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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 21, 2015
 
HCC Literacy Education offers additional High School Equivalency Assessments
 
WELDON, N.C. – Recently, the North Carolina State Board of Community Colleges approved two new assessments as official High School Equivalency Assessments (HSEA) in addition to the computer-based GED® assessment.

The two new assessments, High School Equivalency Test (HiSET®) and Test Assessing Secondary Completion (TASC™) allow for either computer- or paper-based testing. All three assessments are recognized by US Department of Education and cover the same content areas. Each assessment allows test-takers to demonstrate proficiency at the academic skills expected by employers and postsecondary institutions. Passing any one of the HSEAs will lead to the same High School Equivalency Diploma issued by the North Carolina State Board of Community Colleges.

For the GED® assessment:
  • Cost is $80
  • Computer-based test
  • Four subject areas including language arts combined reading and writing, science, social studies and mathematics
  • Retake the test up to two times for free
For the HiSET® assessment:
  • Cost is $50
  • Computer or paper-based test
  • Five subject areas including reading, writing, science, social studies and mathematics
  • Retake the test up to two times for free
For the TASC™ assessment:
  • Cost is $52
  • Computer or paper-based test
  • Five subject areas including reading, writing, science, social studies and mathematics
  • Retake the test up to two times for free
Preparation for high school equivalency exams is offered at no charge through the Halifax Community College (HCC) Literacy Education program. To learn more, contact HCC Director of Literacy Dr. Tamba O. Thompson at 252-536-7235, Therman Taylor at 252-536-6362, Brenda Cousins at 252-536-7240 or George Holley at 252-536-6395. In addition, students can stop by Halifax Community College's Literacy Education Center in Building 500.
 
 
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Halifax Community College strives to meet the diverse needs of our community by providing high-quality, accessible and affordable education and services for a rapidly changing and globally competitive marketplace.
 
Primary Media Contact: Melanie Temple, Director of Public Relations and Marketing, mtemple295@halifaxcc.edu, 252-538-4319

Secondary Media Contact: Dr. Dianne Rhoades, Vice President of Institutional Advancement, Halifax Community College and Executive Director of the Halifax Community College Foundation Inc., dbarnes-rhoades128@halifaxcc.edu, 252-536-7239