Surry Sets High School Equivalency August Orientation Dates


Event Time: 8:30-11:30 a.m. and 6-9 p.m.

Event Location: The Elkin Center, Jones Family Resource Center, The Pilot Center, The Yadkin Center and SCC's main campus, Room J-222.

Surry Community College is announcing orientation dates for the High School Equivalency program or HSE, formerly known as GED.

The HSE program allows students to earn a High School Equivalency diploma from the State Board of the North Carolina Community College System. The orientation dates are as follows:  Monday, Aug. 25 and Tuesday, Aug. 26, 8:30 to 11:30 a.m.; Monday, Aug. 25 and Tuesday, Aug. 26, 6 to 9 p.m.; and Wednesday, Aug. 27 and Thursday, Aug. 28, 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. The orientations will each be held concurrently at The Elkin Center, Jones Family Resource Center, The Pilot Center, The Yadkin Center and Surry Community College’s campus in Dobson, Room J-222.

Orientation is mandatory for new Adult Basic Education/HSE students and students returning after six months. Students need to attend the same time slot each day and evening session. A student release form is required for all students 16 or 17 years old. Contact one of the following learning centers to pre-register for orientation: Dobson campus (336) 386-3455; Yadkin Center (336) 679-4600, ext. 3594; Jones Family Resource Center (336) 786-1071; Elkin Center (336) 386-3604; and Pilot Center (336) 386-3618.

The 2014 HSE test is computer based only, but paper testing is available as an accommodation. The test will have four content areas: Reasoning through Language Arts (150 minutes), Mathematical Reasoning (115 minutes), Science (90 minutes) and Social Studies (90 minutes). Scores do not carry over for students that have not completed the series of tests from 2002. The test is offered in English and Spanish.

Students will have three opportunities to test per year, per content area. The cost to students is $20 per test for a total of $80 for the entire series. Upon attaining minimum standard scores of 150 on each of the four tests and a total of 600, a High School Equivalency diploma is awarded to the student by the North Carolina State Board of the Community College System. Books, materials and instruction are provided free of charge.

Students can prepare for the HSE test in the comfort of their own homes or anywhere they have Internet access. Complete the two-day orientation for the HSE program, and you will be considered as a candidate for the HSE Online class. You must attend a one-hour HSE online orientation session at one of our learning centers. Once you’ve completed orientation, a minimum of 12 hours a month, just three hours a week, is all that is required of each student. For more information, contact Jennifer Pardue (336) 386-3674 or

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