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To sign up for High School Equivalency classes related to HiSET (or GED) or Adult High School classes, please sign up for a new student orientation here:

Adult High School

If you are lacking a few credits from high school, then you may be interested in our Adult High School program. The program is online so you can work from home, and support is provided both virtually and in person. You will need to submit your high school transcript to Courtney Jackson (336-386-3663; for evaluation to determine eligibility. Enrollment is limited, so contact us now..

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 High School Equivalency 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, with a combination of online and in person options.

As a graduate of this program, you are eligible for a free college class at Surry Community College. After receiving your HSE/AHS certification, simply apply at (in “other comments”, note that you are a graduate of the HSE/AHS program).

If you have any questions related to your diploma or continuing your education, please contact Courtney Jackson at or 336-386-3663

Class Schedule

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 Courtney Jackson 336-386-3663, or Nichole Shores 336-386-3441 for dates/times.





MTWTh: 9:00 am – 2:00 pm
TTh: 4:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Elkin Center,
1461 N. Bridge St., Elkin


MTWTh: 9:00 am – 2:00 pm
TTh: 4:00 pm – 8:00 pm

MACS Community Central Office,
321 Riverside Drive, Mount Airy


MTWTh: 9:00 am – 2:00 pm
TTh: 4:00 pm – 8:00 pm

SCC Dobson,
630 S. Main St., Dobson


TWTh: 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
TTh: 4:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Yadkin Center,
1001 College Dr., Yadkinville

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.

HiSET® 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.

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. Contact Courtney Jackson 336-386-3663 for AHS Transcripts.

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