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State Requirements

Price & Payment

Registration & Scheduling

Test Scores

Retake Policies

GED® Test Credential

Different Languages

 

 

State Requirements (top)

How old do I need to be to take the test (without exceptions)?

In North Carolina, the minimum age required to take the GED® test is 16 years old.   

I’m underage. What do I need to do to take the test?

If you are under the age of 18, you may require approval for an exception. The North Carolina GED® testing program requires that all candidates 16 and 17 years of age obtain special approval to take the GED® test. Contact your local North Carolina Basic Skills Education program for the appropriate form(s).

Do I need to take a class or receive instruction before I can take the test?

No, North Carolina does not require test-takers to receive classroom instruction before taking the GED® test.

Questions? Call North Carolina’s state office at (919) 807-7214.

Where can I find an adult education center?

Finding an adult education center is easy. Enter your ZIP code in our locator tool and we’ll show you the adult education centers closest to you.

Do I have to take the practice test before testing?

No, in North Carolina you’re not required to take the Official GED Practice Test™ before scheduling your test.

Do I need to prove I’m a resident of the North Carolina to take the test?

No, in North Carolina you’re not required to be a resident, but you must take and pass the last test in your battery in North Carolina to be awarded a diploma from North Carolina.

If you have more questions about proof of residency, please contact the state office at (919) 807-7214.

The closest testing center is in a different state.  Can I take the exam there?

Some states allow people who don’t live there to take the GED® test and others don’t. You’ll need to check the residency requirement for the state that you’re interested to test in. In any case, the state where you test is the state where you receive a credential. If you plan to receive a North Carolina credential, you must test in North Carolina.

For North Carolina: North Carolina does not require you to be a resident to test there.

Price & Payment (top)

How much does the GED® test cost?

North Carolina charges $30 per module for the GED® test. 

How much does it cost to retake the test? Can I retake the test for free?

GED Testing Service offers a discounted retake program for all GED® test-takers. According to the program’s policy, you are eligible for:

  • Two discounted retakes for each subject area taken
  • GED Testing Service fees are waived every retake ($20 per subject area test)
  • States and testing centers can choose to waive their fees
  • You must schedule retakes one at a time for the discount to apply
  • Discounted retakes cannot be combined with any other discounts
  • Retakes must occur within 12 calendar months of your initial attempt
  • After your two discounted retakes, you will need to wait at least 60 days, pay the full retake price and then you will receive two more discounted retakes

Sign up for your next test now at GED.com.

Registration & Scheduling (top)

Can I take all of the parts at once or do I need to setup different appointment times?

Yes, in North Carolina you can take all test parts in the same day if you can find a testing center with hours that accommodate it.

What happens if I move to a different state in the middle of testing? Can I continue testing in my new state or do I have to start all over?

It depends on whether or not that state has a residency requirement.  Check the residency requirements in that state and don’t hesitate to contact the GED Administrator™ in that state with questions.

For North Carolina: In North Carolina you’re not required to be a resident to take the test there.  

Once I start testing, is there a time limit for me to finish all four subjects before my scores begin to expire?

No, there isn’t a time limit to finish the test in North Carolina.

Test Scores (top)

What score do I need to pass the test?

North Carolina test-takers need to score a 150 on each subject area test and 600 on the entire test battery (all four parts combined).

  • Below Passing: 100-149
  • GED® Passing Score: 150-169
  • GED® Honors Score: 170-200

Retake Policies (top)

If I don’t pass, how long do I have to wait before taking the test again?

That’s a question that varies from state to state. In North Carolina, you’re not required to wait before retaking the test.

Finding an adult education center is easy. Enter your ZIP code in our locator tool and we’ll show you the closest learning centers to you.

Questions? Call North Carolina’s state office at (919) 807-7214.

How much does it cost to retake the test? Can I retake the test for free?

GED Testing Service offers a discounted retake program for all GED® test-takers. According to the program’s policy, you are eligible for:

  • Two discounted retakes for each subject area taken
  • GED Testing Service fees are waived every retake ($20 per subject area test)
  • States and testing centers can choose to waive their fees
  • You must schedule retakes one at a time for the discount to apply
  • Discounted retakes cannot be combined with any other discounts
  • Retakes must occur within 12 calendar months of your initial attempt
  • After your two discounted retakes, you will need to wait at least 60 days, pay the full retake price and then you will receive two more discounted retakes

Sign up for your next test now at GED.com.

Why can’t I re-test the subject that I failed?

Some states require people to finish taking all four subjects before being allowed to re-test in the areas that weren’t passed.

In North Carolina, you’re required to finish the entire test before re-testing on any subjects.

Questions? Feel free to call North Carolina’s state office at (919) 807-7214.

GED® Test Credential (top)

I took and passed the test but the jurisdiction won’t issue my diploma. Can you help me?

Sorry to hear that you’re having trouble with your diploma. Have you contacted your local testing center or state administrator yet?

My guess is that there may be additional requirements that you need to meet. You can call your state’s office at (919) 807-7214 to find out more about your credential.

Why do I need to work with my jurisdiction? Can’t I just get the diploma from you?

GED Testing Service develops the GED® test and works with each state to offer the test. The credential is issued based upon rules of each individual state—most states have slightly different rules and regulations.

Because of the state-by-state differences, GED Testing Service doesn’t issue diplomas. That’s why we encourage you to work closely with your state to get an answer. You can call North Carolina’s state office at (919) 807-7214.

After I start taking the exam modules, how much time do I have to complete all of them to get credentialed?

This depends on the state you’re testing in. In North Carolina you don’t have a time limit to complete the GED® test.  

I want to order a copy of my transcript and/or diploma.

Fill out the transcript request form and submit to the North Carolina GED® records office. Transcripts are free of charge.

Duplicate diplomas are not available in North Carolina.

What is the GED® credential in my state called?

In North Carolina the credential is called the North Carolina State Board of Community Colleges General Educational Development Diploma.


GED® Test Language Versions (top)

Can I take my GED® test in Spanish?

Yes, in North Carolina you can take the GED® test in Spanish.

Find a local testing center.

Questions? Please contact North Carolina’s state office at (919) 807-7214.

Can I take the GED® test in French?

No, in North Carolina you can not take the GED® test in French.

Find a local testing center.

Questions? Please contact North Carolina’s state office at (919) 807-7214.

Am I allowed to combine different language versions of the test together?

No, North Carolina residents aren’t allowed to combine language versions to complete the test. This means you must take all four subjects in one language to earn your GED® test credential. You will not be allowed to combine Spanish tests with English tests or any other language version.

Questions? Please contact North Carolina’s state office at (919) 807-7214.

Does North Carolina have requirements for English as a Second Language (ESL)?

English as a Second Language (ESL) instruction can help any non-native English speaker, but there aren’t any requirements for ESL classes in North Carolina.