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.

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.

Orientation – Spring 2019

An orientation is required for all new High School Equivalency students, Adult High School students, and students returning after 90 days. This will be scheduled in one, four-hour day or night session. The orientation will be held on Main Campus in Dobson in room J-103. Any student age 16 or 17 must present a completed SCC Student Release form.

Orientation Date Day Time Location *Cost
January 8, 2019 Tue. 9:00 am – 1:00 pm
5:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Main Campus, J-103 Free
February 12, 2019 Tue. 9:00 am – 1:00 pm
5:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Main Campus, J-103 Free
March 12, 2019 Tue. 9:00 am – 1:00 pm
5:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Main Campus, J-103 Free
April 2, 2019 Tue. 9:00 am – 1:00 pm
5:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Main Campus, J-103 Free

Learning Center Hours – Spring 2019

Start Date End Date Day(s) Time Location
01/07/19 05/09/19 MTWTh MTWTh: 9:00 am – 2:00 pm
TTh: 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Elkin Center
01/07/19 05/09/19 TTh 9:00 am – 2:00 pm
5:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Jones Family Resource Center
01/07/19 05/09/19 TTh 4:00 pm – 8:00 pm Pilot Center
01/07/19 05/09/19 MTWTh MTWTh: 9:00 am – 2:00 pm
TTh: 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Main Campus
01/07/19 05/09/19 TWTh TWTh: 9:00 am – 2:00 pm
TTh: 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Yadkin Center


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:

Semester Start Date End Date
Spring 2019 01/07/19 05/09/19

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.
  • 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. Financial assistance for the GED testing series is available through the Project Skill-up grant.
  • 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.

2018 GED® Testing Calendar

Test Date Day Time Location
12/3/18 M 8:30 am – 1:30 pm SCC, A-Building
12/5/18 W 12:30 pm – 5:30 pm SCC, A-Building
*Schedule is subject to change.
There is no GED testing on Thursdays and Fridays or on National Holidays.
Night time GED testing is no longer available.

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 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.

2018 HiSET® Testing Calendar

Test Date Day Time Location
12/03/18 M 9:30 am – 3:30 pm SCC, J-103
12/05/18 W 9:30 am – 3:30 pm SCC, J-103
12/06/18 Th 3:30 pm – 8:30 pm SCC, J-103
12/08/18 Sat. 8:00 am – 2:00 pm SCC, J-103
HiSET Paper Based Testing will take place in J-103 (Main Campus in Dobson).


Forrest Lineberry
Director of College and Career Readiness and HRD Director
(336) 386-3244

Mary White
Program Coordinator - College and Career Readiness
(336) 386-3261

Jennifer Pardue
Chief HSE Examiner / Adult High School Coordinator
(336) 386-3674

Nichole Shores
College and Career Readiness Transition Coach
(336) 386-3441

Find out how to receive financial assistance through Surry Skill-Up.