High School Equivalency

The High School Equivalency program at WPCC is designed to prepare students to pass the HiSET® or GED® test. To earn a high school credential through this program, a student must pass a standardized test. Students prepare for the test by attending classes on campus, in the community, or online. The resulting High School Equivalency Diploma is issued by the State of North Carolina.

The program provides:

  • flexible attendance policies
  • free classes and free materials
  • extra help when you need it
  • study at your own pace
  • friendly, supportive teachers

Here are  answers to some frequently-asked questions about our program.

How long will it take?

This program is designed so that you can work at your own pace. The time it takes to complete the program depends on what your skills are when you start and how hard you work while enrolled.

When and where do classes meet?

High School Equivalency classes provide custom instruction through online, self-paced programs.

How does a student get started?

New student orientation is required!

Can I test without orientation?


How old do I need to be to enroll in the High School Equivalency program?

The minimum age is 16. Students under 18 must bring a parent or guardian with them. The parent or guardian must also bring a valid photo ID. If you are under 18 and last attended a Burke County Public High School, you will also need to bring the completed Referral for Adult High School Program form. If you are not a BCPS student, we will need a copy of the official withdrawal form from your previous high school or a copy of the Official Non-Public Home School Registration Record. Please let us know if you need to reschedule your appointment if you do not have the required documentation.

How can I sign up for HiSET® or GED® testing at Western Piedmont Community College?

How can I contact the program to register or to obtain more information?

For more information call 828-448-6710. To request more information, please submit our online form.

If you need accommodations, contact Disability Services, Deanna Keller at 828-448-3154 or dkeller@wpcc.edu. You may find more information at https://www.wpcc.edu/disability-services/.


GED® is a registered trademark of the American Council on Education. Used under license.
HiSET® is a registered trademark of Educational Testing Service (ETS) and used in the United States under license.