Frequently Asked Questions

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 Is an Adult High School Diploma the same as the GED®?
No. They are different program tracks towards obtaining a high school credential. Please see below for additional information.



Adult High School Diploma

Eligibility to Enter Program


Minimum of 9th grade proficiency level in reading and math on the Tests of Adult Basic Education (TABE).


Minimum of 9th grade proficiency level in reading and math on the Tests of Adult Basic Education (TABE); Previous transcript evaluation with counselor.


Minimum Age


16 years old
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18 years old

Military Restrictions


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Attendance Requirements


Strict attendance policy enforced




  • Language Arts – reading
  • Language Arts – writing
  • Math
  • Science
  • Social Studies

Required courses are based on transcript evaluation from the high school you last attended. They may include:


  • English
  • Math
  • Science
  • Social Studies
  • Health
  • Electives

Graduation Requirements


Passing score on all five subject areas of the GED® Test.


Accumulation of a pre-determined number of credits as approved by Charlotte - Mecklenburg Schools (CMS).


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According to the American Council on Education (ACE), about 95% of U.S. colleges and universities accept the GED credential in place of a high school diploma.


Accepted as a standard high school diploma.




Recent studies reported by the ACE show that roughly 96% of U.S. employers accept the GED® as equivalent to a high school diploma.


Accepted as a standard high school diploma.


Class Options


  • GED Fast Track
  • GED Online
  • Pathways to Employment
  • GED Learning Resource Center

Eight week classes and online courses


Class Locations


Multiple CPCC campuses and community sites


Central Campus


Harris Campus (online students only)




All College and Career Readiness courses are offered FREE of charge to students. Students may elect to purchase their own books, if desired. There is a fee for the actual GED® Tests.



What are the benefits of earning a GED?
Will I receive a High School Diploma when I pass the GED® Test?

What does the percentile rank on my GED Transcript mean?
What if I don't pass all five subject areas of the GED®?

Can I take the GED® Test online?

What accommodations are available on the GED® Test for people with disabilities?

Accommodations for disabilities are available.  Paperwork to document and approve accommodations should be done as soon as the student enters the program and pre-testing is completed.  Instructors can assist with this process.

Can scores be mailed? A letter from our offices will be sent when a student takes all five tests and they need to return for additional instruction due to a failing grade in on or more subjects/ otherwise the diploma will be sent via mail to inform of completion.
When will I get my diploma?

Final diploma takes 4-8 weeks and will be mailed by the State Office to the student.  Students need to make sure to update our offices as soon as possible with address/phone number changes to avoid delays in receiving diploma.

I have a state issued ID not from North Carolina since I am not a North Carolina resident.  Can I still take the GED®? Yes, you can still take the GED®.  Your ID does not have to be a North Carolina ID.  Currently, there is no residency policy to test.
Can I take the GED® test in any other languages?

Yes, you can take the GED® Test in English, Spanish or French.  Spanish GED® preparation is through the curriculum ESL department.  Please contact 704-330-6914 for additional information.

What is on the GED® Test? Please click here for additional information.
How long will the 2002 series of the GED® Test be in use?  And, who will take over this test at that time?

2013 - Computer based testing will be available. Paper/pencil test will also be available. (2002 series still in use). All students need to complete 2002 series for diploma.

2014 - Introduction of new 2014 GED® Test; all testing will be computer-based.

What is the Accuplacer Test?

The Accuplacer Test is a standardized test that

The Accuplacer Test is a standardized test that assesses reading and math skills.  This test is used for students who have completed Adult High School or the GED® Test.  This test is required for students who would like to attend college.  A preparation session is offered by CPCC for students who have applied for admission.  Please contact Phillip Tran for additional information.

Please click here for additional information and a free practice test!

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