The specific purpose of the HiSET® exam is the measurement of the educational development of adults who have not completed their formal high school education. Adults may earn a High School Equivalency Certificate and thus qualify for admission to colleges or other educational institutions, meet educational requirements for employment or promotion, satisfy educational qualifications for induction into the armed services, fulfill requirements of local or state licensing boards, or gain personal satisfaction.
Illinois does not require you to prepare for the HiSET® exam in an adult education classroom to take a practice test before testing, but it is strongly recommended.
Danville Area Community College offers both day and night HiSET® preparation classes free of charge at various locations within Vermilion County.
|Danville Area Community College||Monday-Thursday||9:00am-12:00pm|
|Danville Area Community College||
|The American Job Center||Monday-Thursday||9:00am-12:00pm|
|Danville Housing Authority||Monday-Thursday||9:00am-12:00pm|
|Hoopeston Higher Learning Center||Tuesdays & Thursdays||6:00pm-8:30pm|
|Westville Jr. High School||
|Head Start Center||Monday-Thursday||12:30pm-2:30pm|
The HiSET® exam consists of 5 subject areas:
Tests are administered in English and Spanish
You can test 3 times on each subject without waiting. After the third attempt, you must wait until the next calendar year.
In order to earn an Illinois High School Equivalency Certificate, you must take and pass the Constitution test as required by Illinois Compiled Statutes – School Code (105 ILCS 5/27-3) in addition to passing the 5 parts of the HiSET® test. There is no fee to take the Constitution exam, and you must pass all 5 parts of the HiSET® test before you are allowed to take the Constitution test.
The Constitution Study Guide of the United States and State of Illinois can be downloaded here: CSG English or CSG Spanish or you can order a printed copy directly from Curriculum Publications Clearinghouse by calling 1-800-322-3905.
Please contact Danville Area Community College’s Testing Center at 217-443-8708 for more information about scheduling the Constitution Test.
An individual is eligible to take the HiSET® Test given they meet all of the following conditions:
Note: *If an individual is 17 years old and has been enrolled in a public, private, or a home school setting in the last 12 months, they must present a withdrawal letter from the last school enrolled in before taking the HiSET® tests.
Withdrawal letters must be on school letterhead and signed by a school official; must include the candidate’s full name, date of birth, and ETS Identification Number; and must include the formal withdrawal date/last date of attendance. Transcripts are not acceptable as proof of withdrawal unless they include a formal withdrawal date and the signature of a school official.
If home schooled, the candidate must provide a letter from the person responsible for the home schooling [e.g., instructor, tutor, parent, guardian, etc.] stating the program has been completed, the individual is no longer required to be home schooled, and the individual has been cleared to take the HiSET® exam. The letter should include the candidate’s full name, date of birth, and ETS Identification Number. Letters from home schooled students must include a physical signature from the individual responsible for the home schooling.
Individual subtest costs are as follows:
You will receive two retakes per subtest; however, you must pay the $8 test center fee each time you take a subtest.
A total of 5 test modules comprise the HiSET® exam, meaning the full HiSET® total cost is $93.75 for the computer-delivered tests & $115 for the paper-delivered tests. Testing fees must be paid online at https://hiset.ets.org/ with a debit or credit card when you schedule your test.
Not all individuals can be fairly tested under standard conditions. If you have a documented learning, physical or emotional disability, you may qualify for accommodations for a HiSET ® test administration. If approved, accommodations are provided at no additional charge.
Accommodation forms and supporting documentation can be sent to ETS by:
Mail: ETS Disability Services
P.O. Box 6054
Princeton, NJ 08541-6054
You must contact the Regional Office of Education for the county in which you tested in to request your transcripts or certificates.
HiSET® Page - https://www.roe54.k12.il.us/page/ged
The Vermilion County Regional Office of Education
200 College Street B
Danville, IL 61832
Prep Materials - https://hiset.ets.org/
Resources - https://hiset.ets.org/resources/overview/
Free Interactive Practice Tests - http://www.ets-cls.org/hiset/