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Montana Information

1. HiSET Blast

Update:  6/29/15

Check out most current HiSET information below!!!

·       Online Interactive Practice Tests

·       CBAL Quick Math Practice

·       Individual Score Reports:  Changes coming!

HiSET® Program eUpdate | June 2015

Online Interactive Practice Tests for the HiSET® Exam

Coming June 30, 2015

Experience what it is like to take the computer-delivered HiSET® exam by taking these free, 30–45-minute interactive practice tests. The questions on these practice tests are the same as on the HiSET Free Practice Test 2 (FPT2), but are provided in an interactive practice test format.

When you take the interactive practice tests, you receive immediate feedback on your responses, an estimate of your level of readiness to take the real test and an estimate of your HiSET scaled score on this test. You can then review the questions together with explanations for the correct answers.

CBAL™ Quick Math Practice

Coming June 30, 2015

The CBAL™ Quick Math Practice system was developed as part of the Cognitively Based Assessment of, for, and as Learning (CBAL™) Initiative at ETS.

With the CBAL Quick Math Practice, you can improve your mathematics skills by practicing with short exercises that focus on core mathematical concepts and procedures. Although the exercises in Quick Math Practice are not the same as the questions you will see on the HiSET mathematics subtest, they can complement your preparation for it. Additionally, the Quick Math Practice system is delivered in a computer-adaptive format, while the computer-delivered practice tests are not adaptive.

Individual Score Reports

HiSET will be changing the detail on our individual score report to reflect percentages rather than the number of items correct, as of June 30. Due to item variations across forms and the equating process, we want to eliminate any confusion as the number of items correct needed to pass will vary by form. This change will still assist candidates in identifying areas of improvement.


As a result of the HiSET portal updates scheduled for tomorrow, the individual score report design changes will be slightly delayed as the changes are dependent on some of the system enhancements. You can expect to see the changes for individuals testing the week of July 6th.  Please note that this delay will have no impact to score reporting time frames.  It’s simply a delay in the template used for reporting.

I’ve attached a sample of the new template for your reference.

Adriana Wells

Product Manager - Lead

Free Practice Test 1 (FPT1) and Paid Practice Test 1 (PPT1)

The free and paid practice tests that were released in 2013 were updated in April to include algebraic concept items that are similar to those on the live operational 2015 test. Please refer to the HiSET Practice Test Quick Reference Guide (PDF) which outlines all the practice test resources that are currently available.

HiSET Portal Enhancements

We will be making the latest round of enhancements to the HiSET Portal overnight on June 30, into the early morning of July 1. During this time, the portal will be unavailable for scheduling and registration.

New enhancements will include:

  • the ability to register with Canadian addresses
  • the ability to schedule and pay for exams using vouchers in the TCA Model

Test Center Reminders

Please avoid creating duplicate profiles for test takers as it can create delays in the processing of scores. The HiSET portal will automatically check for duplicate records as you create profiles and should be overridden only in the event you are certain the test taker does not already have an existing profile. If you have any questions, please contact Test Administration Services (TAS) for assistance.

Please also contact TAS for any general questions regarding ordering test materials, account information and test site scheduling:


Official Practice Test 2

The Official Practice Test 2 (OPT2) replacement orders have all been shipped. If you received an Official Practice Test 1 (OPT1) and have not received an OPT2, please email Lindsey Hamilton.

HiSET Success Stories

Does your state or jurisdiction have a HiSET success story you want to share with us and others? If so, we want to hear it. Email Bill Kopco with details and include "HiSET Success Story" in your subject line.

For more information about the HiSET program, contact us.

Phone toll-free:


Montana HSE Update: June 2015­­­

Update:  6/29/15

Webex demo for our new free CBT practice tests and CBAL™ Quick Math practice tool

·       HiSET CBT Practice Test & CBAL Quick Math Demo

Click here to PLAY RECORDING (15 min)

Corrections Webinar:  New Scheduling Options

·       Click here to PLAY RECORDING (5 min)

Check out Montana’s Post-Standard Passing Rate:

·       2014 Annual Statistical Report on HiSET Exam


HiSET Test Administration Update:

·        Test Administrator:  Directions for Administering HiSET Paper-based Exam

·        Test Taker:  Directions for Administering 2015 HiSET Paper-based Exams

·        Test Taker: Spanish Instructions for Administering 2015 HiSET Paper-based Exams


Estimate how well prepared you are for the HiSET exam:

HiSET Preparation Materials 2015

Montana HiSET Resources

Check out the shared resources on the HiSET Resource page at

HiSET Success:  Montana

Do you have a HiSET success story you want to share with us and others? If so, we want to hear it. Email Margaret Bowles with details. Include "HiSET Success Story" in your subject line.

2. Montana and National News Information

Click here  to access a site that will take you to the most current information without your having to search.  More resources posted on 6/29/15.

3. Instruction

Check out #7, #9, #10, and #11.

4. Montana Moving Pathways Forward Resources

Click here to access all MPF Resources.

5. WIOA Update

6/29/15:   Montana WIOA Kickoff

                  August 18 – 20

                  Gateway Center, Helena


WIOA Montana Updates:

Click here  to access the following:

Montana WIOA:  Chunking Pertinent Information for Montana.

National Information

6. Career Pathways:  Lessons Learned from Accelerating Opportunity

Taken from Career Pathways Exchange 

Lessons Learned from Accelerating Opportunity

Jobs for the Future, 2015

The Accelerating Opportunity initiative is helping some of our nation's lowest-skilled adults earn college credentials and enter higher-wage jobs faster by combining the adult basic education and career and technical training they need into one integrated curriculum. Based on four years of designing and managing Accelerating Opportunity, Jobs for the Future and its partners have uncovered critical lessons for replicating and scaling this promising initiative for adult learners. This issue brief highlights lessons learned that address specific aspects of the Accelerating Opportunity model and their successful implementation. 

7. ESL:  U.S. Citizenship & Teacher Competencies Discussion

Taken from LINCS Adult English Language Learners

Discussion at

Snippet #1

Paul Kim of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) Office of Citizenship stated: 

… we are currently developing a set of teacher competencies for adult citizenship education. We will let you know when they are ready, and you will be able to find them on the USCIS Citizenship Resource Center.

Snippet #2

I would say that context is important here, however, as in teaching students who hope to become US citizens, we are serving students whose primary motivation in taking the class is passing a test (the entire process could be considered a test, encapsulating more than just the 100 questions, English tests, and N-400, as mentioned above). Therefore, competencies can help teachers make the most of their time and ensure they are preparing students well for the arduous process/test they are undertaking. I wouldn't say they should replace using outside materials and tailoring some lessons to students' interests, but because the primary objective for citizenship students is immediate and measurable (and there is often urgency in preparing for an upcoming interview date), competencies should help teachers and students maximize their time and feel confident in achieving their goals.

Gaelin Monkman-Kotz

Snippet #3

… Since I began teaching last year, I do feel that my presence as a native English speaker (who does not speak a word of Vietnamese) and an experienced ESL teacher has "immersed" students in the language much more so than previous classes they may have attended that were taught mainly in their L1. They have been required, in my class, to ask for repetitions/clarification in English, and I have noticed an improvement in their pronunciation skills as well. Additionally, we do supplemental reading exercises covering the topics in that week's focus questions, which I believe has helped to consolidate and build a foundation for their knowledge …

Dana Lam

Snippet #4

… Regarding the English language skills needed for the interview and test, I would refer to the scoring guidelines. USCIS Officers are required to repeat and rephrase questions until the Officer is satisfied that the applicant either fully understands or not.

Paul Kim

8. Instruction:  Differentiated Instruction and Lesson Planning – Coming soon!

Taken from LINCS Math and Numeracy 

The LINCS Learning Portal houses self-paced, freely accessible online courses developed by U.S. Department of Education, Office of Career, Technical, and Adult Education-funded initiatives. The LINCS project will be releasing an online course entitled Differentiated Instruction and Lesson Planning this summer. An announcement will be made when the course is live on the Learning Portal. Please disregard this post until the course is live.

9. Math:  Business Math

Taken from LINCS Math and Numeracy

Question:  I have a student who would like to own a business some day.  For now, she needs to improve her basic math skills.  She is better at applied math than at computational math.  I would like to review basic math skills using a business math text, that way it will be more meaningful for the student.  Topics such as inventory, interest, payroll, in addition to the basic math is what I was thinking.

Answer:  I would recommend starting with an accounting unit and balancing spreadsheet.  This provides practice in basic operations.  I would then shift to payroll with gross pay and net pay calculations.  I have gotten some good worksheets from the following sites:

10. Reading Webinar from May 29 Now Archived:  Take a look at the PowerPoint!

Taken from LINCS Notice

If you did not get a chance to participate in the webinar, check out the PowerPoint for curriculum information beginning on Frame 22.  This gives a good framework for the progression of skills needed for reading.

Here are just a few snippets from the PowerPoint.


·        Do you know what Peeling Off is?  Check Frame 27.

·        Using the Three Decoding Strategies – Frame 29.

Metacognition – Frame 34

·        Self-talk and self-regulated learning

·        Conscious awareness of strategy use

·        Learner understands strategies, can name

·        and describe them, knows when to use them

·        Select, Apply, Monitor, and Evaluate

·        Multi-strategic, flexible, and persistent

·        Attributes success to strategy use

Workplace Words – Frame 35

Comprehension:  Adult PACES Comprehension Program – Frame 37

·        Predicting the Author’s Purpose

·        Acquiring Vocabulary using Context Clues

·        Clarifying Common Sources of Confusion

·        Evaluating and Elaborating through Questioning

·        Summarizing Important Information

And much, much more!

To view the Center for the Study of Adult Literacy webinar, go to:

If you only want to see the slides, go to: _Webinar.pdf

To view the AutoTutor video that was presented during the webinar, go to:

11. Technology:  How-to Websites for Adult Learners

Taken from LINCS Technology and Learning 

The web now has an overwhelming number of "How-to" video websites. Some are useful for adult learners. For example, the (young) Google staff put together a good collection of free short videos called Teach Parents Technology that I have recommended to adult education teachers for many years.

There is also the Google Tips website Another favorite is Wiki How, not videos, but short articles on how to do an amazing array of things

David Rosen

12. Technology:  New Models for Distance Classes in Adult Education

Taken from LINCS Technology and Learning 

New Models for Distance Classes in Adult Education, by Jerome (Jere) Johnston, Sheryl Hart, Destiny Long and Jenifer Vanek, is a new professional development resource for adult educators from Project IDEAL (Improving Distance Education for Adult Learners).

From the introduction:

In recent years there has been a growing recognition that ABE students who want to be college and career ready need many more skills than those required to pass the GED....Some distance teachers have responded by adjusting their assignments, reducing the time students spend on the core curriculum product and adding assignments designed to build college and career readiness skills in their students. An approach that uses a variety of technologies actually helps with language and content learning needs by creating more constructivist learning experiences – rather than the behavioral models evident in the proprietary curricula. This guide describes the classes of a number of these teachers with the hope that they can inspire others to examine their distance teaching practices and offer a richer experience for their students.

This resource is divided into two parts. The first consists of a collection of short vignettes describing the "classes" of a number of these teachers. In most of the vignettes teachers have used one or more electronic tools to enable them to offer the richer experience. The second part of the guide describes the tools in a bit more detail, providing an easy way for teachers to learn about the tools that they might use in their own classes.

The vignettes include:

1.  Creating  an  ESL  Classroom  Online 

2.  Developing  Independent  Learning  Skills  in a  GED  Prep  Class 

3.  Preparing  for  College:  Mindquest  Academy 

4.  Independent  Learning  Skills  For  ESL  Students

5.  Broadening  the  Academic  Horizon  for  GED  Students

6.  Expanding  the  Writing  Curriculum  Beyond  GED  Prep

7.  Technology-­‐Rich  Writing  Instruction  for  ESL  Students 

8.  Vocational  Education  in  an  ESL  Class 

This is a useful resource for teachers, program managers and professional developers who want to see how teachers are using online learning, and it reflects in authentic examples from the field how distance learning has broadened, and is now often found as blended/hybrid/integrated face-to-face and online learning.

David Rosen

13. WIOA Webinar on July 1:  Partnerships in Action

Taken from LINCS Career Pathways

Webinar: WIOA Act Now Series: Partnerships in Action

Register here:

The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) creates new opportunities for partnerships that are especially critical across WIOA core programs. A number of state and local teams from Adult, Dislocated Worker, Youth, Wagner-Peyser Employment Service, Adult Education and Vocational Rehabilitation, and other partners such as Temporary Assistance for Needy Families are already aligning their resources in innovative ways to improve services to their shared customers. Learn how to make the case to your partners and how to make it work once you do.

Joe Barela, Senior Advisor, Employment and Training Administration, Department of Labor

Amanda Ahlstrand, Administrator, Office of Workforce Investment, Department of Labor

Mary Lovely, Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services, Department of Education

Howard Miller, Chief of the Office of Customized & Literacy Training, New Jersey Department of Labor & Workforce Development

Margaret Prater, Executive Director Northwest Tennessee Workforce Board

Marla Rye, Executive Director Northern Middle Tennessee Workforce Board

Location: Online webinar

Date: Wednesday, July 1, 2015 - 12:00pm to 1:15pm

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Norene Peterson

Adult Education Center

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