If you aim to acquire your HSE (high school equivalency) diploma in Montana, you need to complete the HiSET® (short for High School Equivalency) exam.
Montana decided to no longer use the GED® exam for this purpose as the latest edition of the GED was offered exclusively on a computer and the price tag skyrocketed.
Montana High School Equivalency Testing Requirements
- The HSE exam is only for adults who don’t have a secondary education credential
- Test takers cannot already be signed up for some other educational program
- The minimum age for test-takers is 19 in Montana. Exceptions may be made for 16, 17, and 18-year-olds provided they are officially withdrawn from high school and have parental consent
- Montana’s HSE testing is for state residents only as the state subsidizes the HiSET exam
Upon successful completion of the Montana HiSET exam, test takers will receive a Montana HSE diploma, a document that is across America recognized as being equivalent to a common HS diploma by virtually all US employers, government agencies, and colleges and universities.
The five HiSET tests are scored on a scale that goes to 20. The minimum score on each test is 8, the essay result must be at least 2 (out of a possible 8) and the overall score cannot be less than 45.
So this new HSE (High School Equivalency) exam, the HiSET, was introduced in January 2014 to replace the GED. The Montana HiSET exam costs 15.75 per module (78.75 for the full exam) when taken on a computer and $20 per module ($100 for the full exam) when taken in a paper-based format.
The HSE testing program is for adults who did not complete their regular high school curriculum and gives them another opportunity to get hold of a credential that is nationwide seen and accepted as the equivalency of a standard HS diploma.
Holding the HSE diploma will definitely lead to improved job prospects and the diploma also clears the way for a college education. Overall it is safe to say that holding the degree will have a fantastic positive effect and workers who are holding the degree are expected to earn at least $9,000 more annually than workers who don’t.
In Montana, there are many sites that offer HiSET preparatory instruction to get you optimally prepared for the Montana HSE exam, and today, you can also find several pretty good online instruction courses. The HiSET exam includes five subtests that are covering the academic subject areas of Language Writing, Language Reading, Math, Social Studies, and Science.
Please note that there is now an online HiSET testing possibility as well for qualifying candidates. So no longer do you have to appear at one of Montana’s official testing centers and take the test in person.
The HiSET is (just like the GED exam) a highly challenging exam. The exam’s passing standards are so high that, in fact, some 40 percent of high school grads would not pass on the first try! So get optimally informed and prepared. There are numerous locations in Montana where prep classes are offered, your local bookstore and community library will be happy to provide prep materials, and fortunately, today there are also a few very good online HSE prep courses available.