GED in North Carolina

North Carolina uses the three options for high school equivalency (HSE) testing, the GED®, HiSET®, and TASC™ exams. HSE testing gives people who never finished high school the opportunity to acquire an equivalent credential.

The GED must be taken exclusively on a computer while the TASC and HiSET are available both on paper and in a computer-based format.

The GED test includes four independent subtests in Math, Literacy (reading and writing combined), Science, and Social Studies.

The TASC and HiSET exams include five subtests as there are separate writing and reading subtests.

All subtests may be taken separately. There’s no need to take the entire batteries in one session.

The GED, HiSET and TASC tests are not available online. You need to appear at an official HSE test center in person.

When you pass the GED, TASC or HiSET exam, you will receive the HSE diploma from the State of North Carolina.

This credential is nationwide accepted as the equivalency to a high school diploma by government organizations, businesses, and colleges and universities.

GED Requirements In North Carolina

In North Carolina, you need to be no less than 16 years old. For students ages 16 and 17, however, strict additional requirements count. Please see a testing center near you.

North Carolina’s Board of Community Colleges approved that the 58 NC community colleges can use also the HiSET and TASC exams as alternatives to the GED test.

There is no need to be a state resident and you also don’t have to first take the GED Ready® practice test or another practice test.

You don’t hold a high school diploma and do not attend another educational program.

Please note that not all testing sites provide all three HSE tests so get well-informed on which option(s) your nearest testing center offers (see also below).

GED Prep Classes In North Carolina

You can prepare for the GED test by studying online. You can also choose a traditional GED prep class near you. Click on your nearest city to see all the prep locations.

You can find numerous locations in the state where GED instruction will get you prepared to take the North Carolina HSE exam successfully.

North Carolina GED Testing Centers

Ahoskie
Roanoke-Chowan Comm Coll (GED) – 109 Community College Rd – Ahoskie – NC 27910 – Ph: (252) 862.1200
Albemarle
Stanly Comm Coll (HiSET-GED) – 141 College Dr – Albemarle – NC 28001 – Ph: (704) 991.0362/0345
Archdale
Randolph Comm Coll (HiSET) – 110 Park Dr – Archdale – NC 27263 – Ph: (336) 862.7980
Asheboro
Randolph Comm Coll (GED-HiSET) – 629 Industrial Park Ave – Asheboro – NC 27204 – Ph: (336) 633.0200/0321
Asheville
Asheville-Buncombe Tech (GED-HiSET) – 340 Victoria Rd – Asheville – NC 28801 – Ph: (828) 254.1921/398.7312
Bolivia
Brunswick Comm Coll (GED-HiSET) – 50 College Rd – Bolivia – NC 28422 – Ph: (910) 755.7300/7358GED in North Carolina
Boone
Caldwell Comm Coll (GED-HiSET) – 372 Comm College Dr – Boone – NC 28607 – Ph: (828) 297.2185
Brevard
Blue Ridge Comm Coll (GED-HiSET) – 45 Oak Park Dr – Brevard – NC 28712 – Ph: (828) 694.1914
Charlotte
Central Piedmont Comm Coll (GED) – 1141 Elizabeth Ave – Charlotte – NC 28235 – Ph: (704) 330.6886
Central Piedmont Comm Coll (HiSET) -1320 Sam Ryburn Walk – Charlotte – NC 28204 – Ph: (704) 330.2722
Clinton
Sampson Comm. Coll (GED-HiSET) – 1801 Sunset Ave – Clinton – NC 28329 – Ph: (910) 900.4007/592.8081
Clyde
Haywood Comm Coll (GED-HiSET) – 185 Freedlander Dr – Clyde – NC 28721 – Ph: (828) 627.4618/4700
Concord
Rowan-Cabarrus Comm Coll (GED-HiSET) – 1531 Trinity Church Rd – Concord – NC 28027 – Ph: (704) 216.3468/3536
Creedmore
Vance-Granville Comm Coll (GED) – 1547 S Campus Dr – Creedmoor – NC 27522 – Ph: (252) 738.3510
Dallas
Gaston College (GED-HiSET) – 201 Hwy 321 S – Dallas – NC 28034 – Ph: (704) 922.6321/2433
Dobson
Surry Comm Coll (GED-HiSET) – 630 S Main St – Dobson – NC 27017 – Ph: (336) 386.8121/3674
Dublin
Bladen Comm Coll (GED-HiSET) – 7418 NC 41 W – Dublin – NC 28332 – Ph: (910) 879.5587
Durham
Durham Tech (HiSET-GED) – 1637 E Lawson St – Durham – NC 27703 – Ph: (919) 536.7218/7220
Elizabeth City
Col. of the Albemarle (GED-HiSET) – 1208 N Road St – Elizabeth City – NC 27909 – Ph: (252) 335.0821
Fayetteville
Technical Comm Coll (GED-HiSET) – 2201 Hull Rd – Fayetteville – NC 28303 – Ph: (910) 678.0053
Flat Rock
Blue Ridge Comm Coll (GED-HiSET) – 130 Eagles Reach Dr – Flat Rock – NC 28731 – Ph: (828) 694.1649
Franklin
Southwestern Comm Coll-Macon Annex (HiSET) – 5 W Main St – Franklin – NC 28734 – Ph: (828) 339.4486
Goldsboro
Wayne Comm Coll (GED-HiSET) – 3000 Wayne Memorial Dr – Goldsboro – NC 27534 – Ph: (919) 735.5151/739.6917
Graham
Alamance Comm Coll (HiSET-GED) – 1247 Jimmie Kerr Rd – Graham – NC 27253 – Ph: (336) 506.4131/4376
Grantsboro
Pamlico Comm Coll (GED-TASC-HiSET) – 5049 Hwy 306 S – Grantsboro – NC 28529 – Ph: (252) 249.1851
Greensboro
Guilford Tech (GED-HiSET-TASC) – 3505 E Wendover Ave – Greensboro – NC 27405 – Ph: (336) 334.4822
Hamlet
Richmond Comm Coll (James Bldg, GED-HiSET-TASC) – 106 S Rice St – Hamlet – NC 28345 – Ph: (910) 410.1771/1777
Henderson
Vance-Granville Comm Coll (GED-HiSET-TASC) – 200 Comm College Rd – Henderson – NC 27536 – Ph: (252) 738.3318
Hickory
Catawba Valley Comm Coll (GED-HiSET) – 2550 Hwy 70 SE – Hickory – NC 28602 – Ph: (828) 327.7000
High Point
Guilford Tech Comm Coll (HiSET-GED-TASC) – 901 South Main St – High Point – NC 27260 – Ph: (336) 454.1126/334.4822 x 53122
Hudson
Caldwell Comm Coll (GED-HiSET) – 2855 Hickory Blvd – Hudson – NC 28638 – Ph: (828) 726.2721/2719
Jacksonville
Coastal Carolina Comm Coll (GED-HiSET) – 444 Western Blvd – Jacksonville – NC 28546 – Ph: (910) 938.6775/6259
Kenansville
James Sprunt Comm Coll (GED-HiSET) – 133 James Sprunt Dr – Kenansville – NC 28349 – Ph: (910) 296.2400/2506
Kinston
Lenoir Comm Coll (GED-HiSET-TASC) – 231 Hwy 58 S – Kinston – NC 28502 – Ph: (252) 527.6223
Laurinburg
Richmond Comm Coll (TASC) – 515 S King St – Laurinburg – NC 28352 – Ph: (910) 410.1773
Richmond Comm Coll-Morgan Ctr (HiSET) – 517 Peden St – Laurinburg – NC 28352 – Ph: (910) 410.1831
Lillington
Central Carolina Comm Coll (GED-HiSET) – 1075 E Corn Harnett Blvd – Lillington – NC 27546 – Ph: (910) 814.8971/8976
Lincolnton
Gaston College (GED) – 511 S Aspen St – Lincolnton – NC 28092 – Ph: (704) 922.6321
Louisburg
Vance-Granville Comm Coll (GED) – 8100 NC Hwy 56 – Louisburg – NC 27549 – Ph: (919) 496.1567
Lumberton
Robeson Comm Coll (GED-HiSET) – 5160 Fayetteville Rd – Lumberton – NC 28359 – Ph: (910) 272.3700/3614
Marion
McDowell Tech (GED-HiSET) – 54 College Dr – Marion – NC 28752 – Ph: (828) 652.0657/659.6001 ext. 160
Mocksville
Davidson Co Comm Coll (HiSET-GED) – 1205 Salisbury Rd – Mocksville – NC 27028 – Ph: (336) 751.2885/249.8186 x 6787
Monroe
South Piedmont Comm Coll (GED-HiSET) – 4209 Old Charlotte Hwy – Monroe – NC 28110 – Ph: (704) 290.5841/5230
Morehead City
Carteret Comm Coll (GED-HiSET) – 3505 Arendell St – Morehead City – NC 28557 – Ph: (252) 222.6211
Morganton
Western Piedmont Comm Coll (GED-HiSET-TASC) – 200 E College Dr – Morganton – NC 28655 – Ph: (828) 448.6750/3134
Murphy
Tri-County Comm Coll (HiSET) – 21 Campus Circle, Murphy, NC 28906, Ph: (828) 837.6810
New Bern
Craven Comm Coll (GED-HiSET-TASC) – 800 College Ct – New Bern – NC 28562 – Ph: (252) 638.7265/7246
Pinehurst
Sandhills Comm Coll (HiSET) – 3395 Airport Rd – Pinehurst – NC 28374 – Ph: (910) 695.3777
Polkton
S Piedmont Comm Coll (GED) – 680 Hwy 74 W – Polkton – NC 28135 – Ph: (704) 272.5338
Raeford
Sandhills Comm Coll-Hoke Ctr (HiSET-GED) – 1110 E Central Ave – Raeford – NC 28376 – Ph: (910) 875.8589/695.3777
Raleigh
Wake Technical Comm Coll (GED-HiSET) – 3200 Bush St – Raleigh – NC 27609 – Ph: (919) 334.1571/1538
Harmony Health Career Training Inst (TASC) – 1631 Midtown Pl – Raleigh – NC 27609 – Ph: (919) 841.2465
Rocky Mount
Edgecombe Comm Coll (HiSET) – 225 Tarboro St – Rocky Mount – NC 27801 – Ph: (252) 823.5166
Nash Comm Coll (GED-HiSET-TASC) – 522 N Old Carriage Rd – Rocky Mount – NC 27804 – Ph: (252) 451.8389
Opportunities Industrialization Ctr (HiSET/TASC) – 402 E Virginia St – Rocky Mount – NC 27802 – Ph: (252) 212.3471/823.5166
Roxboro
Piedmont Comm Coll (HiSET) – 1715 College Dr – Roxboro – NC 27573 – Ph: (919) 599.1181
Salemburg
Tarheel Challenge Academy (HiSET) – 600 N Main St – Salemburg – NC 28385 – Ph: (910) 525.5520
Salisbury
Rowan-Cabarrus Comm Coll (GED-HiSET) – 1333 Jake Alexander Blvd – Salisbury – NC 28145 – Ph: (704) 216.3468/3536
Sanford
Central Carolina Comm Coll (GED-HiSET) – 5910 Enterprise Park Dr – Sanford – NC 27330 – Ph: (919) 777.7701
Shelby
Cleveland Comm Coll (GED-HiSET-TASC) – 137 S Post Rd – Shelby – NC 28150 – Ph: (704) 669-4228/4174
Siler City
Central Carolina Comm Coll (HiSET-GED) – 400 Progress Blvd – Siler City – NC 27344 – Ph: (919) 545.8661
Smithfield 
Johnston Comm Coll (GED-HiSET) – 245 College Rd – Smithfield – NC 27577 – Ph: (919) 209.2065/2122
Southern Pines
Sandhills Comm Coll (GED) – 3395 Airport Rd – Southern Pines – NC 28374 – Ph: (910) 695.3777
Spindale
Isothermal Comm Coll (GED-HiSET) – 286 ICC Loop Rd – Spindale – NC 28160 – Ph: (828) 395.1660/286.3636
Spruce Pine
Mayland Comm Coll (GED-HiSET) – 196 Mayland Dr – Spruce Pine – NC 28777 – Ph: (828) 766.1326/1208
Statesville
Mitchell Comm Coll (GED-HiSET) – 701 W Front St – Statesville – NC 28677 – Ph: (704) 878.3236
Sylva
Southwestern Comm Coll (GED-HiSET) – 447 College Dr – Sylva – NC 28779 – Ph: (828) 586.4486
Tarboro
Edgecombe Comm Coll (GED-HiSET) – 2009 W Wilson St – Tarboro – NC 27886 – Ph: (252) 823.5166
Taylorsville
Catawba Valley Comm Coll (GED) – 345 Industrial Blvd – Taylorsville – NC 28681 – Ph: (828) 632.8221
Thomasville
Davidson County Comm Coll (GED-HiSET) – 297 DCCC Rd – Thomasville – NC 27360 – Ph: (336) 249.8186
Troy
Montgomery Comm Coll (TASC-HiSET) – 1011 Page St – Troy – NC 27371 – Ph: (910) 576.6222
Wadesboro
S Piedmont Comm Coll (HiSET) – 514 N Washington St – Wadesboro – NC 28170 – Ph: (704) 272.5462
Washington
Beaufort Co Comm Coll (GED-HiSET) – 5337 US Hwy 264 E – Washington – NC 27889 – Ph: (252) 946.6194
Weldon
Halifax Comm Coll (GED-HiSET-TASC) – 100 College Dr – Weldon – NC 27890 – Ph: (252) 536.6362/7235
Wentworth
Rockingham Comm Coll (GED-HiSET) – 560 County Home Rd – Wentworth – NC 27375 – Ph: (336) 342.4261
Whiteville
Southeastern Comm Coll (HiSET-TASC) – 4564 Chadbourn Hwy – Whiteville – NC 28472 – Ph: (910) 642.7141
Wilkesboro
Wilkes Comm Coll (HiSET) -1328 S Collegiate Dr – Wilkesboro – NC 28697 – Ph: (336) 667.6493
Williamston
Martin Comm Coll (GED-HiSET) – 1161 Kehukee Park Rd – Williamston – NC 27892 – Ph: (252) 789.0229
Wilmington
Cape Fear Comm Coll (GED-HiSET) – 411 N Front St – Wilmington – NC 28401 – Ph: (910) 362.7045/7040
Wilson
Wilson Comm Coll (GED-HiSET) – 902 Herring Ave – Wilson – NC 27893 – Ph: (252) 246.1356/291-1195
Winston-Salem
Forsyth Tech (GED) – 2100 Silas Creek Pkwy – Winston-Salem – NC 27103 – Ph: (336) 734.7606
Forsyth Tech (TASC) -1300 Bolton St – Winston-Salem – NC 27103 – Ph: (336) 734.7758
Winterville
Pitt Comm Coll (GED-HiSET-TASC) – 1986 Pitt Tech Rd – Winterville – NC 28590 – Ph: (252) 493.7606
Yanceyville
Piedmont Comm Coll (GED-HiSET) – 331 Piedmont Dr – Yanceyville – NC 27379 – Ph: (336) 694.5707

All 58 community colleges in North Carolina are HSE testing sites.

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GED, HiSET, TASC Passing Scores

For adults and women who left high school prematurely, earning the HSE credential is important as it provides you the chance to get a better job and it also gives you the opportunity to get into college.

The GED passing score (measured on a 100-200 scale) is 145 on a 100 to 200 scale. High school equivalency score: 145-164; college-ready score: 165-174; college-ready plus credit score: 175-200.

HiSET scoring takes place on a scale up to 20 and the passing score on each of the five subtests is 8. Your essay must result in at least a 2 (out of 6) score and your total score cannot be less than 45. The five TASC subtests are scored on a 300-800 scale and the passing standard is 500. The essay part must be at least 2 (out of 8).

Testing Fees

The GED test fee in North Carolina is $20 per individual subtest )module). So the entire GED exam will cost you $80. When you fail a module in North Carolina, you can retake that part without any waiting period but when you’ve failed a subtest three times, you need to wait 60 days before you can try again.

The testing fee includes two retakes per subject field at no charge but you need to complete that within one calendar year. After that year, the regular fee will apply again.

In North Carolina, the TASC subtests are $11.20 each so the entire TASC exam will set you back $56. You are given two retests at no charge in case you fail one of the five subtests.

The HiSET exam will cost you $10.75 per subject test if you take it computer-based or $15 if you take the HiSET on paper. Per individual subtest, you’ll have two retests at no cost. So in North Carolina, the HiSET exam costs $53.75 or $75.

Preparation is crucial and please don’t forget to check our article about signing up for your GED exam at MyGED.

Four GED Subtests

The GED (General Education Development) exam must be taken entirely on a computer and contains four modules (independent subtests) in Mathematical Reasoning (Math), Science, Social Studies, and Reasoning through Language Arts (Literacy). You have the option to take one module at a time. The TASC and HiSET exams have five subtests that may also be taken individually, the Literacy part has separate Language Writing and Language Reading tests.

GED – How To Start

When you are ready to go the GED path, remember the following guidelines to get ahead in acquiring this important diploma. Find a GED prep site near you and find out if you qualify. See if the prep classes are free. Learn all about their registration policy, as there may some differences. Registration for the GED must be done online at GED.com where you’ll be asked to create your account at the online portal MyGED.

Prepare Well

Come to the exam only when you are perfectly prepared. Your local bookstore and library can provide study material for optimal preparation, and there are also many locations in your region where free GED preparation is available (click on a city near you in the listing above). You may also benefit from this website’s totally free online video lessons and practice tests. So prepare well, work on your testing readiness, take the exam and get your HSE diploma.

You may contact an adult high school or another adult education center by phone or email to see if they provide career readiness support programs or see if there are any other options or education forms like online programs to get you all set fast for a great career or continue learning in college. With your GED, any business will be glad to use your skills and knowledge! Check the directory above for a GED prep location in your area.

Free Online GED Prep in North Carolina

No Online GED Testing

If you want to go for the exam, you will need to come to an official NC testing center, the GED test, HiSET, or TASC is just not available online. Beware though, that there are many fraudulent websites that state otherwise, but mind you, they are fraudulent and only interested in stealing your hard-earned money. The documents these con artists issue are worthless!

Why a High School Diploma is Important

Nowadays, even most of the skilled apprenticeships call for a high school degree (or similar) and if you want to go to college, university, or technical/vocational school, you will need a high school or equivalent degree. Going for your HSE diploma is the first and most important step in the direction of a sunnier future.

The objective of adult education is to make sure that applicants will acquire the basic skills needed to access higher education and decently paid employment. The HSE program is actually a crucial bridge toward further competency training and higher education, and therefore sufficient funding remains necessary.

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