Tennessee’s Department of Labor and Workforce Development has decided that the HiSET exam (developed by ETS – Educational Testing Service) will be the sole option for adults who want to earn their HSE (High School Equivalency) Diploma in Tennessee.
Until April 2016, adults who never finished their regular high school education in Tennessee could choose between the GED® and the HiSET to earn a credential that is across America regarded as the equivalency to a high school diploma.
The state decided in 2014 to offer its residents the HiSET alternative as well. The new GED exam was only available in a computer-based format and had become pretty expensive ($120 for the four tests in total). If you want to learn about free online GED prep courses, check this post.
The HiSET exam is available in both paper-based and computer-based formats is cheaper than the GED exam ($75 vs. $120), and is developed in line with the Common Core Education Standards. The HiSET exam includes five tests in the academic subject fields of Math, Science, Social Studies, Language Reading, and Language Writing.
So now Tennessee applicants can no longer sign up for the GED exam, The HiSET is the only available option. Students who have already taken one or more modules (sub-tests) of the GED exam but not yet completed it, had the chance to complete the remaining subtests of the GED exam until July 2016.
So effective July 1, 2016, the HiSET exam is the sole available option for adult Tennessee students who want to earn their high school equivalency diploma. Tennessee’s Adult Education Division of the state’s Department of Labor and Workforce Development is now cooperating with the HiSET provider (Educational Testing Service) to come up with a new Adult Education curriculum for Tennessee.
The HiSET exam provides more benefits to students in Tennessee. It is more convenient for adult learners, costs $75 while the GED exam costs $120, and the HiSET provides the option to take the exam on a computer or as a paper-based test. Just like the GED offers the HiSET exam the chance to earn the Tennessee High School Equivalency Diploma. This is a credential that is all over America recognized and accepted in the same way a regular high school diploma is accepted.
You will have better job options, be eligible for job advancement, and the diploma allows for continued education at institutions of higher learning. It is generally known that people who hold a secondary degree (H.S. or HiSET/ GED test diploma) will make around $10,000 more per year compared to adults without the degree.
It doesn’t matter whether you want to attend college or pursue a better career, earning your HSE (high school equivalency) credential is more crucial than ever before as there will be hardly any position out there that does not require a secondary education degree. The HiSET presents an affordable alternative option to the GED exam and gives you a great chance to be successful on test day.
The ETS website offers also free, 30–45-minute long HiSET practice tests, and the sub-tests are more or less half the duration and length of the real HSE test and come with answer keys and study advice. The questions are comparable to the ones on the actual test so you have the chance to discover at what level your knowledge and skills are, and which subject areas need your most preparation attention.