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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.


For GED transcript requests, visit Diploma Sender.

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