GED (HiSET) in Montana

In Montana, students can take the five subtests of the HiSET exam online or at one of Montana’s official test centers.

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® exam 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.

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Underage test-takers must, for example, be officially withdrawn from school and have parental consent.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 HiSET prep class near you. Click on your city or a city near you to see all the options.

Montana GED testing centers (HiSET)

Billings
Adult Education Ctr – 415 N 30th St – Billings – MT 59101 – Ph: (406) 281.5007
Bozeman
Bozeman Ed Center – 404 W Main St – Bozeman – MT 59715 – Ph: (406) 522.6012
Browning
Blackfeet Comm. Coll. – 504 SE Boundary St – Browning – MT 59417 – Ph: (406) 338.5411 GED in Montana
Butte
Montana Tech – 1300 W Park St – Butte – MT 59701 – Ph: (406) 496.4477
Dillon
University of MT-Western – 710 S Atlantic St – Dillon – MT 59725 – Ph: (406) 683.7539/7143
Glasgow
Glasgow Job Service 74 4th St – Glasgow – MT 59201 – Ph: (406) 228.9369
Glendive
Dawson Comm. Coll. – 300 College Dr – Glendive – MT 59330 – Ph: (406) 377.9441
Great Falls
Great Falls College – 2100 16th Ave S – Great Falls – MT 59405 – Ph: (406) 268.6660
Hamilton
Bitterroot College – 103 S 9th St – Hamilton – MT 59840 – Ph: (406) 375-0100
Hardin
Hardin Public Schools – 721 Miles Ave – Hardin – MT 59034 – Ph: (406) 665.6301
Harlem
Aaniiih Nakota College – Wiyukja Wicoti Bldg – Harlem – MT 59526 – Ph: (406) 265.6743
Havre
District IV Human Resources Council – 2229 5th Ave – Havre – MT 59501 – Ph: (406) 265.6743
Helena
UM-Helena Adult Learning Ctr – 1115 N Roberts St – Helena – MT 59601 – Ph: (406) 447.6389
Kalispell
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
Lewistown
Central MT Education Ctr – 773 Airport Rd – Lewistown – MT 59457 – Ph: (406) 366.5996
Libby
Flathead Valley Comm. Coll. – 225 Commerce Way – Libby – MT 59923 – Ph: (406) 293.2721
Livingston
Community Health Partners – 112 W Lewis St – Livingston – MT 59047 – Ph: (406) 823.6356
Miles City
Miles Community College – 2715 Dickinson St – Miles City – MT 59301 – Ph: (406) 874.6152
Missoula
Lifelong Learning Ctr – 310 S Curtis St – Missoula – MT 59801 – Ph: (406) 549.8765
Pablo
Salish Kootenai Coll. – 58138 US 93 (#58) – Pablo – MT 59855 – Ph: (406) 275.4868
Poplar
Ft. Peck Housing Authority – 503 6th Ave E – Poplar – MT 59255 – Ph: (406) 768-3459 ext. 227
Ft. Peck Comm. Coll. – 605 Indian St – Poplar – MT 59255 – Ph: (406) 768.6330
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 can never charge 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 computer-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, pass the five tests, and get your own diploma.

Online HiSET exam

There is now also the option to take the five separate HiSET subtests online. Until recently, that was not an option but fortunately, that has changed. Learn more in this post: HiSET online proctored exam.

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 option to reach higher goals. The diploma allows you to go for educational success in college and get 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 military services see the GED or HiSET certificate as proof that you are educated to meet the challenges of the modern work floor.

The Montana HiSET exam (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 is equivalent 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 HiSET.ETS.org, 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 can be taken at an official state-approved testing site or online. 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 total testing result must be no less than 45 (out of 100), and your essay score must be at least 2 (out of 6). As said before, 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.

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.

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 with the introduction of the HiSET-At-Home test.

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.

For more information:
Montana Office of Public Instruction
Department of Adult Basic and Literacy Education
P.O. Box 202501
Helena, MT 59620-2501
Phone: 406.444.1691/4151
Email: Efuller@mt.gov

FAQ about GED in Montana

How to get a GED in Montana?

In Montana, students looking to earn their HSE (high school equivalency) diplomas must pass the five separate tests of the HiSET exam. Montana exchanged the GED with the HiSET exam a few years ago. The five HiSET subtests address Mathematics, Social Studies, Language Reading, Language Writing, and Science.

What are the Montana GED testing requirements?

To qualify for the Montana HiSET exam, you can’t hold a high school diploma. The minimum age to qualify for the HiSET exam in Montana is 19. Students 16, 17, or 18 years old may also qualify, however, if they meet additional criteria. State residency is required but there’s no need to first take and pass a HiSET practice test.

What is the GED cost in Montana?

The Montana HiSET exam costs $78.75 (computer-based) or $100 (paper-based). These prices are for the entire exam but you have the option to take and pay for the five subtests one at a time.

 

Last Updated on June 29, 2021.

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