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High School Equivalency

The High School Equivalency (HSE) Diploma Program is designed to help the adult earn the equivalent of a high school diploma. The student studies subjects in the five areas of writing, reading, mathematics, social studies and science in preparation for testing. There is no charge to enroll in the HSE Diploma program. Orientation class is required prior to enrollment. RichmondCC provides testing for two of the HSE tests: the 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.


Class Times

Richmond County Day - Adult Basic Education

Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday I 5 - 8 p.m. I James Building, Hamlet

Monday - Thursday I 8:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. I Richmond County Literacy Council

Monday & Wednesday I 5:30 - 8:00 p.m. I Richmond County Literacy Council

Richmond County Day - Adult High School

Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday I 5 - 8 p.m. I James Building, Hamlet

Online Classes Available

The College and Career Readiness Program offers HSE diploma classes via the Internet for students who are unable to attend traditional, regularly scheduled classes due to work schedules, health, or personal preference. To enroll in HSE online classes, adults must attend a face-to-face orientation session and must be assessed to determine the proper academic level of materials to begin working in. Follow-up testing is required on site periodically. 

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