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What are the GED and HiSet exams?

Both the High School Equivalency Test (HiSET) and the General Educational Development (GED) exams are used to award a high school equivalency diploma, but there are differences between the two.

The HiSET has five test sections and the GED has four. Additionally, testing centers for the GED only offer a computer version of the test, whereas the HiSET has a paper and a computer option.

Once either exam is complete, the diploma equivalent is nationally recognized no matter which test was taken.



Boston Public Library

All Massachusetts residents and students are eligible for a free e-card from the Boston Public Library. Click here to get more information and to sign up:

Clicking these links will bring you to the Boston Public Library online catalog. 

LearningExpress Library from the Boston Public Library

LearningExpress Library is an online program that you have access to using your BPL E-card. It includes test preparation materials and practice exams for K-12 subjects, high school equivalency, college and graduate admissions, military, U.S. citizenship, and professional licensing and certification exams. This includes GED and HiSet, practices tests, and study guides. 

To find GED and HiSet review material: 

  • Click this link to access LearningExpress through BPL
  • Login using your BPL E-Card number and PIN
  • At the top of the page, click "Sign In/Register" and create a personal account
  • Once you have created a personal account and signed in, Search "GED" or "Hiset" depending on which test you plan to take in the search box in the middle of the page. 
  • From there you will be able explore all the GED and HiSet study material available.

If you have questions about using LearningExpress Library, please contact the Boston Public Library or click here to watch video tutorials.