Schools and GED Preparation Programs
In order to pass the GED in North Carolina and earn a diploma credential, test-takers must score at least 580 total points, with a minimum of 145 on each individual subject test. The minimum age to take the GED is 16, but people under 18 must obtain prior approval.
Many students elect to take GED preparation classes before taking the exam, but they are not required. GED preparation at NC colleges can usually be taken on campus or online. Scheduling is typically flexible, with courses offered in the evenings and weekends. Sections that are covered on the GED test include reasoning through mathematics, science, social studies and reasoning through language arts. Some GED programs are provided at no cost. More details about two of the NC community colleges that offer GED preparation courses are found below.
Central Piedmont Community College's GED Preparation Programs
With more than six campuses in Mecklenburg County, Central Piedmont Community College (CPCC) offers GED preparation classes, as well as academic certificates and associate's degrees. Prep classes are held at four campuses (Cato, Central, Harper and Levine) and community locations and are available during the day, in the evening and online.
Most classes last eight weeks and are held five days a week for two hours each. An advisor will help students find the class schedule that works best for them. For students who need access to the internet for preparation assistance and studying, CPCC has computer labs.
Students who want to further their education with CPCC can dual enroll in GED preparation courses and college courses.
- Address: 1201 Elizabeth Ave., Charlotte, North Carolina 28204
- Phone Number: (704) 330-2722
Guilford Technical Community College's GED Preparation Programs
Guilford Technical Community College (GTCC) is located in Jamestown, NC and serves over 40,000 students each year. The college offers a free GED preparation course and online classes through the Basic Skills Department.
General Educational Development Program
This course prepares students for the GED exam by covering science, math, writing, reading and social studies skills. Courses are held at both the Greensboro and High Point campuses Monday through Friday during the day, as well as Monday through Thursday evenings. The class is free. Students must attend orientation before starting classes.
GED Online Program
The online program provides flexible GED preparation for students with busy schedules, work and family responsibilities or unreliable transportation. Students must have an email address, as well as access to a computer with Internet access. The online program covers all the same topics as the classroom-based program.
- Address: 601 E. Main St., Jamestown, North Carolina 27282
- Phone Number: (336) 334-4822
Why Get Your GED in North Carolina?
In October 2016, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that a high school diploma can prepare individuals for career fields that are expected to see the most new jobs added over the 2016-2016 decade. These jobs, such as personal care aide and customer service representative, also offer median wages that are higher than the median salary for all occupations, so the earning potential is higher for those with a high school diploma or equivalent than for individuals without this credential.
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