Frequently Asked Questions
Q: What is the difference between a High School Equivalency (HiSET or GED) and an Adult High School Diploma?
A: The HiSET is a certificate that is earned by passing 5 standardized timed tests in writing skills (including an essay), math, science, social studies and language arts reading. An individual must pass all 5 sections of the test in order to earn the HiSET.
An adult high school diploma is based on credits earned in previous high school experience combined with credits earned in evening high school classes. Rather than having to pass 5 high-stakes HiSET tests, individuals can take adult diploma classes where course grades are a combination of class participation, attendance, tests, quizzes, writing,and projects.
Q: Which is more difficult to complete - the HiSET or an adult high school diploma?
How long does it take to get a HiSET/GED or high school diploma?
A: It depends on how strong the individual’s math, reading and writing skills are and how many credits have been earned in previous high school experience.
Anyone 18 or over may schedule an appointment at Exeter Adult Education for a credit evaluation to explore which route would be the best for him or her to complete the high school experience.
Q: Is the GED test changing?
A: Yes, a new computer based test founded on the Common Core Standards went into into effect on January 1, 2014. The new test is the HiSET.
Q: When can people enroll in an Exeter Adult Education class?
A: Each part of the program has a different enrollment opportunity:
○ Enroll in Adult Diploma Classes at the beginning of the semester in early September or January.
○ Enroll in Adult Basic Education (ABE) and HiSET classes monthly.
○ Enroll in classes for English for speakers of other languages (ESOL) monthly. It is best to start at the beginning of the semester in September or January.
○ Enroll in Enrichment community education classes no later than one week prior to the start of the course. Start dates vary throughout the semester. Many classes fill up, so early enrollment is encouraged.
○ Enroll in the Adult Learner Services Program any time September - May.
Q: Can people get into college with a High School equivalency certificate?
A: Yes, most colleges accept the HiSET /GED. Many also require other tests such as the Accuplacer or SATS. Exeter Adult Education Counselors can assist candidates with college and career transition services.
Q: Can people get into the military with the HiSET/GED?
A: Yes and No. Yes, if an individual earns 15 college credits in addition to a GED. No, with just a GED. This requirement is sometimes amended by the military.
Q: Does Exeter Adult Education offer summer classes?
A: Yes, for English (ESOL) and GED. No, for adult diploma and enrichment.
Q: How do people enroll in HiSET/Diploma if under 18 years old?
A: Students must have an Alternative Learning Plan from their high school that specifies enrollment and attendance in an adult education program. The Exeter Adult Education staff can work with high schools to develop alternative learning plans.
Q: Can someone take the HiSET before turning 18?
Q: Can people bring their children with them to class?
A: No, adult education classes are only for adults and offer an opportunity for adult individuals to improve and develop their own skills and interests.
Q: Does Exeter Adult Education offer childcare?
A: Not at this time.
Q: Is there a graduation ceremony for HiSET/GED and adult high school diploma graduates?
A: Yes, Exeter Adult Education holds a graduation in June for anyone who has earned a GED/HiSET or an adult diploma in this program.