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. Students may take the online class by itself or in combination with the HSE classroom.


Orientation

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.

Orientation Dates Time Location
Oct. 10 T: 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. or 5:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. Main Campus, J-103
Nov. 14 T: 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. or 5:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. Main Campus, J-103

Learning Center Hours

Fall 2017

Start Date End Date Day(s) Time Location
08/16/17 12/14/17 MTWTh MTWTh: 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
TTh: 5:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Elkin Center
08/16/17 12/14/17 MTWTh MTWTh: 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
MTWTh: 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Jones Family Resource Center
08/16/17 12/14/17 MTWTh MTWTh: 4:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Pilot Center
08/16/17 12/14/17 MTWTh MTWTh: 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
MTWTh: 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Main Campus
08/16/17 12/14/17 MTWTh MTWTh: 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
TWTh: 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.
  • 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.

2017 GED® Testing Calendar

Test Date Day Time Location
10/16/17 M 8:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. SCC, A-Building
10/18/17 W 12:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. SCC, A-Building
11/13/17 M 8:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. SCC, A-Building
11/15/17 W 12:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. SCC, A-Building
11/23/17 Th Thanksgiving Holiday Campus Closed
11/24/17 F Thanksgiving Holiday Campus Closed
12/04/17 M 8:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. SCC, A-Building
12/06/17 W 12:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. 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.

2017 HiSET® Testing Calendar

Test Date Day Time Location
09/21/17 Th 3:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. SCC, J103
10/05/17 Th 3:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. SCC, J103
10/16/17 M 8:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. SCC, J103
10/18/17 W 8:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. SCC, J103
10/26/17 Th 3:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. SCC, J103
11/02/17 Th 3:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. SCC, J103
11/13/17 M 8:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. SCC, J103
11/15/17 W 8:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. SCC, J103
11/16/17 Th 3:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. SCC, J103
12/04/17 M 8:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. SCC, J103
12/06/17 W 8:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. SCC, J103
12/07/17 Th 3:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. SCC, J103
HiSET Paper Based Testing will take place in J-103 (Main Campus in Dobson).