Listed on this page are all GED® (HiSET in New Hampshire) prep sites and testing centers in the Portsmouth area.
New Hampshire is using the HiSET test for the state’s HSE (high school equivalency testing program.
HSE testing is geared towards individuals who quit high school prematurely and gives them the chance to earn an equivalent degree.
The HiSET measures knowledge at a level that may be expected of students after four years in high school.
The exam comprises of five subject tests in the fields of reading, writing, science, math, and social studies.
The HiSET is available in both paper- and computer-based formats and the subtest may be taken individually.
Portsmouth GED (HiSET) prep locations
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Rockingham Community Action (Academic Skill Building Classes)
7 Junkins Ave – Portsmouth – NH 03801 – Phone: (603) 422.8233
Rockingham Community Action offers free HiSET prep classes on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 9:00 a.m. to Noon, and on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 5:30 to 8:00 p.m. Classes are available at the Community Campus (100 Campus Drive)
Portsmouth Adult Basic HiSET Education
100 Campus Dr – Portsmouth – NH 03801 – Phone: (603) 436.8884
Sites around Portsmouth (cities in alphabetic order)
Biddeford Adult Education HiSET Instruction
189 Alfred St – Biddeford – ME 04005 – Phone: (207) 282.3883
The HiSET exam (formerly GED) includes five subtests that cover writing, literature & arts, science, math, and social studies. These five tests may be taken one at a time and can be taken in any order. If students pass the five HiSET tests, they are allowed to earn their Maine High School Equivalency Diploma.
Click here to see all Biddeford are prep sites
Dover Adult Education Center
22 Atkinson St – Dover – NH 03820 – Phone: (603) 742.1030
See all Dover options here
Exeter Adult Education
30 Linden St – Entrance D – Exeter – NH 03833 – Phone: (603) 775.8459/8457
The HiSET exam has replaced the GED test in New Hampshire. Exeter Adult Education offers free day and evening opportunities for applicants who want to prepare for the HiSET exam. Classes are offered on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 9:00 a.m. to Noon, and on Mondays and Thursdays from 6:30 to 9:00 p.m. HiSET classes are available at the Tuck Learning Center (Entrance D, 30 Linden Street).
Rockingham Community Action Literacy Program
14 Center St – Exeter – NH 03833 – Phone: (603) 778.4770
Winnacunnet High School (Community Education)
1 Alumni Dr – Hampton – NH 03842 – Phone: (603) 758.9224
HiSET prep classes are offered through the WHS Evening High School
Kittery Adult Education HiSET
12 Williams Ave – Kittery – ME 03904 – Phone: (207) 439.5896
Newburyport Adult Education
241 High St – Newburyport – MA 01950 – Phone: (978) 465.1257
Noble Adult Education HiSET
388 Somersworth Rd – North Berwick – ME 03906 – Phone: (207) 676.3223
Wells-Ogunquit Adult & Community Ed.
200 Sanford Rd – Wells – ME 04090 – Phone: (207) 646.4565
York Adult Ed. HiSET Classes
1 Robert Stevens Dr – York – ME 03909 – Phone: (207) 363.7922
Portsmouth area HiSET testing centers
Dover Adult Education HiSET testing
61 Locust St – Dover – NH 03820 – Phone: (603) 742.1030
Exeter Adult Education HiSET testing
30 Linden St – Exeter – NH 03833 – Phone: (603) 775.8457
Kittery Adult Education HSE testing
12 Williams Ave – Kittery – ME 03904 – Phone: (207) 439-5896
Wells-Ogunquit HSE testing
200 Sanford Rd – Wells – ME 04090 – Phone: (207) 646-4565
York HiSET testing
1 Robert Stevens Dr – York – ME 03909 – Phone: (207) 363-7922
Can I take the HiSET online?
No, there is no online HiSET or GED exam available. Preparation and practicing over the internet is a great alternative solution for students in remote areas and those who have busy agendas, but if you want to earn your GED or HiSET diploma, you are required to come, in person, to a state-approved HiSET-GED testing site. Internet sites that claim differently are a scam! Documents that are acquired online are worthless and will for sure be rejected by schools and employers.
The New Hampshire diploma that you’ll receive when you pass the HiSET exam is across North America considered equivalent to a standard high school diploma by schools, recruiters, and employers. Holding the HiSET diploma will result definitely in far better job options and opens the doors of higher learning institutions.
Why the HiSET?
Just like many other states, New Hampshire started to look for available alternative methods because non-profit ACE (The American Council on Education) had transferred its GED testing services to for-profit giant assessment developer Pearson Vue. The new HiSET exam offers a choice between computer and paper-based testing for the next few years, and will gradually switch to only computer testing.
Pearson Vue introduced the computer-based GED program and GED Testing Service spiked the exam fee to $120, almost double the amount New Hampshire applicants paid before. The HiSET exam is costing not even half that amount. Affordability was one of the key reasons why New Hampshire turned away from the GED exam.
Interesting Career Perspective – How to Become a Pharmacist
So many American Pharmacists actually have a GED! Surprising, isn’t it? This only proves that after earning your GED, you can become whatever you want to become! Look at Jason’s story.
When I started college five years ago I was aimless. One day I finally buckled down. I really thought about what I wanted to make a living of. I did my research and decided on pharmacy. It wasn’t an easy decision by any means. I had to balance my own interests and talents with an understanding of how I could make a successful livelihood and expectations from my family. That existential crisis is for another post though.
Pharmacy, and by extension any healthcare profession, requires a certain combination of skills and interests. Prospective pharmacists should have scientific aptitude, good interpersonal skills, and a desire to help others. They also must be conscientious and pay close attention to detail, because the decisions they make affect human lives.
Having a reference like the Occupational Outlook Handbook was indispensable, but I realized I needed real-world experience. Although I was still the proverbial thousand miles from actually getting into pharmacy, I had taken the first few steps of my journey by simply considering all of my options.
Get the right job
Work is only one piece of the puzzle though. Academically speaking, A’s and B’s are a bare minimum for all intents and purposes. If you check the Student Doctor Network forums, you’ll find many people clamoring about how they got in with C’s, but why decrease your chances of success? Regardless of what major you choose, you’ll have to fulfill a set of pre-requisites which vary slightly from one pharmacy school admissions program to the next. Overall, they are pretty much the same and include biology, chemistry, physics, humanities, and some economics. In other words, they parallel your typical pre-medicine coursework.
At the minimum, you’ll need two years of undergraduate coursework (that is if you can complete all of your prerequisites in two years). That’s changing now though. Most schools are switching or will switch to requiring a bachelor’s degree as part of the admissions requirement. Why? The Pharm D. degree is a professional-level degree. Educators want to be pretty damn sure students are well-versed in the basics and mature enough for professional-level education.
Those interested in pharmacy schools will have to contend with increased competition as more people are attracted by the diversifying roles and higher incomes of pharmacists. Some people who have been through the pharmacy admissions process even suggest that it’s harder than getting into medical school. Keep your aim high and focus on what the admissions committees look for and you will succeed.
Importance of being an assertive pharmacist
Earlier this semester, I learned about the importance of being assertive as a pharmacist as part of a class called pharmaceutical care. The following short essay is a modified version of an assignment I submitted for this class.
By way of introduction, assertiveness is a character trait that is popularly taught as a part of contemporary psychology. It’s a trait that is described in relation to the two extremes of passivity and aggression. To properly understand assertiveness and to become assertive I think it’s necessary to understand what these words actually mean:
Passivity – Accepting or submitting without resistance or objection; pertaining to behavior that subordinates the individual’s own interests to the demands of others.
Aggression – Hostile or destructive behavior actions; a forceful behavior, action, or attitude that is expressed physically, verbally, or symbolically.
Assertiveness – Behavior directed toward claiming one’s rights without denying those of others.
I am no psychologist, but by simply looking at these definitions assertiveness seems to be the healthy middle ground between being a pushover and aggressively hot-tempered. The fact is that if everyone else were assertive (according to the above definition) there would be no need for me (or you) to be assertive in the first place. While passivity and aggression have their places in human interaction they are clear obstacles in tight-knit, close-quarters workplaces where pharmacists make their living.
For this reason, assertiveness is a highly valued trait in contemporary human relations. Basically, it’s a means of affirming your own rights while remaining respectful of others rights. Assertiveness is not a new idea but has a renewed significance in modern workplaces where bureaucracy can impede communication and trample oversensitive egos.
For much of my own life, I was not assertive because experience had taught me that going with the flow achieved faster results, and that’s all I was looking for. Since starting college I began to reexamine my approach to assertiveness. My various job and volunteer experiences served as significant opportunities to develop my own assertiveness. For example, when I became a pharmacy technician I began to interact with a diverse community of patients which significantly changed how I interact with strangers. Any work that involves dealing with the public is important because you have to trust in your own ability while putting your ego aside to help others.
As a technician, I was also able to observe assertiveness from pharmacists. By itself, assertiveness is an important self-improvement tool. In the hands of a healthcare provider, it assumes broader importance. For example, proper counseling is a pharmacist-patient interaction that is only successful when the pharmacist communicates clearly, and often in spite of reluctance from patients who don’t want to be counseled for one reason or another. The assertive pharmacist persists in educating patients on their medications and prevents medical errors from causing patient harm in the process.
Assertiveness arizes from being assured of one’s own values. Being self-confident of my views enables me to nurture my core beliefs while still engaging other people, many of whom may approach me passively, aggressively or both. The ultimate goal is to cooperate with other people to get the job done. An assertive approach effectively ensures everyone’s voice is acknowledged in the process.