If you aim to acquire your high school equivalency diploma in Montana, you need to complete the HiSET (short for High School Equivalency) exam.
Montana’s high school equivalency testing program offers adults who could not finish high school the opportunity to earn a credential that is all over North America recognized and accepted in the same way as a conventional high school diploma.
There are five independent HiSET® sub-exams that cover Language Arts Writing, Language Arts Reading, Social Studies, Mathematics, and Science.
Montana GED testing requirements
- The high school equivalency exam is only for adults who don’t have a secondary education credential (high school or equivalent diploma).
- Test-takers cannot already be signed up for some other educational program.
- The minimum age for test-takers is 16 in Montana.
- 16, 17, and 18-year-olds, however, must meet additional requirements. They must, for instance, be officially withdrawn from high school and have parental consent.
- Montana’s high school equivalency exam is for state residents only as the state subsidizes the HiSET exam.
- There’s no requirement to first take and pass the HiSET Official Practice Test.
Montana HiSET online
You can sit for the Montana HiSET exam at one of the state’s official HiSET test centers or in an online format, the HiSET-At-Home exam. The online GED exam is more expensive than the on-site test, but this is NOT the case with the HiSET exam. Online and on-site testing come at the same price tag though paper-based HiSET testing is more expensive than the computer-based version.
To register for the online Montana HiSET exam, you’ll have to set up your account on the website hiset.ets. org. The registration process is quite smooth and test centers can also help you to deal with it.
Montana HiSET price
The Montana HiSET exam includes five independent sub-exams that cost 15.75 per sub-exam or 78.75 for the full exam when taken on a computer and $20 per sub-exam (so $100 for the full exam) when taken in a paper-based format. The price for online and on-site testing is the same.
Upon successful completion of the Montana HiSET exam, test takers will receive a Montana HSE (high school equivalency) 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.
What’s on the HiSET exam?
The HiSET exam includes five subtests that are covering the academic subject areas of Language Writing, Language Reading, Math, Social Studies, and Science. These sub-exams are available in paper-based and computer-based formats. Online HiSET testing is only available on a computer.
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, not including your essay result.
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.
How to prepare for the HiSET or GED exam
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, for example, the online prep course developed by ONSEGO. This course will get you all set for the HiSET or GED exam fast and efficiently.
It’s about YOUR future
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 $9,600 more annually than workers who don’t.