Michigan uses two options for high school equivalency (HSE) testing, the GED and HiSET exams. The GED® (General Education Development) exam contains four subject tests in the areas of Language Arts), Science, Mathematical Reasoning, and Social Studies. The HiSET® (High School Equivalency Test) has separate reading and writing subtests, so five in total.
Michigan High School Equivalency Testing Requirements
- You cannot already possess a high school diploma
- You cannot be already signed up for another school program
- You must be at least 18 years old. 16/17 year-olds may qualify if they hold permission from their school board and have parental consent
Michigan does not have state residency requirements and you are also not required to attend a prep course first, but as the GED and HiSET are rather challenging exams, you are strongly advised to get well-prepared either in a physical prep class or by following a good online course.
In Michigan, each of the four GED subtests costs $37.50 (so $150 for the entire GED battery). The HiSET exam is slightly cheaper.
If you need to apply for some accommodation, do so timely via the website GED.com or the official HiSET website or see if your local testing site can help you with that.
The four GED modules are scored on a 100-200 scale. Below passing is 100-144; high school equivalency is 145-164; college-ready is 165-174; college-ready plus college credit is 175-200. The HiSET is scored on a scale from 1 to 20 and the minimally required score on each of the five subject tests is 8. Your overall score must be at least 45 while your essay score must be 2 or more (out of 6).
The HSE test is for adults who never completed their high school education and gives successful test-takers a high school equivalency credential that is accepted in practically all North American colleges and universities in the same way as a regular HS diploma.
Holders of the Michigan high school equivalency credential can continue their academic education and the degree will lead to far better employment options. Workers with a secondary education degree will earn up to $10,000 more annually than workers without the degree.
Online GED and HiSET testing is now possible as well for eligible test-takers. So no longer, you are required to appear in person at one of Michigan’s designated testing sites!
The GED exam is totally computerized and you have the option to take one of the four subtests (modules) at a time and to be able to take the tests, you need to set up your account at GED.com. The HiSET exam is offered both on paper and on a computer.
The latest version of the GED exam was introduced in early 2014 and revamping the exam was needed to ensure it got back in line with college requirements and employer expectations. The GED subtests are timed as follows: Reasoning Through Language Arts or Literacy: 155 minutes (including a short break); Mathematical Reasoning: 135 minutes; Science: 90 minutes; Social Studies: 70 minutes.