High School Equivalency Tests 

HiSET® and GED®

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 new 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 in Morristown offers the new GED® computer-based test. Information about the new GED® is available at www.GED.com.  


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.  

Adult Education Prep Centers 

Kingsport/Sullivan Co. 222 West Main Street, Kingsport, TN 37660 423.378.4301
Johnson City 603 Bert Street, Johnson City, TN 37601 423.434.0206
Carter County 386 Tennessee 91, Elizabethton TN 37643 423.547.8356
Hawkins County 222 North Depot Street, Rogersville, TN 37857 423.272.8345
Johnson County 211 North Church Street, Mountain City, TN 37683 423.727.2654
Bristol, VA 701 Goode Street, Bristol, VA 24201 276.645.8790

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 HWY 75, Blountville, Tennessee.  Go to the Welcome Center to obtain a Visitor's Pass to place in your car while on campus.  The HiSET test will be given in room C2106, in the General Studies Building.  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 from signed by one of the local Adult Education Prep Centers.   

For more information, call 423.354.2587 or email hse@NortheastState.edu.  


GED and HiSET transcripts and diplomas may only be obtained by going to www.DiplomaSender.com
(Northeast State does not have access to any GED or HiSET transcripts.)  
Diploma Sender is available 24/7 online or call 855-313-5700 Monday - Friday 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. 



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