High School Equivalency Diploma (HSE)

Designed for adults who did not complete a high school education or who wish to strengthen their skills before pursuing post-secondary education or employment.

Sandhills Community College currently offers official GED® and HiSET® testing services. Various instructional methods available to meet all students’ needs.


Class Days Time Location
Mondays-Thursdays 8 am-2 pm Van Dusen Hall, Pinehurst Campus
Mondays and Wednesday 6-9 pm
Tuesdays and Thursdays 6-9 pm The Robbins Center, 110 N. Middleton St.
Mondays-Thursdays 8 am-2 pm Upchurch Hall, Hoke Center
Tuesdays and Thursdays 5:30-8:30 pm

HSE is also offered in an online or virtual format for qualified students. Assessment and information will be provided at orientation. Computer or tablet and Internet access is required. Students must complete 10 hours per week to remain in the program.

HSE Online/Hybrid
A self-led, computer-based program available 24/7 for students who qualify. Weekly online coursework required to remain active in program. Contact Beckie Kimbrell for more information (910) 695-3779 or kimbrellr@sandhills.edu.HSE in the Community
A paper-based, mail-in program designed for those unable to attend in-person or online HSE classes due to schedule conflicts and technology issues. HSE in the Community requires completion of one paper-packet per week and regular Zoom or phone sessions with a dedicated instructor. Contact Beckie Kimbrell for more information (910) 695-3779 or kimbrellr@sandhills.edu.

Fast Track to HSE
This accelerated and intensive program prepares qualifying students to pass the GED® exams in as little as four to six weeks. Virtual options are available. Classes may include Saturdays. Contact Deb Sikes for more information about Hoke County classes: (910) 848-4300 or sikesd@sandhills.edu or Beckie Kimbrell for more information about Moore County classes: (910) 695-3779 or kimbrellr@sandhills.edu.


The completion of pre-assessments and attendance of an orientation is required. Orientations are offered monthly in both Moore and Hoke Counties. With a valid score on the assessment, students will be placed in the appropriate level class.

Moore County Orientation Schedule
Hoke County Orientation Schedule

Please view the CCR Orientation Part 1 video below and then complete the Online Orientation Request.

Call 910-695-3980 (Pinehurst) 910-875-8589 (Raeford) or submit an Online Orientation Request to schedule your orientation date and time.

All 16- and 17-year-old minors must complete and have notarized a Petition for the Admission of a Minor form and meet with a college official prior to attending orientation. Accompanying the minor must be at least one parent or legal guardian. After downloading the form, obtaining all required signatures, and having it notarized, call Tess Regan at 910-695-3777 to schedule an appointment.

HSE Testing

Sandhills Community College offers official GED® and HiSET® testing. High School Equivalency testing is by appointment only and is held on the Pinehurst campus and at the Sandhills Hoke Center in Raeford.


GED® Testing Service

We can assist you with the cost of the HSE test by providing vouchers for the first and last test.

A credit or debit card is needed to pay the testing fee(s).
GED® $20 per subject area/$80 for all subject areas
HiSET® $10.75 per subject area/$53.75 for all subject areas

Testers must bring a picture ID and Social Security card.

Tess Regan
High School Equivalency Chief Examiner
113-A Van Dusen Hall

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Why Earn a HSE?

Obtaining a High School Equivalency diploma is the gateway to new beginnings, new opportunities and new ways to view yourself and what is possible. It can help you start a new life at work and at home.

One study showed that a high school dropout who obtains a High School Equivalency diploma could see an income rise of 43 percent. Graduates make an average of $385,000 more in their lifetime than people without. That’s a raise of $12,000 a year for most people.

A High School Equivalency diploma becomes more lucrative when the student goes on to college. The average income for college graduates is $44,000, more than double the income of people who haven’t graduated high school.

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