High School Equivalency Tests

For the first time in the 75 years of testing, test-takers 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.(www.tn.gov/labor-wfd/AE/index.shtml).

Columbia State Community College Testing Services is an approved and certified Testing Center for High School Equivalency Tests. Columbia State Community College offers both assessments.  The GED® test is computer-based format only.  The HiSET® is available in both computer and paper-based format.

Eligibility Requirements for the State of Tennessee:
  • You must be at least 18 years of age without a high school diploma or high school equivalency certificate.
  • Identification: You must present identification on test day. A valid driver’s license, passport, military ID, or other form of government issued (national or foreign) identification that shows name, address, date of birth, signature and photo are acceptable forms of identification. Outdated or expired identification will not be accepted.
  • Practice Test: Tennessee requires all test takers to complete a Practice Test. You will be required to show proof prior or on your test date.

Pearson Vue GED

Pre-registration is required for the GED® test(s). Test-takers must register online at www.GEDcomputer.com or by calling 1-877-EXAM-GED (1-877-392-6433). Test-takers must create a GED® account online. 


Pre-registration is required for the HiSET® test(s). Test-takers must register online at www.HiSET.org or by calling 1-855-MyHiSET (1-855-694-4738). Test-takers must create a HiSET® account online.


Pearson Vue GED®

The cost is $120.00. Payment must be submitted with a debit or credit care online through your GED® account. 


The total cost is $75.00 ($50.00 is paid online through your HiSET® account and the $25.00 is paid to the Test Center as an administration fee before or on test date.)

HiSET Test Dates:

    • Thursday, September 8, Columbia Campus (computer-based)
    • Friday, September 9, Lawrence County Campus (paper-based)
    • Thursday, September 22, Williamson Campus (paper-based)
    • Friday, September 23, Lewisburg Campus (paper-based)
    • Thursday, October 13, Columbia Campus (computer-based)
    • Friday, October 14, Lawrence County Campus (paper-based)
    • Thursday, October 20, Williamson Campus (paper-based)
    • Friday, October 21, Lewisburg Campus (paper-based)
    • Thursday, November 3, Columbia Campus (computer-based)
    • Friday, November 4, Lawrence County Campus (paper-based)
    • Thursday, November 17, Williamson Campus (paper-based)
    • Friday, November 18, Lewisburg Campus (paper-based)
    • Thursday, December 1, Columbia Campus (computer-based)
    • Friday, December 9, Lewisburg Campus (paper-based)
    • Thursday, December 15, Williamson Campus (paper-based)

    *You can schedule your HiSET test online through your HiSET account or by calling ETS Customer Service at 1-855-694-4738. NOTE: You must contact ETS Customer Service to schedule your appointment if you: (a) have a disability or health-related need and require testing accommodations or, (b) are paying for your exam with a voucher.

    Passing Test Scores (link to Crosswalk):

    Test Score are not mailed to you from the Testing Center.  Test-takers can view score reports from their personal GED® or HiSET® accounts.  Complete scores are viewable seven to ten business days after the test date.

    GED® Passing Score:           No score lower than 150
    HiSET® Passing Score:        No score lower than 8

    Test Score are not mailed to you from the Testing Center.  Test-takers can view score reports from their personal GED® or HiSET® accounts.  Complete scores are viewable seven to ten business days after the test date.

    Request for Transcript:

    You may request a copy of your official transcript by registering at www.DiplomaSender.com. To learn more, click here: GED/HiSET Transcript Request. 

    Links for More Information:
    (all preparation links on both the GED® and HiSET® websites)



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