This article lists all GED testing facilities and prep locations in the Hickory region. North Carolina is using the GED for the state’s high school equivalency testing program.
The state additionally welcomed an alternative option, the HiSET exam.
The HiSET® and GED® exams are offered both in online formats and at official test centers.
The computer-based GED exam includes four independent modules (subtests) in Math, Social Studies, Literacy, and Science.
You have the option to complete the entire GED battery one subtest at a time. The HiSET is also modular.
The HiSET exam has five subtests (separate reading and writing tests) and is offered both on paper and on a computer.
In earlier days, online GED or HiSET testing was no option. You were required to come to a state-designated testing site and sit for the tests in person.
Recently, however, we witnessed the arrival of online proctored HiSET and GED testing options. You can read more at the bottom of this post.
Hickory GED prep sites
Catawba Valley Community College-East Campus
2550 US 70 | Hickory | NC 28658 | Phone: (828) 327.7000 (x 4353)
Centro Latino (@St. Stephens Lutheran Church, ELCA)
2259 12th Ave NE | Hickory | NC 28601 | Phone: (828) 330.0477
Ridgeview Branch Library (Online Resources)
706 First St SW | Hickory | NC 28602 | Phone: (828) 345.6037
Locations around Hickory (cities by alphabet)
Caldwell Comm. Coll. & Technical Institute-Watauga Campus
372 Community College Dr | Boone | NC 28607 | Phone: (828) 297.8120
Goodwill Career Center
837 Conover Blvd West | Conover | NC 28613 | Phone: (828) 465-0371
NOT a GED program but the Conover Goodwill Workforce Development Center offers skills training, workshops, and many other classes to support adults looking to enhance their employability and skillsets.
Riverview Community Ctr. GED Instruction
11775 NC-88 | Creston | NC 28615 | Phone: (336) 903.3124
GED classes provided by Wilkes Community College
Caldwell Community College & Technical Institute-Caldwell Campus
2855 Hickory Blvd | Hudson | NC 28638 | Phone: (828) 726.2230
Ashe Family Central
626 Ashe Central School Rd | Jefferson | NC 28640 | Phone: (336) 902.8611
GED classes provided by Wilkes Community College
Gaston College Lincoln Campus
511 S Aspen St | Lincolnton | NC 28092 | Phone: (704) 922.6321 or (704) 748.5200
Western Piedmont Comm. Coll. GED Instruction
1001 Burkemont Ave | Morganton | NC 28655 | Phone: (828) 448.6710
Burke County Literacy Council
200 N King Street | Morganton | NC 28655 | Phone: (828) 437.7477
Located in the Morganton First United Methodist Church. ESL classes, no GED.
Morganton Outreach Center (Fresh Start Program)
510 East Fleming Dr | Morganton | NC 28655 | Phone: (828) 439.6090
Catawba County Detention Facility GED Program
100 Government Dr | Newton | NC 28658 | Phone: (828) 465-8999
Not open to the public
Cleveland Comm. Coll. HiSET/GED Classes
137 South Post Road | Shelby | North Carolina 28150 | Ph (704) 669-4050
Check here for all -> Shelby area GED prep sites
Wilkes Community College Alleghany Center
115 Atwood St | Sparta | NC 28675 | Phone: (336) 372.5061
Mitchell Community College Continuing Education Center
701 W Front St | Statesville | NC 28677 | Phone: (704) 878.3232
1415 Shelton Ave | Statesville | NC 28687 | Phone: (704) 872.8141 or (704) 663.1923
1875 Simonton Rd | Statesville | NC 28625 | Phone: (704) 230.4196
Catawba Valley Community College-Taylorsville
345 Industrial Blvd | Taylorsville | NC 28681 | Phone: (828) 632.8221
Wilkes Community College Ashe Campus
363 Campus Dr | West Jefferson | NC 28694 | Phone: (336) 903.3124
Wilkes County Goodwill Career Center
1821 US Highway 421 | Wilkesboro | NC 28697 | Phone: (336) 667-0889/2615
Adult Basic Education classes are offered in cooperation with Wilkes Community College. Students can develop skills in math, reading, writing, and problem-solving.
Wilkes Community College (College & Career Readiness Division)
1328 S Collegiate Dr | Wilkesboro | NC 28697 | Phone: (336) 903.3230/3231
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Hickory area GED test centers
After Hickory, Cities in Alphabetical Order
Catawba Valley Comm. Coll. East Campus (GED/HiSET)
2550 US Hwy 70 SE | Hickory | NC 28602 | Phone: (828) 327-7000
Caldwell Community College and Technical Institute (GED/HiSET)
372 Community College Dr | Boone | NC 28607 | Phone: (828) 297-2185
Caldwell Community College (John Forlines Building, Room 153, GED/HiSET)
2855 Hickory Blvd | Hudson | NC 28638 | Phone: (828) 726-2721/2719
Gaston College-Lincoln Camus (GED)
511 South Aspen St | Lincolnton | NC 28092 | Phone: (704) 922-6321
McDowell Tech (GED/HiSET)
316 Baldwin Ave | Marion | NC 28752 | Phone: (828) 652-0657/659.6001 ext 160
Western Piedmont Comm. College (Jim Richardson Complex, HiSET/GED)
200 East College Dr | Morganton | NC 28655 | Phone: (828) 448-6750/3134
Cleveland Comm. Coll. HiSET/GED testing
137 South Post Rd | Shelby | NC 28150 | Phone: (704) 669-4228/4174
Mitchell Comm. College (GED/HiSET)
701 West Front St | Statesville | NC 28677 | Phone: (704) 878-3236
Catawba Valley Comm. College (Alexander Ctr for Education, GED)
345 Industrial Blvd | Taylorsville | NC 28681 | Phone: (828) 632-8221
Wilkes Community College (Lovette Hall, Room 503, HiSET)
1328 South Collegiate Dr | Wilkesboro | NC 28697 | Phone: (336) 667-6493
Introducing an online HiSET and GED test
In the past, online HiSET or GED testing had never been possible. If you were looking to secure a North Carolina high school equivalency credential, you had to show up at an official test center.
Well, the recent arrival of online GED and HiSET testing options has changed this. To learn more about the recently introduced online GED test-taking option, go to Welcoming the online GED test, and to read more about the online HiSET exam option, go to Introducing the online HiSET exam.
The four GED tests
These are the four testing subject areas that are included in the GED (General Education Development) exam: Science, Social Studies, Math, and Literacy. There is no need of remembering many definitions, details, or facts to pass the test. You just have to prove your ability to think analytically and critically about various topics.
The minimum requirement is a 9th-grade reading level, which means you should be able to read and understand letters, forms, and newsletters. In addition to this, you should be able to do fundamental mathematical problems via addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division.
GED preparation & cost
The secret to passing these tests is to develop strong thinking and reading skills. Thus it is beneficial to you if you do some decent preparation for the GED test. This page contains a list of the GED classes available in your community. The latest adjustments made the GED exam meet the Common Core Standards. The GED exam costs $80 in North Carolina or $20 per individual test. The HiSET exam is priced differently.
Last Updated on August 28, 2022.