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High School Equivalency (HSE) Testing Services

The High School Equivalency (HSE) diploma is a gateway for adults to find their way to better paying jobs and higher education. Millions of adults have earned their HSE, which is accepted at all community colleges. A recent study showed that a high school dropout who obtains the HSE diploma could see an income rise of 43 percent. HSE graduates make an average of $385,000 more in their lifetime than people without. That’s a raise of $12,000 a year for most people. The HSE becomes more profitable when the student goes on to college. The average income for college graduates is $44,000, more than double the income of people who haven’t graduated high school.

HSE Testing Services

The North Carolina Community College System has approved the following High School Equivalency (HSE) tests: GED, HiSET, and TASC. RichmondCC provides testing for GED and HiSET. The GED Test is available only at the James Building and is provided as a computer based exam. Each test is $20 per test (4 tests) or approximately $80. The HiSET Test is available at the James Building and Honeycutt Center and is provided as a paper based exam. HiSET tests are $10/test (5 tests) or $50 for the entire test. 

Students must register and pay for either exam at  or Each website offers additional resources to help prepare the student for an HSE test and a monthly testing schedule. Upon successful completion of a HSE test, the student will receive a High School Equivalency Diploma from North Carolina State Board of Community Colleges. A graduation ceremony is held annually for the Adult High School and HSE Diploma graduates.

Requirements to enter the HSE Program

  • Attend and complete an assessment/orientation session.
  • Score a minimum of 8.9 on the assessment test.
  • Minors 16 and 17 years of age must submit additional forms and information.

Richmond Community College Testing Services

For More Information

Hunter Smith
College and Career Readiness Coordinator
Workforce and Economic Development
(910) 410-1782

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