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28 Jameson Hill Road • Old Orchard Beach, ME 04064 • (207) 934-7922 • Fax: (207) 934-3705








In January 2014, Maine changed its approved high school equivalency exam from the GED to the HiSET.

Hiset Orientation & Pre-testing

September 2019 – April 2020, Wednesdays from 5-7:30 PM, room 1, with Liis Nigol, Student Services Coordinator

Saco Learning Center, 80 Common St, Saco, ME 04072, (207) 282-3846

Find out if you are ready to pass the HiSET! All HiSET orientation & pre-testing sessions are free and so is getting your high school credential!

Students must choose which month they wish to attend and arrive by 5 PM for all three sessions. See the choices below:


Fall TBA


Registration is by appointment only. Please call our Saco Learning Center at (207) 282-3846 to set up a meeting and complete the student intake process with our Student Services Coordinator.

Completing the above HiSet Orientation is required before beginning official HiSet testing. Below you will find courses that support the passing of the actual HiSet exam. Your orientation will help to assess if you need further course work, what kind of course work and set you up with a plan for successful completion. Let's get started!

Hiset Official Testing

Sept-April 2019/2020, Tuesdays from 5-8 PM, OOB, with Liis Nigol, Student Services Coordinator

28 Jameson Hill Rd in Old Orchard Beach on the following dates from 5 PM to 8 PM:

Complete high school by passing the HiSET. The HiSET is a series of five tests, held in Old Orchard Beach on the first 3 Tuesdays of every month. Pass and get your high school credential - all at no cost to you!


Sept - December TBA (usually the first 3 Tuesdays of the month)

Testers must arrive at 4:45 PM along with a VALID PHOTO ID for the first night and 5 PM for the two subsequent nights.

Supporting Courses for HiSet Testers (FALL TBA)

(Missed the start date? No problem! Most classes enroll well after the start date as programs are tailored to the student)

Hiset Math for the Adult Mind - 1/3/2019-5/3/2019, Thursdays from 5:30-7:30 PM, room 2, Christine Adams

Target those math skills and test taking strategies needed to pass the HiSET! Every class introduces a new concept with an activity and skills practice. Included in this review are fractions, decimals, percents, algebra and basic geometry. Time is also given for individualized instruction.

Hiset Reading for the Adult Mind - 1/3/2019-6/4/2019, Tuesdays from 5:30-7:30 PM, room 2, Christine Adams

Learn strategies for reading comprehension and interpretation of a variety of genres: nonfiction, fiction, poetry, and journalism. This workshop is appropriate for those students who need to enhance their skills in reading, social studies and/or science to complete the Hiset test successfully.

Introduction to the Workforce -1/3/19-4/9/19, Tuesdays from 1-3 PM, room 1, Melissa Mowery

What does it actually mean to be “ready for the workplace”? This class will have a lot of great interaction between teachers, students, and a variety of professionals. The main focus of this class will be awareness and improvement of “Soft Skills”. Some of the sessions will be held in the classroom, while a number of the sessions will either be a visit to, or visit from, professionals in a variety of popular fields, coordinated by your instructor. This class will count towards credits for high school diploma students, but is open to anyone who would like help entering or re-entering the workplace. 

Supporting Courses for Adult High School Completion or HiSet Certificate

(Missed the start date? No problem! Most classes enroll well after the start date as programs are tailored to the student)

Adult Critical Thinking, Reading & Writing - 1/2/19-6/5/19, M/W from 1:30-3 PM, rm 1,Melissa Mowery

Improve your reading comprehension and become clear, competent and confident writers! Write a number of different types of paragraphs using the 5 components of "Critical Thinking:" open-mindedness, problem solving, creativity, analysis, and communication.  A wonderful variety of National Geographic readings and writings will be used as instructional guides.

Adult Math: Comprehensive Review & Accuplacer Prep - 1/2/19-6/5/19,M/W from 11 - 12:30, rm 1, Melissa Mowery

Whether you are looking for review or preparing for college level math, this is the class for you! The "Comprehensive Review" portion of the class will refresh your skills with whole number operations, mental math, fractions, decimals, and percents. Math in this course is learned through practice, real life contextualization using the concepts, and individualized instruction. The "Accuplacer Prep" portion of the class is self paced and individualized depending on the results of Unit Pre-tests – You only work on the skills you haven’t mastered yet! Accuplacer Prep starts with basic arithmetic and progresses through geometry and algebra skills.  The two portions of this class run simultaneously throughout the semester.

Adult U.S. Government - 1/3/19-6/6/19, T/Th from 10:30-12 PM, rm 1, Melissa Mowery

Learn about the U.S. Government and earn credit towards your high school diploma! This course will focus on 4 main topics: 1) How & why the U.S. government began, 2) Exploring the Branches of the U.S. government, 3) Understanding Amendments, 4) The rights & responsibilities of U.S. citizens. 

Explorations in Literature – 1/2/2019-4/10/19, Mon/Wed from 8-10 AM, rm 2, Christine Adams

Explorations in Literature is designed to improve students’ abilities for employment, further schooling, or to simply refresh reading and writing skills.  Through a variety of reading materials, students investigate different types of literature styles.

Missed the start date? No problem! This class has ongoing enrollment as studies are tailored to our students’ needs.

FREE HiSET test review:   Over 7 hrs of free video tutorials and practice questions for the HiSET.

Frequently Asked Questions about the HiSET

What is the HiSET?

The HiSET (High School Equivalency Test) is a test of general educational development, which covers reading, writing, math, social studies and science. Upon successful completion of testing, a student is awarded a Maine high school equivalency diploma.

How old do you have to be to take the HiSET?

Those eligible for receiving a Maine High School Equivalency Diploma through the HiSET are 17 years of age or older who are not enrolled in high school and can pass the five tests with the required scores. Those younger than 17 years of age are not generally eligible to take the HiSET but can begin preparing for testing.

How do I get started if I want to take the HiSET?

Attend one of our free HiSET Orientation Sessions and take the pretests to find out if you can pass the official HiSET tests. The orientations start the first week of each month. Call to register at our Academic division (207) 282-3846 or our Admin offices (207) 934-7922 in summer. If you need additional course work you can enroll in one of our HiSet evening classes which are also free for high school completion students.

Getting your Maine High School Equivalency Diploma with the HiSET - at NO COST to you!

There are many resources available to help you study for the HiSET. The tests cover reading, writing, social studies, science, and mathematics. The tests also measure communication, information processing, problem solving and critical thinking skills.

Is the HiSET recognized as a high school credential?


HiSET will be Maine’s officially endorsed high school equivalency exam.  The HiSET is produced through ETS, a leader in test development and creator of nationally recognized exams such as the GRE and Praxis series of assessments.  ETS is a nonprofit organization advancing quality and equity in education, administering 50 million exams every year.

Do employers and colleges recognize the HiSET?


The HiSET covers the academic knowledge and skills learned in four years of high school: reading, writing, social studies, science, and mathematics. HiSET equivalency diploma recipients demonstrate the skills of communication, information processing, problem solving, and critical thinking. The Fact Is: The HiSET exams measure many of the US Labor Department's necessary workplace skills that are valued by employers.

How will getting the HiSET help me?           

Passing the HiSET can mean big benefits for the individual, for business and for society. For many, these tests are the first steps toward better jobs, further training or higher education. 

How long does it take to finish the HiSET?

There are five tests: language arts, social studies, science, reading and mathematics. The test series takes several sessions totaling 7 hours. Everyone must first take our HiSET Orientation and pretest before taking the official HiSET. Depending on your pretest scores, you may need to take classes to improve your skills. There is no one answer to how long it will take as each person has an individual plan tailored to their needs.

Assistance for People with Disabilities

If you believe you have a disability keeping you from taking the HiSET tests as they are usually given, you might be entitled to receive reasonable testing accommodations. Accommodations are available for people with psychological, physical and/or learning disabilities such as attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADD/ADHD).

When are the HiSET Orientation sessions held and where?

The HiSET orientation sessions are on the first three Wednesdays of each month, starting the first Wednesday of the month from September through May. Students need to attend all three sessions.

Call (207) 282-3846 (our Academic division) or in summer call (207) 934-7922 (Admin office) to register. Sessions are held in the evenings at the Saco Learning Center on 80 Common Street in Saco.

What happens during the HiSET Orientation sessions?

You will get an overview of the HiSET and take the pretests. If you score above the requirements, you will be scheduled to take the official HiSET tests. Those with scores under the requirements are registered for our HiSET workshops or classes to improve their skills before taking the official HiSET.

For further information, please call our Academic division (207) 282-3846 or our admin office in summer at (207) 934-7922 or email our Student Services Coordinator, Liis Nigol at

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