If you didn't finish high school, there is another way to demonstrate you have the same skills and knowledge as a high school graduate — through testing and earning your high school equivalency (HSE) credential.
What is a HSE credential?
If you left high school before graduation, you can demonstrate that you have the same skills and knowledge as a high school graduate by taking a HSE test. Once you pass the test, your state or jurisdiction will issue you a HSE credential.
Why is a HSE credential important?
If you didn't finish high school, you know your opportunities are limited. But with a state-issued HSE credential, you'll have the opportunity to advance your career, join the military, begin a training program or continue your education on the college level.
What is the difference between the GED® test and a HSE credential?
The GED® test is one of three tests used nationally to award a high school equivalency credential. Until recently, it was the only test available. Today there are two other testing options available — the HiSET exam and the GED® test. Pennsylvania uses the HiSET exam and the GED® test to measure high school equivalency skills in language arts, mathematics, science and social studies. Both tests enable you to earn the same HSE credential.
How do I prepare for the HiSET exam?
Most test takers take adult education classes to prepare for the exam. In many states, these programs are at no cost — or very low cost to the students. The HiSET program encourages you to explore adult education programs and also offers a variety of free and low-cost resources to help familiarize you with both the exam questions and the computer-delivered testing experience. The resources include a study companion (a guide with tips and strategies on how to prepare for the HiSET exam), practice tests and sample questions.
What happens after I pass the HiSET exam?
After you've passed the HiSET exam, your state or jurisdiction will issue your high school equivalency credential — and you can be confident that your skills and knowledge are on the same level as a traditional high school graduate.
Follow the link below if you want to take the HiSET® test. The HiSET® is another test you can take in Pennsylvania that leads to a high school equivalency diploma. Create a test taker account to get information about preparing for the HiSET® examination. Free practices tests and study guides are available.
Once you pass the GED® or HiSET® exam you must order your diploma from DiplomaSender®. Once you create an account you can order your diploma and transcript. You will be issued one free diploma and one free transcript. If you lose or misplace your paper diploma or transcript and require a replacement, it will cost you $15 for each. If you ask for your transcript and diploma to be sent to you at an email address, you can make multiple copies. Ask your teacher for help in ordering your diploma and transcript.
The BookyMobile® is OIC’s free book give-away on wheels. The BookyMobile® travels to neighborhoods, community events, schools, churches, and daycare centers throughout Dauphin County distributing free books to residents. The BookyMobile® has traveled as far as Lancaster and Philadelphia to help spread the joy of reading.
The idea for the BookyMobile® came about when students told us they wanted more books for their children to read at home. The parents wanted their children to be able to keep the books. The kids wanted books that they could read over and over again. They also wanted to build home libraries so that their pre-school kids would be able to get ready for school and their school-age kids would advance to the next grade level. Many of the families that we serve did not have the resources to buy books nor did they have easy access to libraries.
In response, OIC created a program called Reading For Life. In 2007, OIC purchase a mobile home and with a start-up grant from the Verizon Foundation converted a used trailer into the OIC BookyMobile®. For 10 years the BookyMobile® has gone directly into communities and neighborhoods to distribute free books, school supplies and home schooling resources to over 40,000 people.
Our community partners, book lovers, libraries, civic organizations, book companies, foundations, and area corporations have donated thousands of books and thousands of dollars to help promote and supply the BookyMobile® with free books for children and adults.
If you would like the BookyMobile® to visit your neighborhood or community event, contact OIC at 238-7318. Or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
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