Testing Information

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.

Desmond Vaird. Statewide 2016 EAGLE Award winner from Lanier Tech’s Adult Education program.

What are the GED® tests?

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:

  • Reasoning Through Language Arts
  • Social Studies
  • Science
  • Mathematical Reasoning

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.

What subjects are on the GED® tests?

GED® Tests Time Limits
Reasoning Through Language Arts
150 minutes
  • Section 1 (35 minutes*) tests all content
  • Section 2 (45 minutes) is the Extended Response portion of the test
  • Student break (10 minutes)
  • Section 3 (60 minutes*) tests all content
*The time allotted for sections 1 and 3 may vary slightly, but the total test time will always be 150 minutes.
Social Studies
90 minutes
  • Section 1 (65 minutes) tests all content
  • Section 2 (25 minutes) is the Extended Response portion of the test
90 minutes
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.
Mathematical Reasoning
115 minutes
  • Part 1 (first 5 questions) calculators not allowed
  • Part 2 (remaining 41 test questions) calculators allowed
  • Students must submit their answers to the first five questions before moving on to the rest of the test. These parts are not timed separately.

What do the GED® tests measure?

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%)

3. Science
The Science Test focuses on three major content domains:

  • Life Science (40%)
  • Physical Science (40%)
  • Earth and Space Science (20%)

4. Mathematics
The GED® Mathematical Reasoning Test focuses on two major content domains:

  • Quantitative problem solving (45%)
  • Algebraic problem solving (55%)

Passing Scores:
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.

  • Below Passing: 100 – 149
  • Passing Score: 150 – 169
  • Honors Passing Score: 170 – 200

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:

  • Assessment of skills
  • Personal attention from students and tutors
  • Use of textbooks and computers
  • Individualized instruction
  • A comprehensive educational plan for each student
  • Life skills instruction
  • Materials to utilize while studying at home

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:

  • Classes for all levels of learners
  • Awareness of the responsibilities and rights of citizens
  • Improved speaking, writing, and listening skills
  • Pronunciation and usage of the English language

HiSET® Exam

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:

  1. Language Arts/Reading
  • Application of concepts, analysis, synthesis and evaluation involving:
    • Literary Texts
    • Informational Texts
  1. Language Arts/Writing
  • Proficiency in persuasive and informative writing; analysis, synthesis and evaluation of:
    • Development of Central Position or Claim
    • Organization
    • Language Facility
    • Conventions
  1. Social Studies
  • Application of concepts, analysis, synthesis and evaluation involving:
    • History
    • Geography
    • Economics
    • Civics and Governments
  1. Science
  • Application of concepts, analysis, synthesis and evaluation involving:
    • Science as Inquiry
    • Physical Science
    • Life Science
    • Earth Science
  1. Mathematics
  • Proficiency in persuasive and informative writing; analysis, synthesis and evaluation of:
    • Development of Central Position or Claim
    • Organization
    • Language Facility
    • Conventions
Available in Spanish? Yes Yes
Calculator allowed? Yes, on part 2 of Math and in Science, Social Studies No
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.
Passing score 145 or higher on each of the four test sections Total score of 45 plus

  • Score at least 2 out of 6 on the essay portion of the writing test.
  • You must have a total score of at least 8 on the same day you score 2 or higher on the essay.
  • Score at least 8 on each of the subtests.
Test section 1: Language Arts 150 minutes (including 10 minute break and 45 minutes for written essay)

  • Reading for Meaning
  • Identifying and creating arguments
  • Grammar and Language
Reading section: 65 minutes (80 minutes for Spanish test)

  • Reading passages with accompanying questions.

Writing section: 120 minutes

  • Essay prompts and writing samples with accompanying questions.
Test section 2: Math 115 minutes

  • Basic Math
  • Geometry
  • Basic Algebra
  • Graphs and Functions
90 minutes

  • Stimulus-based Solve quantitative problems using fundamental concepts and reasoning skills.
Test section 3: Science 90 minutes

  • Reading for Meaning
  • Designing and interpreting science experiments
  • Using numbers and graphics in science
80 minutes

  • Stimulus materials present investigations and research studies. Graphs, tables and charts present experimental results.
Test section 4: Social Studies 70 minutes

  • Reading for Meaning
  • Analyzing historical events and arguments
  • Using numbers and graphs
70 minutes

  • Primary source documents, timelines, maps, graphs, tables and reading passages are used to present information.

HiSET Logo
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.

HiSET Quick Facts

  • HiSET preparation classes are free. Contact your local Adult Education Center (list) for information about classes.
  • Scholarships are available to assist with HiSET Testing fees. See your local adult education center for more information.
  • View a list of currently open HiSET testing centers for computer-based testing in Georgia.
  • The HiSET@Home is available to take from home 15 hours a day, 7 days a week. To view the differences between the HiSET Computer-Based Test and HiSET@Home, click here.
  • View all of the policies and requirements for taking the HiSET in Georgia on the ETS website.

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!

Frequently Asked Questions about the HiSET Exam

What is the HiSET exam?
The HiSET® exam is an affordable, accessible high school equivalency test option for out-of-school youth and adults without a high school diploma to demonstrate their skills and knowledge and earn a state-issued high school equivalency credential. The five subject area tests are:
  • Language Arts – Reading
  • Language Arts – Writing
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Social Studies
Click here to see an overview of the HiSET Exam. Click here for more information on each of the subjects.
Is there a fee to take the HiSET Exam?
In Georgia, the HiSET computer based five subject-area tests are $26.75 each. The HiSET @Home five subject-area tests are $36.25 each.
Who is eligible to take the HiSET exam?
The HiSET exam can only be administered to individuals who:
  • Are at least 16 years of age* (*16 and 17 year olds must enroll in a state-approved adult education program and receive approval to test. Contact your local Adult Education Center for more information.)
  • Have not graduated from an accredited high school
  • Are not currently enrolled in a regular high school; and
  • Can provide a valid photo ID (driver’s license, state identification card, military ID or Passport).
Do I have to be a resident of Georgia to take the HiSET exam in Georgia?
No. You do not need to be a resident to take the HiSET exam in Georgia; however, you must take and pass your last exam in Georgia to earn the state credential.
How do I sign up to take the HiSET exam?
Visit hiset.ets.org to set up your My HiSET Account and schedule your exam. You can find a test center near you or sign up for HiSET@Home. You can also call the ETS Customer Service at 1-855-MyHiSET (1-855-694-4738) Note: A $10 fee will be applied when registering by phone.
What score is required to pass the HiSET exam?
To pass the HiSET® exam, you must:
  • Score at least 8 out of 20 on each of the five subtests
  • Score at least 2 out of 6 on the essay
  • Achieve a total combined score on all five HiSET subtests of at least 45 out of 100
  • Take all subject-area tests in a uniform language (English or Spanish).
The HiSET pass score is based on a national study of high school juniors and seniors and indicates that 60 percent of graduating high school students would pass the HiSET exam.
When can I retest and what is the cost?
For the HiSET computer-based exam, you will receive two retests per subtest at $16 each taken within 12 calendar months. For HiSET@Home, you will receive two retests per subtest at $25.50 each taken within 12 calendar months. Candidates must wait 14 days between test attempts.
When will I receive my transcript and/or diploma?
Graduates should expect to receive credentials in the mail within 2-3 weeks from the test date.
How do I get official transcripts or duplicate diplomas?
See Request GaHSE Transcript to request official transcripts or duplicate diplomas.
What can I do once I receive my HiSET diploma in Georgia?
The HiSET diploma is one type of high school equivalency offered in Georgia. Many employers recognize the HiSET diploma as a high school equivalency credential. HiSET graduates may also attend technical college with free tuition if you enroll in one of the 17 areas funded by the HOPE Career Grant. Visit here for detailed information on HOPE Career Grant programs.
How can I take the HiSET exam during the COVID-19 pandemic?
To meet the needs of test takers who can’t test at a test center because of public health concerns, ETS is offering the HiSET@Home option. With the HiSET@Home option, you can take any of the five subtests that make up the HiSET exam on your own computer at home or in another secure location. Each subtest delivered at home has the same content, format and on-screen experience as the test you would take at a test center. Your at home appointment will be monitored by a human proctor online through ProctorU®. Currently, at home appointments are available 15 hours a day, seven days a week. For more information on the HiSET@Home, click here. The fee for each subject area test is $36.25 with two retests within 12 months at $25.50 each. To view the differences between an HiSET® Computer Based Testing (CBT) and HiSET Exam at Home, click here.
What are the differences between the HiSET exam and GED test?
Both the GED test and HiSET exam are recognized high school equivalency credentials in Georgia. For a comparison of the GED test and HiSET exam, view this resource.

Resources for Instructors

HiSET Webinars and Materials

HiSET Program Overview for Georgia Adult Education Programs Webinar – September 16, 2020 

HiSETMathematics Content and Considerations for Instruction – September 22, 2020

HiSETReading Content and Considerations for Instruction – September 23, 2020

ETS Resources