Get your READ on!

Sure, it makes sense that strengthening your reading skills will help with the Reading and Writing sections of your HSE exam, but did you know that reading is the basis for the Social Studies and Science sections as well?

The GED, HiSET, and TASC test makers do not expect you to roll in with tons of facts and figures. They don’t expect you to bank info. on World Wars or memorize the Periodic Table. What they DO want you to show is your ability to read and think critically.

If you are struggling with where to begin your prep, reading is always a great place to start because it supports ALL areas of study. Know that every minute you devote to becoming a strong reader is an investment in obvious AND not so obvious ways.

TIP: Don’t forget that your ability to read and understand test directions is just as important as reading through and understanding the question passages. In our recent coaching session, Test Smart, we discussed this specific skill. It’s an important one, so if you missed the session, just click the link above.

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Under 18 HSE Testing

One of the things unique to Essential Education is the wide range of ages and stages in which our students find themselves on their journey toward obtaining their High School Equivalency credential. Within each of these student groups there are certain things that those studying for the GED, HiSET, or TASC should consider.

One big consideration is underage testing. Most states have some degree of extra requirements or sets of rules placed on testers under the age of 18 (and in some cases 19) years of age. If you (or your child) fall into this category, there are some important things to know before testing.

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One of the many reasons I joined the Student Success Team at Essential Education was the ease and flexibility of the exam prep and job-ready courses offered. Having been in education for over 20 years, I’ve seen a lot of products rise and fall…all promising amazing results in half the time.

While everyone has their own strengths and weaknesses, I’ve watched thousands of students find just what they needed to fill in the gaps and move forward in life. It’s both rewarding and inspiring!

But don’t take my word for it. Ask our students! Check out some of the latest reviews. You might see a glimpse of yourself, your experience, and in some cases, your achievements ahead.


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Shaped for the Future

Metal. It can be strong and reliable. It’s used in the construction of buildings, vehicles and precious jewelry. But do you know what happens to metal when it gets hot? It softens. It’s in that softening that amazing things can happen. Heating metal with intent is often referred to as refinement. The heat doesn’t change the chemical make-up of the metal, but it does remove imperfections and trouble spots. It allows the metal to be shaped for a purpose.

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Test Talk: Scheduling the Exam

A frequent question of students studying for their High School Equivalency exam is, “What do I do when I’m ready to test?” Here’s some can’t miss information when it comes to prepping for the big day.

ALL official testing must be done in person at a certified testing center. There’s a lot of misinformation out there that leads many testers to think they can take the exam online to obtain their credential. This is NOT the case! Taking (and passing) the test at a proctored testing center is the only way to earn an official HSE credential.

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