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High School Equivalency Test (HiSET)

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Motlow State Community College offers the HiSET (High School Equivalency Test). The HiSET is available in both computer-and paper-based format. HiSET is accepted by the State of Tennessee in regards to issuing the High School Equivalency diploma, transcripts, or verification.

Eligibility Requirements

In the state of Tennessee, you must meet the following eligibility requirement to take HiSET.

  • You must be at least 18 years of age without a high school diploma or high school equivalency certificate to take the HiSET exam. If you are 17 years old you must have an age waiver signed by the Director of Schools before you can test.
  • Residency: You do not have to be a resident of Tennessee to take the HiSET exam.
  • Practice Test: Tennessee requires all test takers to complete a Practice Test. You will be required to show proof prior to testing.
  • Identification: You must present identification on test day at the HiSET test center. 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 Outdated or expired identification will not be accepted.


Registration is required for the HiSET Test. To schedule an appointment call an ETS representative at 1-855-MyHiSET (1-855-694-4738).


In Tennessee, the total price for the HiSET exam battery is $75 ($50 ETS fee and $25 test center administration fee). The fees will need to be paid online at ETS

Individual Subtests

The fee for individual subtests initially, the total price is $15 per test ($10 ETS fee and $5 test center administration fee). The fees will need to be paid online to ETS.

If you must retake an individual subtest, you will be required to pay a $5 test center administration fee. The fee will need to be paid online to ETS.

If you pay for the test and need to retest on an individual subtest, you must pay the test center's retesting fee. The test center administration fee of $10 for retests will need to be paid online to ETS.

When you purchase all five subtests at one time in a battery, the purchase expires after 12 months. You may pay the test fee with debit, credit, prepaid card, PayPal or electronic check (eCheck).


If you cancel your scheduled appointment and do not want to reschedule, you must do so at least three days prior to your scheduled appointment, not including the day of your appointment and the day of your request. For specific information regarding cancellation, visit the HiSET website at

General Information

Passing the HiSET exam shows that you have attained the academic knowledge and proficiency equivalent to those of a high school graduate. The HiSET exam has also been aligned to the Office of Vocational and Adult Education (OVAE) College and Career Readiness (CCR) Standards for Adult Education that were released in April 2013.

And since the HiSET exam measures essential components of the CCR Standards for Adult Education and the Common Core State Standards (CCSS), it helps identify the areas where you are career and college ready. A score of 15 on each subtest demonstrates college and career readiness.

What is on the test?

Your skills and knowledge are measured in five core areas:

  • Language Arts - Reading
  • Language Arts - Writing
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Social Studies

Official Test Scores

When you complete a computer-delivered test, immediate, unofficial scores are displayed for all multiple-choice sections. On average, official test scores for both computer and paper delivered tests are posted within:

  • 3-5 business days for multiple-choice sections
  • 6-10 business days for the essay section

For paper-delivered tests, how long it takes for your scores to be available depends on receipt of your answer sheets at ETS for scoring. If the test center does not send answer sheets to ETS promptly, your scores may be delayed.

Note: The Language Arts - Writing subtest contains both multiple-choice and essay questions. Only a combined score is reported, so scores are available within approximately 6-10 business days.

How Can I Access My Scores?

Your scores are available through your HiSET account. They are not sent in the mail.

If you do not have Internet access or you need help, contact your test center. As long as you have taken at least one subtest at a test center, they will be able to access your scores.

Your scores are available in two different types of reports.

If you need an official Comprehensive Score Report sent to a college, scholarship program or other organization, contact ETS at 1-855-MyHiSET (1-855-694-4738).


If you have a disability or health-related needs, you need to request accommodations prior to scheduling your test appointment. For more information, visit the HiSET website at You must send all completed requests for testing accommodations to:

ETS Disability Services
P.O. Box 6054
Princeton, NJ 08541-6054

For detailed information regarding the HiSET, please review the test-taker bulletin.

For more information, please call 931-393-1763 or