Basic Skills Future Students

Don’t wait any longer…it’s time to act now and start the process of enrolling at Wayne Community College to complete your High School Equivalency Diploma or Adult High School Diploma or to study English Language Acquisition!

Below is information about our Basic Skills enrollment process.

New students and students who have not been enrolled in more than a year must take a placement test to determine math and reading placement for the High School Equivalency Diploma (HSE) or the Adult High School Diploma (AHS) program. The placement test is given in Orientation class to new students. Returning students may make an appointment with the Assessment Specialist to take the placement.

Orientations are scheduled for mornings, afternoons and evenings, and require two sessions of attendance. In addition to the placement test, students are given a keyboarding inventory, a learning style inventory and a career assessment. A tour of the campus is given, and a guest speaker from one of the college programs gives a presentation. Pre-registration is not required for Orientation, but a Locator test must be taken prior to Orientation. This can easily be done on any Tuesday at 9:00 a.m., 11:00 a.m., 2:00 p.m., 4:00 p.m. or 6:00 p.m. in the Walnut Building,Room 220.  To see the Orientation Schedule go to For New Student Orientation Dates  to download a copy of the Orientation Schedule.

After Orientation, students can begin their program of study. Whether they choose the HSE Diploma program or the AHS Diploma program, a learning plan will be designed for the student. That plan can involve one or more of the following:

  • Taking a traditional class on campus
  • Taking a computer based class and study under the direction of an instructor in the Basic Skills computer lab
  • Taking a class near your home or workplace at a community based class at West Haven in Goldsboro or Mount Olive Presbyterian Church in Mount Olive

For English Language Acquisition Class (formerly ESL) information contact Ms. Abalo-Zarate at 919-739-6924 or Ms. Amelia Hall at 919-739-6911.

Introducing the NEW 2014 GED® Program

The GED® Exam

The GED® assessment continues to provide the opportunity to earn a high school equivalency diploma but now goes further by measuring career- and college-readiness skills necessary for today’s curriculum and tomorrow’s success. There are now four tests:

What’s on the Reasoning Through Language Arts (RLA) test

  • 150 minutes
  • Includes multiple choice, short answer, drop-down, and a variety of technology enhanced items
  • Includes one 45-minute extended response (essay)
  • Includes a 10-minute break
  • Featured text on test is 75% informational (non-fiction), 25% literature (fiction)
  • Text ranges in complexity, including texts at the career- and college-readiness level
  • Text ranges from 400 to 900 words long
  • Text vocabulary focuses on words that appear frequently in a wide variety of disciplines
  • Measures the student’s:
    • Ability to read closely, write clearly, and edit and understand written English
    • Ability to understand, interpret, and answer questions based on text
    • Ability to use evidence to support an argument
    • Understanding of basic English skills at a level needed to succeed in college or a job

What’s on the Mathematical Reasoning test

  • 115 minutes
  • 2 parts with no break
    • No calculator allowed on the first 5 questions
    • Can use a TI-30XS calculator for the remaining questions
  • Includes multiple choice, drop-down, and a variety of technology-enhanced items
  • Calculator guide is provided
  • Math formulas are provided
  • Measures the student’s:
    • Quantitative problem-solving abilities (45%)
    • Algebraic problem-solving abilities (55%)

What’s on the Science test

  • 90 minutes
  • Includes multiple choice, drop down, and a variety of technology-enhanced items
  • Includes 2 short answer questions that should take about 10 minutes each to write
  • No break
  • Can use a TI-30XS calculator
  • Measures the student’s:
    • Ability to read, understand, and interpret science-related texts
    • Problem-solving abilities in science-related situations
    • Knowledge of: Earth and Space Science, Earth Science and Physical Science

What’s on the Social Studies test

  • 90 minutes
  • Includes multiple choice, drop-down, and a variety of technology-enhanced items
  • Includes one 25-minute extended response (essay)
  • No break
  • Can use a TI-30XS calculator
  • Measures the student’s:
    • Ability to read, understand, and interpret social studies-related texts and data
    • Problem-solving abilities in social studies-related situations
    • Knowledge of: Geography and the World, Economics, Civics and U.S. History


Basic Skills Department

(919) 739-6908