Adult Basic Skills

The Adult Basic Skills (ABS), a Workforce Innovation & Opportunity Act, Title II, funded program, provides FREE instruction for adults, ages 18 and older, in order for adults to become college or career ready. Through these classes, adults may:

  • Prepare for high school equivalency tests through GED® or HiSET® testing
  • Improve or learn reading, writing and math skills
  • Learn English as a Second Language (ESL)
  • Gain skills needed for college or job entry
  • Gain skills needed to help your with your child's education
  • Attend a traditional class or hybrid online class.

Contact

 

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

PROGRAM OFFERINGS

Adult Basic Education (ABE) (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.

Adult Secondary Education (ASE)

  • High school equivalency test prep for HiSET® and GED® tests.
  • Addresses Language Arts, Reading & Writing, Math Social Studies, & Science.
  • Provides Career Ready™ access to prepare for Work Keys® testing.

English as a Second Language (ESL)

  • Provides instruction in reading, writing and speaking English to foreign born adults.

Basic Skills Plus (BS+)

  • Basic Skills Plus (BS+) allows students enrolled in high school equivalency instruction to also enroll at the same time into career pathway courses (college courses, employability skills training, specific occupational training.) College courses are free to BS+ students while also attending ABS classes.
  • Students who meet reading and math level requirements are eligible.  
  • Graduate with high school equivalency, college credit, and occupational certification!
  • Tuition waiver for college and/or occupational courses on limited basis.

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. A NC Community College System High School Equivalency Diploma is awarded when the student passes either HiSET® or GED® tests. Piedmont Community College’s campuses are official GED® and HiSET® test centers.
  • ABS Hybrid/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. Students are required to meet once per month with their instructor face-to-face.


Registration Information

  • Provide a current, government-issued photo ID or driver's license
  • Social security number or tax identification number
  • Schedule and attend an Orientation to Outcomes (O2O) class. O2O classes meet for three-four hours for two days or two nights.

Minors (Ages 16-17)

Minors, ages 16-17, are eligible to enroll in ABS 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 ABS Referral form. The form must be signed by the high school superintendent and the minor has been out of school for less than six (6) months.
  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 TESTS FOR FREE @ PCC!

  • Both the GED Ready™ practice test and HiSET® practice tests are 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: Felicia Holt, 336-322-2155 or
Felicia.Holt@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
Felicia Holt                                               Lynn Kerr
(336) 322-2155                                         (336) 694-8057
Felicia.Holt@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
Note: Price increases to $75 Jan. 2019

$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 hybrid 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-Thursday. 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: Felicia Holt, 336-322-2155 or
Felicia.Holt@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. 

High School Equivalency Transcript Request

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 ABS Referral form.  The form must be signed by the superintendent and the high school principal.  If the minor has been out of school for less than six (6) months.
  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 Hybrid/Online Instruction


The Adult Basic Skills (ABS) Hybrid/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) six hours per week. Once per month, students must meet face to face meetings with instructors. To be successful in this type of instruction, students need:

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

There is no charge for ABS hybrid/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