High School Equivalency Testing (GED® and HiSET®)

Wake Technical Community College is currently offering the GED® (published by GED Testing Service®) and HiSET® (published by Educational Testing Services) High School Equivalency assessments. The two current assessments cover the same content areas and allow test-takers to demonstrate proficiency and the academic skills expected by employers and post-secondary institutions. ​​

Passing either of the two assessments in North Carolina will result in the issuance of a High School Equivalency Diploma by the North Carolina State Board of Community Colleges. Upon completion, order copies of your High School Equivalency diploma or transcript through Diploma Sender

For more information, please visit the North Carolina Community College Website.

Testing Center Hours of Operation

GED & Pearson VUE

8:30am - 2:00pm (beginning November 1, 2021)

Tuesday Temporarily Closed
GED & Pearson VUE

8:30am - 2:00pm (beginning November 1, 2021)

8:30 am,
10:30 am,
2:30 pm, and 4:30pm
Friday Temporarily Closed

*Appointments are required

Contact Us

If you are interested in enrolling in our tuition-waived classes to help you prepare for your GED or HiSET test, please email [email protected] to connect with our advising department. You must connect with our advising team to get enrolled. 

  • Testing Center Email - [email protected]
  • GED Customer Service – 1-877-392-6433
  • HiSET Customer Service – 1-855- 694-4738

Registration Information​

Test takers are required to create an online account with test vendors before scheduling their exams. To assist you in selecting a vendor, please view the information below.

  • Step 1: Create your account on the appropriate test vendor website.
  • Step 2: Schedule your exam – you should receive an email confirmation after scheduling.
  • Step 3: Prepare for your appointment by reviewing all information sent to you by your test vendor.


Website: www.ged.com
Customer Service: 1-877-392-6433
Computer-based testing only

Test Subject Test Duration NC Cost Passing Score
Social Studies 70 minutes $20 145
Science 90 minutes $20 145
Math 115 minutes $20 145
Reasoning through Language Arts 150 minutes $20 145


Website: www.hiset.ets.org
Customer Service: 1-855-694-4738
Computer-based and Paper-based testing available.
**Due to COVID-19, we are only offering computer-based testing at this time.

Test Subject Test Duration NC Cost (Paper / Computer) Passing Score*
Reading 65 minutes $15 / $10.75 8
Social Studies 70 minutes $15 / $10.75 8
Science 80 minutes $15 / $10.75 8
Math 90 minutes $15 / $10.75 8
Writing 120 minutes $15 / $10.75 8
(You must score at
least a 2 on your essay)

**The passing score for each subject area is 8. However, your total score must equal 45 to be credentialed and receive your High School Equivalency diploma.

Who is eligible for High School Equivalency testing?

Any person 18 years old and over may choose to take the GED® or HiSET®. If you are 16 or 17 years of age, you must take the exam after you obtain approval. The North Carolina High School Equivalency testing program requires all candidates 16 and 17 years of age to obtain special approval to take the High School Equivalency Test. There will be an underage block on any account created for candidates aged 16 and 17 until the paperwork is submitted. Contact Wendy Elston-Davis ([email protected]) our local North Carolina Basic Skills Education program for the appropriate forms or download below.

Download Underage Student Forms

How can I get approval for testing if I am underage (16-17 years old)?

To get approval for HSE testing, you must obtain and complete drop release forms. You can pick up a copy from the front desk at the Beltline Education Center (3200 Bush Street, Raleigh, NC 27609).

Download Drop/Release Forms

Upon completion, submit your forms to our program counselor, Wendy Elston-Davis either in person or electronically. After submitting your documents, you should create an account on the GED or HiSET website for underage approval.

Wendy Elston-Davis
[email protected]

Do I need to be a resident of North Carolina to take the GED® or HiSET® test?

No, there is no jurisdiction requirement. You must create an account with GED® or HiSET® to schedule exam appointments.

What score do I need to pass the High School Equivalency Subject Test?

You must score a 145 for GED® to pass each subject area. For HiSET® you need to score a minimum of 8 on each subject area. However, your total score including all subject areas must equal 45.

Can I combine GED® & HiSET® scores?

No, you must successfully pass and meet the requirements for one test vendor. You cannot combine scores.

What kind of ID is required to take GED® and HiSET® tests?

When you schedule your appointment, please read all the instructions carefully for ID requirements. You must have a valid government issued ID to test including a photo and signature. We cannot accept DMV renewal slips, expired IDs, or photos of a valid ID. These requirements are subject to change. It is important to contact your test vendor prior to your appointment if you are unsure about ID requirements.

Can I take my GED® or HiSET® test at home? How much does it cost?

Any person 18 years old and over has the option to take their GED® or HiSET® test at home. Please review the vendor-specific website for additional information including technology requirements. At-home testing is coordinated through the test vendor and not our testing center. For assistance, please contact customer service.

**Prices are subject to change. For the most up-to-date information, please contact customer service.**

I think I may be eligible for testing accommodations, what are the next steps?

All accommodation requests are through the test vendor that you decide to use. You must work directly with the test vendor to move forward with an accommodation request. Please access the appropriate website below for additional information.

How can I request a copy of my diploma or transcript?

Upon completing your High School Equivalency credential you can request copies of your diploma and transcript by registering at www.diplomasender.com. Follow the instructions provided on the website to obtain copies. For assistance, please contact Diploma Sender at 1-855-313-5799.

What should I do in case of inclement weather?

Information about the closing of the college because of inclement weather will be announced on the Wake Tech website. If you have a scheduled appointment, you will be contacted via phone or email associated with your testing account as soon as possible. Any rescheduling will be done through customer service with your test vendor.

I cannot find any available appointments, what should I do?

Due to COVID-19, we open availability one month in advance. New dates should be available by the second week of each month. Please check back around that time for the next month’s availability.