GED, HiSET and other High School Equivalency Tests

There are three high school equivalency tests offered in the state of Texas: GED, HiSET, and TASC. Passing all of the prescribed requirements for any of the three tests will result in the test-taker receiving a high school equivalency diploma. Each of the tests are different and have unique features. Anyone has the option of choosing the test that is right for them.

Earning a high school equivalency credential shows that you have high-school-level academic skills. These diplomas can help open the door to a new job or career, and higher levels of education.

Class of GED students studying

What is the HiSET?

The HiSET® (the High School Equivalency Test) exam is a high school equivalency testing program that will help you take the next step toward a college degree or a rewarding career. Educational Testing Service (ETS) and the Iowa Testing Programs created the HiSET program to provide you with a more affordable, more accessible alternative to other high school equivalency tests. You can earn the credentials you need to continue your education or to succeed in the workplace.

More flexible.

The HiSET program is available in English or Spanish and in paper-based and computer-based format; the computer-based exams feature a test-taker-friendly design. The program also provides a number of accommodations for test takers with disabilities and health-related needs. Please check with your local test center for availability.

More accessible.

You can take the HiSET exam at any of your state’s or jurisdiction’s existing test centers, so you can choose the one that’s most convenient for you. The staff at your test center can help you devise the best testing plan to fit your needs.

More affordable.

Not only does the HiSET exam cost less than other tests, but you get more for your money — including free practice tests to help you prepare as well as two retests* within a 12-month period of your original purchase when you buy the full battery of HiSET tests in one purchase. The full battery refers to the purchase of all five subtests at one time.

What is the GED?

The GED test was revised in 2014.

The GED (General Educational Development) is a high school equivalency assessment that the state of Texas recognizes as an alternative to a high school diploma.

Major changes: 

There are now four separate tests to pass: Mathematical Reasoning, Reasoning through Language Arts, Science, and Social Studies. Individuals must pass all four sections in order to receive the GED high school equivalency.

The test is now computer-based. In order to be best prepared for this computer-based test, individuals should have basic computer skills. The Library offers basic computer skills classes at the East Arlington Branch and on the TechLink. Please check the calendar for these computer classes.

Frequently Asked Questions about the GED

What is the TASC?

TASC Test Assessing Secondary Completion™ is a state-of-the-art and affordable national high school equivalency assessment. It assesses five subject areas including Reading, Writing, Mathematics, Science, and Social Studies. It measures examinees’ levels of achievement relative to those of graduating high school seniors, as outlined by the College and Career Readiness standards.

Three forms of TASC test will be available each year in English and Spanish, both online and in paper-and-pencil format. Large print, Braille, and audio formats are available. TASC test provides a transitional approach to the new standards by gradually introducing new innovative test item types and increasing rigor over three years.

TASC test leverages high-stakes secure online platform currently used by TABE® Online customers. TASC test offers an optional online registration and scheduling website.

Picture of adult literacy students and teacher

HSE Classes at the Library

The library offers in-person, volunteer-led classes and access to an online study program to help individuals prepare for the high school equivalency tests. Classes are taught in English. Classes are first-come, first-served with limited enrollment. All new students must attend mandatory orientation sessions.

There is a fall and spring registration. The classes typically last 13 to 16 weeks.

Register for our Next Class

Registration is first-come, first-served. The spring semester will begin Monday, January 30. Registration will only be considered complete after students have attended the required orientation. After registering online, students will receive an email with further instructions.

Orientation includes filling out paperwork and taking an assessment test. This session is three hours.

Individuals enrolled will pay a $25 materials fee before the first day of class.

Please call Arlington Reads at the Literacy House with any questions: 817-460-2727.

Study on your Own

If the HSE Study Classes are full, or you just want to study on your own, the library has books available for check-out. We also offer free online resources. Search the library catalog or log into Learning Express with your library card. Learning Express contains online, interactive tutorials. Learn about the new test format, take practice tests, and build the skills you need to succeed.

Helpful Study Websites

Khan Academy: GED Online Prep lessons

ChompChomp: Fun grammar activities

GCLearnFree: Goodwill Community Foundation offers online lessons in reading, math and technology use

Hippocampus: Hippo Campus offers science, history and math lessons

PBS Learning Media: Searchable video lessons from PBS

Taking an HSE Test

Arlington Public Library does not offer or proctor any official HSE test. You must schedule your testing date. All official testing center locations are listed on the test’s respective website. All tests are given by appointment only at the time, date, and location scheduled through the testing websites.

Cost

Each test uses a different fee schedule. We’ve provided estimates based on average costs below. Check the test’s website for up-to-date costs.

  • HiSET fees: $10 for each of five parts of the test. Total without retests: $50
  • GED fees: Approximately $30 for each of four parts of the test. Total without retests: $120
  • TASC fees: Contact a testing facility for test pricing.

Related Information

Texas Education Agency – Official HSE information at the state-level

Volunteer with Us

“Almost all students need individual help and additional practice in order to successfully prepare for the exam. However, not every program is able to serve students on such an individualized basis because of the shortage of instructors. More volunteers are needed to help these students and more pre-GED and GED preparation classes are needed. Prior teaching experience is not required to help in a GED program. You can help a student accomplish this important goal by becoming a volunteer in a local program.” – Tarrant Literacy Coalition.

We welcome any interested individuals to volunteer with Arlington Public Library or through Tarrant Literacy Coalition to help meet the needs of our local community.