The HiSET® Social Studies Test measures your knowledge of government, geography, history, and economics. In a nutshell, social studies are about people, places, and important events. Social Studies is an important subject because it helps us understand who we are and what we stand for as an individual, as a community, and as a country.
The HiSET® Social Studies Test is 70 minutes long and includes 50 multiple-choice questions. The the test includes the areas of History, Geography, Civics and government, and Economics.
The Social Studies subtest measures your ability to analyze and evaluate different types of social studies information. The subtest includes materials from a variety of content areas, including history, political science, psychology, sociology, anthropology, geography and economics. Primary documents, posters, cartoons, timelines, maps, graphs, tables, charts and reading passages may be used to present information.
Many Social Studies Test questions come from documents that we include in the test. For example, you may read a political speech and then be asked questions about specific things written in the speech. We don’t expect you to memorize dozens of political speeches for the test—you’ll be provided the reading material on the test. Then it’s up to you to think critically about the text and answer the questions.