HSE Test Preparation

There are a number of ways to prepare for the HSE tests.  Choose the option that best meets your needs.

1.  HSE Preparation classes * Classes begin on Tuesday, July 31.  All students will need to attend a mandatory orientation in order to enroll.

If it’s been some time since you were last in school, you may want to consider enrolling in one of the preparation classes.  There are four adult schools in the Sweetwater Union High School District to serve your requests:

Chula Vista Adult School                         Montgomery Adult School
1034 Fourth Avenue                                         3240 Palm Avenue
Chula Vista, Ca 91911                                      San Diego, CA 92154
619-691-5760                                                    (619) 600-3800


San Ysidro Adult School                         National City Adult School
4220 Otay Mesa                                              517 Miles of Cars Way
San Ysidro, Ca 92173                                     National City, Ca 91950
(619) 428-7200                                               (619) 336-9400


Math only prep classes:

Mondays and Wednesdays
6:00 – 9:15 PM

Writing Preparation Classes:  Coming Soon


2.  Distance Learning HSE classes

Can’t attend classes?  No problem!!

Distance Learning classes are available and may be the best option for you.  In Distance Learning classes you meet with your instructor once a week.  Contact one of the adult schools for more information.


3.  Purchase an HSE book or obtain one from the public library and study on your own.


4. HiSET Free Test Preparation Materials: (click on the following free practice materials )

HiSET Study Companion                       HiSET Guia de Estudio

HiSET Language Arts-Reading             HiSET Artes del Lenguaje-Lectura

HiSET Language Arts-Writing              HiSET Artes del Lenguaje-Escritura

HiSET Mathematics                                HiSET Mathemáticas

HiSET Science                                          HiSET Ciencias

HiSET Social Studies                              HiSET Estudios Sociales

5. GED Study Guides: (click on the following free practice materials )

Math Study Guide

Reading Language Arts Study Guide

Science Study Guide

Social Studies Study Guide


 Are you ready to take the HISET exam?

1. Count the number of answers correct on each practice test listed above. Do not include questions you did not answer or that you answered incorrectly.

2. Then find the number of questions you answered correctly in the table below to see an estimate of how ready you are to take the HiSET exam.

Subject Not yet Prepared Perhaps Prepared Prepared Well Prepared
Math 0-12 13-16 17-20 21+
Reading 0-11 12-14 15-16 17+
Writing 0-9 10-13 14-19 20+
Science 0-10 11-13 14-15 16+
Social Studies 0-9 10-11 12-15 16+

If you fall in the “Not yet prepared” or “Somewhat prepared” categories, you may want to do additional preparation before you take the exam.

All HSE preparation classes offered through the Sweetwater Union High School District are free of charge. If interested in Preparation classes, please call the counseling office and speak to a counselor.

* Chula Vista Adult School Counseling office: 619-796-7020

* Montgomery Adult School Counseling Office : 619-600-3820

* National City Adult School Counseling Office: 619-336-9420

* San Ysidro Adult School Counseling Office: 619-428-7220

Visit hiset.ets.org/prepare/overview to find useful tips and free preparation materials, including a tutorial video and the downloadable Study Companion.

  • Practice tests are intended to complement your preparation and classroom instruction. They will not fully prepare students for the actual HiSET exams.
  • Each practice test is approximately half the length of the HiSET exam and may not represent every type of item on the exam.
  • The “Well prepared” category scores are not indicators of college and career readiness. They are meant to help provide guidance on the likelihood of a student passing the HiSET exam. Visit ets.org/tc_staff to learn how the HiSET exam reflects college and career readiness.