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What is HiSET?

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HiSET stands for High School Equivalency Test(s). HiSET is Iowa’s new high school equivalency testing program. Educational Testing Service (ETS) and the Iowa Testing Programs recently created the HiSET program to provide you with an affordable, accessible alternative to other high school equivalency tests. It’s another way for you to get the credentials you need to continue your education or to succeed in the workplace.

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Who “gives” the HiSET?

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Iowa Western Community College has certified HiSET Examiners who administer the computer-based exams. Adjunct instructors provide instruction in Council Bluffs, Missouri Valley, Harlan, Atlantic, Clarinda and Shenandoah.

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Can I do it all on line?

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Persons seeking to meet the Iowa High School Equivalency Diploma requirements should be aware of companies that claim to offer a High School Equivalency program over the internet or through correspondence courses. Although testing for the HiSET is computer-based, the tests can only be accessed at a recognized Iowa Community College testing site where certified HiSET Examiners will administer the test(s). There is an online option for students to study and prepare for the HiSET tests. Reading and math scores must fall within the eligility range to qualify for this program. Call the Adult Learning Center at 712.325.3266 for further details.. 

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How do I sign up for the HiSET program?

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You register for the HiSET preparation program at the IWCC Adult Learning Center located on the IWCC campus, in Kinnney Hall,  or at one of the preparation sites listed. You may be required to schedule an appointment to register or asked to come at a specific time. It would be a good idea to call the location you would like to attend classes at and ask about the registration procedure. During registration, you will fill out a few forms and hear about the program’s expectations as well as what opportunities are available to you in your pursuit of furthering your education. There is a $25.00 dollar registration fee due at the time of registration.  This fee is good through June 30th. Your registration process will be complete once you have completed the Reading and Math assessments.

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How long does it take to get the High School Equivalency Diploma?

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All students must demonstrate that they are prepared to take and pass the HiSET tests. This is done by taking a variety of assessments and a final Official Practice Test for each subject with a targeted score as a goal. It is difficult to predict how much time you will need in preparation prior to testing because the amount of time each student needs and has available for successful review work varies considerably. Your success depends on your learning abilities, your study habits, your motivation and how consistently you attend class.

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When and where are the tests offered?

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Exams are offered year-round. Days and times at these sites vary. Students will be able to select the location and time that best meets their needs but will need to be enrolled in and working with a program where details on registering and scheduling to test through Educational Testing Services (ETS) will be provided. 

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Do I need to bring anything when I test?

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You will need the completed Verification Form, provided by the program in which you prepared to test. You will also need a valid, government-issued photo ID (Drivers License, etc).  

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How much does the HiSET cost? 

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When you schedule your first test with ETS, you will pay a $50.00 test fee.. This cost provides you with the (5) tests that make up the battery---but also includes (2) free retests for each subject. You will need to pay with a Debit or Credit card or electronic check option (if you have a checking account). If an outside agency is paying for your test fee, they can purchase a testing voucher from the IWCC Bookstore for the price of $51.50. Testers do have the option to pay for individual tests which costs $10.00 each.

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Once I start the testing process, how long do I have to complete the battery (5 tests)?

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One year from the date of your first test. Fee expires after 12 months. Scores will remain valid through December, 2017.   

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What is a passing score?

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8 out of 20 is the minimum passing score for each indivudual test but you need a total of 45 points (out of 100) to earn your High School Equivalency Diploma. Your individual test score report also indicates whether or not you have achieved the score required to demonstrate college and career readiness (shows a level of performance similar to the minimum level required to succeed in college-level credit-bearing courses).

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Is there a Graduation ceremony?

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Our graduation ceremony is usually held in May at the Iowa Western Community College main campus. Everyone who completes the exams is invited to attend the ceremony with friends and family. If you finish after the ceremony in a given year, you will be invited to attend in the following year. 

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What if I need an official transcript to apply for a job, college or the military?

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Students will be able to order a transcript and diploma by going to www.diplomasender.com . An official transcript will be mailed with the high school equivalency diploma the first time a student submits a request.  The cost is 10.00 payable by a debit or credit card.