HiSET Prep Program

High School Equivalency Testing Program (HiSET)

The GED® Tests have changed and are no longer being given in New Hampshire. As of January 1, 2014 New Hampshire is using HiSET, published by Educational Testing Service, as the New Hampshire High School Equivalency Test. The High School Equivalency Test gives adults and out-of-school youth an opportunity to demonstrate their academic skills and to earn the New Hampshire Equivalency Certificate.

The high school equivalency exam consists of five subtests; English Language Arts, Reading, Math, Social Studies and Science.

The HiSET preparation program, offered at Salem Continuing Education, is available to students who are planning to take the HiSET exam in lieu of achieving a high school diploma, and who are willing to follow the plan described below. In order to participate in the HiSET prep program, students:

  • Must have reached their 16th birthday.
  • Must develop an alternative plan with their school counselor before taking the HiSET exam to help plan for school to career opportunities.
  • Must remain in attendance at PHS until such time as they receive their HiSET certificate, unless otherwise authorized by the principal (official passing scores on the HiSET exam must be reported to the principal by the testing center before a student under 18 will be allowed to leave school).
  • Must have completed a minimum of six courses, including at least one each in math, science, social studies and English, unless otherwise authorized by the principal.
  • Must have permission to participate in the HiSET program from the Academic Review Committee and parents.
  • Must attend and participate appropriately (i.e., complete assignments) in a minimum of three Pelham High School credit bearing courses until they pass the HiSET exam.

NOTE: Any student under 21 who passes the HiSET exam will be welcome to return to school for their high school diploma with the principal’s approval.