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Messick Adult Education Center
703 South Greer
Memphis, TN 38111

Contact: Ray Maclin 901-416-4090
Email: maclinr@scsk12.org
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OFFICIAL HSE PRACTICE TEST SCHEDULE (OPT)
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FACTS ABOUT THE OFFICIAL HSE PRACTICE TESTS
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The Official HSE Practice Test is designed to evaluate readiness to take the full-length HSE Test.
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The Official Practice Test includes half of the number of questions found on the HSE Test.
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Scores on the Official HSE Practice Test are based on the same standard score scale that is used by the HSE Test.
Students enrolled in Adult Education Classes must meet Guidelines #1, 2, 3, 4, and 5 and have TABE scores (Math and Reading) in the Pre-HSE ranges with teacher recommendations.
NUMBER OF QUESTIONS AND TIME LIMITS
The Official HSE Practice Test includes five subjects area tests. The table below shows the number of questions and the recommended time limit for each test.
Language Arts, Writing
Part I - 25 multiple-choice questions on documents/passages provided; 38 minutes
Part II - 1 essay to be written on an assigned topic; 45 minutes
Language Arts, Reading
         20 multiple-choice questions on passages/documents provided; 33 minutes
Social Studies
          25 multiple-choice questions on passages and visuals provided; 35 minutes
Science
        25 multiple-choice questions on passages and visuals provided; 40 minutes
Mathematics (word problems)
Part I - 13 multiple-choice and grid questions (calculator allowed); 23 minutes
Part II - 12 multiple-choice and grid questions (calculator not allowed); 22 minutes

Total Time: Approximately 4 hours and 30 minutes

Recommended Score: Minimum of 410 in each individual subject area and 480 combined battery average

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SKILLS MEASURED ON THE TEST
The Official Practice Test and HSE Test require students to demonstrate critical thinking and problem solving skills. Processing visual information is another important skill assessed on these tests. Approximately 50% of the questions on the Social Studies, Science, and Mathematics Tests include interpreting visual information from text, charts, maps, graphs, pictures, and diagrams.
WHAT TO EXPECT ON WRITING COMPETENCY TESTS

Your writing is judged according to its overall effectiveness. The person reading your essay will read your paper carefully and decide how effective it is based upon its organization, well-focused main points, specific development of your ideas, control of sentence structure, punctuation, grammar, word choice, and spelling. The readers are aware that this is really a first draft and that it may contain errors. Reasons for not scoring well on the essay portion of the Official Practice Test include:

does not write an essay; (writes several sentences or just a paragraph)
does not write on the assigned topic or use the topic to establish a main idea
does not follow directions for completing the essay
does not apply basic rules of grammar and punctuation
fails to organize and/or develop ideas
does not include details and examples when specifically asked to give them
does not write complete sentences
spelling and ineffective or inappropriate word choice
TO IMPROVE YOUR SCORE
Write a five part essay which includes an introductory paragraph, three supporting paragraphs and a conclusion paragraph
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ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS
All Test Candidates must present positive, picture identification in the form of one of the following:
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Valid Tennessee Driver's License (may accept a valid driver's license from an adjoining state)
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Curent state Issued identification card from the Department of Motor Vehicles
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Current U.S. Military identification card
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Other form of current government issued (national or foreign) identification that show name, address, date of birth, signature and photograph.
REQUIRED FORMS FOR 17, 18 and 19 YEAR OLDS
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Superintendent's Recommendation For the HSE Testing Program" required for all 17
and 18 year-olds
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Superintendent's Recommendation For the HSE Testing Program" required for 19 year-olds who attended a high school during the current school year.
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Revised:03/30/14
Shelby County Schools does not discriminate in its programs or employment on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, disability, sex, genetics, or age. For more information, please contact the Office of Equity Compliance at (901) 416-6670.
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