High School Equivalency

High School Equivalency

North Carolina’s High School Equivalency (HSE) Diploma program offers instruction to assist learners in preparing to successfully pass a designated high school equivalency assessment. The three nationally-recognized assessments used to obtain a state-issued High School Equivalency credential in North Carolina are GED®, HiSET® and TASC.

Please note that students 16-17 years of age must contact the Basic Skills Director (find a college)  at their local community college to request drop-release paperwork to be eligible to take high school equivalency assessments in North Carolina.

The three nationally-recognized assessments used to obtain a state-issued High School Equivalency credential in North Carolina are GED®, HiSET® and TASC.  All three High School Equivalency assessments are recognized by US Department of Education USDOE GEN-14-16 and cover the same content areas. Passing any one of the assessments will lead to the same High School Equivalency Diploma issued by the North Carolina State Board of Community Colleges.

  • GED® testing is currently available at 80 testing centers located at any of the 58 community colleges.
  • HiSET® testing is available at 33 of the 58 community colleges. HiSET implementation timeline is determined by each individual community college. Go to https://ereg.ets.org/ereg/public/testcenter/search?_p=HSE to locate a HiSET testing center in your area.
  • TASC testing is available at 19 community colleges. TASC implementation timeline is determined by each individual community college. Go to https://northcarolina.tasctest.com/ to locate a TASC testing center in your area.

Please note that all high school equivalency testing options may not be available at all community colleges and that some restrictions apply.