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 $80 before taking the official GED® tests.

FREE GED® testing for Durham County residents! Read more below.

Durham County Main Campus

MTWTh 1/20–5/7 8:30 a.m. –1 p. m. WHITE
MTWTh 1/20–5/7 5:30–7:30 p.m. WHITE

Orange County

MTWTh 1/20–5/7 9 a.m. –noon OCC
TTh 1/20–5/7 5:30–7:30 p.m. OCC
MTWTh 1/20–5/7 9 a.m. –12:45 p.m. OCSDC

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

High School Equivalency Online

Qualified students may prepare for the High School Equivalency test from the comfort of their homes through Durham Tech’s online courses. Eligible students must have Internet access, be able to work independently, and attend a pre-online study orientation. For additional information, please call 919-536-7218, ext. 3003.or read High School Equivalency 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. GED® tests are NO LONGER administered at other off-campus locations in Durham and Orange counties. Testing accommodations are available to candidates with documented disabilities.

To sit for a GED® test, students must:

  1. Demonstrate mastery of the test content area by passing an official GED® Practice Test.
  2. Make an appointment at
  3. Endorse the appropriate GED® testing forms.
  4. Pay $80 for the entire test battery.

FREE GED® Testing for Durham County Residents

The $80 testing fee is waived as a result of ConnectFunds, a program that offers financial assistance to Durham County residents seeking additional education, job training, or retraining. The funds are accrued through a quarter-cent Sales and Use Tax that voters approved in November 2011.

Follow these steps:

  1. Go to to sign up or register for the GED® test.
  2. Take the online GED® practice test and obtain a minimum score of 146. The cost for the GED® Practice Test is $24 ($6 per test subject) and is not included in the free GED® waiver.  Please print and bring your practice test score to the Testing Center at Durham Tech, located in room 1300 of the Wynn Center, 1637 Lawson St., Durham.
  3. After completing the first two steps, report to the Testing Center at Durham Tech to schedule your official GED® test. The free test can only be scheduled at the Durham Tech Testing Center and not online. All candidates must present a valid photo ID showing a Durham County address. Minors (ages 16-17) must bring a signed and notarized parental consent form to the Testing Center to be eligible.

Candidates approved for special testing accommodations should contact Pearson VUE at 800-466-0450 for scheduling.

The Durham Tech Testing Center hours for GED® test scheduling are as follows:

  • Mondays: 9–11:30 a.m. and 3–6 p.m.
  • Tuesdays: 11:30 a.m.–3 p.m.
  • Wednesdays: 3–7 p.m.

For additional information, contact the Durham Tech examiner at 919-536-7200, ext. 3201 or ext. 3206.

Return to College and Career Readiness home page

Durham Technical Community College
1637 East Lawson Street
Durham, NC 27703

Copyright ©Durham Technical Community College. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy l Conditions of Use