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New High School Equivalency Exam Considered An ‘Upgrade’ To GED

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The new HiSet test. (HiSet Practice Test)

The new HiSet test. (HiSet Practice Test)

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BOSTON (CBS) — For the first time in more than half a century, Massachusetts adults taking a high school equivalency exam will not take the G.E.D.

There’s now a new exam, called the HiSet Exam.

State officials announced last week that the new exam will be administered starting this month.

WBZ NewsRadio 1030′s Carl Stevens tackled some of the sample questions on the new exam:

Commissioner of Elementary and Secondary Education Mitchell Chester says if you haven’t been in school for a while, it may be time for a refresher.

“It is an upgrade in terms of the expectation of earning a high school equivalency exam” Chester told WBZ NewsRadio 1030. “It’s an upgrade of what was expected previously under the old GED test.”

Courses and programs are offered to help prepare for the test.

Officials estimate around 11,000 adults take the high school equivalency exam each year.

How would you do? Try your hand at some of the questions:

Social Studies

Which of the following world events was probably the primary reason for the 1958 Act?
A) 1956 – The Soviet Union sent troops to Hungary.

B) 1957 – Power generated for atomic energy first used in the United States.

C) 1957 – International Atomic Energy Agency established.

D) 1957 – The Soviet Union launched the world’s first artificial satellite.


A used motorcycle can be purchased for $500 cash or on credit with a $200 down payment plus payments of $70 per month for 5 months. How much would be saved by paying cash?

A) $50

B) $150

C) $200

D) $350

E) $550

Writing Test

What would you change?

Citizens filled the Mesa Vista High School auditorium Thursday evening to hear the two mayors’ candidates participate in a special debate.

A) No Change

B) mayor’s candidates

C) candidate’s for mayor

D) candidates for mayor

Sample exams for Mathematics, Social Studies, Language Arts Reading, Language Arts Writing and Science are available on the HiSet website.

Answers: Social Studies (D), Math (A), Writing (D)

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