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Westfield Community Education
"Helping to Improve the Lives of Community Members"
An Initiative of Domus Incorporated
4 School Street, 2nd Floor, Westfield, MA 01085 (413) 336-3100



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The HiSET Test
The HiSET Test measures high school level skills and knowledge in addition to College and Career Readiness which offers you a powerful second chance at attending college or successfully pursuing a career. It can be the best thing you do for yourself - and your family. The HiSET contains five subtests in five areas that certify you have mastered high school level academic skills while also ready for college or embarking on a career. They are:

Language Arts Reading Subtest - (65 minutes) 40 multiple choice questions measuring your ability to understand, interpret and analyze a broad range of literary and informational texts.
Language Arts Writing Subtest - Part 1 (75 minutes) 50 multiple choice questions measuring your ability to edit and revise written text. Part 2 (45 minutes) is an essay question measuring your ability to generate and organize ideas in writing.
Social Studies Subtest - (70 minutes) 50 multiple choice questions covering history, political science, psychology, sociology, anthropology, geography and economics.
Science Subtest
- (80 minutes) 50 multiple choice questions measuring scientific content knowledge, application of principles of scientific inquiry and interprep and evaluate scientific information.
Math Subtest - (90 minutes) 50 multiple choice questions measuring mathematical knowledge and competencies. Includes measuring numerical operations, measurement, estimation, data interpretation and logical thinking. Problems are based on realistic situations and may test abstract concepts such as algebraic patterns, precision in measurement and probability.

Passing Requirements: You must score a minimum of "8" on each of the five subtests with total passing score of "45". You must successfully complete all 5 subtests by December 31, 2016. If you are not successful, you must start over. 

Age Requirement: A Massachusetts resident of age 18 may sit for the test.  If you are a Massachusetts resident of age 16 or 17, you must request an "official letter of withdrawal" from your last school of attendance to take the HiSET.

To Register for the HiSET Test
To register, you must set up an account to schedule HiSET dates at the location of your choice. This can be done at or contact HiSET Customer Service at 1-855-694-4738. The cost for the full battery option is $100. (least expensive). You pay at that time and you have the option of scheduling  from one to five tests at one time. You can retest up to two times in each subtest. These must be taken within one year of your initial registration.

"I really enjoy the class, it's harder than I thought. I like the fact that if you don't understand something, the teacher will go over it until you get it. We all work together and help one another. My goal is to go on to college."  Marlena