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.
You don’t hold a high school diploma and do not attend another educational program.
HSE 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.
- Elizabeth City
- High Point
- Rocky Mount
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 HSE testing centers
Stanly Comm Coll – 141 College Dr, Albemarle, NC 28001, 704-991-0253
Randolph Comm Coll Extension – PO Box 4715, Archdale, NC 27263, 336-633-0126
Randolph Comm Coll – 629 Industrial Park Avenue, Asheboro, NC 27204, 336-633-0241
Asheville-Buncombe Tech – 340 Victoria Road, Asheville, NC 28801, 828-254-1921
Caldwell Community Coll – 372 Community Coll. Dr, Boone, NC 28607, 828-297-5253
Blue Ridge Comm Coll – 1030 Asheville Highway, Brevard, NC 28712, 828-694-1746
Alamance Comm Coll – 1304 Plaza Dr – Burlington – NC 27215, 336-506-4300
Central Piedmont Comm Coll – 1141 Elizabeth Avenue, Charlotte, NC 28235, 704-330-6975
Sampson Comm Coll – 1801 Sunset Avenue, Clinton, NC 28329, 910-592-8081
Rowan-Cabarrus Comm Coll – 1531 Trinity Church Rd, Concord, NC 28027, 704-216-3507
Gaston College – 201 Highway 321 S, Dallas, NC 28034, 704-922-6321
Surry Comm Coll – 630 South Main Street, Dobson, NC 27017, 336-386-3243
Bladen Comm Coll – 7418 NC 41 West Dublin, NC 28332, 910-879-5587
Technical Comm Coll – 1637 Lawson Street, Durham, NC 27703, 919-536-7220
Technical Comm Coll – 2201 Hull Road, Fayetteville, NC 28303, 910-678-0053
Blue Ridge Comm Coll – 180 W Campus Drive, Flat Rock, NC 28731, 828-694-1746
Alamance Comm Coll – 1247 Jimmie Kerr Road, Graham, NC 27253, 336-506-4131
Pamlico Comm Coll – 5049 Highway 306 S, Grantsboro, NC 28529, 252-249-1851
Guilford Tech – 3505 E Wendover Avenue, Greensboro, NC 27405, 336-334-4822
Pitt Comm Coll – Highway 11 South, Greenville, NC 27834, 252-493-7606
Craven Comm Coll – 305 Cunningham Boulevard, Havelock, NC 28532, 252-444-3518
Vance/Granville Comm Coll – 200 SR 1126, Henderson, NC 27536, 252-738-3318
Catawba Valley Comm Coll – 2550 Highway 70 South East, Hickory, NC 28602, 828-327-7000
Guilford Tech Comm Coll – 901 South Main St, High Point, NC 27260, 336-454-1126
Caldwell Community Coll – 2855 Hickory Blvd, Hudson, NC 28638, 828-726-2230
Coastal Carolina Comm Coll – 444 Western Blvd, Jacksonville, NC 28546, 910-938-6320
James Sprunt Comm Coll – 133 James Sprunt Dr, Kenansville, NC 28349, 910-296-2506
Lenoir Comm Coll – 231 Highway 58 South, Kinston, NC 28502, 252-527-6223
Davidson County Comm Coll – 297 DCCC Road, Lexington, NC 27292, 336-224-4575
Central Carolina Comm Coll – 695 Shawtown Road, Lillington, NC 27546, 919-777-7706
Robeson Comm Coll – 5160 Fayetteville Road, Lumberton, NC 28359, 910-272-3614
McDowell Tech – 316 Baldwin Ave, Marion, NC 28752, 828-652-0657
South Piedmont Comm Coll – 4209 Old Charlotte Hwy, Monroe, NC 28110, 704-290-5230
Carteret Comm Coll – 3505 Arendell Street, Box 849, Morehead City, NC 28557, 252-222-6211
Western Piedmont Comm Coll – 200 E College Dr, Morganton, NC 28655, 828-448-3117
Craven Comm Coll – 800 College Court, New Bern, NC 28562, 252-638-7246
Sandhills Comm Coll – 3395 Airport Road, Pinehurst, NC 28374, 910-695-3777
North Carolina Comm Coll System – 5016 Mail Service Center, Raleigh, NC 27699, 919-807-7137
Wake Technical Comm Coll – 9101 Fayetteville Road, Raleigh, NC 27603, 919-334-1538
Edgecombe Comm Coll – 225 Tarboro St, Rocky Mount, NC 27801, 252-446-0436
Nash Comm Coll – 522 N. Old Carriage Rd, Rocky Mount, NC 27804, 252-451-8244
Piedmont Comm Coll – 1715 College Drive, Roxboro, NC 27573, 919-599-1181
Rowan/Cabarrus Comm Coll – 1333 Jake Alexander Boulevard, Salisbury, NC 28145, 704-216-3507
Central Carolina Comm Coll – 900 S Vance Street, Sanford, NC 27330, 919-777-7706
Cleveland Comm Coll – 137 S Post Rd, Shelby, NC 28150, 704-484-6621
Central Carolina Comm Coll – 502 W Third St, Siler City, NC 27344, 919-777-7706
Johnston Comm Coll – 245 College Road, Smithfield, NC 27577, 919-209-2564
Lenoir Comm Coll – 818 Hwy 91, Snow Hill, NC 28580, 252-747-3434
Isothermal Comm Coll – 286 ICC Loop Road, Spindale, NC 28160, 828-286-3636
Mayland Comm Coll – 200 Mayland Drive, Spruce Pine, NC 28777, 828-765-7351
Mitchell Comm Coll – 701 West Front St, Statesville, NC 28677, 704-878-3236
Brunswick Comm Coll – Highway 17, Supply, NC 28462, 910-755-7386
Southwestern Comm Coll – 447 College Drive, Sylva, NC 28779, 828-586-4091
Edgecombe Comm Coll – 2009 W Wilson St, Tarboro, NC 27886, 252-823-5166
Catawba Valley Comm Coll – 345 Industrial Blvd, Taylorsville, NC 28681, 828-327-7000
Beaufort County Comm Coll – 5337 US Highway 264 East, Washington, NC 27889, 252-940-6264
Haywood Comm Coll – 23 Hendrix Street, Waynesville, NC 28786, 828-627-4700
Halifax Comm Coll – 100 College Drive, Weldon, NC 27890, 252-538-4313
Rockingham Comm Coll – Highway 65, P.O. Box 38, Wentworth, NC 27375, 336-342-4261
Southeastern Comm Coll – 4564 Chadbourn Highway, Whiteville, NC 28472, 910-642-7141
Martin Comm Coll – 1161 Kehukee Park Rd, Williamston, NC 27892, 252-792-1521
Cape Fear Comm Coll – 411 N Front Street, Wilmington, NC 28401, 910-362-7043
Wilson Comm Coll – 902 Herring Ave, Wilson, NC 27893, 252-246-1356
Forsyth Tech – 2100 Silas Creek Pkwy, Winston-Salem, NC 27103, 336-734-7759
Piedmont Comm Coll – 331 Piedmont Drive, Yanceyville, NC 27379, 336-694-5707
All 58 community colleges in North Carolina are HSE testing sites. Questions? Call North Carolina’s state office at: 919-807-7214.
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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).
GED Test Fee in North Carolina was lowered to $80 ($20 per module). The TASC testing fee in North Carolina is $52 and the HiSET will set you back $50.
Preparation is crucial and please don’t forget to check our article about signing up for your GED exam at MyGED.
Four GED modules
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 within a 2-year period. TASC and HiSET 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.
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 GED online 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!
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 must be 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.