Adult Basic Skills

The Adult Basic Skills (ABS) Program provides FREE academic instruction for adults, ages 18 and older, to be able to:

  • -Earn a high school equivalency through GED® or HiSET® testing
  • -Improve or learn basic reading, writing and math skills
  • -Learn English as a Second Language (ESL)
  • -Gain skills needed for college or job entry
  • -Make a difference in your child’s education

Contact

 

For information about ABS classes, please call the local ABS Office:

 

OTHER PROGRAM OFFERINGS

Adult Basic Education (ABE) Levels 1 and 2 (Click here for Class Schedule):

  • FREE instruction is provided in basic reading, writing and math (Pre-reading skills through pre-GED® skills) to prepare you for high school level work.
  • For more information about ABE classes, please call the local ABS office (see above).
  • Minors, age 16-17, may enroll if entrance criteria is met.


Family Literacy - Adults and Children in Education (ACE)
(Click here for Class Schedule)

  • FREE instruction is provided to parents or guardians who have a child five (5) years old and younger (age of child may be adjusted based on enrollment).  
  • Skills are taught to help parents:
    - earn a high school equivalency diploma
    - be able to foster their child's educational success
     - become college or career ready
  • For information about ACE classes, contact Debra Harlow at (336) 322-2157 or email at Debra.Harlow@piedmontcc.edu.

Basic Skills Plus (BS+) (Click here for Class Schedule)

  • Basic Skills Plus (BS+) allows students enrolled in high school equivalency instruction to also enroll into college courses, employability skills training and job specific occupational training at the same time.  
  • Students who meet reading and math level requirements are eligible.  
  • Graduate with high school equivalency, college credit, and occupational certification!


Pre-College Courses of Study
 (Click here for Class Schedule)

  • If you have completed high school or earned a high school equivalency diploma and need a review of basic skills to qualify for college entrance, Pre-college instruction is for you.
  • FREE Service!

Other Services

  • GED® testing and HiSET®  testing: Both of these tests are a high school equivalency test for adults who did not complete high school.  Piedmont Community College’s campuses are official GED® and HiSET® test centers.
  • ABS Online Instruction:  Students who cannot meet a class schedule and are able to work independently may study online.  Instruction is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.


Registration Information

  • Provide a current, government-issued photo ID or driver's license
  • Social security number or tax identification number
  • Schedule an Intake & Placement Test session with the ABS Office

 

Minors (Ages 16-17)

Minors, ages 16-17, are eligible to enroll in classes and participate in GED® testing or HiSET® testing if they meet the enrollment criteria as follows:

  1. The student’s previous school completes an Alternative Education Referral form. The form must be signed by the high school principal. If the minor has been out of school for less than six (6) months, the Superintendent of that public school system must also sign the referral form.
  2. Once the Adult Basic Skills office receives the referral form, an appointment is set for the minor to attend the required orientation. Parent or a legal guardian must also attend the first hour of the orientation session. The parent or legal guardian must complete and have notarized a Guardian Release form. PCC offers free notary services for this form.

    Call or email the contact person above if you need assistance.

Enrollment into Adult Basic Skills to prepare for HiSET® or GED® testing requires:

  1. Students must have a valid, government-issued photo ID and a social security number in order to participate in orientation and the program.
  2. Students without a social security number may provide their US Tax ID number.

 

High School Equivalency

GED® testing and HiSET® testing

TAKE THE GED READY and HiSET® PRACTICE TEST FOR FREE

  • Save $6 on GED Ready™ practice test.  HiSET® practice test is FREE!
  • Find out if you’re ready to take the GED® test or HiSET® test
  • Practice tests identify your strengths and weaknesses
  • Limited number available for free

To register for GED Ready™ or the HiSET® practice test, contact the Adult Basic Skills office at Piedmont Community College today!

• Person County: Sylvia Gault, 336-322-2155 or 
Sylvia.Gault@piedmontcc.edu

• Caswell County: Lynn Kerr, 336-694-8057 or 
Lynn.Kerr@piedmontcc.edu


High School Equivalency Tests:  GED® tests & HiSET®

GED® and HiSET® testing are High School Equivalency (HSE) tests offered at Person and Caswell Campuses. When you pass either HSE test, you will receive a North Carolina Community College High School Equivalency Diploma.

For more information, contact your local Adult Basic Skills Office:

Person County Caswell County
Sylvia Gault Lynn Kerr (336) 322-2155 (336) 694-8057 Sylvia.Gault@piedmontcc.edu Lynn.Kerr@piedmontcc.edu



Comparison of HiSET® Test to GED® Test
 

  

FEATURES

HiSET® TEST

GED® TEST (2014)

Price

$50 for the entire test or $10 per subject

$80 or $20 per subject

Content

5 subjects: Reading, Writing, Social Studies, Science, Math

4 subjects: Language Arts (reading and writing combined), Social Studies, Science, Mathematical Reasoning

Test Delivery

Paper, pencil and calculator for math

Computer based and includes Texas Instruments TI-30XS virtual calculator for Mathematical Reasoning, Science and Social Studies tests

Scoring

45 Total Points

8 Minimum score per subject/ module

2 weeks to get scores

580 Total Points

145 Minimum score per subject/module

 View scores immediately!

Length of Testing

  • Writing test: 120 minutes
  • Reading test: 65 minutes
  • Soc. Studies test: 70 minutes
  • Science test: 80 minutes
  • Math test: 90 minutes
  • Reasoning through Language Arts:  150 minutes with 10 minutes break
  • Social Studies: 75 minutes
  • Science: 95 minutes
  • Mathematical Reasoning: 120 minutes

Technology Skills

 

  • Solar Calculator
  • Texas Instruments TI-30XS calculator
  • Computer skills

Question Types

  • Multiple choice
  • Essay (Writing test)
  • Multiple choice
  • Technology items
  • Extended response (Language Arts and Social Studies essays)
  • Short answer (Science)

Registration

  • Register and pay online
  • Pay for the entire test ($50) or for one subject ($10)
  • Select your test center and schedule
  • Register and pay online
  • Pay for one subject ($20) or all four subjects ($80)
  • Select your test center and schedule

 

What’s the GED® test like?

The GED® test has been updated to make sure it measures what graduating high school seniors know and what colleges and employers will expect of you. The test consists of four parts:


- Science (95 minutes)
- Social Studies (75 minutes)
- Reasoning Through Language Arts (150 minutes including a 10-minute break)
- Mathematical Reasoning (120 minutes)

  • Offered on computer (paper available for special accommodations only) 
  • English and Spanish versions available

What’s the HiSET® test like?

The HiSET® test has been updated to make sure it measures what graduating high school seniors know and what colleges and employers will expect of you. The test consists of five parts:


- Science (80 minutes)
- Social Studies (70 minutes)
- Language Arts Reading (65 minutes)
- Mathematical Reasoning (90 minutes)
- Language Arts Writing (120 minutes)

  • Offered on paper (it is also offered on computer but PCC doesn’t offer that version) 
  • English and Spanish versions available

Where can I study?

Piedmont Community College’s Adult Basic Skills Program provides free classes and online instruction to prepare you for GED® or HiSET® testing. Classes are offered at both campuses in Person and Caswell counties. Choose from day, night or online instruction Monday-Friday. Online instruction includes meetings and labs with an assigned face-to-face instructor. Online instruction is available 24/7 (24 hours per day and 7 days a week). Click here to view the class schedule.

To be eligible for class enrollment, you will need to register for an orientation session. These sessions meet for two days or two evenings and are required in order to attend classes that prepare you for high school equivalency testing. Contact the local Adult Basic Skills Office as follows:

• Person County: Sylvia Gault, 336-322-2155 or
Sylvia.Gault@piedmontcc.edu

• Caswell County: Lynn Kerr, 336-694-8057 or
Lynn.Kerr@piedmontcc.edu

How do I register to test?

Registration is simple, sign up for the GED® test at www.myged.com or the HiSET® test at www.hiset.ets.org/test-takers. You will get information about local testing policies, how to request modified testing conditions (accommodations), and you’ll be able to schedule your test there. Your Adult Basic Skills instructor can assist you with this process. To register for testing, you will need a credit, debit or pre-paid credit card.

When can I schedule a GED® test?

Test scheduling is available 24 hours a day 7 days a week with www.myged.com.  Log in and click on “Schedule Test” on the top. Once you complete the scheduling questions you’ll be directed to choose your language, subject, and the day and time that works best for you to test. You can also schedule one test at a time to make sure you feel prepared every time.

When can I schedule a HiSET® test?

Test scheduling is available 24 hours a day 7 days a week with www.hiset.ets.org/test-takers.  Log in and click on “My HiSET® account” in the upper right corner. Once you complete the scheduling questions you’ll be directed to choose your language, subject, and the day and time that works best for you to test. You can also schedule one test subject at a time to make sure you feel prepared every time.

 

GED® Transcript

  • GED® test 2014 – current year will receive their first official copy of their transcript at no charge. Students will have to pay GEDTS $15 for each subsequent request.
  • GED® test takers 2002 – 2013 will need to sign in to www.gedtestingservice.com to securely order duplicate transcripts, verifications or diplomas.  GED Credentialing™ will email the transcript/diploma which then may be forwarded to prospective employers, colleges or universities.  Users will be charged $15 for each digital or paper copy of an official GED® transcript.

For more information or to link directly to GED® Testing Service.com, click the link below. 

HiSET® Transcript

  • Current year will receive their first official copy of their transcript at no charge.
  • For each subsequent request, test completers will need to sign in to www.diplomasender.com to securely order duplicate transcripts, verifications or diplomas. Users will be charged $15 for each digital or paper copy of an official HiSET® transcript.


Please note the following:

  • North Carolina Adult High School transcripts can be obtained from the Adult Basic Skills Office of Piedmont Community College, College Drive, Roxboro, NC.

Minors (Ages 16-17)

Minors, ages 16-17, are eligible to enroll in classes and participate in GED® testing or HiSET® testing if they meet the enrollment criteria as follows:

  1. The student’s previous school completes an Alternative Education Referral form.  The form must be signed by the high school principal.  If the minor has been out of school for less than six (6) months, the Superintendent of that public school system must also sign the referral form.
  2. Once the Adult Basic Skills office receives the referral form, an appointment is set for the minor to attend the required orientation. Parent or a legal guardian must also attend the first hour of the orientation session.
  3. The parent or legal guardian must complete and have notarized a Guardian Release form. PCC offers free notary services for this form.

 

Enrollment into Adult Basic Skills to prepare for HiSET® or GED® testing requires all students:

  1. To have a valid, government issued photo ID and a social security number in order to participate in orientation and the program.
  2. Students without a social security number may provide their US Tax ID number.

  

ABS Online Instruction


The Adult Basic Skills (ABS) Online class offers courses for GED® and HiSET® test preparation in a hybrid format (online and face to face instruction). Students must participate online a minimum of 6 hours per week and in face to face meetings with instructors. To be successful in this type of instruction, students need:

  • A computer with Internet access. Or, transportation to the ABS Online Lab and/or PCC’s Learning Resource Center to use computers
  •  Basic computer/Internet knowledge
  • Time to schedule themselves to do the work required (6 hrs. per week minimum)
  • Self-discipline to study consistently
  • To schedule face-to-face progress testing as well as High School Equivalency testing at either Person or Caswell campus

There is no charge for ABS online instruction.

An orientation and placement test session is required to be eligible for enrollment. Schedule your orientation session by contacting:

 

 

North Carolina Career Readiness Certificate
The North Carolina Career Readiness Certificate (NC CRC) is a portable credential that shows employers that an individual has the basic skills necessary to be successful in a particular job. Individuals who earn a NC CRC are automatically eligible for the National Career Readiness Certificate, which is recognized across state borders. Since the CRC accurately indicates whether a job candidate has the skills required to be trained in a new career, the CRC can be more meaningful to employers than a high school degree or a resume citing experience in a different job setting.

To earn a CRC, individuals take WorkKeys® assessments in three major areas: Applied Mathematics, Reading for Information, and Locating Information. An individual’s test performance determines whether a bronze, silver, or gold certificate is earned. The higher the certificate level earned, the more jobs the recipient is qualified to perform.

KeyTrain® is an Internet-based curriculum that helps individuals to achieve higher levels in Career Readiness. KeyTrain® helps prepare individuals to take WorkKeys® assessments by offering lessons, pre- and post-tests to measure an individual’s skill level and target areas in need of improvement. 


Contact:
Jody Blackwell, WorkKeys Administrator, at (336) 599-4620 or jody.blackwell@piedmontcc.edu