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Adult Education FAQs

Adult education - note taking - FAQWhy is a High School Equivalency credential important?

If you didn't finish high school, you know your opportunities are limited. But with a state-issued equivalency credential, you can take advantage of opportunities on the job, begin a training program, join the military, or enroll in college. Plus, it sets a great example and may help inspire children, family, or friends.

How do I prepare for the HiSET?

Most test takers take adult education classes to prepare for the exam. Classes are offered mornings, evenings, and online. Our teachers are very experienced in helping students prepare for the exam.

How long will it take?

It all depends. Some students progress through the program and pass the exam within a few weeks. Some students attend classes for several months to prepare for the test. The key is to make it a priority – come to class, study, ask questions – stick with it!

How much does it cost?

Nothing! The program, classes, and testing are all free to program participants.

What happens after I pass the HiSET exam?

About one week after you pass the exam, you will have access to your diploma and transcripts from These will allow you to move forward in pursuing your goals – and we’re here to help you.

What happens if I don’t pass the exam?

The exam is comprised of 5 subject tests (Reading, Writing, Science, Social Studies, & Math.) After you pass a subject test, you never need to repeat it. You will focus on any portions of the test you didn’t pass and then test again on those subjects only.

What else should I know?

We are more than just a diploma program. We are here to help you achieve your goals. You will have a personal Career Coach available to assist you with completing the HiSET program, researching careers, writing a resume, or applying to college.

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Northeast State Community College, a Tennessee Board of Regents institution, is an equal opportunity, affirmative action institution. For questions or concerns, please contact the Affirmative Action Officer.