High School Equivalency Classes (formerly GED)


There's never been a better time to finish high school!

  • Would you like to finish your high school education and receive a credential?
  • Are you willing to commit four to six hours a week to this process?

If so, you will want to participate in the High School Equivalency (HSE) in the Community Program.

This mail-in course is designed to help adults 16 years old or older, without a high school diploma, to prepare themselves for the official GED® or HiSET® tests. Both the GED® and HiSET® tests lead to a high school equivalency credential with an official diploma from the North Carolina Community College System and transcripts are available through www.diplomasender.com.

A dedicated instructor is available several days per week at the Madison Campus of A-B Tech to serve students by phone and mail, and give ongoing support. This program works best for students who enjoy working independently and are able to persevere in their studies even when they may have a few questions about the material.

To enroll in the HSE in the Community Program, you must:

  1. Complete the first lesson. Lesson One packets are available at libraries in Madison County or by calling (828) 398-7700. Once you've completed the first lesson, you will return it to A-B Tech using the postage-paid form that comes with the Lesson One packet.
  2. A staff member or instructor will contact you to attend orientation, register, and take a pre-assessment before receiving any other lessons. Students age 16-17 must complete a Minor Permission Form.
  3. Complete lessons 2 through 10, returning completed work to the College in the pre-paid envelopes provided. As we receive completed lessons, we will review your work and mail you new lessons and notes for your continued study.
  4. Upon completion of the program, you will be ready to sign up and take your exams through www.ged.com or https://hiset.ets.org.

What are the costs of the HSE in the Community Program - lessons are FREE, but the official GED® and HiSET® exams require a fee of $15-$20 for each test, which you pay when you schedule the exam appointment. Qualified students may be eligible to receive scholarships to offset the costs of testing.

For more information, contact A-B Tech Transitional Studies at (828) 398-7891.