Math on the HISET®: What You Need to Know
The HISET® test assesses whether you have the knowledge equivalent to a high school graduate. Here are some basic facts about the math portion of the test:

The math on this test corresponds to the math in a typical high school curriculum.

The problems on the test do not require a calculator, although you may request one at the test center. You are not allowed to bring your own calculator.

It is best to be proficient at basic mathematical operations without needing a calculator.

While a formula sheet is provided, the distancerate relationship, quadratic formula, and Pythagorean Theorem are not provided but are needed on the test.

The word problems on the test emphasize applying concepts to realworld situations.
The HISET® test covers concepts from four broad content areas. Note the emphasis on algebraic concepts:
 Numbers and operations on numbers (19%)
 Measurement/geometry (18%)
 Data analysis/probability/statistics (18%)
 Algebraic concepts (45%)
In addition, the problems on the test require you to apply these process skills:
 Understand mathematical concepts and procedures
 Analyze and interpret Information
 Synthesize data and solve problems
Let’s outline the content in each area:
Numbers and Operations
 Properties of numbers: natural, whole, rational and irrational numbers
 Order of operations
 Properties of exponents, including radicals
 Scientific notation
 Ratio and proportion
 Percents
 Estimation and rounding
 Problems involving rates
Measurement and Geometry
 Types and properties of angles
 Right triangles and the Pythagorean Theorem
 Types and properties of polygons
 Symmetry and congruence
 Properties of circles
 Transformations
 Volume and surface area of 3D solids
 Problems involving perimeter, area, and volume
Data Analysis, Probability, and Statistics
 Graphs and tables
 Correlation and linear models
 Probability of single, compound, and independent events
 Measures of central tendency
 Normal distribution and standard deviation
Algebraic Concepts
 Operations with expressions, FOIL
 Factoring expressions
 Equations and inequalities
 Quadratic equations
 Systems of equations
 Applications of equations in problemsolving
 Graphical representations of lines, parabolas, and inequalities
 Functions: domain and range
 Sequences: arithmetic and geometric
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