How to Get a GED® or HiSET® in North Carolina

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North Carolina State High School Equivalency Eligibility Requirements

  • You do not have to be a resident of North Carolina.
  • You cannot be enrolled in an accredited high school or be a high school graduate.
  • You must be 18 years old or older. However, you can take the test at 16 or 17 if you contact your local North Carolina Basic Skills Education program for the appropriate forms.
  • Cost: GED: $20 (per subject); $80 (total). HiSET: $10 (per subject); $50 (total).
  • Passing score: GED: 145 (minimum) in each subject, HiSET: 8 in each subtest, combined score of 45; minimum of 2 on the Language Arts, Writing essay. 
  • You must apply for disability accommodations for the GED test if needed and check for other GED North Carolina rules and requirements. You have to do the same for disability accommodations for the HiSET exam if you need it and be sure to check for other HiSET North Carolina rules and requirements. 
  • Whether you pass the GED test or HiSET exam, the State of North Carolina will award you a high school equivalency certificate that will show you have achieved the same level of knowledge as a high school graduate. 

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"At my age, it was difficult to enter the testing center and not feel ashamed by the younger folks’ stares. HiSET Academy prepared me to overcome that fear through preparation. Much of what I had forgotten in my youth came back to me as I studied for the HiSET exam. I re-learned things that I had forgotten I even knew to begin with."

– Ty