Caldwell Community College and Technical Institute

High School Equivalency

High School Equivalency

Program Description

The High School Equivalency program prepares students who wish to earn a high school equivalency through individualized instruction in community location classes and on the Caldwell and Watauga campuses.

What is the High School Equivalency like?

The 2014 GED® Test consists of four content areas:

  1. Reasoning Through Language Arts (RLA) (150 minutes)
    • Section 1 (27 minutes*)
    • Section 2 (45 minutes)
    • Student Break (10 minutes)
    • Section 3 (60 minutes*)
    * The time allotted for sections 1 and 3 may vary slightly, but the total test time will always be 150 minutes.
  2. Mathematical Reasoning (115 minutes)
    • Part 1 (first 5 test questions) calculator not allowed
    • Part 2 - (remaining 41 test questions) calculator allowed
    As of Friday, February 21, 2014, the standard time allowance on the GED® test - Mathematical Reasoning was increased by 25 minutes. The time allowance for GED Ready™ - Mathematical Reasoning was also increased by 13 minutes.
  3. Science (90 minutes)
  4. Social Studies(90 minutes)
    • Section 1 (65 minutes)
    • Section 2 (25 minutes)

GED® 2014 specific information is available on the GED Testing Center website at

High School Equivalency or Adult Basic Education Registration

Applicants for the High School Equivalency program on the Caldwell campus should call 828.726.2230 to obtain a registration packet and to make an appointment with an advisor to start the enrollment process. Watauga applicants may call 828.297.5253 to receive enrollment and registration information

Special Note About Minors

Students who are 18 years old and younger must complete a Minor Permission Form before being allowed to enroll in any Adult Education class. Students can either pickup the Minor Permission Form in person at the Adult Education reception desk in G Building (Caldwell) along with their enrollment packet or in the Adult Education Center (Watauga). Please call 828.726.2230 (Caldwell) or 828.297.5253 (Watauga) to have the form mailed. Instructions for completing the form

Minors 16-17 years of age that hold a current driver’s license must meet specific requirements to keep their license valid. The student must maintain good academic standing and attend class a minimum of 60 hours per month.

High School Equivalency Graduation

The High School Equivalency Graduation is held in May of each year. It is the highlight of our spring for both students, faculty and staff.

Friends and family members of our graduates join us at the J.E. Broyhill Civic Center in Lenoir, North Carolina to watch their loved ones cross the stage in cap and gown to receive their High School Equivalency certificate.