GED (HiSET) in Tennessee

The state of Tennessee had embraced the new computer-based GED® exam, but now only offers the HiSET to measure the level of High School Equivalency of its residents.

All over Tennessee, you can find many facilities that provide HiSET preparation classes to get you all set to sit for the HiSET exam successfully.

Only the HiSET

The TDLWD (Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development) decided that from April 1, 2016, the HiSET (by Educational Testing Service) is the only high school equivalency exam to be used in the state. All Tennessee Technology Centers are vocational/technical schools offer HiSET prep classes. Read more here.

No online testing

The HiSET, just like the GED, needs to be taken at a state-designated testing site. There is NO online testing possibility and please don’t get fooled by websites that tell something else. If you acquire some HSE “diploma” over the internet, you can be sure that it will not be accepted by employers and schools.

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GED (HiSET) prep classes in and around (select your nearest city):

Johnson City

The HiSET (formerly GED) diploma will improve employment options and clear the way into colleges and universities. Often you must take a pre-test to discover your weak and strong points; this way you learn which areas need your most attention. The HiSET exam contains five tests on the subject fields of Language Writing, Language Reading, Mathematics, Social Studies, and Science. The HiSET provides more benefits to students as the cost is lower than the GED tests ($75, instead of $120 for the GED), and the HiSET can be taken computer-based or in a paper-based format.

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GED (HiSET) requirements in Tennessee

  • Minimum age is 18 years old. When you 16 or 17, there are more restrictions. See a HiSET testing site near you
  • Fee: $75
  • In Tennessee, you MUST take the official HiSET practice test
  • There is NO residency requirement
  • You never finished high school, nor are you attending another school

When you are ready to go the HiSET track, get in touch with the nearest HiSET center and become aware of all requirements and procedures. The HiSET diploma is equivalent to a standard high school diploma and is accepted by employers, government institutions and universities all across the U.S.

GED (HiSET) testing sites in Tennessee

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Athens City Ad. Education – 199 Clark St, Athens, TN 37303, Ph 423-745-5111
NE  State Tech College – 2425 Hwy 75, Blountville, TN 37617, Ph 423-323-0211
State Tech College – 4501 Amnicola Hwy, Chattanooga, TN 37406, Ph 423-697-3365 DISCONTINUED
Northside Neighborhood House – 211 Minor St, Chattanooga, TN 37405, Ph 423-267-2217
State Comm. College – 3535 Adkisson Dr, Cleveland, Tennessee 37312, Ph 423-473-2372
Tennessee Tech Ctr – 600 Hwy 51 S, Covington, TN 38019, Ph 901-475-2526
Tennessee Tech Ctr – 910 Miller Ave, Crossville, TN 38555, Ph 931-484-7502
Tennessee Tech Ctr – 3070 Hwy 64 W, Crump, TN 38327, Ph 901-632-3393
Tennessee Tech Ctr – 740 Hwy 46, Dickson, TN 37055, Ph 615-441-6220
State Comm. College – 1510 Lake Rd, Dyersburg, TN 38024, Ph 731-286-3355
Tennessee Coll. of Applied Technology – 426 Hwy 91, Elizabethton, TN 37643, Ph 423-547-2590
Volunteer State Comm. College – 1480 Nashville Pike, Gallatin, TN 37066, Ph 615-230-3484
Tusculum College – 60 Shiloh Rd, Greeneville, TN 37743, Ph 423-636-7374
Roane State Comm. College – 276 Patton Ln, Harriman, TN 37748, Ph 865-882-4678
Tennessee Tech Ctr – 813 W Main St, Hohenwald, TN 38462, Ph 931-628-2789
Tennessee Tech Ctr – 265 Elkins Rd, Jacksboro, TN 37757, Ph 423-566-9629
State Comm. College – 2046 N Pkwy, Jackson, TN 38301, Ph 731-425-2604
Tennessee Tech Ctr – 2468 Technology Center Dr, Jackson, TN 38301, Ph 731-424-0691
Alvin C. York Inst. – 701 N Main St, Jamestown, TN 38556, Ph 931-879-8101
Knox Co. Schools – 912 S Gay St, Knoxville, TN 37902, Ph 865-594-5060
Pellissippi State Tech Coll. – 10915 Hardin Valley Rd, Knoxville, TN 37932, Ph 865-694-6752
Columbia State Comm College – 1620 Springer Rd, Lawrenceburg, TN 38464, Ph 931-540-2821
Tennessee Tech Ctr – 740 High Tech Dr, Livingston, TN 38570, Ph 931-823-5525
Motlow State Comm College – PO Box 8500, Lynchburg, TN 37352, Ph 931-393-1763
The University of Tennessee – 552 University St, Martin, TN 38238, Ph 731-881-7719
Tennessee Tech Ctr – 241 Vo-Tech Dr, McMinnville, TN 37110, Ph 931-473-5587
Memphis City Schools – 2597 Avery Ave, Memphis, TN 38112, Ph 901-416-2433
Southwest Tennessee Comm. College – 5983 Macon Cv, Memphis, TN 38134, Ph 901-333-4707
Shelby Co. Div. of Corrections – 1045 Mullins Station Rd, Memphis, TN 38134, Ph 901-377-4536
Walters State Comm. College – 500 S Davy Crockett Pkwy, Morristown, TN 37813, Ph 423-585-6806
Tennessee Tech Ctr – 1303 Old Fort Pkwy, Murfreesboro, TN 37129, Ph 615-898-8010
Nashville Dep. of Children’s Services – Cordell Hull Bldg, Nashville, TN 37243, Ph 615-741-9214
Davidson Co. Sheriff’s Office – 506 2nd Ave N, Nashville, TN 37201, Ph 615-862-8170
Tennessee Dept. of Corrections – 320 6th Ave N, Nashville, TN 37243, Ph 615-741-1000
Tennessee State University – 3500 John A. Merritt Blvd, Nashville, TN 37209, Ph 615-963-7111
Tennessee Tech Ctr – 100 White Bridge Rd, Nashville, TN 37209, Ph 615-425-5525
Tennessee Tech Ctr – 1233 E. College St, Pulaski, TN 38478, Ph 931-424-4014
Tennessee Tech Ctr- 127 Industrial Dr, Ripley, TN 38063, Ph 731-635-3369
Tennessee Tech Ctr – 1685 Hwy 64, Whiteville, TN 38075, Ph 731-254-8521

Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development, 500 James Robertson Parkway, Nashville, TN 37245

Questions? Call Tennessee’s state office at: 615-741-7055

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GED (HiSET) preparation

Get in touch with a HiSET prep facility near you and see if you qualify for the high school equivalency program. Not everybody qualifies: you cannot have a high school diploma or be engaged in a school program. Become totally aware of requirements and regulations, and get optimally prepared. Community libraries and bookstores can supply a lot of study material and you can find some online programs as well. But probably the best preparation is offered at numerous locations where HiSET prep classes are available, mostly totally free of charge (see the above listing of major city areas).

Find a good testing strategy for the HiSET. The exam comes with five tests of predominantly multiple choice questions (only the writing section not). Discover strategies that will help you in giving the right answers. By training this way you will become confident and your scores will improve. Use also this website’s totally free HiSET online video lessons.

HiSET passing score

To pass the HiSET exam, you need to reach a score of at least 8 (out of a possible 20) on each of the five sub-test (Math, Language Writing, Language Reading, Social Studies, and Science). On the essay part, you need to score at least 2 out of 6, and your total score (across all five sub-tests) must not be lower than 45 points (out of a possible 100).

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GED – what is new

In January 2014, Tennessee introduced the new GED exam but decided to offer an alternative, the HiSET exam, as well to its residents. The GED’s price had nearly doubled, and applicants who had not finished each part of the former GED version had to start over again. The new GED exam was no longer a paper-based test.

As the GED test became only available on a computer and the price had gone up drastically to $120, Tennessee has decided that from July 2016 on, only the HiSET is used for high school equivalency testing. The new GED test includes 4 subject areas: Literacy, Social Studies, Science, and Math. The HiSET exam has five tests as the literacy part is split up in a writing and a reading test.

HiSET preparation classes are offered at facilities in key Tennessee regions that are listed on this page. GED test and HiSET contents are quite similar so you are welcome to use this website’s free prep video program to get all set for the HiSET exam.