The High School Equivalency Test (HiSET) replaced the General Education Development (GED) Diploma as Maine’s High School Equivalency Assessment on December 6, 2013. All of the local adult education programs previously administering the GED will begin administering the paper version of the HiSET starting January 2, 2014. The paper-based version of the assessment will continue throughout 2014 with programs transitioning to HiSET’s computer-based version as they are able in 2015.

The HiSET consists of the following five subtests: Language Arts Reading, Language Arts Writing, Science, Social Studies, and Mathematics. Because HiSET’s subject tests are the same as the current version of the GED, Maine will be able to apply the passing scores of GED subject tests to the HiSET. This means that Maine learners will not fall off the “GED testing cliff” at the end of 2013. Adults may have started the GED, but can finish taking the remaining subject tests with the HiSET before December 1, 2014.

There is NO COST for Maine residents to prepare for and take the HiSET. Local adult education programs provide HiSET testing, preparation materials, pre-tests, and instruction, all at no cost to the learner.

Call Steve Vose, Maranacook Adult Ed director, 685-4923 x1009 for more information and an appointment.

Steve Vose, director of Maranacook Adult & Community Education, is the Adult Basic Education Coordinator and works with students to complete their high school equivalency diplomas. Pre-tests, preparation programs and HiSET testing are available at no cost to the student. The class is offered on an ongoing basis during the school year except during vacations. Students may register at any time. Check our online catalog for start dates and descriptions of courses.

Please contact Steve Vose at 685-4923 x1009 for more information or to set up an interview.