HiSET Language Arts: Reading
The HiSET® Reading Test assesses your ability to understand and analyze written passages. You will read a passage and then answer several questions about it. You will have 65 minutes to answer approximately 40 questions. All Reading questions will be multiple choice.
Forty percent of the Reading Test will cover informational content. Questions in this portion target skills such as:
- Identifying an author’s main point
- Describing the structure of a passage
- Analyzing an author’s argument
- Restating or applying ideas from the passage
- Understanding words in the context of an informational passage
Sixty percent of the Reading Test will cover literary content. Questions in this portion target skills such as:
- Understanding plot, character, and theme
- Describing the structure of a story and how it is used to develop a theme
- Making inferences about characters and the author’s attitude toward them
- Understanding words and figurative language in the context of a fictional passage
HiSET Language Arts: Writing
The HiSET Writing Test assesses your language skills in two different ways. You will have 120 minutes to complete the Writing Test.
Expect to spend around 75 minutes answering approximately 51 multiple-choice items that assess language skills. These questions will target skills such as:
- Constructing sentences
- Using grammar correctly
- Using words correctly
- Organizing ideas into paragraphs
- Connecting ideas
You will have around 45 minutes to write one essay in response to a pair of passages. You will read the passages and then write an essay that argues for a position on the issue discussed. Your essay will be scored on how well it:
- Supports its conclusion with valid reasoning and relevant evidence
- Develops ideas in a clear and logical manner
- Demonstrates control over writing mechanics and expression
If you are taking the paper version of the HiSET exam, you will write your essay on paper. If you are testing on a computer, you will type your essay into a box on the screen.
B. The federal government should automatically raise the minimum wage to match price increases. The author states that “[s]everal states have taken the sensible step of automatically raising their minimum wage to adjust for inflation and consumer price increases.” Later she also states that “the federal government should follow the lead of the states.” Thus, the author is recommending that the federal government should adjust the minimum wage for price increases. The rest of the passage serves to support this recommendation.
A. The longest known colossal squid is ten meters long, so there is no colossal squid longer than the longest giant squid. According to paragraph 2, there are very few samples of colossal squid, and all of them have been juveniles. It is improper to draw a conclusion about the entire colossal squid species on the basis of such limited evidence.
D. computers, and The original sentence combined single words and clauses in the same series. Choice (D) corrects the error by turning the last item in the list from a clause to a noun phrase (lights, computers, and coffee makers).
B. Change “agitated” to “excited.” The word needs to describe the happy enthusiasm of the children, in contrast to their parents, and excited works well; agitated has a negative connotation. The parents are worried, not tormented (in severe physical or mental pain), so anxious is correct. To reside refers to living somewhere, and the parents already live at home with their children, so stay is correct.