HiSET - High School Equivalency Test


The HiSET Test and Instruction at DMACC (formerly GED)

The HiSET (High School Equivalency Test) is an assessment of skills and knowledge comparable to those of a high school graduate. It is not to be considered a substitute for completing high school and earning a diploma. It is an alternative for those who, for a variety of reasons, are unable to finish high school. HiSET has replaced GED in the state of Iowa as the assessment tool used to award the High School Equivalency Diploma.

The HiSET test is a series of five tests covering writing, science, math, literature and the arts, and social studies. These tests require the test taker to apply reading, math, language, and critical thinking skills. Tests are taken one at a time, and can be taken in any order, as long as writing and math are not last. Passing the HiSET test series allows student to earn their High School Equivalency Diploma (HSED).

To meet the educational needs of all students, each site will offer classroom instruction covering all five areas of the HiSET. Students are required to attend an orientation as well as the HiSET class they are registered for. Classes are held several times per week over an eight-week cycle. ATTENDANCE IS MANDATORY!


The Orientation and HiSET classes help you in at least five important ways:

  1. Evaluation: The pretest administered during the Orientation can help you discover which subjects you need to study.
  2. Instruction: Your HiSET class instructor will organize your studies and guide you in your preparation for the specific HiSET tests.
  3. Practice: Your instructor can give you practice tests similar to the HiSET. These will help you understand more about the nature of the HiSET tests.
  4. Readiness for the HiSET testing:  Your HiSET instructor can help you determine readiness to take and pass the official HiSET tests.
  5. Preparation for Career Training: The basic skill instruction delivered in the HiSET classes will assist you in developing skills needed to continue career training after you've earned your HiSET.

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