High School Equivalency: GED/HiSET

Request High School Equivalency Records

Effective April 15, 2018, new processes are in place for requesting GED® and High School Equivalency (HSE) records. Visit the North Carolina Community College System’s page on High School Equivalency for instructions and current forms.

Earn Your North Carolina High School Equivalency Diploma

If you want to pursue a rewarding career or continue your education, then getting your high school credential is the most important step you can take. Colleges as well as many employers require one.

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 the US Department of Education 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.

Candidates choose one of the two assessments (GED® or HiSET®) to pursue a High School Equivalency Diploma. Each assessment is a set of tests that when passed certify the test taker has met high-school level academic skills.

GED Testing Service

Cost: $80 (includes all 4 tests)
GED Testing Services (GEDTS) policy changes

  • Change in pricing
    • Current: $20 per section
    • July 1, 2023: $26 per section
  • Retake policy
    • Current: 2 free retakes per year for each section
    • July 1, 2023: 1 free retake per year for each section

Computer-based test

4 Subjects

  • Language Arts
  • Science
  • Social Studies
  • Mathematics

Retake the test up to two times for free.
Register for the GED®.

 HiSET Logo

Cost: $53.75 (includes all 5 tests – Computer-based)
Cost: $75 (includes all 5 tests – Paper-based)

Computer or paper-based test

5 Subjects

  • Reading
  • Writing
  • Science
  • Social Studies
  • Mathematics

Retake the test up to two times for free.
Register for HiSET®.