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High School Equivalency Testing Center

The Testing Center

PCTI offers High School Equivalency Tests provided by ETS-HiSET. During the school year, tests are given once a month on a Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday evening and on a Saturday morning. We offer the tests on Tuesdays, Thursdays and one Saturday per month in July and August. The High School Equivalency Testing Center at PCTI is wheelchair accessible with provisions for Special Accommodations for individuals with learning and/or physical disabilities.

Registration process:

Step 1

  • You must create a user account online at http://HiSET.ets.org (follow the link for test-takers) or by calling 1-855-MyHiSET (1-855-694-4738) where you will pay a $90.00 fee using a credit/debit card or electronic check.
  • Once your account has been established, then you select the test location of your choice in NJ. Our location is called Passaic County Tech Institute, Wayne, NJ.

Step 2

  • On the day of the test, you must come in 30 minutes prior to testing time to complete registration at our location: PCTI, Room N116, 45 Reinhardt Road, Wayne, NJ 07470.
    • You must bring with you proper, valid, and original identification (government issued photo id – driver’s license or passport; social security card; and proof of address if you use a passport).
  • Avoid forfeiture of fees by bringing the proper, valid, and original identification (review http://HiSET.ets.org/requirements/nj or list below).
  • Please be advised that if you come in late, either the registration process will delay the start of the test or you will not be allowed to test which is a forfeiture of fees.

Please note: If you are 16/17 years of age, you must contact Josephine Bono, Chief Examiner at jbono@pcti.tec.nj.us to schedule an appointment for you and your parent to sign a consent form acknowledging that you are no longer registered in a high school and that you are taking the HiSET test instead of completing High School.

Requirements

For detailed information on requirements visit http://HiSET.ets.org/requirements/nj or see list below.

Accommodations

For detailed information on accommodations visit: http://HiSET.ets.org/take/disabilities/

Scoring System Details

  • High School Equivalency: minimum scaled score 9 of 20 on each subtest and combined scaled score of 45 on entire battery
  • College and Career Readiness: minimum of scaled score 15 of 20 on each subtest
  • Highest Possible Scores: 20 on each subtest which gives a total score of 100 for the entire battery

Preparation

  • ETS Hi-Set has free:
    • official overview video for test takers
    • scheduled webinars
    • sample questions and practice tests
  • ETS Hi-SET offers extra practice tests complete with formative assessment for only $7.50 per practice test

Additional information about preparation can be found at http://HiSET.ets.org/prepare/overview

Questions

Please contact Customer Service at HiSET via phone (1-855-MyHiSET  1-855-694-4738) or via email.


Otherwise, contact Josephine Bono, Chief Examiner at PCTI via phone (973-389-4388), via email, or checking out our website.


May-August 2016 Testing Schedule at PCTI

Date Day Time
May 17 Tuesday 4:30pm - 6:30pm
May 18 Wednesday 4:30pm - 6:30pm
May 19 Thursday 4:30pm - 6:30pm
May 21 Saturday 8:30am - 1:30pm
Jun 7 Tuesday 4:30pm - 6:30pm
Jun 8 Wednesday 4:30pm - 6:30pm
Jun 9 Thursday 4:30pm - 6:30pm
Jun 11 Saturday 8:30am - 1:30pm
Jun 28 Tuesday 8:30am - 2:30pm
Jun 30 Thursday 8:30am - 2:30pm
Jul 5 Tuesday 8:30am - 2:30pm
Jul 7 Thursday 8:30am - 2:30pm
Jul 9 Saturday 8:30am - 2:30pm
Jul 12 Tuesday 8:30am - 2:30pm
Jul 14 Thursday 8:30am - 2:30pm
Jul 19 Tuesday 8:30am - 2:30pm
Jul 21 Thursday 8:30am - 2:30pm
Aug 11 Thursday 8:30am - 2:30pm
Aug 13 Saturday 8:30am - 2:30pm
Aug 16 Tuesday 8:30am - 2:30pm
Aug 18 Thursday 8:30am - 2:30pm

New Jersey HiSET® Requirements

The following policies apply to anyone taking the HiSET® exam in the state of New Jersey. When you schedule an appointment, you will need to confirm that you have read and understand these policies.


See the New Jersey Adult Education website for more information.

State Eligibility Requirements

To take the HiSET exam in the state of New Jersey, you must meet the following eligibility requirements:

  • Age: You must be 18 years old to take the test without meeting special conditions. If you are 16/17 years old, you need a signed letter from your parent or legal guardian stating that they give permission for you to take the test and they understand that by doing this, they are taking you out of the public school system.
  • Residency: You must be a New Jersey resident to take the test at a test center in New Jersey. See Identification below for more details.
  • Test Preparation or Instruction: New Jersey does not require test preparation or instruction, though it is encouraged.
  • Practice Test: New Jersey does not require you to take a practice test to qualify for the HiSET exam.
  • Identification: You must present identification on test day at the HiSET test center. The following are acceptable forms of identification. You must provide two primary IDs and two secondary IDs.
    • Types of Primary ID:
      • Government issued photo identification: e.g., Driver’s License, DMV ID, County ID, US Passport
      • Foreign Passport (with accompanying letter in English from that Consulate verifying the authenticity of the passport with Consulate Signee contact information and title)
      • Social Security Card
      • Insurance Card
      • Taxpayer ID Card
      • Deferred Action (DREAM Act individuals only) Card
      • Military ID with photograph
      • Alien Registration Card with photograph
      • Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) Documents
    • Type of Secondary ID:
      • Credit Card
      • Employer Identification Card with photograph
      • Health Insurance Card (Example: Blue Cross Blue Shield)
      • Marriage Certificate or License
      • Military Discharge Separation Papers
      • ID without photo but with current address listed for proof of residency
      • Utility bill, bank statement, etc., documenting delivery to New Jersey address
  • One of the above forms of identification must show New Jersey Residency. If they don’t, a bill, bank statement, lease, etc., must be provided as well. For any questions, please contact the New Jersey Department of Education, Adult Education Office at 1-609-777-1050.
  • Language Testing: In New Jersey, candidates cannot combine scores across languages. In order to achieve a state-issued certificate, you must take all sections of the exam in the same language. You can only take the full battery in one language. For example, you may not take three tests in Spanish and two tests in English. The state of New Jersey will not issue a diploma for batteries with scores combined across languages.