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GED® vs. HiSET® Test

 GED® vs. HiSET®: Which test should you take?
 
When it comes to obtaining your High School Equivalency/Commonwealth Secondary School Diploma (CSSD), there are two options for test takers in Pennsylvania - the GED® test and the High School Equivalency Test (HiSET® exam). Here is a comparison of the two tests:

 

GED Test®

HiSET Test®

Four Test Subject Areas:

  • Reasoning through Language Arts – Reading and Writing
  • Mathematical Reasoning
  • Science
  • Social Studies

Five Test Subject Areas:

  • Language Arts – Reading
  • Language Arts – Writing
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Social Studies

Cost:

  • $30 per subject area, $120 total

Cost:

  • $18 per subtest, $90 total

Format:

  •  Computer-based test

Format:

  • Paper-based test
  • Computer-based test

Scoring:

Results are posted on MyGED® in less than 3 hours

 

NOTE: You cannot combine GED and HiSET scores

Scoring:

 Scores are posted within:

  • 3-5 business after a multiple-choice test
  • 6-10 business days after an essay test

NOTE: You cannot combine GED and HiSET scores

Question Type:

  • Extended Response
  • Drag-and-Drop
  • Fill-in-the-Blank
  • Hot Spot
  • Multiple Choice
  • Short Answer

Question Type:

  • Multiple Choice
  • Essay

There is a 60-day waiting period after the 2nd retake in a subject area.

You may only test three times in each subject within a calendar year. After you’ve tested three times, you will have to wait to retest the next year.

Create an account to schedule and pay for the GED® by visiting www.ged.com

Create an account to schedule and pay for the HiSET® by visiting http://hiset.ets.org