High School Equivalency Diploma
If you did not complete your high school education, Rockingham Community College offers you the opportunity to earn a High School Equivalency diploma. This can help open new doors for employment or advancement, or allow you to continue your education at RCC.
Every ten years, the GED® test is revised to make sure that this high school equivalency test represents the same content that the average high school student knows upon graduation. For the 2014 test, emphasis is not only on high school equivalency credential, it will also measure adults’ preparedness for college or work and identifies strengths and weaknesses in addition to a test score.
To obtain a High School Equivalency diploma, students must pass four tests: Reasoning through Language Arts (Reading), Mathematical Reasoning, Science and Social Studies. The GED® tests will be offered through our Pearson Vue Testing Center located in the Science Building on the RCC main campus.
RCC offers free classes to prepare you for the GED® tests. The classes are offered on the RCC campus, at various community locations in Rockingham County, and online. Admission is open to adults 18 years of age or older (special permission is required for students 16 and 17 years of age).
Orientation and placement testing are required before beginning your High School Equivalency classes. To schedule your orientation and placement test or for more information on the Basic Skills program, please call 336.342.4261, ext. 2146.
North Carolina GED® test graduates may receive official copies of their transcripts at no charge. Transcript request forms must be mailed or faxed. To obtain a North Carolina transcript request form for your GED® test scores, click here or you may call the GED® hotline (919) 807-7139 for recorded information on how to request a GED® transcript.
2014 Official GED® Testing Information and Frequently Asked Questions
The 2014 GED® test is offered in English and Spanish.
The GED® test has been updated to make sure it measures what graduating high school seniors know and what colleges and employers will expect of you. The four content areas are:
Reasoning through Language Arts - 150 minutes (including a 10-minute break)
- Mathematical Reasoning - 115 minutes
- Science - 90 minutes
- Social Studies - 90 minutes
The 2014 GED® test score scale is as follows:
Students will need to reach a score of at least 150 on each subject and a total score of 600 or higher across the four-subject tests in order to receive the GED® test credential.
What is the cost of the 2014 GED® Test?
Effective May 1, 2014, the cost of the 2014 GED® Test is $20.00 per each of the 4 test (Reasoning through Language Arts, Mathematical Reasoning, Science, and Social Studies), for a total cost of $80.00.
Do students have to pay for all of the tests at once?
There is no requirement that test-takers pay for all tests at one time. One of the advantages of the 2014 GED® program is the flexibility that it allows test-takers to register, schedule, and take only the subjects for which they are prepared. Students pay for only those parts of the test that they are ready to take and may take the GED® test subjects in any order they like.
How many times can a student take each of the 4 tests in a calendar year?
GED Testing Service® allows individuals to take the test three times without any waiting period. After the third attempt, test-takers must wait 60-days after their last attempt before they can test again. This will result in test-takers having up to eight opportunities to test in a year, should they require that many attempts.
What will the GED® Test registration process consist of?
Students are required to register online for the GED® test on computer, using the MyGED™ portal at http://www.ged.com.
MyGED™ portal is the start-to-finish, personalized online program that guides test-takers through the entire testing process and assists in post-secondary transitions. Features of the MyGED™ portal are:
- Prepare online with selected study materials using the study tool wizard
- Request accommodations
- Schedule tests and re-tests
- Review test day tips
- View and print enhanced score reports with study recommendations
- Order transcripts and diploma
- Transition to college & careers
When students are eligible to schedule their GED® test, they can log in 24/7 to www.GED.com, click "Start scheduling" on their dashboard, complete the demographic questions, schedule one test or multiple tests at a time, and pay for their test.
How do students schedule their discounted retakes if they do not pass a test?
When a student schedules a test they have not passed they will automatically receive the retest at the discounted rate. They can use their discounted retakes by simply logging into their MyGED™ account and scheduling their GED® test the same way they scheduled their initial test. When students start the scheduling process, they’ll see the non-discounted test price. Once they select their test, test time, and testing center, they’ll be taken to the checkout screen where their price will automatically reflect the discount.
The discount applies to two retests, taken within 12 months of the student’s initial subject test. After receiving two retakes at the reduced price, the price of the test returns to the regular price. If the student is not successful, they will receive two more retakes at the reduced rate.
The Official GED® Test Pearson Vue Testing Center for Rockingham Community College:
The Testing Center Lab is located in the Science Building. The Lab is open on the following days and times:
- Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday from 9:00 am – 1:00 pm AND 3:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Students should park in Parking Lot B in a visitor parking space.
You will be required to provide one or more valid forms of identification on the day of the test. The ID must be government-issued and non-expired. It must also include your name, address, date of birth, signature, and photograph. If you do not present the proper ID or required information, you will be unable to test and will lose your test payments. No personal items may be taken into the testing room. This includes, but is not limited to; bags, notes, phones, pagers, watches, and wallets.
The following forms of ID are accepted:
- Driver’s License
- Learner’s Permit
- National/state/country identification card
- Any other form of government-issued ID (national or foreign), including Matricula Consular
Students can provide more than one form of identification to meet the requirements above.
Please arrive at the test center 15 minutes before your scheduled test appointment time. This will give you adequate time to complete the necessary sign-in procedures. If you arrive more than 15 minutes late for your appointment you will be unable to test and you will forfeit the testing fee.
Students who are no-shows lose the ability to test at the scheduled time and forfeit the testing fee. Students are able to make a new appointment following the policy for reschedules, which is two business days prior to the appointment.
How will test-takers request accommodations in 2014?
Test-takers seeking accommodations will register at http://www.ged.com. During the registration process, test-takers seeking accommodations will select, “yes” when asked if they intend to apply for testing modifications (accommodations) based upon a documented disability. After selecting “yes,” test-takers will receive an email with specific information on where to submit their accommodations request, which will include a link to the accommodations website http://www.gedtestingservice.com/accommodations. GED Testing Service® will make all accommodations decisions. Test-takers will be notified in writing of the accommodations decision, usually within 30 days. If approved, test-takers will be given specific instructions for how to schedule their accommodated GED® Tests with the Pearson VUE Accommodations Scheduling team. If not approved, test-takers will be advised about the appeal procedures. Either way, test-takers will then have the ability to call to discuss the accommodations decision.
What accommodations will be available for test-takers in 2014?
Most of the accommodations available for the 2002 Series GED® Test will still be available with the 2014 GED® test, including: 25%, 50%, and 100% extended time, stop-the-clock breaks, private room, calculator, scribe, reader, etc. In addition, development is underway for screen reading software to be available for blind test-takers, and zoom/magnification will be available for low-vision test-takers. These enhancements are expected to be available by mid-2014. All test-takers will have the ability to alter the color/contrast settings and increase the font size of their exam. These options will be available to all test-takers without the need for accommodations. The audiocassette test will not be available in 2014.