Welcome to Lanier Technical College’s Georgia High School Equivalency (HSE) program, where you can find everything you need to know about choosing a high school equivalency pathway, taking your tests or enrolling in classes, and earning your high school equivalency credential. LTC now offers multiple options for achieving your high school equivalency. Two computer-based testing (CBT) pathways are available through testing centers or proctored at home: the GED® test or the HiSET® exam.
The General Educational Development (GED®) Tests are administered to approximately 700,000 people each year. The GED® Tests provide adults who did not complete a formal high school program the opportunity to certify their attainment of high school-level academic knowledge and skills.
The GED® Test battery comprises four content area assessments:
All 50 states, 10 Canadian provinces, and all U.S. territories, use passing scores on the GED® Tests as the basis for awarding high school equivalency credentials. One out of seven high school diplomas granted in the United States is based on passing the GED® Tests.
Lanier Technical College is an official GED® Testing Center. Successful completion of the GED® Test qualifies an individual for a state of Georgia High School Equivalency Diploma. GED® credentials are accredited by industry, government, licensing boards, technical schools, colleges, universities, and employers as the equivalent to a high school diploma.
Computer based GED® testing is available at Lanier Tech. Go to www.GED.com to register and schedule your test. Pick a test time and location that is convenient for you. Test scores are available within just a few days via your online account. Test centers are available in Commerce, Cumming, Dawsonville, Dahlonega, Gainesville, Homer, Oakwood, and Winder. We can also assist students who wish to take the HiSET® from home.
|Reasoning Through Language Arts
|There are two Short Answer questions included on the test, but they are not timed separately. Students are expected to manage their time and spend about 10 minutes on each of the Short Answer questions.
The Tests of General Educational Development (GED® Tests) consist of four tests which measure achievement in subject areas generally associated with a high school program of study.
The four tests, and their relative content emphases, are:
1. Reasoning Through Language Arts (RLA)
The RLA test focuses on three grouping of skills:
- The ability to read closely
- The ability to write clearly
- The ability to edit and understand the use of standard written English in context
2. Social Studies
The Social Studies Test will also focus on four major content domains:
- Civics and government (50%)
- United States history (20%)
- Economics (15%)
- Geography and the world (15%)
The Science Test focuses on three major content domains:
- Life Science (40%)
- Physical Science (40%)
- Earth and Space Science (20%)
The GED® Mathematical Reasoning Test focuses on two major content domains:
- Quantitative problem solving (45%)
- Algebraic problem solving (55%)
The GED® test will have a passing score of 150 on each test part. Therefore, you will need to reach a score of at least 150 on each part and a total score of 600 across the four-part battery in order to receive your GED® test credential. You may also earn an “Honors” score if you receive a score of 170 on a test part. Learn more about the honors score.
The fee for GED® Test full battery is $160.00. Each portion may be taken separately at a cost of $40.00 each. Retakes are only $20.00 per subject area at this time. Missing a scheduled test date will require signing up and paying again.
Georgia residents who earn a GED® diploma are also awarded a $500 voucher from the HOPE Grant Program which can be applied towards some post-secondary educational costs.
Preparing for the GED®:
Adult Basic Education which prepares you to take the GED® is offered through Lanier Technical College Adult Education. Visit GED® Testing Centers for more information.
The Adult Education Program is specifically designed for adults who have different needs, backgrounds, and skills. For that reason, a flexible program has been created which meets their needs.
Each of the seven counties that serve Lanier Technical College have locations to assist adult learners in obtaining skills which make students more successful and confident in the workplace and in society.
GED® and English Literacy classes taught at Lanier Technical College are free of charge.
GED® instruction includes beginning reading, writing, and math all the way to high school completion through the General Educational Development (GED®) Program.
The following GED® services are offered at no cost:
English Literacy classes for non-English speakers are also a part of the curriculum. Besides the above GED® services, additional support is offered for English Literacy classes at no cost:
The HiSET® exam is a high school equivalency testing program that will help you take the next step toward a college degree or a rewarding career. Educational Testing Service (E T S) and the Iowa Testing Programs created the HiSET program to provide you with a more affordable, more accessible alternative to other high school equivalency tests. You can earn the credentials you need to continue your education or to succeed in the workplace. The HiSET® includes free practice tests to help you prepare as well as two retests* within a 12-month period of your original subtest purchase date.
The HiSET® exam measures proficiency in five core subject areas:
|Available in Spanish?
|Yes, on part 2 of Math and in Science, Social Studies
|Cost of test at testing center
|$160 for whole battery
|$133.75 for whole battery (+$10 fee if registering by phone)
|Cost of test from home computer
|$184 for whole battery
|$181.25 for whole battery (+$10 fee if registering by phone)
|Types of questions
|Multiple choice, short answer, drag and drop, drop-down, hot spot, and essay question (language arts).
|Multiple choice on all except Language Arts – Writing, which also includes an essay question.
|145 or higher on each of the four test sections
|Total score of 45 plus
|Test section 1: Language Arts
|150 minutes (including 10 minute break and 45 minutes for written essay)
|Reading section: 65 minutes (80 minutes for Spanish test)
Writing section: 120 minutes
|Test section 2: Math
|Test section 3: Science
|Test section 4: Social Studies
Beginning Fall 2020, LTC will offer both the HiSET® exam and GED® test to qualifying individuals. Both tests allow you to earn your high school equivalency(HSE) credential.
The HiSET® exam is one of three tests (GED®, HiSET®, and TASC) U.S. states and territories use to measure high school equivalency skills. Educational Testing Services (ETS) works closely with states to ensure the HiSET® exam closely reflects the skills of a high school graduate and to provide a fair, rigorous exam.
The HiSET® exam is made up of five subtests: Language Arts – Reading, Language Arts – Writing, Mathematics, Science, and Social Studies. The five subtests vary from 65 – 120 minutes. The Language Art – Writing subtest is multiple choice with an essay prompt, while the remaining subtests are only multiple choice. The questions reflect College and Career Readiness Standards to ensure that you are prepared for employment and/or post-secondary education once you have earned your credential. If you do not pass any of the five subtests on your first try, you can retake each subtest twice within twelve months
Click here to find out even more information about the HiSET® Exam.
Earn your high school equivalency diploma for FREE.
The HOPE High School Equivalency Examination Grant is now available to qualified Georgians to cover the cost of their GED test.
Visit www.HSEtest4Free.com to apply!
HiSET Program Overview for Georgia Adult Education Programs Webinar – September 16, 2020
HiSETMathematics Content and Considerations for Instruction – September 22, 2020
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