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 HSE diploma or certificate.

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

HiSET requirements in Montana

The state of Montana requires you to be at least 19 years old. Younger applicants (16, 17 and 18) must meet specific criteria. See your nearest testing site.

Fee HiSET: $50 for the complete test.
Montana requires you to be a state resident.
You must not have completed high school and not engage in another school activity.

No Online Testing for HiSET

In order to sit for the test, you will have to appear at one of the state’s official testing sites. The HiSET, just like the GED® test, is not offered via the internet. Websites that have a different message are fraudulent. Please don’t waste your money. Online obtained GED or HiSET documents are worthless and will not be recognized by schools of higher education or employers!

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.

Getting the diploma will have a positive effect on people’s lives, and listed in this article are HiSET preparation classes in key Montana areas.

To check what you know take a free GED/HiSET Practice Test.

Montana HiSET Practice Test

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

You can prepare for the HiSET test by studying online.

Montana HiSET Online Classes

You can also choose traditional GED Prep classes near you.

Montana GED (HiSET) testing centers

Adult Education Center – 415 N 30th St, Billings MT 59101, Phone: 406-281-5007
Blackfeet Community College – 504 SE Boundary St, Browning MT 59417, Phone: 406-338-5421 x 250
Montana Tech of the University of Montana – 1300 W Park St, Butte MT 59701, Phone: 406-496-4477
Deer Lodge
Montana State Prison – 500 Conley Lake Rd, Deer Lodge, Montana 59722, Ph: 406-846-1320 x 2360
Western Montana College – 710 S Atlantic, Dillon MT 59725, Phone: 406-683-7143
N.E. Montana Job Service Workforce Ctr – 74 4th St, Glasgow MT 59201, Phone: 406-228-9369
Dawson Community College – PO Box 421, Glendive MT 59330, Phone: 406-377-3396
Great Falls
Great Falls Center – 2100 16th St, Great Falls MT 59405, Phone: 406-268-6609
Hamilton High School – 327 Fairgrounds Rd, Hamilton MT 59840, Phone: 406-375-6066
Head Start Literacy – 125 N Cody, Hardin MT 59034, Phone: 406-665-9391
District IV Human Resources Development Council – 2229 5th Ave, Havre MT 59501, Phone: 406-265-6743
Office of Public Instruction – 1300 Eleventh Ave, Helena, MT 59620, Phone: 406-444-4437
Helena Adult Learning Ctr – 815 Front St, Helena MT 59601, Phone: 406-324-2118
Flathead Valley Comm. College, 777 Grandview Dr – Kalispell, Montana 59901, Ph: 406.756.3884
Lame Deer
Chief Dull Knife College – 1 College Dr, Lame Deer, MT 59043, Phone: 406-477-6215
Central Montana Education Center/MSU – 773 Airport Rd, Lewistown, MT 59457, Phone: 406-535-9022
Flathead Valley Comm. College, 225 Commerce Way – Libby – Montana 59923, Ph: 406.293.2721
Community Health Partners – 126 S Main, Livingston, MT 59047, Phone:406-823-6356
Miles City
Community Coll. – 2715 Dickinson St – Miles City – Montana 59301, Ph: 406.874.6152
Dickinson Lifelong Learning Center – 310 S Curtis, Missoula MT 59801, Phone: 406-549-8765
Salish Kootenai College – PO Box 70, Pablo, MT 59855, Phone: 406-253-8821
Fort Peck Community College – 605 Indian St, Poplar, MT 59255, Phone: 406-768-6345
Crossroads Correctional Center – 75 Heath Rd, Shelby MT 59474, Phone: 406-434-7055
Trapper Creek
Job Corp – 5139 W Fork Rd, Darby MT 59829, Phone: 406-821-3286

Questions? call Montana’s state office at 406-444-4443

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GED (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.

At the moment you feel you can go the HiSET path, follow these guidelines that will get you ahead: contact a HiSET prep or test center near you to find out if you qualify, and if you do, check out the testing dates and fees.

Become optimally informed. Take good notice of requirements and regulations at your nearest HiSET testing site. 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 prepared, take the examination, and get your own diploma.

Jobs with a GED (HiSET) diploma

If you don’t have a high school diploma or equivalency surely will getting a decently paying job (if any at all) 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 (HiSET) is your future

The HiSET and GED programs are great to get your career to the next level. Virtually all colleges, employers and the military services see the GED 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.

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GED (HiSET) – who qualifies

By passing the HiSET (High School Equivalency Test), you are demonstrating 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.

GED (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 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 500 (out of 800) 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.

GED (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.

What’s a good GPA in college?

After you’ve passed the HiSET exam in Montana, the doors of universities and colleges will open up for you. If you thought your GPA stopped mattering once you entered college, I’m sorry to tell you that you’re wrong.

Colleges themselves will use your GPA for a variety of things — you’ll need a good GPA to stay in good academic standing, and your financial aid and scholarships will probably have a minimum GPA that you need to stay above. Sports may require a specific GPA, and other awards and bonuses will be given out according to your GPA. At graduation, different honors may also be assigned to you as well.

Your GPA (grade point average) can be calculated if you divide all earned grade points by the number of attempted credit hours. Your GPA may be ranging from 0.0 to 4.0.

For example:
A = 4.0 GPA
A- = 3.7 GPA
B+ = 3.3 GPA
B = 3.0 GPA
B- = 2.7 GPA
C+ = 2.3 GPA
C = 2.0 GPA
C- = 1.7 GPA
D+ = 1.3 GPA
D = 1.0 GPA
D- = 0.7 GPA

After you have completed college, your GPA (grade point average) can be used by employers to make a decision on hiring you. A strong GPA is showing you’ve been trying hard to get ahead, whereas a low GPA is demonstrating that you hardly did anything else that the minimally required. Graduate schools may require a good GPA, just like with your undergraduate application.

A general scale:

  • 3.7 – 4.0: Excellent
  • 3.3 – 3.6: Very good
  • 2.7 – 3.3: Average
  • 2.0 – 2.7: Below average
  • -2.0: Poor

This is a general rule of thumb, though what a “good” GPA is will inevitably vary based on a couple of important factors:

1. What is your major?

>While every major is hard in its own way, some are definitely harder than others. If you’re a chemical engineering student, your course load is probably a bit heavier than a theater major. Usually, it’s more understandable to have a low GPA in tougher majors.

2. What do other students in your major have?

How you compare to other students is what makes a huge difference. You can have a 3.6, but if everyone around you has a 3.8, it won’t do much good. This, of course, will depend a lot on your major as well as how hard the typical classes are for those students. This will vary from school to school and major to major, you’ll have to ask around to get an idea where you stand.

3. What school do you go to?

A 3.8 at MIT says a whole lot more than a 3.8 at a community college. The more prestigious your university is, (generally) the more having a high GPA will help you out.

How do you calculate AP or Honors courses

When you take advanced placement (AP) or honors courses, generally grade points are weighted. For example, 1.0 (a whole point) will be added for AP courses, and .50 (a half point) will be added for Honors courses. A is equaling 4.50 (for an Honors class), or 5.00 (for an AP class). Schools may assign point value in different ways, do get in touch with your college to find out about their grading system. If you want to calculate your cumulative GPA you can take all credit hours and all grade points from every semester. Then divide the total amount of grade points by the number of credit hours.

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