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General Education Development (GED)

The GED® Test Battery is based on high school curriculum standards and certifies mastery in the following five subject areas: reading, social studies, science, math, and writing. The GED diploma is the certified equivalent of a traditional high school diploma.

Students may take courses to prepare for the battery of official GED tests. Courses are offered in traditional classroom and lab settings as well as online. In some settings, students are able to work at their own pace.

photos of studentsStudents must pay a one-time fee of $120 before taking the official GED tests.


Durham County
Main Campus: Nathaniel B. White Building
W  5/21 9 a.m. –1 p. m. and 5–7 p.m.

Orange County
Orange County Campus
M 6/2 9 a.m. – noon

Orange County Skills Development Center
M 6/2 9 a.m. –12:45 p. m.
M 6/2 5:30–7:30 p. m.

For further information about these courses and a complete schedule, please call 919-536-7218.

Pre–GED/GED Online
Durham Tech now offers pre-GED/GED online instruction.

Qualified students may prepare for the GED test from the comfort of their homes. Eligible students must have Internet access and possess the ability to work independently. All interested students must attend a pre-online study orientation.

For further information, please call 919-536-7218, ext. 3003 or read GED Online Frequently Asked Questions.

GED® Testing Program
Durham Tech is approved to administer the General Educational Development Test Battery by the North Carolina State Board of Community Colleges and the American Council on Education. The GED® Testing Center on Durham Tech’s Main Campus provides regularly scheduled testing. Testing accommodations are available to candidates with documented disabilities.

Before GED® tests can be administered to interested individuals, they must complete the following:

  1. Demonstrate mastery of the test content area by passing an Official GED Practice Test™.
  2. Make an appointment to test visiting
  3. Pay $120.00 for the entire test battery.

Open Registration
Summer semester for Basic Skills courses begins June 2. General registration will be held on Wednesday, May 21, followed by late registration on Thursday, May 22.


Admission, Placement, and Enrollment into ABE, AHSD, and GED Courses

Main Campus: White Building, room 1
Prospective students entering ABE, AHSD, and GED classes must attend a structured orientation that consists of a series of two-week workshops. Workshops are held Mondays – Thursdays from 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. or 5:30 – 8:30 p.m. Applicants must be at least 18 years of age and bring a picture I.D. and social security number to the first workshop. Attendance of the entire two-week workshop is required before registering for classes. Placement testing is included as part of the orientation process. For more information review the Workshop Schedule or call 919-536-7218, ext. 3003.

Minors (16-17 years of age) must be withdrawn from school for at least six months before being admitted into the GED/Adult High School/ABE Programs. In addition, minors must submit an application, which must be approved by the Assistant Dean of College and Career Readiness before being admitted. Forms may be obtained in the White Building, room 11 or downloaded here. For more information call 919-536-7218, ext. 3003.

Prospective students for the Chapel Hill and Hillsborough locations must take a placement test and complete the admissions process before registering for class. See the testing schedule below.

Placement testing is administered at 9 a.m. on Friday, April 25, and on the following Thursday mornings: June 5 and July 10. All testing takes place at the Orange County Campus, 525 College Park Drive, Hillsborough.

Chapel Hill
Placement testing is administered at 9 a.m. on Friday, April 11 and on the following Thursday mornings: May 22 and June 19. All testing takes place at the Orange County Skills Development Center, 503 W. Franklin Street, Chapel Hill.

Enrollment for ABE and GED classes is permitted throughout the semester, based on space availability.

No appointment is needed to attend workshops or take the placement test; however, admission is on a first-come, first-served basis.

Students successfully completing GED programs may participate in Durham Tech’s annual commencement exercises held each May.

For information about GED classes, please call 919-536-7218, ext. 3003. Registration is open until each class meets its maximum enrollment. 

You must take a GED Test Seminar prior to taking an official GED test.

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