Paraquad provides one-on-one tutoring to adults 18 and older who are studying to take the High School Equivalency Test (HiSET) exam to earn their high school equivalency credential.

Eligibility Requirements

To be eligible for HiSET tutoring, a student must meet all three requirements.

  1. Be 18 years old or older.
  2. Have signed documentation indicating any of the following diagnosis:
    • Autism
    • Epilepsy
    • Cerebral Palsy
    • Intellectual Disability (previously known as mental retardation)
      • If the diagnosis is anything other than the four listed above, documentation must show substantial functional limitations in two or more major life areas:
        • Capacity for Independence
        • Receptive and Expressive Language
        • Learning
        • Self-Direction
        • Self-Care
        • Mobility
  3. The disability must appear before the student is 22 years old and require individually planned and coordinated services throughout life or for an extended period.

Tutoring Service

Tutors assist students who are studying to take the HiSET exam. Tutoring is done using online HiSET training courses. A teacher from an adult education center will provide oversight and guidance throughout the learning process.  The tutor will supply a computer and supplementary teaching materials during the tutoring sessions.


Students are responsible for taking regular tests at their test site without their tutor.  Tests can be scheduled as often as every 90 days at some sites.  Online practice tests can be completed during study sessions with the tutor present.

Costs and Fees

All students must register for the HiSET exam and must pay for all tests and any other fees required to obtain the HiSET credential.


The student and tutor meet at a public-access location like Paraquad, a library, college, adult education center, etc. Testing sites are in the city of St. Louis and St. Louis County.


Transportation is not provided and is the responsibility of the student.