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High School Equivalency Test - HiSET

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Getting started

HiSET preparation and testing are free for Maine residents aged 17 and over. To get started, call our office at (207)-874-8155 to make a HiSET appointment. Your first step will be to take the practice tests to assess your readiness. If your practice test scores indicate that you are not yet prepared, the HiSET advisor will give you options to help you succeed.

HiSET Requirements

In 2014, Maine changed its method for earning a high school equivalency diploma. Maine previously used the GED, but now uses the HiSET. The 5 HiSET Tests are shown below = 7.5 hours total.


Number of Questions

Minutes Allowed

Language Arts


60 plus an essay


Social Studies






Language Arts





55 (calculator and scrap paper provided)



Essay test is scored 1 to 6
Other tests scored 1 to 20


Minimum total scaled score of 45
No one score below 8
Essay score of at least 2

HiSET Testing Information

Testing is done by appointment only at our Cathedral School Location. It is possible to take the tests in any order.

Ways to Prepare for the HiSET
  1. 1. Take classes at PAE. These include Math, Algebra, Reading, Grammar, Writing, Science, and History.  New sessions offered in Fall (Sep - Dec), Winter (Jan - Mar), and Spring (Apr - Jun) **All math and language arts classes require intake testing prior to registration, check here for current intake information**
  2. 2. On the web:
    Free downloadable and interactive practice tests, sample questions, and study companions
    Free training videos to help prepare for the HiSET Math test
    Free interactive practice questions and tutorial videos
  3. 3. Get a study guide from the library, bookstore or on Amazon:
    The Official Guide to the HiSET® Exam
    The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
    2nd Edition, 2016.

    PAE has limited inventory of The Official Guide to the HiSET® Exam, 1st Edition for available to purchase for $20.
  • Click here for information on accommodations for test-takers with disabilities or health-related needs.

    What you should do on testing day

    >> Eat a healthy breakfast/lunch/snack before you come. Food and drink are not permitted in the testing room.
    >> Arrive on time for your appointment. Late arrivals are not guaranteed a seat and may need to reschedule.
    >> Bring a valid, government-issued picture ID to all HiSET appointments. Students without proper ID will not be permitted to test.
    >> Leave all devices and personal belongings in a safe place. Cell phones and other electronics are not permitted in the testing room.