High School Equivalency Testing 

Department of Counseling and Testing Services

Campus:  Blountville
Office:  Testing Services
Room:  C2101, General Studies Building 
Office Hours:  8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., Monday - Friday
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 

Johnson City Testing Center
Address:   101 East Market Street, Johnson City, TN 37601

Kingsport Testing Center
Room:  R135, Blazier-Wilson Hall
Address:   222 W. Main Street, Kingsport, TN 37660 (Parking off Shelby Street)

Northeast State is an approved Testing Center for High School Equivalency Testing. High School Equivalency (HSE) tests are nationally recognized tests approved by states to meet the requirements for their High School Equivalency Diploma. Effective July 1, 2016, the HiSET® is the only test available to students in Tennessee who wish to obtain the State of Tennessee High School Equivalency Diploma.


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.

The purpose of the Adult Education/High School Equivalency (HSE) Diploma program is to deliver educational services to adults who are over the age of 17 (unless granted an exception) lacking a high school diploma and no longer under compulsory attendance to public high school. The program covers an eight (8) county area, where adults are assessed to determine their level of education and provided instruction to improve their skills in math, science, social studies, reading, writing and employability. This instruction is designed to equip the student with the knowledge necessary to receive a High School Equivalency Diploma and enter employment and/or postsecondary education.

For more information, please call Northeast State's Adult Education Program at 844.637.5697 or email adulted@NortheastState.edu.

Computer-Based HiSET Test: Northeast State administers the computer-based HiSET. 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 and Test Center Administration fees, and schedule a test date. 

Paper-Based HiSET Test: Northeast State administers the paper-based HiSET. Please check the paper-based test schedule for this option. Test results for paper-based tests may take up to three weeks. Go online to www.HiSET.ets.org to create an account, learn more about the HiSET test, pay the HiSET and Test Center Administration fees, and schedule a test date. 

Test taker must have a valid federal or state photo ID in order to test. First-time test takers must have the Official Practice Test form.

For more information on testing procedures and locations, email hse@NortheastState.edu.   

Northeast State does not have access to HiSET or GED® transcripts. Students who have earned their High School Equivalency Diploma via the HiSET or GED (prior to July 1, 2016) exams through any Tennessee Adult Education Center can request a copy of their test scores (transcript), diploma, or verification letter online 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.  

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

HiSET® is a registered trademark of Educational Testing Services.