High School Equivalency Materials

The High School Equivalency (HSE) test is a set of exams designed to assess individuals’ knowledge and skills equivalent to those of a high school graduate. Our HSE preparation program offers targeted instruction and practice materials to help individuals succeed on test day. By analyzing performance data, we customize lesson plans to address specific areas of improvement, ensuring that candidates are well-prepared to achieve their HSE credential and pursue further education or career opportunities.

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Cambridge’s Victory print materials contain up to 60 hours of content and lessons that teach the tested topics systematically, helping students to refresh the skills they need and learn key strategies to boost scores. For each tested subject, students review skills measured on all three high school equivalency tests. Then they drill down with test mechanics specific to each exam, with examples written in the style of each test and strategies to help students do well on test day. Instructors teach through the tested concepts using short lessons and examples while practice exercises are designed to help verify understanding. The print teacher’s guide also includes additional notes and explanations for the teacher.

Cambridge’s eCelePrep for the GED® Test is a comprehensive online course that provides up to 30 hours of rigorous curricula in an interactive and self-guided format. This course is available on all devices, including computers, tablets, and smartphones so students have access wherever the internet is available. eCelePrep contains lessons and exercises that teach all the tested skills, plus help students master the mechanics of the test. Student progress is tracked, and all exercises are graded. Although no teacher involvement is necessary, teachers can track student progress, time on task, individual results, and scoring.

Cambridge’s eCelePrep for the HiSET® Test is a comprehensive online course that provides up to 30 hours of rigorous curricula in an interactive and self-guided format. This course is available on all devices, including computers, tablets, and smartphones so students have access wherever the internet is available. eCelePrep contains lessons and exercises that teach all the tested skills, plus help students master the mechanics of the test. Student progress is tracked and all exercises are graded. Although no teacher involvement is necessary, teachers can track student progress, time on task, individual results, and scoring.

Cambridge’s eCelePrep for the TASC Test is a comprehensive online course that provides up to 30 hours of rigorous curricula in an interactive and self-guided format. This course is available on all devices, including computers, tablets, and smartphones so students have access wherever the internet is available. eCelePrep contains lessons and exercises that teach all the tested skills, plus help students master the mechanics of the test. Student progress is tracked and all exercises are graded. Although no teacher involvement is necessary, teachers can track student progress, time on task, individual results, and scoring.

Teacher Professional Development

Cambridge’s Test DeMystifier Professional Development gives teachers a thorough understanding TSI, ACT or PSAT/SAT test (additional Test DeMystifiers are also available). Teachers learn about test mechanics including the test structure and format; timing of each subject test – Reading, Writing and Language, English, Math, and Science; tested content and skills within each subject and in what proportion; and analysis of the new Essay, including the passage, prompt, and expectations. With practice problems in Reading, Writing and Language, English, Math, and Science teachers learn high-value test-taking strategies for items most frequently encountered on the test; how different forms of “data” are integrated throughout the tests; how to address student-produced response questions, and about evidence-based questions. Teachers also gain insight into the scoring of the tests and the aligned scale scores for any suite of exams (PSAT 8/9, PSAT 10, PSAT/NMSQT, and SAT).

Cambridge’s Introduction to Testing Readiness provides teachers with a thorough understanding of how to effectively prepare students using any one of Cambridge’s test preparation materials including Victory for the PSAT, SAT or ACT Test, Essential Skills, AccelePrep for the ACT or SAT, TSIA2, or Non-Negotiable Skills texts. Led by a Cambridge Master teacher and customized for your implementation model your teachers will analyze the Cambridge Course Concept Outline, understand the instructional layout and progression of the Cambridge materials, consider different course structures and timings, learn how to target instruction based on ability levels while incorporating building basic skills into your program, review applicable Item Indexes and Crosswalks to Standards, explore the mechanics of the applicable test in terms of test structure, timing, content, frequency and skills for each section of the test (e.g. Writing, Language, Reading, Math, and Science), learn best practices for implementing and differentiating instruction, and gain insight into question types, concepts tested, common distractors, and assigning homework.  This professional development assumes use of Cambridge materials for a skill building or test preparation program.

Teachers will take a dive into their own students’ data to understand how to effectively use the Cambridge data reports (reports may include Student Summary and Item Analysis, Instructor Summary, Error Analysis, Content Distribution, Formative Connection, Lesson Plans, and others) to more effectively address skill gaps and target instruction. Topics include the pre-assessment process and the importance of timely and accurate feedback, linking assessment items to instructional objectives and differentiating among learners to drive score increases across the spectrum of achievement. Teachers will also learn powerful ACT and SAT test-taking strategies to incorporate in the classroom.

Student and Family Workshops

The ScoreCelerator Workshop for the ACT, SAT, or TSIA2 tests offer an intensive review of solid test taking techniques, high-value targets that offer the best return on preparation time, and powerful test-taking strategies. Students will learn how to avoid common errors and use the test structure to maximum advantage.  Topics include:

  • The mechanics of the test:
    • How the test is written and scored
    • How just a few more correct questions can dramatically increase scores – every problem matters,
    • Common distractors
  • A systematic analysis of each section of the test:
    • Mapping of item types
    • Timing and pacing of the test
    • Proportion of problems
  • The need to be a wise test-taker:
    • In-depth strategies
    • How to get the best return on preparation and practice
  • Workshop practice problems are used illustrate test mechanics and strategies

The Student Motivation Workshop encourages students to set high expectations for educational and personal goals, and to start planning for the future now.  Emphasizing the importance of good test scores and conscientious preparation to build a competitive application, students learn the impact education has on career choices and earnings, today’s top jobs and in-demand college degrees, how to maximize opportunities for admission and financial aid, and the importance of solid practice and preparation for the challenges of the ACT® or SAT® test.

The College Is for Me/Family Admissions Workshop (usually presented in the evenings) helps students and parents focus on practical tactics for gaining admission to college. Participants learn the most effective steps families must take in the college transition process. The workshop includes topics such as the correlation between high test scores, GPA and earnings; designing and crafting a winning application; strategies for choosing schools; tips on securing financial aid; the roles of parents; an overview of the design and mechanics of the ACT® or SAT®; and a demonstration of problem-solving strategies.