HiSET® @ Gorham Adult EducationWhere’s the GED® and what is HiSET®? Beginning January 1, 2014, the GED® Testing Service will no longer provide testing for the Maine High School Equivalency diploma. The HiSET® test is replacing the GED®. The HiSET program is designed by ETS and Iowa Testing Programs, two highly respected, nonprofit assessment organizations and makers of tests such as GRE, Praxis, SAT and TOEFL among others. The HiSET® will measure the same competencies as the GED® test. You will be tested in five core areas aligned with the Common Core State Standards: Language Arts – Reading, Language Arts – Writing, Mathematics, Science and Social Studies. Scores from the HiSET® program will have two cut-off points. Depending on your score, you will receive a high school equivalency diploma or a career-college-ready diploma. If you started the GED®, but have not yet finished, your passing GED® scores will remain valid until 12/31/2014 and will be combined with HiSET® scores to complete your diploma. If you are interested in learning more, please contact Gorham Adult Education at 222-1095.
What is the HiSET®?
The HiSET® (the High School Equivalency Test) exam is a new high school equivalency testing program that will help you take the next step toward a college degree or a rewarding career. Educational Testing Service (ETS) and the Iowa Testing Programs recently created the HiSET program to provide you with a more affordable, more 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.
What if I need tutoring?
Gorham Adult Education teachers are avilable for HiSET® tutoring. Once you have taken a few pre-tests and we have a better understanding of the type of tutoring you need, a tutoring schedule will be created. There is no charge for tutoring.
How long will it take to get my HiSET®?
This depends on your current educational level and how much time you have to study.
Will I be able to go to college with a HiSET®?
Yes! Colleges and universities accept the HiSET® as the equivalent of a high school diploma.
What if I need to stop studying for a little while, can I come back at any time?
Yes. If you do need to stop studying for a certain amount of time, please let us know. You are welcome to come back at any time.
How old to I have to be to take the HiSET®?
You must be 18 to take the HiSET® tests. Under certain circumstances, students 17 years old can test.
Is there a charge for the testing or for materials?
There is no charge for the HiSET® tests. We do ask that you do not write in any books that we give you and that you return them for use by other students.
Any other questions – please contact us.
No. Each program has certain characteristics that are the same. Two models are:
- Cohort model, all students enter the program at the same time and continue to work together through the program. Usually this type of program is semester based. Schedules may be one full day per week or two evenings per week or possibly two morning or afternoon sessions.
- Menu of services. Classes and services are offered at a variety of times and locations. Students work with the adult college transitions counselor to plan their schedules and complete course requirements.
Yes, we accept online registrations using all major credit cards (MasterCard, Visa, Discover, American Express) or PayPal accounts.
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Yes. We accept call-in registrations for most classes. We will ask for your credit card number or you may mail a check to our office. Once we have received payment, you will be registered for the class.
Please don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any questions.
Yes. Many adult education programs offer college preparation classes as part of their regular offerings. Some college transitions classes require pre-testing before the first class. Please call the adult education office to ask if a class you are interested in requires pre-testing. We will schedule a convenient time for you to take the test prior to the first class.
No. We serve people from all over the state of Maine- any resident of Maine can register for our courses.
To find your local program, please visit: http://www.maineadulted.org/ and use the “Find a Local Program” search box located near the top of the homepage. By entering your town and radius in miles, you can quickly and easily locate the adult education programs closest to you.
You may also click the “Find Programs” button on the homepage to view listings and an interactive map of all the programs in the state.
If you withdraw prior to the first class, your course cost will be refunded, less a $5 processing fee.
If you withdraw prior to the second class, you will be refunded 50% of the cost.
No refund will be given for missed one-session classes. Some classes and trips have special registration deadlines. No refund will be given after that deadline. It takes up to two weeks to process refunds.
First locate your program using the “Find a Local Program” search box located near the top of the homepage at http://www.maineadulted.org. You will then be presented with an interactive Google map which will allow you to pinpoint the location of the program(s) closest to you and get driving directions.
Some courses are available for online registration. For those payments, we accept MasterCard, Visa, Discover, American Express, and PayPal. We cannot accomodate senior discounts when registering online. If you are elgible for a senior discount, please pay by cash or check.
Register by mail:
If you register by mail, you may pay by personal check, money order, or by providing your credit card info on the necessary registration form.
Register by phone:
If you register by phone, we can accept a credit card, check, or money order. If you register by phone but pay by check or money order, you will need to drop off your check or money order to our office by the date specified when you register for your course.
Register in person:
If you register in person at one of our program locations, you may pay by personal check, credit card, money order, or cash.
Online registration is now available!
You can register online or at our office. At this time, we cannot accomodate senior discounts online. If you are eligible for a senior discount, please pay in cash or check. Course fees, lab fees and material fees must be paid at the time of registration. Book fees must be paid before class begins. You may also register by mail. Registration forms are included in our printed catalog and a printable form is available here on our website. A check or money order with all costs covered must accompany the form.
We accept registrations by telephone, in person or online for most courses and accept all major credit cards.
You may use the search form located in the top right hand corner of every page on the site to search for courses. If you put in your zip code then it will automatically limit the results to courses within 50 miles of your chosen zip code. If you leave the zip code blank, it will show you matching courses from all across the state.
You may also click on the “Courses” button near the top of every page to browse and search for courses. Our advanced search allows you to search by keyword, time of class, and other advanced options.
CNA (Certified Nurse Assistant) requires a test, background check, and interview. Please call our office to see if a CNA class is being held and for complete details and instructions and we’ll be happy to assist you.
If you have mailed in your registration for a class which was already full, you will be contacted and given the option to be placed on the waiting list for that class.
If you register in person, you’ll know immediately the status of the class.
If you search for courses online, you will know because the web page will say “Course full” and give you the option of subscribing to the waiting list.
What do I do? Who do I tell?
We are always open to suggestions for new courses. If you would like to propose a new course and maybe even be an instructor for that course, contact our program’s office at 207.222.1095.