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What’s the Difference Between HiSET and the GED?

The HiSET and GED are both tests that can be taken in Pennsylvania in order to qualify for a High School Equivalency Diploma. They cover the same content but there are a few differences in how they are administered.

  1. The GED can only be taken on a computer, the HiSET can be taken on a computer or with pencil and paper.
  2. The HiSET consists of 5 separate tests, the GED consists of 4.
  3. The cost of taking the full set of GED tests is $120; the cost for the full set of HiSET tests is $90.
  4. The HiSET consists of multiple choice questions and one essay question only; the GED involves multiple choice, essay, short answer, fill-in-the-blank, and technology-enhanced questions.
  5. You can only retake each HiSET subtest 3 times in one calendar year; you can retake the GED as many times as you like, though after the third time you take a subtest, you have to wait 60 days before you can take it a fourth time.

Tutor/Learner Profile: Arvind, Marie, and Ronald

Arvind, Marie and Ronald are a jovial group, excited about learning and teaching alike.

Originally from Haiti, Marie has lived in the US for 30 years, 22 of which were in Philly. Arvind also immigrated to the US. Coming from India 13 years ago, Arvind completed his PhD at UPenn and now teaches Computer Science at his Alma Mater. Ronald, on the other hand, is a born and bred Fishtown native. This unlikely trio comes together twice a week to work on Algebra, long division, and other math skills.

Marie is a CNA, and has been for 25 years. Her dream job is a pharmacy technician, but lacking a diploma has gotten in the way of that dream. That is why she comes to not only LSH for tutoring, but goes to other local programs as well! She is ferociously pursuing her career, despite recent setbacks like a broken leg and back. Marie is looking towards this promising career path because her children, 22 and 27, attend college and her husband is nearing retirement. She is confident that her hard work will pay off: “I will pass. I will pass. I passed the citizenship test, and I can pass this.”

Arvind decided to become a tutor for adult learners because he felt it would improve his teaching abilities. He knew that as a tutor at LSH, he’d be working with a much different population than at Penn. And as professor, he doesn’t have as much 1-on-1 time with his students as he’d like, due to the size of his classes. He displays deep respect for Marie and Ronald, doling out handshakes upon successes like completing 10 long division problems successfully, and encouragement when they get hung up.

Ronald does everything in his life for his children; his face lights up in adoration when he discusses them, and they inspired him to return to his own education. Having worked for years in a carpet warehouse, Ronald hopes to use his new skills one day to open his own carpet store. He loves bringing what he learns with Arvind home to his kids, and has gained confidence in his own abilities. “I never thought I could do half of these things.” Not only does he learn math; Ronald also learns how to teach from Arvind. After working with his son on long division, Ronald witnessed his son teaching his daughter and their nieces the same skills!

Arvind, Marie, and Ronald listened carefully to each other’s stories throughout our conversation. They support each other in their goals, and will continue to work steadily towards achieving them. On their successes in learning Algebra, all three had the same thing to say:
“It’s a pretty good feeling.”

“For me, too.”

“And me, as well!”

Fractions & Decimals

Topic Instructional Materials Assignments Khan Academy Online Materials
Introduction to Fractions
Adding Fractions
Subtracting Fractions
Multiplying Fractions
Dividing Fractions
Introduction to Decimals
Decimal/Fraction Conversion
Adding & Subtracting Decimals
Multiplying Decimals
Dividing Decimals
Practice Questions for Review

Fraction Vocabulary

  • Cancel: To find values that will divide evenly into the numerators and denominators of
    fractions to convert them into smaller fractions that are easier to work with
  • Denominator:The bottom number of a fraction – The denominator indicates the total
    number of parts something is divided into
  • Equivalent: Fractions that are equal in value e.g. 5/10 and 6/12
  • Improper Fraction: A fraction in which the numerator is the same size or greater than
    the denominator
  • Lowest Common Denominator: The smallest number that the denominators of two or
    more fractions can be divided into
  • Lowest Terms: A fraction with a numerator and a denominator that can
    only be divided evenly by itself and one
  • Mixed Number: A number that contains both a whole number and a fractional amount
  • Numerator: The top number in a fraction – The numerator indicates number of parts you
    are focusing on
  • Proper Fraction: A fraction in which the numerator is smaller than the denominator
  • Reciprocal: The result of inverting numbers in a fraction ( 3/4 to 4/3 )
  • Reduce: To express a fraction in its lowest terms
  • Simplify: The same as reduce or change an improper fraction to a whole or mixed number
  • Unit Fraction: A positive fraction with 1 as the numerator

Who is eligible for services?

LSH provides services to adult learners without regard to race, gender identity, income, sexual orientation, or religious or political affiliation. However, given the limited resources available for adult education, we encourage younger adults (under 22) to take advantage of other GED programs targeted at their specific age group. These programs have many more resources to effectively support young adults. Some of these are listed below:

How much is the GED?

  • Pennsylvania charges $30 per module for the GED® test ($120 total).
  • If you have to re-take any sections, the you can take the section up to two times for $10 each time.
  • After you use the two discounts, you will have to pay the full price (you can then take the test another 2 times for $10 each time).
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