High School Equivalency (HSE)

An educational journey is like a long train ride. We get on and off at different points along the way before reaching the final destination. Is your final destination a college degree, a better job, or simply personal satisfaction? Your ticket to board the train is a high school equivalency diploma. Earn it now and begin your journey to a brighter future.

Our caring instructors and staff will be your guides traveling with you from orientation to graduation. With day, night, and online options, our high school equivalency classes are located conveniently at all Surry Community College locations. Get your HSE diploma and board the train today!

You must be at least sixteen years old to enroll. If you are under eighteen years old, you must complete a student release form.

Earning Your Diploma

Applicants now have two assessment options for earning a High School Equivalency Diploma: the General Education Development (GED®) test or the High School Equivalency Test (HiSET®). Successful passage of either test awards the same diploma issued by the North Carolina Board of Community Colleges. Free preparation classes are offered to give students an opportunity to gain the knowledge and skills needed to successfully pass the tests. Instruction is designed to meet each student's personal need.

HSE Online

Prepare for the high school equivalency test in the comfort of your own home or anywhere that you have internet access. Complete the HSE orientation with a fifth grade level in Reading (determined by your TABE reading score) and you will be considered a candidate for the HSE Online class.

Orientation

There is a mandatory twelve hour orientation for new High School Equivalency students and students returning after six months. This is broken down into two days with a mandatory campus tour. The orientation will be held at each learning center in Dobson, Pilot Mountain, Elkin, Yadkinville, and Mount Airy. Students must bring a current picture identification such as a driver's license/permit or government issued photo and a social security card to orientation.

Orientation Dates Day Time Location
July 11 & 12 MTues Monday: 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. and
Tuesday: 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Jones Family Resource Center, Mount Airy
July 11 & 12 MTues Monday: 5:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. and
Tuesday: 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Jones Family Resource Center, Mount Airy
July 12 & 14 TTh Tuesday: 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. and
Thursday: 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Pilot Center
July 12 & 14 TTh Tuesday: 5:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. and
Thursday: 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Pilot Center
July 12 & 14 TTh Tuesday: 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. and
Thursday: 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Elkin Center
July 12 & 14 TTh Tuesday: 5:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. and
Thursday: 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Elkin Center
July 12 & 14 TTh Tuesday: 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. and
Thursday: 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Yadkin Center
July 12 & 14 TTh Tuesday: 5:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. and
Thursday: 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Yadkin Center
July 12 & 14 TTh Tuesday: 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. and
Thursday: 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
SCC
July 12 & 14 TTh Tuesday: 5:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. and
Thursday: 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
SCC

Learning Center Hours

Start Date End Date Day(s) Time Location
01/04/16 05/05/16 MTWTh MTWTh: 8:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
TTh: 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Elkin Center
01/04/16 05/05/16 MTWThF MTWTh: 8:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
MTTh: 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
F: 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Jones Family Resource Center
01/04/16 05/05/16 TTh 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Pilot Center
01/04/16 05/05/16 MTWTh MTWTh: 8:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
TTh: 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
SCC
01/04/16 05/05/16 MTWTh MTWTh: 8:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
TTh: 5:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Yadkin Center
05/16/16 08/11/16 MTWTh MTWTh: 8:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
TTh: 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Elkin Center
05/16/16 08/11/16 MTWThF MTWTh: 8:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
MTTh: 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
F: 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Jones Family Resource Center
05/16/16 08/11/16 MTTh MTTh: 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
TTh: 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Pilot Center
05/16/16 08/11/16 MTWTh MTWTh: 8:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
TTh: 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
SCC
05/16/16 08/11/16 MTWTh MTWTh: 8:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
TTh: 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Yadkin Center

GED® Test

The GED Testing Service announced on January 25, 2016 that the passing score for the GED® test is now 145 instead of 150 for each subject area. Therefore, if you took a GED® test beginning January 1, 2014 and scored 145 or higher, then you have passed that test. Log into ged.com and on the dashboard choose My Scores to see your updated record on March 1, 2016.

Schedule Your GED® Test

Open testing takes place the 3rd Monday of each month, from 8:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. and the 3rd Wednesday of each month, from 12:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. At least one night time testing is scheduled per month from 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. However, this schedule is subject to change. There is no GED testing on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays or on National Holidays.

To register, pay for, and schedule your GED tests, visit the GED Testing Service. Registration is required a minimum of 24 hours prior to the testing date/time you want to schedule. Seating is limited, so early registration is strongly recommended. You can schedule more than one test on any of the given testing days, but you will not be able to take all four GED tests in one day.

Cancellations must be made with Pearson Vue 24 hours in advance. If you have any questions or need assistance with your online registration, please contact Pearson Vue Customer Service at 1-877-392-6433.

GED® Test Day

On the day of GED testing, please check in at our Testing Center, located in the A-building, at least 15 minutes prior to your scheduled test times so we can complete the admissions process. This will allow us to start your test according to the time you scheduled.

High School Equivalency Test (HiSET®)

  • The HiSET®, offered in English and Spanish, has five content areas: Reading, Writing, Science, Social Studies and Mathematics.
  • The test is only available as paper-based. Various accommodations are available with proper documentation and approval from HiSET®
  • Cost is $10.00 per test for a total of $50.00.
  • Two free retakes are available when you purchase the entire test for $50.00. Retakes are not available for students who purchase one test at a time.
  • Upon scoring at least 8 out of 20 on all HiSET® subtests, scoring 2 out of 6 on the essay and achieving a total scaled score of at least 45, a High School Equivalency diploma is awarded by the State Board of the Community College System.

Contact(s)

Forrest Lineberry
Director of College and Career Readiness
(336) 386-3244
lineberryf@surry.edu

Jennifer Pardue
Chief HSE Examiner/Assessment Specialist
(336) 386-3674
parduejs@surry.edu

Mary White
Program Coordinator - College and Career Readiness
(336) 386-3261
whitema@surry.edu

Nichole Shores
College and Career Readiness Transition Coach
(336) 386-3441
shoresrn@surry.edu

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