GED (HiSET) in Montana

Montana is using the HiSET® for its HSE (High School Equivalency) testing program. HSE testing gives individuals who never completed high school the opportunity to obtain an equivalent diploma.

The HiSET includes five subtests in the fields of Language Writing, Language Reading, Social Studies, Math, and Science.

When you complete the HiSET successfully, you will be handed out the Montana High School Equivalency certificate.

This document is all across America recognized as the equivalency to a common high school diploma by virtually every US employer, government agency, college, and university.

Like the GED® test, the HiSET was not available online but that’s changing. Personal appearance at a state-designated test center is no longer required (read more below).

GED requirements in Montana (HiSET)

The state of Montana requires you to be at least 16 years old but applicants 16, 17, or 18 years of age must meet specific additional criteria.

Underage test-takers must be officially withdrawn from school and have parental consent. Please see your nearest testing site as there are more requirements.

Montana requires you to be a state resident. There is no requirement to first take a prep course or practice test.

You must not have completed high school and not engage in another school activity.

GED prep classes in Montana (HiSET)

You can very well prepare for the HiSET test by studying online. You may also choose a traditional GED-HiSET prep class near you. Click on your city or a city near you to see all the options.

Montana GED testing centers (HiSET)

Adult Education Ctr – 415 N 30th St – Billings – MT 59101 – Ph: (406) 281.5007
Bozeman Ed Center – 404 W Main St – Bozeman – MT 59715 – Ph: (406) 522.6012
Blackfeet Comm Coll – 504 SE Boundary St – Browning – MT 59417 – Ph: (406) 338.5411 x 2252GED in Montana
Montana Tech – 1300 W Park St – Butte – MT 59701 – Ph: (406) 496.4477
Western MT College – 710 S Atlantic St – Dillon – MT 59725 – Ph: (406) 683.7539
Glasgow Job Service 74 4th St – Glasgow – MT 59201 – Ph: (406) 228.9369
Dawson Comm Coll – 300 College Dr – Glendive – MT 59330 – Ph: (406) 377.9410
Great Falls
Great Falls Coll – 2100 16th Ave S – Great Falls – MT 59405 – Ph: (406) 771.5104
Bitterroot College – 103 S 9th St – Hamilton – MT 59840 – Ph: (406) 381.2620
Big Horn Co Library – 419 N Custer Ave – Hardin – MT 59034 – Ph: (406) 665.9391
Aaniiih Nakota Coll – Wiyukja Wicoti Bldg – Harlem – MT 59526 – Ph: (406) 265.6743
District IV Human Resources Council – 2229 5th Ave – Havre – MT 59501 – Ph: (406) 265.6743
PAL Adult Education – 815 Front St – Helena – MT 59601 – Ph: (406) 447.6387
Helena Adult Learning Ctr – 1115 N Roberts St – Helena – MT 59601 – Ph: (406) 447.6389
Flathead Valley Comm Coll – 777 Grandview Dr – Kalispell – MT  59901 – Ph: (406) 756.3884/3888
Lame Deer
John Woodenlegs Library – 1 College Dr – Lame Deer – MT 59043 – Ph: (406) 477.6215
Central MT Education Ctr – 773 Airport Rd – Lewistown – MT 59457 – Ph: (406) 535.5570
Flathead Valley Comm Coll – 225 Commerce Way – Libby – MT 59923 – Ph: (406) 756.3884
Livingston Learning Partners – 112 W Lewis St – Livingston – MT 59047 – Ph: (406) 823.6356
Miles City
Community Coll – 2715 Dickinson St – Miles City – MT 59301 – Ph: (406) 874.6152
Lifelong Learning Ctr – 310 S Curtis St – Missoula – MT 59801 – Ph: (406) 549.8765
Salish Kootenai Coll – 58138 US 93 (#58) – Pablo – MT 59855 – Ph: (406) 275.4792/4800
Ft Peck Comm Coll – 605 Indian St – Poplar – MT 59255 – Ph: (406) 768.6345
Ft Peck Housing Authority – 503 6th Ave E – Poplar – MT 59255 – Ph: (406) 768.3459
West Yellowstone
West Yellowstone School – 411 N Geyser St – West Yellowstone – MT 59758 – Ph: (406) 646.7617
Wolf Point
Ft Peck Comm Coll – 301 Benton St – Wolf Point – MT 59201 – Ph: (406) 768.6345

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HiSET cost in Montana

Individual test centers have their own testing fees but never over $5 per individual HiSET subtest. So the Montana HiSET test cost is as follows:

Each of the five HiSET subtests, when computer-based, costs up to $15.75 ($10.75 for ETS and up to $5 for the test center).
When taken in a paper-based format, each subtest costs up to $20 ($15 for ETS and up to $5 for the test center).

So in total, the HiSET exam will cost you between $78.75 (computer-based) and $100 (paper-based). Keep in mind that you can take the subtests one at a time.  You may take the five HiSET subtests in any order. When a testing center has availability, you may take all five subject tests in one day, but you may also schedule them across several days.

GED and HiSET – How to start

In January 2014, Montana exchanged the GED with the HiSET (short for High School Equivalency Test). The GED became only available in a compter-formatted version and the price had skyrocketed. Reasons enough for many states, including Montana, to make the switch to a different provider.

The GED and HiSET exams are for adults who did not complete high school and who are not currently signed up for any school program. Preparation is key and this post lists all locations in Montana where prep classes are available.

Contact your closest prep center or testing site for specific requirements and regulations as they may vary. Find out if you qualify, and if you do, check out the testing dates and fees.

When you take the exam, make sure you are optimally prepared. This post includes all prep facilities near you and your local bookstore or community library will be able to supply the right materials. Show up at the exam well prepared, take the examination, and get your own diploma.

Online HiSET exam

Until recently. you couldn’t take the HiSET or GED exam over the internet but now, that’s changed. The HiSET exam is now also available in an online, proctored version.

Free GED online prep in Montana (HiSET)

Jobs with a GED

If you don’t have a high school or equivalent diploma, getting a decently paying job (if any at all) is more difficult, and it will keep you away from a college or university education.

You won’t be able to continue your education, and that’s really a shame. The HiSET/GED certificate is a great tool that helps you with your efforts to reach higher goals. The diploma allows you to go for educational success and better employment.

GED and your future

The HiSET and GED programs are great to take your career to the next level. Virtually all colleges, employers, and the military services see the GED-HiSET certificate as proof that you are educated to meet the challenges of the modern work floor.

The Montana HiSET (by ETS) is simply a series of five tests that measure your skills and knowledge compared to a high school student upon graduation. When you take the Montana HiSET exam successfully, you will receive a diploma that compares to a high school diploma.

GED and HiSET – Who qualifies

If you pass the HiSET (High School Equivalency Test), you have demonstrated that you master the skills and possess the knowledge usually obtained in four years at high school.

The HiSET is a computerized examination open to adult learners who did not complete high school, who are not engaged in another school program, who are no younger than 16 years of age, and who are residents of the state of Montana.

HiSET registration

Students can register, schedule, and pay for the tests at, and they must bring proper identification upon testing. Applicants who are 16, 17, or 18 years old must meet strict regulations, they need, for example, to bring an official Withdrawal Form from the school they last attended, and 16-year-olds must also have an age waiver.

The HiSET is a 5-test timed exam that needs to be taken at an official state-approved testing site. The five subject fields that make up the HiSET exam are Literacy Reading, Literacy Writing, Math, Social Studies, and Science. The tests are meant to measure a student’s skills and academic knowledge of subjects taught in four years of high school.

The HiSET is available in English and Spanish. The passing score is 8 out of 20 on each of the five tests, your essay score must be at least 2 (out of 6), and the total testing result must be no less than 45 (out of 100). There’s no need to take all five HiSET subtests in one session. You have the freedom to take one test at a time if you wish.

In order to sit for the test, you had to appear at one of Montana’s official testing sites. The HiSET, just like the GED test, was not offered via the internet but today, that has changed.

The High School Equivalency testing program is developed for adults who don’t have a high school diploma and gives them one more chance to earn an equivalent diploma. Acquiring your HSE diploma will definitely improve your job prospects and clear the way into college.

GED and HiSET – Prepare well

The state of Montana has many adult education locations that provide prep classes where you can get all set to take the HiSET comfortably. Additionally, online courses could be a great option, particularly for Montana residents who live in remote areas or who cannot attend regular classes.

Online learning allows test-takers to learn at their own schedule and from the comfort of their own home. Please make sure though that you choose a current and accredited online HiSET course.

After you’ve passed the HiSET exam in Montana, the doors of colleges and universities open up for you. The diploma that will be awarded after you’ve successfully taken the five HiSET subtests is the equivalency of a common high school diploma.


Last Updated on August 17, 2020.

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