Three Paths to High School Equivalency Success!

Three Paths to High School Equivalency Success!

Your Path. Your Choice. Our Commitment to Your Success.

Effective in October 2020, Columbus Technical College will offer three paths for students to earn their high school equivalency. Think of it as a menu of choices and combinations where students pick what works best for them and their situation. Watch this space for updates!

GA High School Equivalency Options
For more information, contact:
Kevin Caldwell
Transition Coordinator
Office: 706.641.5625
Work Cell: 762-207-9412

Career Plus HSE

Want to earn a high school equivalency without the high-stakes test? Want a better job? Want to earn more money? If you answered YES, Career Plus HSE is for you!

Career Plus HSE (High School Equivalency) offers the flexibility to earn a high school equivalency without the stress of a high-stakes test. Georgians aged 21 and older without a high school diploma can acquire basic education and high-demand workforce skills at the same time! Complete coursework to become certified in your chosen career path. Embrace the journey. Enjoy the rewards.

Career Plus HSE explainer chart

Why is Career Plus HSE right for me?

  • Earn a high school equivalency without taking the high-stakes test.
  • Apply already-earned high school credits or GED tests.
  • Online high school courses are available 24/7.
  • Enroll in college courses right away.
  • Tuition-free programs are available.
  • Earn more money with a postsecondary credential!
  • Receive one-on-one support from Adult Ed staff.
Available Career Pathways
Construction & Manufacturing
Logistics & Operations
Professional Services



The GED test has four sections: Reasoning through Language Arts (Reading and Writing), Mathematical Reasoning, Science, and Social Studies. All four sections will include both academic and workforce contexts.
Reading through Language Arts (RLA) focuses on integrated reading and writing tasks that require test-takers to read complex texts, analyze arguments, and use text-based evidence to support reasoning. The RLA test is 75% informational texts and 25% literature. The RLA test consists of US founding documents and the “great conversation,” passage text length of 450 to 900 words, and vocabulary with emphasis on words that appear frequently in a wide variety of disciplines.

The Mathematical Reasoning focus on deep mastery of a core set of quantitative reasoning skills relevant to a wide range of career and post-secondary pathways. The Mathematical test is 45% quantitative problem solving and 55% algebraic problem-solving. Some items test procedural skills and fluency as well as problem-solving. The test will include statistics and data interpretation standards also on the GED Social Studies and Science. An on-screen scientific calculator (TI-30XS) can be used for most items.

The Science and Social Studies practice reasoning skills drawn from nationally recognized science and social studies curricular standards. Essential science and social studies content topics include what is relevant to the lives of adult test-takers and typical of what is taught in a high school course of study.

The Science test consists of 40% life science, 40% physical science and Earth, and 20% space science. Items will test textual analysis and understanding, data representation as well as problem-solving with science content. Each item is aligned to both one science practice and one content topic.

The Social Studies test consists of 50% civics and government, 20% US History, 15% economics, and 15% geography and the world. Items will test textual analysis and understanding, data representation, and inference skills, as well as problem-solving with social studies content. Each item aligned to both one social studies practice and one content topic.

Your Future is Calling...
Contact the Columbus Technical College Adult Education Center at 706-641-5620 and get your future back on track! Classes are flexible and in convenient locations to serve you.

More GED Information

HiSET Exam

Georgia now offers both the HiSET® exam and GED test to qualifying individuals. Both tests allow students to earn their high school equivalency credential. The HiSET® exam is one of three tests (GED, HiSET, and TASC) U.S. states and territories use to measure high school equivalency (HSE) skills. Educational Testing Services (ETS) works closely with states to ensure the HiSET® exam closely reflects the skills of a high school graduate and to provide a fair, rigorous exam.

HiSET Quick Facts

  • HiSET preparation classes are free. Contact the Columbus Tech Adult Education Center for information about classes.
  • Scholarships are available to assist with HiSET Testing fees. See your local adult education center for more information.
  • View a list of currently open HiSET testing centers for computer-based testing in Georgia.
  • The HiSET@Home is available to take from home 15 hours a day, 7 days a week. To view the differences between the HiSET Computer-Based Test and HiSET@Home, click here
  • View all of the policies and requirements for taking the HiSET in Georgia on the ETS website.

COVID-19 Testing Requirements in Georgia

One of the following forms is required each time you enter a testing center during the COVID-19 Pandemic. 

TCSG COVID-19 Under-age Consent 7.28.2020 –  Students 16 and 17 years of age are considered under-age and must have the consent of a parent or guardian to test.

TCSG COVID-19 Waiver 7.28.2020 – Required for all test-takers 18 years and over.

Frequently Asked Questions about the HiSET Exam

  • What is the HiSET exam? The HiSET® exam is an affordable, accessible high school equivalency test option for out-of-school youth and adults without a high school diploma to demonstrate their skills and knowledge and earn a state-issued high school equivalency credential. The five subject area tests are Language Arts – Reading, Language Arts – Writing, Mathematics, Science, and Social Studies. Click here to see an overview of the HiSET Exam. Click here for more information on each of the subjects.
  • Is there a fee to take the HiSET Exam? In Georgia, the HiSET computer-based five subject-area tests are $26.75 each. The HiSET @Home five subject-area tests are $36.25 each.
  • Who is eligible to take the HiSET exam? If you are at least 16 years of age,  have not graduated from an accredited high school, are not currently enrolled in a regular high school, and can provide a valid photo ID (driver’s license, state identification card, military ID or Passport) you are eligible. NOTE: *16 and 17-year-olds must enroll in a state-approved adult education program and receive approval to test. Contact the Columbus Tech Adult Education Center for more information.
  • Do I have to be a resident of Georgia to take the HiSET exam in Georgia? No. You do not need to be a resident to take the HiSET exam in Georgia; however, you must take and pass your last exam in Georgia to earn the state credential.
  • How do I sign up to take the HiSET exam? Visit the HiSet website to set up your My HiSET Account and schedule your exam. You can find a test center near you or sign up for HiSET@Home. You can also call the ETS Customer Service at 1-855-MyHiSET (1-855-694-4738) Note: A $10 fee will be applied when registering by phone.
  • What score is required to pass the HiSET exam? To pass the HiSET® exam, you must score at least 8 out of 20 on each of the five sub-tests, score at least 2 out of 6 on the essay, achieve a total combined score on all five HiSET sub-tests of at least 45 out of 100, and take all subject-area tests in a uniform language (English or Spanish). The HiSET pass score is based on a national study of high school juniors and seniors and indicates that 60 percent of graduating high school students would pass the HiSET exam.
  • When can I retest and what is the cost? For the HiSET computer-based exam, you will receive two retests per sub-test at $16 each taken within 12 calendar months. For HiSET@Home, you will receive two retests per sub-test at $25.50 each taken within 12 calendar months. Candidates must wait 14 days between test attempts.
  • When will I receive my transcript and/or diploma? Graduates should expect to receive credentials in the mail within 2-3 weeks from the test date.
  • How do I get official transcripts or duplicate diplomas? See Request GaHSE Transcript to request official transcripts or duplicate diplomas.
  • What can I do once I receive my HiSET diploma in Georgia? The HiSET diploma is one type of high school equivalency offered in Georgia. Many employers recognize the HiSET diploma as a high school equivalency credential. HiSET graduates may also attend technical college with free tuition if you enroll in one of the 17 areas funded by the HOPE Career Grant.

    Visit here for detailed information on HOPE Career Grant programs at Columbus Tech.

  • How can I take the HiSET exam during the COVID-19 pandemic? To meet the needs of test takers who can’t test at a test center because of public health concerns, ETS is offering the HiSET@Home option. With the HiSET@Home option, you can take any of the five sub-tests that make up the HiSET exam on your own computer at home or in another secure location.

    Each sub-test delivered at home has the same content, format, and on-screen experience as the test you would take at a test center. Your at-home appointment will be monitored by a human proctor online through ProctorU®.

    Currently, at-home appointments are available 15 hours a day, seven days a week.

    For more information on the HiSET@Home, click here. The fee for each subject area test is $36.25 with two retests within 12 months at $25.50 each.

    To view the differences between an HiSET® Computer-Based Testing (CBT) and HiSET Exam at Home, click here.

  • What are the differences between the HiSET exam and GED test? Both the GED test and HiSET exam are recognized high school equivalency credentials in Georgia. For a comparison of the GED test and HiSET exam, view this resource.

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