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Testing Service - Exam Information

For the first time in the 75 years of testing, students have a choice between two high school equivalency exams. The Lois DeBerry Tennessee Alternative Diploma Act was passed by the Tennessee General Assembly and approved by the State Board of Education in 2013.

Beginning January 1, 2014, individuals seeking to earn a high school equivalency diploma will have the option of taking the HiSET® (High School Equivalency Test) or GED® (General Educational Development) Exam.

Passing either exam will lead to a state government-issued high school equivalency (HSE) diploma, the exact same credential that has been issued in Tennessee since 1944.

The choice of which test to take is yours, either way, Adult Education personnel will be available to guide you every step of the way on your journey.


HSE Comparison



  • Cost $75.00
  • Cost $120.00 - State will pay $45 of the $120 until June 30,2014.  The discount will be applied when registering via a promo code which is available from the local AE program
  • Computer based or pencil/paper based test.  Can combine computer and paper and pencil tests
  • Computer based test only
  • Online registration or by phone to ETS
  • Online registration only
  • Payment for registration by bank or credit card, check (routing and account number), gift card, voucher.  Please note that cash or money order is not accepted.
  • Payment for registration by credit card or voucher only
  • Same credential that has been issued in Tennessee since 1944
  • Same credential that has been issued in Tennessee since 1944

Additional Information

The Tennessee High School Equivalency (HSE) diploma is based on competence in reading, writing, social studies, science and mathematics. For more information on specific exam preparations, testing centers or local adult education locations to help you please select from the links below.

Related Information

  • Contact Tennessee State Testing Services Office
  • Frequently Asked Questions