GED and HiSET
The GED and HiSet exams are high school diploma equivalency exams for adults who have not completed high school. Both tests are accepted in place of a high school diploma by most employers and colleges, and both tests are acceptible means to earn your Massachusetts High School Equivalency Credential. Each exam involves extensive testing in math, science, language arts, and social studies. GED applicants complete their testing using a computer, while HiSet applicants have the option to complete their test on paper or on a computer.
To learn more about the two tests and find a testing center, visit the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education's High School Equivalency (HSE) Testing Program webpage.
Last updated July 2018
GED Books and CDs - English
- GED test for dummies - JOB 373.12 GED Wiley
- Science for the GED test - CITIZENSHIP 373.12 Science
- Social studies for the GED test - CITIZENSHIP 373.12 Social
- GED test prep - JOB Y373.12 GED Kaplan 2018
- GED test prep plus - JOB Y373.12 GED Kaplan 2018
- GED test : strategies, practice & review - JOB Y373.12 GED Kaplan 2017
GED Books and CDs - Spanish
- Escritura para el examen GED - SPAN COLL 373.12 GED Escritura v 1-4
- McGraw Hill Education preparación para el examen de GED - SPAN COLL 373.12 GED McGraw-Hill 2016
- Práctica integral para la prueba GED - SPAN COLL 373.12 GED Learning Express 2015
HiSet Books and CDs - English
- Mathematics for the HiSet test - CITIZENSHIP 373.12 Mathematics
- Science for the HiSet test - CITIZENSHIP 373.12 Science
- Language arts for the HiSet test - CITIZENSHIP 373.12 Language
- Social studies for the HiSet test - CITIZENSHIP 373.12 Social
- Master the HiSet exam - JOB 373.12 HiSET Peterson's 2015
- Common core achieve series - JOB 373.12 HISET Common 2015
There are several organizations in and around Framingham that provide free classes to help you prepare for your test.
- Literacy Unlimited - Located on the main floor of the Framingham Public Library's main branch, Literacy Unlimited provides free tutoring in ESL/ESOL, basic literacy, citizenship and GED preparation.
- Joan Brack Adult Learning Center at SMOC - Free GED classes for adults who do not have a high school diploma. Classes are Tuesday through Friday between the hours of 10am and 3pm.
- Young Parents Program: The Young Parents Program is a 20 hour a week GED program and provides an afternoon of parenting and literacy instruction by a qualified parenting instructor. You must be under 22 with at least one chuild and working with the DTA to be considered for the program. The hours of the program are the same as GED: Tuesday-Friday 10am-3pm.
- Hudson Maynard Adult Learning Center - Free GED and ESOL classes held at the Hudson High School.
- Adult Community Learning Center at Quinsigamond Community College - Free non-credit classes in HiSET/GED preparation, ESOL, and Adult Career Pathways.
- Massachusetts Adult Literacy Hotline - Get help finding over 300 adult education programs in Massachusetts, covering topics such as GED prep, basic literacy, and more.
You may also chose to take a fee based class. Some local options include:
- Keefe at Night - Note that while this page describes the HiSet as a replacement for the GED this is not the case - either exam is accepted for the Massachusetts High School Equivalency Credential.
For a more comprehensive list of class offerings, see the Metrowest Adult Learning Programs brochure.
- The official HiSet website offers free practice materials in English and Spanish.
- The official GED website offers free practice tests that are a shorter version of the real test.
- Union Test Prep has free online study guides for the HiSet test.
- Goodwill Community Foundation has free GED preparation materials.
- HiSET Official Website - Also available in Spanish, this website is the official place for up-to-date HiSET information. You may also print out short practice tests for all five sections of the exam.
- GED Official Website - Find testing centers, study groups, and online prep materials. Note that these prep materials are provided for a fee - you are not required to use these prep materials in order to take the exam.
- Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education's High School Equivalency (HSE) Testing Program webpage - Everything you need to know about taking your GED or HiSet in the state of Massachusetts.
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