Acellus High School Equivalency Exam Prep Courses

Passing the HiSET, or an equivalent test, can be a crucial element for career and college readiness. It is essential that students preparing to take any high school equivalency exam have a strong foundation of knowledge in literacy, mathematics, social studies, and science, the four core areas tested by the GED, HiSET, and TASC.

Acellus provides schools with a four course series designed to help prepare students to pass the updated HiSet exam. The Acellus High School Equivalency Exam Prep series covers mathematics, literature and writing, social studies, and science.

Acellus High School Equivalency Exam Prep Courses


This course focuses on reasoning through language arts via an integrated approach, reading carefully, writing about reading material, and the demonstration of good command of English language conventions. Areas covered include the following:

  • Comprehension and summarization of details and ideas
  • Inference of implied ideas
  • Creation of evidence-based generalizations based on textual details
  • Editing for effective support of logic and clarity
  • Paragraph development and organizational skills
  • Editing to ensure proper sentence structure

This course focuses on mathematical reasoning, including precision and fluency in executing and applying core computations, as well as learning to apply quantitative and algebraic reasoning skills within a wide range of academic, real-life, and workplace contexts. Specific areas include the following:

  • Basics of mathematics
  • Fractions, decimals, percents, and probability
  • Basics of Geometry, perimeter, area, surface area, and volume
  • Pre-Algebra
  • Integers, rational numbers, and properties of Algebra
  • Algebra
  • Expressions, order of operations, and sets
  • Absolute value, square roots, squares, and irrationals
  • Equations and their applications
  • Graphing, inequalities, and systems of equations
  • Polynomials and operations with polynomials
  • Rational expressions

This course emphasizes the ability to apply scientific reasoning skills to three areas: Life Science, Physical Science, and Earth and Space Science, with understanding of scientific content pertaining to the themes of health and the human body, and energy. Specific areas covered include the following:

  • Properties and types of matter, and changes in matter
  • Forms of energy – heat, electricity, and waves
  • Forces, motion, work and machines
  • Alternative energy sources
  • Plate tectonics, earthquakes, mountains, and volcanoes
  • Earth in space, comets, asteroids, stars, star systems, and galaxies
  • Ecology
  • Cell structure, function, and transport
  • Cellular energy, cell division, genetics, and evolution

This course places emphasis on applying reasoning skills in social studies to content drawn from four areas: Civics and Government, United States History, Economics, and Geography and the World. This includes textual analysis and understanding, skills in data representation and inference, and solving problems in the context of social studies. Areas covered include the following:

  • The foundations of the United States Government
  • The Constitution
  • Checks and balances
  • The Bill of Rights and Amendments
  • Political participation and parties
  • How elections work, and the influence of mass media
  • Historical foundations and nationalism
  • Reformation, and the Union in Peril
  • The First World War
  • World War II
  • Post-War America and Civil Rights
  • Contemporary Issues: 1945 to the Present
  • Basics of Personal Finance
  • Basics of Geography