Adults who did not finish their high school education can earn a high school equivalency (HSE) credential in Maine by completing the five-tests HiSET exam.
The state of Maine decided to no longer use the GED® test for this purpose and changed to the HiSET alternative at the beginning of 2014.
Maine High School Equivalency Testing Requirements
- To qualify, applicants cannot already hold a secondary education degree
- Applicants cannot be registered for another educational program
- Applicants cannot be younger than 17 years old.
- HSE testing in Maine is open to state residents only as the state takes up the tab for the HiSET exam.
The Maine HiSET test is open to nonresidents as well but not for free. HiSET testing is entirely subsidized for state residents and all applicants must first take and pass the official Maine HiSET Practice Test.
When you come to one of Maine’s official testing centers to sit for the exam, please don’t forget to bring proper government-issued identification as outdated or expired IDs will not be accepted.
The HiSET tests are scored on a scale that goes up to 20. To pass each of the five HiSET subtests, you must attain no less than an 8 score. Your HiSET writing test (essay) must have a score of at least 2, and overall, your score cannot be less than 45 points.
When you have finished your HiSET exam, your unofficial multiple-choice sections results are available right after testing while in general, the official multiple-choice scores are posted in 3 to 5 days on your HiSET account. Your scores on the writing section will be available in 6 to 10 working days on your account as well.
The latest version of the GED test (introduced in the U.S. in January 2014) is entirely computer-based and the HiSET exam is available both on paper and on a computer.
The HiSET (short for High School Equivalency Test) has five subtests in the subject fields of Social Studies, Math, Literacy Writing, Literacy Reading, and Science. The HiSET, like the GED, is a challenging exam that requires some decent preparation, either in a classroom setting or via a well-respected online program. The contents of the HiSET and GED exams are pretty similar so you can also use an online GED prep course to ready for the five HiSET tests.
Persons that have a Maine HSE diploma will surely land a better job and workers that hold a secondary education degree (high school or equivalent) generally earn some $10.000 more on an annual basis than those who don’t and the diploma also allows for a college education.
The HiSET exam (like the GED) is not available online. Test takers must appear in person at one of Maine’s official HiSET test centers. The diploma that you will be awarded upon completing the Maine HiSET test is all over America recognized in the same way as a common HS diploma by employers and educational institutions.