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High School Equivalency

Adults may earn a high school diploma equivalency through individualized instruction in community location classes, work site classes, and on the Caldwell and Watauga campuses.

  1.  What is the High School Equivalency like?    
  2.  Registration - Caldwell  
  3.  Registration - Watauga  
  4.  Note about Minors  

What is the High School Equivalency like?

The High School Equivalency consists of five tests in these subject areas:

Test Number of Questions Time Limit
 Language Arts, Writing Part I    50 questions   75 minutes 
 Language Arts, Writing Part II   Essay   45 minutes 
 Social Studies    50 questions    70 minutes  
 Science   50 questions    80 minutes  
 Language Arts, Reading   40 questions    65 minutes  
 Mathematics, Part I    25 questions with optional use of calculator    45 minutes  
 Mathematics, Part II    25 questions without calculator    45 minutes  

Except for the Language Arts, Writing Part II test which requires an essay, and the Mathematics Test, which requires the gridding of some answers, questions are provided in a multiple-choice format.  Each multiple-choice questions lists five possible answer choices; you must select the best answer.

High School Equivalency or Adult Basic Education Registration (Caldwell Campus)

All Caldwell Campus High School Equivalency and Adult Basic Education (ABE) students must attend a free Orientation and Assessment session before enrolling in a class.  To sign up for an Orientation and Assessment session or to get more information, please call (828) 726-2230.

Orientation classes meet for two weeks, Monday through Thursday.  Morning and evening classes are available.
  • Morning classes meet Monday through Thursday from 8:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m. for the first week and from 8:30 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. for the second week.
  • Evening classes meet Monday through Thursday from 5:30 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. each of the two weeks.
All Orientation and Assessment sessions are free.

In an Orientation and Assessment session, students:
  • receive important information about High School Equivalency or Adult Basic Education classes,
  • are taught tips for success in class and on tests,
  • take placement tests in reading, math, and language, and
  • receive an introduction to the college and its services.
After completing an Orientation and Assessment session, students meet with an advisor and will receive placement test results (scores), discuss educational goals, select a class site and schedule, and ask any questions they may have.

After meeting with an advisor, students may begin their High School Equivalency or ABE class.  The instructor will meet individually with each student on the first day of class to orient him/her to the new class.

High School Equivalency or Adult Basic Education Registration (Watauga Campus)

All Watauga Campus High School Equivalency and Adult Basic Education students must attend a free Orientation and Assessment session before enrolling in a High School Equivalency or ABE class.  The session lasts approximately four hours.  To sign up for an Orientation and Assessment session or to get more information, please call (828)297-5253.

Registration is held every Thursday at either 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. or 5:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. in the Watauga College and Career Readiness Center. Orientation and Assessment requires two four hour sessions. All Orientation and Assessment sessions are free..

During the Orientation and Assessment session, students will:
  • receive important information about High School Equivalency or Adult Basic Education classes and
  • take placement tests in reading, math, and language.
After completing an Orientation and Assessment class, students meet with an advisor and will receive placement test results (scores), discuss educational goals, select a class site and schedule, and ask any questions they may have.

After meeting with an advisor, students may begin class.  The instructor will meet individually with each student on the first day of class to orient him/her to the new class.

Special Note About Minors

Minors 16 – 17 years of age must have a completed Minor Permission Form prior to enrolling in any CCR - Adult Education program, assessment activity, or class. Students can either pick up the Minor Permission Form in person at the College and Career Department or call (828) 726-2230 (Caldwell) or (828) 297-5253 (Watauga) and have the form mailed.  Instructions for completing the form are attached to it, but if there are questions, please call one of the numbers above. Someone will be glad to help you.