Tennessee HiSET® Requirements

The following policies apply to anyone taking the HiSET® exam in Tennessee. When you schedule an appointment, you will need to confirm that you have read and understand these policies.

See the TDLWD Adult Education website for more information.

Eligibility Requirements

To take the HiSET exam in Tennessee , you must meet the following eligibility requirements:

  • Age: 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. For information about exceptions to this policy, review the additional policies section below.
  • Residency: You do not have to be a resident of Tennessee to take the HiSET exam.
  • Identification: You must present identification on test day at the HiSET test center. Outdated or expired identification will not be accepted. Acceptable forms of identification include:
    • valid driver’s license
    • passport
    • military ID
    • other form of government issued (national or foreign) identification that shows name, address, date of birth, signature and photograph

Tennessee HiSET Testing Fees

Paper-based Test

Perfect for test takers who love the scratch of pencil on paper and the feeling they’re in high school all over again.

$ 15 .00

per subtest, plus test administration fee
(see below)


  • Includes two (2) re-tests per subtest *
  • Paper-based tests may only be taken at a designated test center and are not available for Test at Home.

Computer-based Test

Ideal for test takers who are more comfortable clicking a mouse. Plus, it costs less.

$ 10 .75

per subtest, plus test administration fee
(see below)


Test Administration Fees

Test Center Fee:

$ 5 .00

per subtest

Test at Home Fee:

$ 17 .50

per subtest

State Admin Fee:

$ 0 .00

per subtest

* A test center administration fee is required for each re-test. Test center administration fees by modality are outlined above.