What is the Difference Between the GED and HISET?

Feb 16, 2022

The General Education Development (GED) exam and the High School Equivalency Test (HISET) both award a high school equivalency diploma. Still, there are a few key differences between the two tests.

What’s the difference in subject material?

The GED has four testing categories, while the HISET has five. Both tests include mathematics, social studies, science, and language arts. However, the HISET breaks language arts into two categories, reading and writing. There are slight differences in the material covered within each testing category. You can use test preparation materials to get a good idea of what to expect from each test and determine which one suits you best.

Online or paper test?

The GED test is online, while the HISET can be taken online or on paper in Pennsylvania. The HISET paper test is a great option to consider if you’re not comfortable with computers. However, testing rules vary by state, and a few states don’t allow paper tests.

Is there a difference in the diploma awarded?

No, both tests award a high school equivalency diploma. So whether you pass the GED or HISET test, you’ll receive the same credential.

What are the costs of the GED and HISET exams?

The total cost for the GED exam is $144, and the HISET exam is $93.75 if you take it online and $115 if you take it on paper. These are the costs for all subtest subjects. You may opt to take the subtests one at a time. Don’t let the price deter you! The Perry County Literacy Council (PCLC) can help cover testing costs.

What are the GED and HISET retesting policies?

The GED exam allows two retests at a discounted rate within 12 months of the failed test. If you fail a subtest three times, there is a 60-day waiting period to take that subtest again.

The HISET allows three tests per calendar year. If you fail the first time, you’re able to retake the test twice with a standard fee.

Need help preparing for and taking your high school equivalency test?

PCLC offers free preparation classes for both the GED and the HISET exams. So if you’re ready to take the next step to earn your high school equivalency diploma, PCLC is here to help prepare you for success!

GED and HISET preparation classes are available at PCLC’s office in Newport, PA. Want to learn more or register for GED or HISET prep classes? Contact PCLC today!

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