High School Equivalency (HiSET/GED)

HIGH SCHOOL EQUIVALENCY (HSE) TEST INFORMATION

HSE SUBJECT AREAS

(Time allotments and descriptions are indicative of the GED® Exam)

 

Test 1 and 2   READING AND WRITING/REASONING THROUGH LANGUAGE ARTS (Approx. 2.5 HOURS/150 minutes)

  • Passages in the reading comprehension section will contain between 450 - 900 words
  • 75% of texts are informational-nonfiction and workplace contexts
  • Writing will be scored based on 
    • Analysis of arguments and use of evidence
    • Development of ideas and structure
    • Clarity and command of standard English conventions
    • Grammar
    • Usage
    • Capitalization and punctuation
  • Test-takers are required to draw evidence from a literary or informational text to support analysis and reflection
  • Test-takers must use technology to produce writing, demonstrating sufficient command of keyboarding skills
  • It is suggested that test-takers use 45 minutes to read a source text, compose their responses, and review/edit

Test 3   SOCIAL STUDIES  (Approx. 70 minutes)

  • Questions come from the following areas:
    • Civics and Government 50%
    • U.S. History 20%
    • Economics 15%
    • Geography and the World 15%

Test 4   SCIENCE  (Approx. 90 minutes)

  • The test includes the following content areas:
    • Life Science 40%
    • Physical Science 40%
    • Earth and Space Science 20%

Test 5   MATHEMATICS  (Approx. 115 minutes)

  • The test includes the following content areas:
    • Math/Algebra 55%
    • Quantitative Problem Solving 45%
  • The number of questions on the test will vary
  • Candidates will be provided a virtual, on-screen Texas Instruments TI-30XS scientific calculator and calculator reference tool to use on a portion of the items in the math test.

What is the Difference between the GED and HiSET exams?

Both the GED and the HiSET exams are recognized alternatives to a high school diploma.

By passing either the GED or HiSET exam, students obtain a High School Equivalency certificate that certifies the completion of a high school education.

For more information, contact Kavoulakis.Theano@tusd.org

  GED HISET
State-approved? Yes Yes
Age Requirement Must be 18 years or older, or within 60 days of 18th birthday Must be 18 years or older, or within 60 days of 18th birthday
Subject Areas

4 subjects:

  • Language Arts
  • Math
  • Science
  • Social Studies

5 subjects:

  • Language Arts - Reading
  • Language - Writing
  • Math
  • Science
  • Social Studies
Type of Test Computer Test Paper & Pencil Test
Practice Test Fee

$6 per subject area

Free for TAS students
Exam Fee $35 per subject area

For Non-Students:

  • $199 - entire exam 
  • $45 per subject area

For TAS Students:

  • $130 - entire exam 
  • $30 per subject area 
TAS Prep Classes or Boot Camps Available Yes Yes
TAS Prep Class Fee No Cost No Cost
How to Take Prep Classes Make an appointment to see the TAS Counselor (Nieves.Veronica@tusd.org) Make an appointment to see the TAS Counselor (Nieves.Veronica@tusd.org)
How to Take the Exam

Create an account at GED.com

Testing Center located at Levy Adult Center, Rm 18

Create an account at HiSET.ets.org

Schedule the exam with Kavoulakis.Theano@tusd.org

Testing Center located at Levy Adult Center, Rm 18

 

Testing Center

HiSET & GED testing is available at our Levy Adult Center: 3420 W. 229th Place Torrance, CA 90505.

Scroll down for more information. For GED/HiSET questions or to register for the GED/HiSET exam, email Kavoulakis.Theano@tusd.org 

 

High School Equivalency Tests

1.) HiSET™

Torrance Adult School offers the HiSET™ test in a paper-based format. The test consists of five subject areas. FREE advising and preparation courses are available.

HiSET practice tests help determine if you are ready to pass or need additional study preparation. Email Kavoulakis.Theano@tusd.org to schedule a HiSET practice test. 

HiSET™ Test Schedule at TAS:

 

HiSET Testing Schedule for Fall of 2022

 

2.) GED®

Torrance Adult School also offers the GED® exam. The test consists of four subject areas. FREE advising and preparation courses are available.

Any questions about the GED® test please call: 1(877) 392-6433. Students who have not passed a portion of the GED and wish to sign up for a review before re-testing may also contact us for information and pricing for the review at: (310) 533-4689 ext. 8200.

GED®  Test Schedule at TAS:

GED Testing Schedule for Fall of 2022