HiSet/GED

There will be no GED/HISET classes on 11/26, 11/27, 11/28, or 11/29. Have a Happy and Safe Thanksgiving!

Technology and College and Career Readiness

Our job is to help you meet your educational and career goals. The teachers and the Educational Advisor are available to help you deal with situations that may be preventing you from reaching your goals.

The teachers will prepare you for the subjects on the GED or HiSET test:  writing, math, social studies, science, and reading

The Advisor helps students:

  • Identify their skills and interests
  • Develop education and career goals
  • Create a resume
  • Connect with regional businesses and colleges (workshops, guest speakers)
  • Practice interviewing skills

The Technology Coordinator teaches a weekly technology lesson in every class. Technology lessons include:

  • Google Drive Suite
  • Website Design
  • Cloud Computing
  • Digital Presentations: infographics, PowerPoint, video slideshows

We also have a staffed Learning Center with drop-in hours for students to receive extra help, or access the computers for digital learning.

HiSet FAQ

Learn more about the HiSet.

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GED FAQ

Learn more about the GED.

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Comparison

Decide which test is best for you.

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Program FAQ’s

How much do the classes cost?

Classes are funded by the Department of Education and offered for free. Students are, however, responsible for their own testing fees which are paid directly to the official testing centers. Our students do have the opportunity to receive a scholarship to cover the cost of the HiSET or GED test. Eligible students would need to have excellent class attendance and participation.

How much time will it take me to get my diploma?

It varies and depends on what skills you bring to the program, how often you attend and your participation.

When can I start?

We enroll students in classes once a month from September through April.

All interested students must attend an information session which are held monthly August through March or interested students can also get information by stopping into the Technology Lab during our drop in hours. No registration is necessary. Students will learn more about the program, class expectations, and meet Literacy Program staff.

After the information session, students are required to attend a 4 day orientation before instruction can begin.

We offer several classes to meet student needs and skill levels.

What do I need to bring to the information session?

You don’t need to bring anything. However, knowing your social security number is helpful but not necessary. Students under 18 will need a parent or guardian signature to complete registration.

When are your classes held?

Day GED/HiSET classes are held Tuesday through Friday from 9:30 am – 12:30 pm.

Evening GED/HiSET classes are held Tuesday through Wednesday either 5:00 pm -8:00 PM or 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm depending on your class placement.

Where are your classes held?

All classes are held at the Plymouth Public Library Main Branch located at 132 South Street in Plymouth, Massachusetts.

How much does the test cost?

The HiSET costs $103.75. The GED costs $125. Fees are paid directly through the GED and HiSET websites.

What is the difference between the HiSET and the GED?

Passing either test will earn you the same Massachusetts diploma.

  • The HiSET consists of five subtests, the GED consists of four subtests with the writing and reading tested together.
  • The HiSET currently uses a multiple choice format. The GED uses a combination of multiple choice, short answer, and drag and drop. Both tests require an essay.

We will help you assess which test is the right one for you.

HiSET

https://hiset.ets.org/

GED

https://ged.com/

Where can I take the test?

Testing centers are located throughout Massachusetts. Centers vary in which test they offer. The closest testing centers to our program are Quincy  College (Plymouth), Massasoit Community College (Brockton), and Cape Cod Community College (Hyannis Center).

Who is eligible to attend the classes?

Any adult Massachusetts resident age 16 and older can attend.  Students under the age of 18 need to have forms signed by a parent or guardian to begin classes.

The following information is needed BEFORE scheduling an official test. It is NOT needed to sign up and take our classes.

If you are 16 or 17 years old, you cannot schedule any GED® or HiSET test until an official Letter of Withdrawal from the last school you attended has been approved by the Massachusetts High School Equivalency Office. The Letter of Withdrawal must contain the following information:

  • Be on school letterhead, including the address and phone number.
  • Includes your last date of attendance and your date of withdrawal.
  • Come from the office of the Principal/Headmaster or the Head of Guidance
  • Must be signed by the Principal/Headmaster or the Head of Guidance.

Submit the Withdrawal Letter, including your name, phone number and email address, to Olympia Stroud in the High School Equivalency Office, preferably by email, ostroud@doe.mass.edu or by mail to the following address:

DESE HSE Office
3rd Floor 75 Pleasant Street
Malden, MA 02148

What are classes like?

You will meet with a small group of students who are all working toward the same goals. You can move at your own pace and receive all the individual help you need. Students move through the material at different paces throughout the year until they pass the HiSET or GED test. In addition to working on reading, writing, social studies, science, and math, students will also participate in at least one hour of technology instruction per week. Also, the advisors hold workshops where you will be introduced to information about interviewing, resume writing, area businesses and colleges. Students are required to participate in all parts of this free program.

Do I have to attend every class?

Yes. The Department of Education requires attendance at all class sessions. You will also progress through the class more quickly and be able to test sooner with regular attendance.

Are there any options for extra practice?

Yes. Follow this link for more information about our drop in hours in our Technology Lab.
http://www.plymouthliteracy.org/technology-lab/

Is there a graduation ceremony?

Yes! We offer a cap and gown graduation ceremony every June.

How do I receive my official diploma?

Your diploma will not automatically be sent to you. You will need to create a free account on diploma sender. There, you can request a free copy of your diploma and transcript.

https://www.diplomasender.com/