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General Education Diploma (GED)


GED classes focus on areas of mathematics, literature, writing, social studies, and science. Stanly Community College offers classes in a variety of locations and online.

NC Community Colleges GED® FAQs:

What is the current cost to take the GED® test?

  • At this time, the North Carolina Community College System has identified the GED® testing fee for 2014 as $80.00. Any changes to GED® testing fees would require action by the State Board of Community Colleges.

I’ve already begun taking the 2002 series of GED® tests. Will I be able to continue taking these tests in 2013?

  • The 2002 series of GED® tests is currently offered via North Carolina’s community colleges. This series of tests will be available until December 31, 2013.

What’s the difference between the 2002 series of GED® tests and the new tests offered in 2014?

  • The 2002 GED® test series is comprised of five content areas: social studies, science, mathematics, reading and writing.
  • GED® Testing Service announced that a new, computer-based assessment would be aligned with state common core standards.
  • The 2014 GED® test series is comprised of four content areas: literacy, mathematics, science and social studies.
  • This new battery of tests will be launched January, 2014, replacing the 2002 battery of tests.
  • Scores from the 2002 series of GED® tests are not transferable to the 2014 assessment.

I’ve heard all GED® tests will soon be delivered via computer. What does this mean?

  • In 2010 it was announced that, through a collaboration with Pearson Vue, GED® tests would begin a transition to computer-based testing, with all assessments being delivered via computer by January 2014.

My testing location plans to offer computer-based tests in summer 2013. Does this mean I can no longer take the paper-based test?

  • Test-takers will continue to have the option to take the paper-based, 2002 battery of tests through December 2013.

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Albemarle Campus
Suzanne Shields

Online Programs
Aliceia Atkinson