High School Equivalency Tests 

Department of Counseling and Testing Services

Campus:  Blountville
Office:  Testing Services
Room:  C2101, General Studies Building
Address:  2425 Highway 75, P.O. Box 246, Blountville, TN 37617
Phone:  423.354.2587
Fax:  423.323.0240
Email:  testing@NortheastState.edu
Web:   www.NortheastState.edu/HSE

Blountville Testing Center   
Room:  C2106, General Studies Building, Northeast State at Blountville    
Address:  2425 Highway 75, P.O. Box 246, Blountville, TN 37617 

Northeast State is an approved Testing Center for High School Equivalency Testing. Tennessee now accepts two tests: the GED® and the HiSET®. The HiSET is the high school equivalency test for the Tennessee High School Equivalency (HSE) Diploma.


The GED paper-based test was discontinued at Northeast State in December 2013. Walters State Community College's Testing Center in Morristown offers the new GED computer-based test. Information about the new GED is available from the GED Testing Service .


The Tennessee Alternative Diploma Act became effective January 1, 2014, and created the Tennessee High School Equivalency (HSE) Diploma for state residents. Northeast State administers the HiSET examination, both paper- and computer-based versions.

Preparing for the High School Equivalency Test (HiSET): The first step toward pursuing a Tennessee High School Equivalency (HSE) Diploma is to contact an Adult Education Center for information about free preparation classes. Qualified instructors will assist applicants in preparing for the test. An Adult Education Center is located in every county. Northeast State does not offer the prep classes. Applicants must take the Official Practice Test, then the next step is to schedule their HSE test dates at Northeast State by calling 423.354.2587 or emailing hse@NortheastState.edu.  

Bristol, VA
701 Goode Street, Bristol, VA 24201

Carter County
125 Industrial Drive, Elizabethton TN 37643

Greene County
318 Tusculum Boulevard, Greeneville TN 37745

Hawkins County
200 N. Depot Street, Rogersville, TN 37857

Johnson County
2431 S. Shady Street, Mountain City, TN 37683

Sullivan County
222 W. Main Street, Kingsport, TN 37660

Unicoi County/Washington County
603 Bert Street, Johnson City, TN 37601

Computer-Based HiSET Test: Northeast State administers the computer-based HiSET most Thursdays. Score results are immediate with the exception of the essay score. Essay results may take up to two weeks. Go online to www.HiSET.ets.org to create an account, learn more about the HiSET test, pay the HiSET fee and Test Center Administration Fee, and schedule a test date. 

Paper-Based HiSET Test: The paper-based HiSET will be available most Thursdays at Northeast State's main campus in Blountville. Please check the Paper-Based Test schedule for this option. Test results for paper-based tests may take up to two weeks. Go online to www.HiSET.ets.org to create an account, learn more about the HiSET test, pay the HiSET fee and the Test Center Administration Fee, and schedule a test date. 

Northeast State is located at 2425 Highway 75 in Blountville. Please obtain a Visitor's Pass at the Welcome Center as you enter the main gate and place on your car dashboard to avoid receiving a parking ticket. Testing check-in is in Room C2101 of the General Studies Building. The HiSET test is administered in the Testing Center, Room C2106.

Test takers must have an appointment/registration form in order to test and a federal or state valid photo ID in order to test. First-time test takers must have the Official Practice Test form signed by a local Adult Education Prep Center representative.

For more information, email hse@NortheastState.edu.   

Northeast State does not have access to GED or HiSET transcripts. GED and HiSET transcripts and diplomas may only be obtained from Diploma Sender™ at www.DiplomaSender.com. Diploma Sender is available 24/7 online or by calling 855.313.5700, Monday - Friday from 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. CST.  

HiSET® is a registered trademark of Educational Testing Services. GED® is a registered trademark of GED Testing Services LLC. Diploma Sender™ is a trademark of Lilac, LLC.