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Begin Your Journey to a Brighter Future

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.

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.

Adult High School

If you are an adult that did not graduate from high school, we offer an alternative to the High School Equivalency program. If you are lacking a few credits from high school, then you may be interested in our new Adult High School program. The program is online so you can work from home and attend our learning centers for instructor assistance. You will need to attend an orientation session and meet with Jennifer Pardue to evaluate your high school transcript to determine your eligibility. Seating is limited, so register now.

Classes are offered at our five learning centers for *free.

Earning Your Diploma

Surry Community College offers two assessment options for earning a High School Equivalency Diploma. Students can take either 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.

Being a graduate of this program, you are eligible for a free curriculum or workforce training class. Please complete the application at In the “other comments” section, please include that you are a graduate of the HSE/AHS program. Please note, you do not have to wait until our ceremony to register for upcoming classes. You are a graduate now and are eligible for your free class.

If you have any questions related to your diploma or continuing your education, please contact Forrest Lineberry at (336) 386-3244 or or Jennifer Pardue at (336) 386-3674

Orientation – Fall 2020

An orientation is required for all new High School Equivalency students and students returning after 90 days. This will be scheduled in one, four-hour day or night session. Any student age 16 or 17 must present a completed SCC Student Release form. Please call Jennifer Pardue 336-386-3674, or Nichole Shores 336-386-3441 for dates/times.

Orientation Locations:

  • Dobson Campus, J-103
  • Yadkin Center, YA-132
  • Elkin Center, Room 134

Learning Center Hours – Fall 2020

Start Date End Date Day(s) Time Location


MTWTh MTWTh: 9:00 am – 2:00 pm
TTh: 4:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Elkin Center,
1461 N. Bridge St., Elkin


TTh 9:00 am – 2:00 pm
4:00 pm – 8:00 pm
MACS Community Central Office,
321 Riverside Drive, Mount Airy


MTWTh MTWTh: 9:00 am – 2:00 pm
TTh: 4:00 pm – 8:00 pm
SCC Dobson,
630 S. Main St., Dobson


TWTh TWTh: 9:00 am – 2:00 pm
TTh: 4:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Yadkin Center,
1001 College Dr., Yadkinville

Registration Fall 2020

Registration for all High School Equivalency and Adult High School class sites will be held for continuing students during normal operating hours on the following dates:

Please contact one of the following staff members to register for Fall classes:

  • Jennifer Pardue: (336) 386-3674 or
  • Nichole Shores: (336) 386-3441 or

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 available as paper-based and computer-based. Various accommodations are available with proper documentation and approval from HiSET®
  • Cost is $15.00 per test for a total of $75.00 for paper-based version.
  • Cost is $10.75 per test for a total of $53.75 for computer-based version.
  • Two free retakes are available per subject area.
    • You may test on each subtest three times during a calendar year.
    • You may retest at any time you determine you are ready for another attempt. It is highly recommended that you take advantage of additional preparation and instruction provided free at all 58 North Carolina community colleges before scheduling your retest.
    • Retake credits may only be used for the same test format as the original test.
    • For more information about HiSET and the requirements please visit North Carolina HiSET Requirements
  • 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.

2020 HiSET® Paper-Based Testing Calendar


GED® Test

  • The GED® test, offered in English and Spanish, has four content areas: Reasoning through Language Arts, Mathematical Reasoning, Science, and Social Studies.
  • The test is computer-based only and requires student knowledge of basic computer skills, which is part of the HSE curriculum. Paper testing is also available as an accommodation.
  • Cost is $20.00 per test for a total of $80.00 for the entire series. Books, materials and instruction are provided free of charge.
  • When you pay for one test, you get two retakes at no additional charge. After the third attempt to pass a GED subject area, you must wait sixty (60) days before you can take the test again.
  • Upon attaining minimum standard scores of 145 on each of the four tests, a High School Equivalency diploma is awarded to the student by the State Board of the Community College System.

Schedule Your GED® Test

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.

2020 GED® Testing Calendar


GED® Test Day

On the day of GED testing, please check in at our Testing Center, located in the A-building at the main campus in Dobson, 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 (HSE) Records Request

We are pleased to announce transfer of all North Carolina High School Equivalency (HSE) records (GED, HiSET and TASC) to DiplomaSender who will fulfill all records requests on behalf of the North Carolina State Board of Community Colleges, effective immediately. To request a record please visit Diploma Sender.

DiplomaSender uses the latest technology and security standards to protect data and will not work on Internet Explorer. Please use an updated browser such as Google Chrome, Microsoft Edge, or Mozilla Firefox.

Adult High School records requests will continue to be processed at the community college where the student earned the Adult High School diploma; not by DiplomaSender, nor the HSE Records Office.

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