The HiSET® Language Arts, Writing Test is divided into two sections, but the scores are combined so you will receive a single score for both sections. The first part of the Writing test is 75 minutes long and includes 50 multiple-choice questions from the areas of Organization, Sentence structure, Usage, and Mechanics.
In Part I of the test you are expected to make revision choices concerning organization, diction and clarity, sentence structure, usage, and mechanics.
The HiSET Writing subtest questions are embedded in complete texts in the form of letters, essays, newspaper articles, personal accounts and reports. The texts are presented as drafts in which parts have been underlined to indicate a possible need for revision. You are given alternatives that may correct or improve the underlined portions. Aspects of written language that are measured may include appropriate style, logical transitions, discourse structure and organization, conciseness and clarity, or usage and mechanics.
The second part of the HiSET® writing test consists of writing an essay about a familiar subject. You will have 45 minutes to plan, write, and revise your essay. The essay topic will require you to present your opinion or explain your views about the assigned topic. Two trained readers will score your essay on the basis of the following features:
- Focused main points
- Clear organization
- Specific development of ideas
- Sentence structure control, punctuation, grammar, word choice, and spelling
Each reader will score your essay on a four-point scale and the scores will be averaHiSET to find your final score. If you earn a final score of less than two on the essay, you must retake Language Arts, Writing, Part I and Part II.
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