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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 the High School Equivalency Test (HiSET®). 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.

Find a Classroom Near You

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.