This page lists all GED® prep locations and testing centers in the Asheville region.
North Carolina uses multiple options for HSE (high school equivalency) testing, the GED, TASC, and HiSET.
The HSE test gives persons who didn’t graduate high school an extra chance to obtain an equivalent diploma.
Testing takes place at a similar level as what HS graduates must command.
The GED comes with four separate subtests in Literacy, Math, Science, and Social Studies that must be completed within two years.
The TASC and HiSET have individual writing and reading tests, so five in total, that are available separately, too.
The GED exam is only available in a computer-based format while the HiSET and TASC are offered both on-paper and on-computer.
Asheville HSE prep locations
Buncombe County Literacy Council
86 Victoria Road, Building B, Asheville, NC 28801, Phone: 828 – 254 – 3442
340 Victoria Road, Asheville, NC 28801, Phone: 828 – 398 – 7433
For the school’s Madison Campus registration call 828 – 398 – 7700
Goodwill West Asheville
1616 Patton Avenue, Asheville, NC 28806, Phone: 828 – 298 – 9023 x 1161
Arthur R. Edington Education & Career Center (AB Tech)
133 Livingston Street, Asheville, NC 28801, Phone: 828 – 398 – 7433
NCWorks Career Center
48 Grove Street, Asheville, NC 28801, Phone: 828 – 251 – 6200
The Cathedral of All Souls HSE Classes
9 Swan Street, Biltmore Village, Asheville, NC 28803, Phone: 828 – 274 – 2681
Craggy Correctional Center HSE Program
2992 Riverside Drive, Asheville, NC 28804, Phone: 828 – 645 – 5315
Unavailable to the general public
Locations around Asheville (cities by alphabet)
Asheville-Buncombe Tech-South Campus
303 B Airport Road, Arden, NC 28704, Phone: 828 – 398 – 7433
Swannanoa Valley Christian Ministry (AB Tech)
101 N Ridgeway Avenue, Black Mountain, NC 28711, Phone: 828 – 398 – 7433
Carver Community Center (AB Tech)
101 Carver Avenue, Black Mountain, NC 28711, Phone: 828 – 669 – 2052
Blue Ridge Comm. Coll.-Transylvania County Campus
45 Oak Park Drive – Brevard – North Carolina 28712 – Ph: 828 – 883 – 2520
Straus Building Library
Jacobs Creek Job Corps Civilian Conservation Center
984 Denton Valley Road, Bristol, TN 37620, Phone: 423 . 878 . 4021
Southwestern Community College (Swain Center)
60 Almond School Road, Bryson City, NC 28713, Phone: 828 . 366 . 2000
Swain County Family Resource Center
234 Bryson Walk, Bryson City, NC 28713, Phone: 828 – 488 – 7505
Yancey Learning Center (Mayland Community College)
107 Wheeler Hills Road, Burnsville, NC 28714, Phone: 828 – 766 – 1208
Besides the computer-based GED exam provides the school also the HiSET exam which is available in a paper-based format.
Asheville-Buncombe Tech-Enka Site
1459 Sand Hill Road, Candler, NC 28715, Phone: 828 – 398 – 7433
Oconaluftee Job Corps HSE Program
502 Job Corps Rd – Cherokee – North Carolina 28719 – Ph: 828 – 497 – 5411
Vocational Opportunities Of Cherokee (SCC)
Soco Road (behind Tribal Bingo), Cherokee, NC 28719, Phone: 828 – 497 – 4300
Haywood Comm. College Adult Education
185 Freedlander Drive, Clyde, NC 28721, Phone: 828 . 565 . 4181
The Haywood Community College Foundation offers scholarships to female students seeking to complete the High School Equivalency (formerly GED ) test. These scholarships are possible through funding from the New Start Program by Womansong to help with the cost of the HSE test.
Isothermal Community College (Polk Center)
1255 West Mills Street, Columbus, NC 28722, Phone: 828 . 395 . 4262
Blue Ridge Comm. College (Henderson Co. Campus GED )
180 W Campus Dr – Flat Rock – North Carolina 28731 – Ph: 828 . 694 . 1745
(Continuing Education Building, Room 211)
Blue Ridge Literacy Council HSE Classes
625 College Dr – Flat Rock – North Carolina 28731 – Ph: 828 . 696 . 3811
Southwestern Community Coll. (Macon Annex)
23 Macon Ave, Franklin, NC 28734, Phone: 828 – 339 – 4272
L. B. J. Job Corps HSE Program
3170 Wayah Rd, Franklin, North Carolina 28734 – Ph: 828 . 524 . 4446
Greenville Literacy GED Classes
225 S Pleasantburg Dr (Ste C10) – Greenville – SC 29607 – Ph: 864 . 467 . 3456
See all Greenville area locations at Greenville GED Programs
Goodwill Career Connections Center (Henderson County)
155 Four Seasons Mall, Hendersonville, NC 28792, Phone: 828 – 698 – 5887
Hendersonville Rescue Mission
639 Maple St, Hendersonville, NC 28792, Phone: 828 – 697 – 1354
El Centro Comunitario
505-B Brookside Camp Rd, Hendersonville, NC 28792, Phone: 828 – 693 – 1981
Thrive Education Program
110-C Chadwick Square Court, Hendersonville, NC 28792, Phone: 828 – 697 – 1581
Caldwell Comm. College HSE Classes
2855 Hickory Blvd – Hudson – North Carolina 28638 – Ph: 828 . 726 . 2230
Johnson City Adult Education
603 Bert Street, Johnson City, TN 37601, Phone: 423 . 434 . 0206
For all Johnson City area options click here
LearningExpress (Knox Co. Library)
500 West Church Ave – Knoxville – TN 37902 – Ph: 865-215-8750
For all Knoxville locations visit: Knoxville GED (HiSET) Courses
Hickory Nut Gorge Outreach (Isothermal Community College)
2594 Memorial Hwy – Lake Lure – NC 28746 – Phone: 828-625-4683
GED classes are held Monday nights from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Please call Mary Stroman (at Outreach) at 828-625-4683 or Ruth Hills (at Isothermal) at 828-395-1489
McDowell Technical Community College Adult Education
54 College Dr, Marion, NC 28752, Phone: 828 – 659 – 6001 ext. 160
McDowell County Job-Link Career Center (Fast Track Classes – MTCC)
316 Baldwin Ave, Marion, NC 28752, Phone: 828 – 659 – 6001
Marion Correctional Institution
P.O. Box 2405, Marion, NC 28752, Phone: 828 – 659 – 7810
Not open to the public
Asheville-Buncombe Tech-Madison Campus
4646 US 25-70, Marshall, NC 28753, Phone: 828 – 398 – 7700
Madison County Jail-Literacy Connections GED Program
348 Medical Park Drive, Marshall, NC 28753, 828 – 649 – 2721
Not publicly available
Western Piedmont Comm. Coll. HSE Program
200 East College Dr, Morganton, NC 28655, Ph: 828 – 448 – 3117
For all Morganton options click here
Schenck Job Corps Civilian Conservation Center
98 Schenck Drive, Pisgah Forest, NC 28768, Phone: 828 – 862 – 6100
Rosman Elementary HSE Education
167 School Rd – Rosman – North Carolina 28772 – Ph: 828 . 862 . 4431
Isothermal Community College (Rutherfordton Learning Center)
134 Maple St, Rutherfordton, NC 28139, Phone: 828 – 395 – 1631
Isothermal Community College (Foundation Building, 1st floor, Oak Room)
286 ICC Loop Road, Spindale, NC 28160, Phone: 828 – 395 – 1489
The school additionally offers GED classes at EvenStart at Carver Center, 141 Carver Street (in partnership with Rutherford Co. Schools) on Mondays through Thursdays from 8:00 a.m. – noon, and at the Forest City-Dunbar Elementary School (in partnership with Rutherford Co. Schools) on Mondays and Thursdays from 6 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Carter Center Even Start (ICC)
900 Carver Street, Spindale, NC 28160, Phone: 828 – 395 – 1489
Mayland Community College-Main Campus
200 Mayland Drive, Spruce Pine, NC 28777, Phone: 828 . 766 . 1208
MCC offers GED testing at the school’s Main Campus and also at the Avery and Yancey Learning Centers, and the Old Mitchell Co. Courthouse in Bakersville. North Carolina has approved a new High School Equivalency exam to be used, so the Adult Education Department of Mayland Community College has announced that paper-and-pencil testing is also available again via the HiSET (High School Equivalency Test) which is a cheaper alternative to the GED.
Southwestern Comm. College
447 College Drive, Sylva, NC 28779, Phone: 828 . 586 . 4091
Haywood County Literacy Council
402 S Haywood St, Waynesville, NC 28786, Phone: 828 . 452 . 1695
Goodwill of Haywood County
23 Hendrix St, Waynesville, NC 28786. Phone: 828 . 246 . 9233
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Asheville area GED testing centers
Asheville-Buncombe Tech HSE Testing
340 Victoria Road – Asheville – NC 28801 – Ph: 828.398.7132
Blue Ridge Community College
1030 Asheville Hwy -Brevard – NC 28712 – Ph: 828.694.1746
Tennessee College of Applied Technology
426 Highway 91 – Elizabethton – TN 37643 – Ph: 423-543-0070
200 East College Dr – Morganton – NC 28655 – Phone: 828.448.3117
Isothermal Community College
286 I C C Loop Rd – Spindale – NC 28160 – Ph: 828-286-3636
Mayland Community College
200 Mayland Ln – Spruce Pine – NC 28777 – Ph: 828-765-7351 (x 261)
Southwestern Community College
447 College Drive – Sylva – NC 28779 – Ph: 828-339-4000
The North Carolina HSE diploma is a nationally recognized credential and accepted just like a regular high school diploma by employers, government institutions, and colleges. Two years after the latest GED introduction, the passing score was reduced to 145. Read all about this important decision in this GED Pass Score Post. Holding the HSE credential will absolutely lead to a better future and is your ticket to a college education. To see if you qualify, go to GED in North Carolina.
The GED examination is for adults who never completed high school and who want to earn a comparable credential. Having the GED diploma will surely lead to better employment options and allow for continued academic education in college and university. Receiving post-secondary instruction is generally viewed as the pathway to a better income. The GED examination includes four independent tests on the subject areas of Science, Social Studies, Literacy, and Mathematics. Check out also this page that links to all GED prep sites and test centers in America.
Can I take the HSE exam online?
No, you can not! The HSE exam (GED, HiSET, or TASC) is not available over the Internet. You must come to one of North Carolina’s 55 designated test centers. Websites that give a different idea are a scam, and their ‘diplomas’ have no value at all.
Besides the GED, North Carolina also offers two alternative exams for high school equivalency testing. North Carolina’s Board of Community Colleges approved two alternative tests (the lower-cost HiSET and TASC) to be used along with GED exam in the state’s 58 community colleges.
Preparation is key
There are quite a few ways to prepare for the GED examination. Check out one of the facilities listed above if you feel like attending GED classes. Though the exam cannot be taken online, preparing via the internet is a great option. There are some interesting online programs, but be aware that you choose an accredited course.
You can also find free practice tests on our website and for all relevant GED information go to the GED organization’s website: GED.com. Register with My GED to discover an online portal for registration, test scheduling, and payments. This is also the location to learn all about the GED program, the job market, and institutions of higher education.
You can find a lot of study materials in your community library and in your local bookstore. Most of the facilities listed above provide GED preparation free of charge, and mostly study materials are offered at no cost as well. All North Carolina community colleges will provide free instruction to help you with your GED preparation.
The GED pass score & cost
The latest edition of the GED exam is scored on a 100-200 scale on each individual test. On each one of the four tests, you need to have a result of at least 145. In North Carolina, the GED price tag is $20 per individual test, so $80 for the entire set of four tests. You can take (and pay for) one GED test whenever you feel ready to do so. You have in total two years from the moment you registered for your first test, to complete the entire exam. This does not count for the HiSET and TASC that have their own scoring methods.
Asheville (population 87,000), the county seat of Buncombe County, is a great vibrant mountain town that is known for great culinary achievements, and a well-developed beer scene. You can enjoy the phenomenal panoramic mountain vistas and the area’s superb outdoor activities.
The town has many elegant shops, stunning antique galleries (Asheville ranks 13th in America for art galleries), and you can go trekking along the Appalachian Trail. Asheville is all about eating locally and sustainable agriculture. The town has more than 15 farmers’ markets, and local restaurants take advantage of all the great seasonal produce that is sold there.
In winter, the Asheville region offers quite a few exciting snowboarding and skiing destinations. The magnificent Blue Ridge mountains provide great skiing on the Western North Carolina’s slopes, and the agreeable temperate climate allows for a pretty long skiing season, from late November to early March, without having to cope with the sub-zero horrors of some other areas. The region is famous for its perfect slopes. Asheville offers some impressive museums that play a crucial role in the city’s educational programs.
Higher education possibilities
The HSE diploma will get you into college! Further your education at one of these Asheville institutions of higher education:
The University of North Carolina at Asheville (1 University Heights, Asheville, NC 28804, 828-251-6600)
Shaw University (31 College Street, Asheville NC 28801, 828-252-7635)
Asheville–Buncombe Technical Community College (340 Victoria Rd, Asheville, NC 28801, 828-398-7900)
South College (140 Sweeten Creek Road Asheville, NC 28803, 828-398-2500)
Western Carolina University Asheville (28 Schenck Pkwy, Ste 300, Biltmore Park, Asheville, NC 28803, 828-298-3325
Montreat College- Asheville Campus (29 Turtle Creek Center, Asheville NC 28803, 828-667-5044)
Warren Wilson College (701 Warren Wilson College Rd, Swannanoa, NC 28778, 828-298-3325)
Western Carolina University (1 University Way, Cullowhee, NC 28723, 828-227-7211)
Brevard College (1 Brevard College Dr, Brevard, NC 28712, 828-883-8292)
Mars Hill University (100 Athletic St, Mars Hill, NC 28754, 866-642-4968)
Montreat College (310 Gaither Cir, Montreat, NC 28757, 828-669-8012)
Warren Wilson College (701 Warren Wilson Rd, Swannanoa, NC 28778, 828-298-3325)