What is a high school equivalency diploma?

High School Equivalency Diplomas are for students who, for one reason or another, never graduated from high school. Since January 2014, students living in Tennessee have two options for earning a high school equivalency diploma: the GED (General Education Diploma), and a new affordable option called HiSET (High School Equivalency Test). Passing either test leads to a high school equivalency diploma issued by the State of Tennessee and accepted nationally.

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 works in partnership with adult education providers to offer free classes to the one-in-ten Knox County adults without a high school diploma. To learn more about these classes or to enroll, contact us at 865-549-7007 or email us at info@friendsofliteracy.org.

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