiscasset
Wiscasset Ad. and Comm. Education – 272 Gardiner Rd, Wiscasset, ME 04578, 207-882-9710

Questions? Call Maine’s state office at: 207-624-6752. 

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How to start with GED (HiSET) preparation

Not everybody qualifies for the program. You must not have a high school diploma or be signed up for another school program. Get in touch with a test center near you to see if you qualify and to find out about other regulations. You can also find more posts on this site with more information.

By the time you have the feeling that you want to go the HiSET track, take a look at these guidelines that will get you ahead: Contact a prep or test center close to you and see if you actually qualify, and if so, find out about testing dates. Find out as much as you can at your local HiSET test center. Be totally prepared when you sit for the HiSET exam. Local bookstores and libraries offer all sorts of preparation materials, and in your area, you can find many facilities offer free preparation classes. Appear at the exam prepared, pass the exam, and get your diploma.

GED (HiSET) – what is new

For over 70 years, the GED test was more or less synonymous with high school equivalency testing in Maine, but that has changed. Since January 2014 the state is using the HiSET testing system (by Educational Testing Services) for its High School Equivalency Test. The new program assesses the same five subject areas the former GED exam but it costs less and offers the state more flexibility in how to administer the examinations. The new GED test is offered on a computer only, and the cost is $120.

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Free GED (HiSET) testing

Currently, Maine is offering the HiSET test in pen-and-paper format and electronically as well as. By comparison to the GED, HiSET testing costs $50 for the complete set of five tests, and includes two free retests. Maine covers the price of high school equivalency tests for its resident so the cost of the new GED exam would have become too high, the GED test would have become more than twice as much as the state pays now for the HiSET which is including the subject areas of reading, writing, math, science and social studies.