High School Equivalency – HiSET

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, individuals who have a high school credential earn $10,000 more a year than those without. Additionally, those with a high school credential have an unemployment rate of 8.3 percent compared with 12.4 percent of those who do not.  Friends of Literacy's offers free GED/HiSET classes to the one-in-eight Knox County adults without a high school diploma or equivalent.

What is a high school equivalency diploma?

Adults who did not graduate from a traditional high school can gain their High School Equivalency Diplomas in another way.  These adults can demonstrate the same skills and knowledge as a high school graduate by passing a test.  The three tests offered in the United States are the High School Equivalency Test (HiSET), the General Educational Development exam (GED) and the Test Assessing Secondary Completion (TASC).  Each state can choose to offer and recognize any or all of these three tests.  In 2016, Tennessee began using only the HiSET.  By passing this test, a student earns a high school equivalency diploma issued by the State of Tennessee and recognized nationally.

For a quick comparison of the GED and HiSET tests, see the chart here. For more detailed information, visit www.gedtestingservice.com and www.hiset.ets.org.

Friends of Literacy's HiSET Classes

Currently, Friends of Literacy offers three different programs for HiSET classes. 

Path Forward PrograM  

Friends of Literacy Office

 900 E. Hill Avenue, Suite 120

Knoxville, TN 37915

Learn Now  Program

Fountain City United Methodist Church

212 Hotel Rd

Knoxville, TN 37918

Community Schools Program

South Knoxville Elementary School

801 Sevier Ave

Knoxville, TN 37920