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HiSET Language Arts Reading Exam

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Because heavy reading is a prerequisite for societal function, the HiSET breaks its “Language Arts” subject into Reading and Writing subtests. As a high school education is often considered the minimum necessary to fully function in our society, the importance of testing whether you are literate at the level of a high-school graduate is one of the fundamental functions of the HiSET.

So what’s on the HiSET Reading test? To begin with, you will be expected to read a selection of short passages. These passages can be drawn from a variety of sources, including memoirs, essays, “biographical sketches”, editorials, or even poetry. Each of these selections is between 400 and 600 words long.

Following each selection, there will be a series of questions — roughly between five and ten — asking you to parse and analyze the article. For example, after an editorial selection, one of the questions might ask you what the article’s writer is persuading you to think, and another question might be what points of evidence they’re offering up in support of their conclusion.

There will be 40 questions in this section — all multiple-choice — and you’ll have 65 minutes to do it in.


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