What’s on the HiSET®?

The HiSET exam is actually five tests in one: Reading, Writing, Social Studies, Science, and Mathematics.

The Reading test is 50 multiple-choice questions and lasts 65 minutes (80 minutes if you’re taking the exam in Spanish). It assesses your comprehension and analysis of fictions and nonfiction alike.

The Writing test includes 60 multiple-choice questions and an essay. It lasts 120 minutes. It tests your ability to organize ideas, identify good writing, and write clearly yourself.

The Mathematics test is 55 multiple-choice questions and lasts ninety minutes.  Almost half of the questions are about algebra: the rest relate to basic operations, measurement, geometry, data analysis, and statistics.

The Social Studies test consists of 60 multiple-choice questions. It lasts for seventy minutes. Most of the questions relate to history, civics and government, and the rest are about economics and geography. 

The Science test includes 60 multiple-choice questions and takes eighty minutes. About half of the questions are about life science, and the other half are related to physical science and Earth science. 

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