HiSET High School Equivalency Placement Test

High School Pre-Equivalency for Adult Basic Education

Students interested in high school equivalency classes should contact the Adult Basic Education Center or email at ABECRegistration@elgin.edu or call 847-214-6904. An assessment of academic skills helps determine appropriate placement and success in classes.


The Pearson GED testing is computer-based-testing (CBT). ECC offers GED Pearson testing on Wednesday and Thursday afternoon, and on Saturday during the fall and winter semester. Register and pay by visiting ged.com.

The HiSET test is paper based and administered on most Mondays at Elgin Community College. Registration is on the hiset.ets.org web site.

  • Register and pay by visiting ged.com or hiset.ets.org.
    • Have a credit card or debit card ready to pay for your tests. $30 per test .for GED or $10 for each HiSET subtest.
    • An ID number will be assigned to you by GED or HiSET. Keep this number safe; write that number down. You will need it later.
    • You can register for one test at a time or two at a time.
    • Indicate you want to test at ECC.
  • Put the testing dates on your calendar.


  • $30 per test due at time of registration for GED.
  • $10 fee to retest/reschedule for  GED Mathematical reasoning (115 minutes), Reasoning through Language Arts (150 minutes), Social Studies (70 minutes), and Science (90 minute test).
  • $10 per HiSET subtest – Language Arts - Reading, Language Arts - Writing, Mathematics, Science, and Social Studies.


You will be assigned test dates when you register. Be sure to mark them on your calendar and come to test! If you miss your test date, you have to return to ged.com or hiset.ets.org  to reschedule the test and pay a retest/reschedule fee.


You may take each GED test three (3) times in a calendar year. If you do not pass in three attempts, you must wait 60 days after the third attempt. There is no limit on the number of times you can retest. The fee is $10 to retest. New tests are distributed every January.

Retake a HiSET Subtest

If you do not meet the minimum HI SET score requirements, you can take it again. You can only take a subtest up to three times in a calendar year, so we encourage you to study before scheduling your next appointment.

There are no additional ETS test fees if you retake the subtest within 12 months of the date you purchased it. However, local test center fees may apply. If you want to retake a test after the 12-month period, you'll have to pay the ETS test fee, plus any state or test center fees.

On Test Day at ECC

Arrive at the testing center, Building B, Room B115, 15 minutes before we begin check-in. Check-in begins a 15 minutes before test time - spring, fall or summer semester. It is not necessary to be any earlier than that. But, do not be late. Late arrivals will not be allowed to test.

  • Bring valid identification on test day. These items show your name, photo, Illinois address, and signature. Accepted forms of IDs are:
    • Driver’s license
    • State ID
    • Valid passport
    • Military ID
    • No other ID will be accepted, but the four forms listed above.
    • If you forget your ID, you will not be allowed to test.
  • Your name must be on the test roster to be allowed to test. Testing is by appointment only – no drop-ins.
  • As soon as check-in is completed, we will begin testing.
  • Cell phones must be turned off. If your cell rings while testing is in progress, you will be dismissed and your answer sheet voided.
  • Only scheduled breaks are allowed. If you return late, your test time will be reduced by the time you are late.

Remember, not everyone works as quickly as you do – you may need to wait quietly after you complete your test until time has expired. Please check out with the proctor, sign out, and return the locker key.


We will supply everything you need for testing – pencils, pens, and paper.

Scoring Information

Contact the Geneva regional office of education (ROE) for scores by calling 630-232-5958 or by visiting ged.com and viewing your MyGed.com account.

  • Minimum passing score on each test is 145. Any test score below 145 must be taken again until 145 is reached.
  • Total score necessary to obtain your GED is 580.
    • 145 x 4 = 580. So you must score better than 145 on each test to pass.
  • You must also have passed the Illinois constitution exam given at the ROE or ECC .
  • If you achieve a score of 165 on the GED Mathematical Reasoning and/or a score of 165 on the Reasoning through Language Arts, you meet the college ready math requirement and the English and reading requirement.
  • If you passed this test your junior year in high school, a letter - on school letterhead – can be given to Geneva stating you did pass this test.

Most states use the HiSET passing criteria which means to pass the HiSET exam, you need to:

  • 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 scaled score on all five HiSET subtests of at least 45 out of 100.

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.

  • HiSET - High School Equivalency Test Total - 100.
  • HiSET - Math – college ready score is 15 for math.
  • HiSET - Language Arts Reading – college ready score is 15 for reading.
  • HiSET - Language Arts Writing - passing score is 15 plus the essay score of 4 is required to place in Eng101.
  • HiSET - Essay - passing score is 4 plus writing score of 15 to place in English 101.
  • HiSET - Social studies - ETS recommends a passing score of 15, but ECC does not grant any course placement for social studies.
  • HiSET- Science - ETS recommends a passing score of 15 but ECC does not grant any course placement for science.


Call 847-214-7150 / 7219 if you have any questions about testing at ECC.

Students can call 877-EXAM-GED (877-392-6433) or ged.com for more information.