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High School Equivalency Preparation


GED and HiSET Comparison

Students can earn a California High School Equivalency Certificate by passing either the GED or the HiSET (TASC may also be available in some areas). ABE offers preparation for these tests through classes and via distance learning.

  GED HiSET
Subject Areas and Time for Each Test
Reasoning through Language Arts: 150 min
Mathematics: 115 min
Science: 90 min
Social Studies: 90 min
Language Arts-Reading: 65 min
Language Arts-Writing: 120 min
Mathematics: 90 min
Science: 80 min
Social Studies: 70 min
Passing Scores
150 on each test
Total of 600
Average of 9 on each test (min. 8)
Total of 45 (minimum)
Question Types
Multiple-choice & Drop-down
Fill-in-the-blank
Drag-and-drop & Hot Spot
Extended response & Short Answer
Multiple-choice
Essay
Testing Method Tests are computer-based and accommodations may be available for eligible students. Can choose either computer-based or pencil-paper tests
Accommodations Info GED Disability Acccommodations

HiSet Disability Accommodations

Frequently Asked Questions

Have more questions? For the GED, click  here
For the HiSET click  here

Steps for High School Equivalency

    • Pre-Testing
      Assessment is provided in all subject areas of the GED, HiSET and ASVAB. Pre-and post-testing are emphasized to focus on the necessary areas of study.
    • Meet with a Counselor
      Make an educational plan, develop strategies for accomplishing your goals, and receive assistance with college and career planning! Make your appointment in Bldg 30, Room 115.
    • Study (Computer, text-based, classes, or distance)
      An Adult Learning Plan (ALP) is developed after pre-testing. Students set their own hours for study and instructors monitor progress.
    • Take the Official Exam
      Once the objectives of the ALP have been completed, an instructor will refer the student for the Official Exam at a designated testing site.
    • Earn the High School Equivalency Certificate and Graduate!
      (High School Equivalency Students Only) A cap and gown graduation is held in June of each year on the Mt. SAC campus. A counselor or advisor will assist you with continuing on your educational and/or career path.

For information on the HSE Preparation Program or the HSE Distance Learning, please call (909) 274-4937 or email abeinfoAT_mtsac.edu.