Math on the HISET®: What You Need to Know

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 distance-rate 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 real-world 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 problem-solving
  • Graphical representations of lines, parabolas, and inequalities
  • Functions: domain and range
  • Sequences: arithmetic and geometric

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