High School Equivalency

Learn how you can earn your High School Equivalency (HSE) in Tennessee



A new job or promotion can be yours by earning your High School Equivalency Diploma. Students can get a high school diploma by taking either the High School Equivalency Test (HiSET®) or the General Education Development (GED®) test. Tennessee offers free Adult education classes and testing in every county of the state.

Eligible Populations

Those eligible for Adult Education services are individuals who:

  1. Are at least 17 years of age (16 if emancipated)
  2. Are not enrolled or required to be enrolled in secondary school under state law
  3. Lack sufficient mastery of basic educational skills to enable the individuals to function effectively in society 
  4. Do not have a secondary school diploma or its recognized equivalent
  5. Are unable to speak, read, or write the English language.
  Click to find a classroom near you.
East Tennessee Regional District

District 1 | Northeast State Community College
Debi Tabor

Blazer/ Wilson Hall
222 Main Street
Kingsport, TN 37660
(844) 637-5697

Carter, Greene, Hancock, Hawkins, Johnson, Sullivan, Unicoi, Washington

District 2 | TCAT Knoxville 
Pam Stubbs

TCAT Knoxville
1100 Liberty Street
Knoxville, TN 37919
(844) 323-7323

Anderson, Blount, Campbell, Claiborne, Cocke, Grainger, Hamblen, Jefferson, Knox, Loudon, Monroe, Morgan, Scott, Sevier, Roane, Union

Mid-Cumberland Regional District

District 3 | Putnam County Schools 
Lynda Huddleston

286 East Main Street
Algood, TN 38506
(855) 516-0160

Cannon, Clay, Cumberland, Dekalb, Fentress, Jackson, Macon, Overton, Pickett, Putnam, Smith, Van Buren, Warren, White

District 4 | TCAT Athens 
Leslie Travis

200 4th Avenue
Dayton, TN 37321
(844) 688-7944

Bledsoe, Bradley, Grundy, Hamilton, Marion, McMinn, Meigs, Polk, Rhea, Sequatchie

Middle Tennessee Regional District

District 5 | Workforce Essentials 
Christina Drones

523 Madison Street, Suite A
Clarksville, TN 37040
(800) 826-3177

Cheatham, Davidson, Dickson, Houston, Humphreys, Robertson, Stewart, Montgomery, Rutherford, Sumner, Trousdale, Williamson, Wilson

District 6 | South Central Workforce Alliance
Marcey Taylor

5000 Northfield Lane, Suite 124
Spring Hill, TN 37174
(866) 801-4723 (GRAD)

Bedford, Coffee, Franklin, Giles, Hickman, Lawrence, Lewis, Lincoln, Marshall, Maury, Moore, Perry, Wayne

West Tennessee Regional District

District 7 | Henderson County Schools
Stewart Stanfill

Henderson County Schools
293 N. Broad Street
Lexington, TN 38351
(855) 569-1200

Benton, Carroll, Chester, Crockett, Decatur, Dyer, Gibson, Hardeman, Hardin, Haywood, Henry, Henderson, Lake, Madison, McNairy, Obion, Weakley

District 8 | HopeWorks
Jacob Shock

1187 E. Holmes Road
Memphis, TN 38116
(844) 721-8800

Shelby, Fayette, Lauderdale, Tipton


Skill Assessment

To begin, individuals will take the CASAS® assessment to evaluate their reading, math, and language arts abilities. Before taking the test, you will be given a mini workshop on key terms and test-taking tips, so you will know exactly what you expect.

Official Practice Test

The Official Practice Test (OPT) has the same look and feel as the real High School Equivalency Test (HiSET®). The OPT allows the student to obtain firsthand experience answering questions written and developed by the test’s creators. The results of the OPT indicate whether or not an individual is prepared for the HiSET®.

Soft Skills

Employers across Tennessee list soft skills, as well as technical skills, as being important in securing entry-level employment. Local employers rank professionalism/integrity, reliability, communication, and teamwork as key skills needed. Tennessee Adult Education classes incorporate instruction designed to improve your soft skills.