North Carolina

Top Policies

You must be 18 years old to test in North Carolina; however, a waiver to test at 16 or 17 may be granted if the student meets the following requirements.

No, in North Carolina you’re not required to be a resident, but you must take and pass the last test in your battery in North Carolina to be awarded a diploma from North Carolina.

Some states allow people who don’t live there to take the GED® test and others don’t. You’ll need to check the residency requirement for the state that you’re interested to test in.

No, North Carolina doesn’t require you to prepare for the GED® test in an adult education classroom.

No, you’re not required to take the GED Ready® practice test before taking the official GED® test.

Price & Payment

North Carolina charges $20 per module for the GED® test.

You will pay for the test online with a debit or credit card when you schedule your test.

Test Retake Policies

In North Carolina, there is no waiting period for your first two retakes. After taking a test subject 3 times, you'll have to wait 60 days each time before retesting. There's no limit to how many times you can test in a year.

You will receive two discounted retakes for every GED® test subject you purchase but don’t pass. You have 365 days after your full price test to use these retakes. After receiving two retakes at the reduced price, the price of the test subject returns to the regular price. If you do not pass that subject again, you will receive two more retakes at the reduced rate. GED Testing Service waives its $20 testing fee, however additional testing fees may still apply in your state.

North Carolina does not charge for retakes.

Transcripts & Diploma

North Carolina has partnered with DiplomaSender.com  for fulfillment of requests for GED® transcripts and diplomas.

After passing the GED® test, you need to register with DiplomaSender.com to create a tester account and request your free North Carolina credentials: one official transcript and one diploma.

You must take action to receive your NC credentials.

You can request your transcript and diploma here.

In North Carolina, the credential is called the North Carolina State Board of Community Colleges High School Equivalency Diploma.

Other Policies

Yes, in North Carolina you can take all test subjects on the same day if you can find a testing center with hours that accommodate it. 

Yes, in North Carolina you can take the test in English or Spanish, however, you cannot combine two different languages to earn your credential.

It depends on whether or not that state has a residency requirement. Check the residency requirements in that state and don’t hesitate to contact the GED Administrator in that state with questions.

Diane Steinbeiser
GED Administrator
5016 Mail Service Center
Raleigh, NC 27699-5016
Transcript Requests: (919) 807-7139
For State Administrator: (919) 807-7214
Fax: (919) 807-7172