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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 high school equivalency 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 high school equivalency test by visiting 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. 2322.

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. This release form is for students who do not attend Pasquotank County Public Schools (PCPS). If you’re a PCPS student, contact Kevin Sawyer at 252-335-0042.

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


Ruthie Moody
Instructional Aide
252-335-0821 ext. 2322

Tessa Parnell
Compliance Services Coordinator
252-335-0821 ext. 2302