Adult Basic Skills

The Adult Basic Skills (ABS) 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
  • Make a difference in your child’s education



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


Adult Basic Education (ABE) Levels 1 and 2 (Click Spring Classes 2018 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.

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

  • Basic Skills Plus (BS+) allows students enrolled in high school equivalency instruction to also enroll at the same time into college courses, employability skills training and specific occupational training or time. College courses are no cost to BS+ students. 
  • Students who meet reading and math level requirements are eligible.  
  • Graduate with high school equivalency, college credit, and occupational certification!

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. Upon passing HiSET® or GED® tests, a NC Community College System High School Equivalency Diploma is awarded to the student. 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 seven hours over two days or two nights.

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.