Find GED and High School Equivalency Programs in the US, List 6

This is a continuation of Find GED and High School Equivalency Programs in the United States, Alabama through Colorado. It includes the states of South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin, and Wyoming.

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South Dakota

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South Dakota flag - Fotosearch - GettyImages-124280323

GED testing in South Dakota is handled by the South Dakota Department of Labor and Regulation. The state continued its partnership with GED Testing Service as of January 1, 2014, and offers the new 2014 computer-based GED test.

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Tennessee

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Tennessee flag - Fotosearch - GettyImages-124289072

If you are a resident of the state of Tennessee, you have a choice between earning a GED (General Educational Development certificate) and a HiSET high school equivalency diploma.

You'll want to start with your state's adult education website: the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development. On the landing page, click on the Jobs and Education box. In the third column, labeled Training Opportunities, click on the High School Equivalency link.

On this page you'll find information about eligibility, available classes, skill assessment, practice tests, soft skills (professionalism, integrity, reliability, communication, teamwork), online classes, enrolling instructions, testing details, and records requests.

In Tennessee, you have a choice between two of the new computer-based high school equivalency tests:

  1. GED Testing Service (partner in the past)
  2. HiSET Program, developed by ETS (Educational Testing Service)
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Texas flag - Fotosearch - GettyImages-124282977

The Texas Education Agency, known as TEA, is responsible for adult education and high school equivalency testing in the state of Texas. When testing options became available across the United States on January 1, 2014, Texas chose to continue its relationship with the GED Testing Service, which now offers 2014 computer-based test.

For more info on adult education in Texas, see: How to Find Adult Education and Earn Your GED in Texas More »

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Utah

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Utah flag - luzitanija - AdobeStock_82250909

GED testing in Utah is handled by the Utah State Office of Education. The state is continuing its partnership with GED Testing Service and, as of January 1, 2014, offers the new 2014 computer-based GED test.

 

You'll find everything you need on the state's friendly GED site.

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Vermont

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Vermont flag - Fotosearch - GettyImages-124287834

GED testing in Vermont is handled by the Vermont Department of Education. The state is continuing its partnership with GED Testing Service and, as of January 1, 2014, offers the new 2014 computer-based GED test. There isn't much info on the state's main GED page. Click on the link for View Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) About the GED for more help.

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Virginia

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Virginia flag - Fotosearch - GettyImages-124282401

GED testing in Virginia is handled by the Virginia Department of Education. The state is continuing its partnership with GED Testing Service and, as of January 1, 2014, offers the new 2014 computer-based GED test. Info on the state site is pretty straight forward. You should find everything you need in the center of the page.

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Washington

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Washington flag - Fotosearch - GettyImages-124277671

GED testing in Washington state is handled by the Washington State Board for Community & Technical Colleges. The GED website has lots of helpful questions and answers, including career links and contact info.

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West Virginia

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West Virginia flag - Fotosearch - GettyImages-124282018

Effective January 1, 2014, the West Virginia Department of Education switched to the new high school equivalency test developed by McGraw Hill called the Test Assessing Secondary Completion, or TASC. It is computer based, although a paper-based test is available. The state formerly offered the GED (General Educational Development) test from GED Testing Service.

The state's site is a friendly one with helpful tabs on the left navigation bar.

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Wisconsin

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Wisconsin flag - Fotosearch - GettyImages-124284413

GED testing in Wisconsin is handled by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction. The state is continuing its partnership with GED Testing Service and, as of January 1, 2014, offers the new 2014 computer-based GED test.

You have additional options in Wisconsin. Click on the GED/HSED Brochure link in the middle of the  page for a complete description.

Here's a review of your five options:

  1. Pass the GED tests, complete the health, citizenship, and employability skills and career awareness counseling requirements.
  2. Document 22 high school or college credits.

  3. Finish 24 semester credits or 32 quarter credits at a university or technical college, including instruction in any area of study you didn't cover in high school.

  4. Complete a foreign degree or diploma program.

  5. Complete a competency program offered by a technical college or community-based group that has been approved by the state superintendent of public instruction as a high school completion program.

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Wyoming

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Wyoming flag - Fotosearch - GettyImages-126527263

On January 1, 2014, the Wyoming Community College Commission started offering all three options for earning your high school equivalency certificate:

 

  1. GED Testing Service (partner in the past)
  2. HiSET Program, developed by ETS (Educational Testing Service)
  3. Test Assessing Secondary Completion (TASC, developed by McGraw Hill)

The commission's website includes a link to a graphic comparing the three programs, links to info about next steps and scholarships, and even a link to the Wyoming House bill that allows the state to offer all three testing options. Lucky you!