Prepare for the HiSET® Exam: Overview
Scheduling a HiSET® exam is an important first step toward achieving your high school equivalency credential, and we want to make sure that you have the tools you need to prepare. The HiSET program offers free and low-cost options to familiarize you with both the exam questions and the computer-delivered testing experience.
Free Test Preparation Materials
Note: All test preparation PDFs on this page are accessible by screen readers. For additional test preparation materials in accessible formats, see Disability Accommodations.
Watch this brief video to learn more about the HiSET exam and the computer-delivered test, including information about the computer screens and navigation.
You can use the Study Companion to familiarize yourself with the test content, test question formats and available study resources for each subtest. Download the Study Companion.
You can experience what it is like to take the HiSET exam by taking these free, 30–45-minute practice tests. Each subtest is approximately half the length of the actual test and includes directions as well as an answer key. Questions are similar to those on the subtests, so you find out how ready you are and where you might need additional preparation. Download copies of the free practice tests.
See examples of the types of questions that will appear on the five subtests. Correct answers with explanations are included. Download the Sample Questions.
Tips for Getting Ready
Find helpful tips and strategies to help you get ready for the exam, including how to organize your time both before and during the exam. See Tips for Getting Ready.
Low-cost Test Preparation Materials
In addition to the free practice tests mentioned above, we offer even more opportunities to practice with printable practice tests developed by ETS for just $7.50–$10 per subtest. Purchase these tests now to continue building your knowledge in the HiSET content areas. Use the Are You Ready to Take the HiSET exam? chart to determine your practice test scores.
Get Help Before Taking the HiSET Exam
Many HiSET test centers and adult education centers offer free or low-cost instruction and other support to help you get ready for the HiSET exam. Instruction can help you to improve your reading and math skills, learn to write an essay and develop test-taking strategies. Contact your test center or find an adult education program through America's Literacy Directory.
NEW! The Official Guide to the HiSET® Exam
The Official Guide to the HiSET® Exam is a one-of-a-kind resource — the only guide created by the test makers at ETS and the only one with real HiSET exam questions. This book is uniquely suited to help you do your best.
What you’ll find inside:
- HiSET Exam Diagnostic Test from ETS. Use this to assess your readiness to take the test.
- Two simulated HiSET Exam Practice Tests. These tests are designed to match the real exam in format and level of difficulty. Use them to sharpen your skills and build your confidence.
- Official information on the HiSET exam. Get the facts about the test content and structure — straight from ETS.
- Topic-by-topic review of what to study. Find out what subjects are covered in all five subtests: Language Arts – Reading, Language Arts – Writing, Mathematics, Science, and Social Studies.
- Test-taking strategies. Read valuable hints and tips that can help you get your best score.
- Exercises in every test topic. Practice with sample questions for every subtest.
The Official Guide to the HiSET exam is Available for purchase through Amazon.com.
Official Partners Offering Test Materials
For more than 35 years, Aztec Software has been in the business of improving the lives of adults and young adults through computerized academic skills remediation. The ETS/Aztec partnership reinvents the student-teacher relationship by creating the most student-centric learning environment ever. Aztec offers FREE and FEE-based versions of the Official Practice Test in addition to a fully correlated learning and preparation series. All Aztec products are both computer- and mobile-compatible, allowing you to learn wherever you are, even on the go. These practice exams create the perfect opportunity for you to experience the test in digital format. To learn more about the official HiSET test prep, visit our Partner prep page.
Additional Low-cost Materials
The HiSET team is working to ensure that additional materials aligned with HiSET content will be available. As materials become available from commercial vendors, we will add them to the list of the reviewed and recommended materials on this page.