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High School Equivalency Program Overview

College of The Albemarle’s (COA) High School Equivalency (HSE) is designed for adult students who test above a 9th-grade level in math and reading but haven’t obtained a high school diploma.

This program will prepare you to successfully pass the official standardized HSE test. By passing the high school equivalency test, you’ll become eligible for a North Carolina Equivalency Diploma, which is nationally recognized as equivalent to a traditional high school diploma.

The HSE program includes:

  • Instruction in social studies, science, literature/writing and mathematics
  • Day and evening classes, both on and off campus
  • Free use of books and materials


Seating is limited so register early.

Students can register to take the computer-based HSE test by visiting Pearson VUE™. There is a required testing fee to cover the costs of the high school equivalency test. For more information, please call 252-335-0821 ext. 2991.

When you register, please supply your:

  • Social Security card
  • State-issued photo identification (or passport or military identification)


If you’re a qualifying minor (age 16 or 17), please have your parent/legal guardian complete and sign our Minor Application for Admission.

Please have your Minor Application for Admission notarized. Contact our notary, Tessa Parnell, at 252-335-0821 ext. 2302 to make an appointment.


For GED transcript requests, visit Diploma Sender.

For Adult High School transcript requests, please contact Tessa Parnell at