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High School Equivalency Testing

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The Massachusetts High School Equivalency credential is accepted by virtually all colleges, universities, and employers in the United States as exactly equivalent to a high school diploma. In order to earn the credential, you must take and pass one of two assessments tests, either the GED© test or the HiSET ®. RCC offers both exams. Registration must be done through the test company website. See below for a comparison of the two exams.

HiSET ® (5 Subtests/Battery)GED© (4 Modules/Battery)

www.hiset.ets.org. Use this website to find testing schedules, register and pay for exams, and view your scores.

www.ged.com. Use this website to find testing schedules, register and pay for exams, and view your scores.

Language Arts Reasoning through Language Arts (150 minutes)

Language Arts-Reading (65 minutes)
50 multiple Choice Questions

Language Arts-Writing (120 minutes)
61 Questions
60 multiple choice questions
1 Essay

(51 Questions)
Section 1 — (27 minutes*)
Section 2 — Extended Response (45 minutes)
Student Break (10 minutes)
Section 3 — (60 minutes)
*The time allotted for Sections 1 and 3 may vary slightly, but the total test time will always be 150 minutes.

Mathematics (90 minutes)> Mathematical Reasoning (115 minutes)

55 Multiple Choice Questions
Calculator: TI-30XS scientific calculator

46 Questions
Part 1 (first 5 questions) calculator not allowed
Part 2 (remaining 41 questions) calculator allowed

Possible Item Types:

  • Multiple choice
  • Drag-and-drop
  • Hot spot
  • Fill in the blank

Calculator: TI-30XS scientific calculator

Science (80 minutes) Science (90 minutes)

60 multiple choice questions
Calculator: TI-30XS scientific calculator

34 Questions

Possible Item Types:

  • Multiple choice
  • Short answer
  • Drag-and-drop
  • Hot spot
  • Fill in the blank

Calculator: TI-30XS scientific calculator

Social Studies (70 minutes) Social Studies (70 minutes)

60 Multiple Choice Questions

35 questions

Possible Item Types:

  • Multiple choice
  • Drag-and-drop
  • Hot spot
  • Fill in the blank

Calculator: TI-30XS scientific calculator

Scoring: Scoring:

Scaled-score range per subtest: 0–20
To pass: no subtest score lower than 8 and a battery total of 45 or above.

For more detailed information on the content and structure of the HiSET ®, go to HiSET ®: Test at a Glance (TAAG) Information Brief — 2019.

Scaled-score range per module: 100–200
To pass: a score on each module of 145 or above.

For more detailed information on the content and structure of the GED© test, go to GED®: Get Your GED.

Fee Structure: (Effective Jan.1, 2019) Fee Structure:

$103.75/battery ($24.75 for the 1st subtest, $19.75 for the remaining 4 subtests in the initial battery)

$9/retest (up to two per subtest, within one year of initial test)

$10.75/subtest (after one year from initial test)

$125/battery ($31.25/module)

$10/retest (up to two per module, within one year of initial test)

$31.25/retest (after one year from initial test)

Diplomas and Transcripts
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Contact the Testing Department
RCC Testing Lab-Building 3, Room 217
1234 Columbus Avenue
Roxbury Crossing, MA 02120
Phone: 857-701-1405
www.rcc.mass.edu/testing

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