Listed here are all GED® prep locations and testing sites in the Alameda area.
California is using several options for HSE (high school equivalency) testing, the GED, HiSET, and TASC.
All options measure knowledge and skills at a level that compares to that of a graduating high school student.
HSE testing offers persons who never graduated from high school another shot at earning an equivalent diploma.
The TASC and HiSET are offered both on a computer and on paper whereas the GED test is fully computer-based.
The GED exam has four separate subject tests (modules) in the academic fields of literacy, math, science, and social studies.
At the GED, you can sit for one test when you’re sufficiently prepared and your scores count for two years from the first registration.
The HiSET and TASC include five tests (Literacy has individual writing and reading tests) that can’t be done separately.
Alameda HSE prep sites
Alameda Adult School
401 Pacific Ave – Alameda – CA 94501 – Ph: (510) 522-3858
The adult school’s entrance is at the rear, the front entrance is for Academy Middle School.
Alameda Free Library (Adult Literacy Program)
2203 Central Ave – Alameda – CA 94501 – Ph: (510) 865-2454
The Salvation Army
1918 Park St – Alameda – CA 94501 – Ph: (510) 769-7401
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Locations around Alameda (cities in alphabetic order)
Oakland Adult & Career Education (Oakland USD)
2607 Myrtle St – Oakland – CA 94607 – Ph: (510) 879-3036
You can find all Oakland prep sites here
San Francisco USD HSE Classes
555 Franklin St – San Francisco – CA 94102 – Ph: (415) 241-6000
Check all San Francisco options in this post
San Leandro Adult Education
2255 Bancroft Ave – San Leandro – CA 94577 – Ph: (510) 667-6287
San Leandro Adult Education
1448 Williams St – San Leandro – CA 94577 – Ph: (510) 667-6287
San Lorenzo Adult Education
820 Bockman Rd – San Lorenzo – CA 94580 – Ph: (510) 317-4200
Job Corps Treasure Island
351 Avenue H (Bldg 442) – Treasure Island – San Francisco – CA 94130, Ph: (415) 277-2400
Alameda region testing centers
Alameda Adult School HiSET testing
401 Pacific Ave – Alameda – CA 94501 – Ph: (510) 522-3858
Dewey High School HSE testing
1111 2nd Ave – Oakland – CA 94606 – Ph: (510) 879-8131
GED passing score
The GED passing score is 145 on a scale that runs from 100 to 200. The HiSET and TASC are scored differently. All three alternatives need to be done at certified testing centers, there is NO online testing option. Check also this website’s free practice tests for your GED exam. Not all testing centers offer all three options, so please check with a testing facility near you which HSE test(s) they administer.
Who can sit for the GED test?
The new computer-based GED (General Education Development) program is developed to assist adults without a high school diploma in getting a comparable diploma. The certificate that you are given after completing the California GED exam is nationwide accepted as equivalent to a high school diploma by government agencies, employers, and universities. To see whether you are eligible for the HSE exam, go to HSE Testing in California.
The 4 GED tests
To earn a GED certificate, candidates must pass four separate tests covering math, science, literacy (reading and writing), and social studies. The score necessary to pass was 150 points for each subject, but this was brought down to 145, so you must score a total of 580 or more.
The passing score does not reflect a minimum level of academic achievement. In fact, the passing standard is now set so that 40 percent of all high-school graduates would fail the GED test on the first try. The GED assessment system designed to measure whether a student has mastered a level of knowledge comparable to that of high-school graduates.
About once every ten years, the GED is brought up to speed with technological developments and the changing requirements of industries and institutions of higher education. However, the latest upgrade to the test is the most extensive in its 70-year history. The trick is to study hard in all the 4 subject areas the test covers and be prepared because you will no longer be able to make educated guesses.
Sign up for one of the above-listed prep facilities, and your community library or bookstore can also provide a lot of study material. The GED exam is not offered over the internet, but online preparation is a great way to get all set fast.
How about an Orthotist and Prosthetist Career?
Orthotists and prosthetists (also referred to as O&P professionals) are designing medical support devices, and measure and fit these to their patients. These highly specialized devices include artificial limbs (such as arms, legs, hands, or feet), braces, and all sorts of other surgical or medical devices.
Orthotists and prosthetists are required to have a master’s degree in prosthetics and orthotics. These master programs include various courses in topics such as spinal orthotics, lower and upper extremity prosthetics and orthotics, plastics and a variety of other materials.
These master’s degree programs include also a clinical component where students will work under the supervision and direction of a specialized O&P professional, and practically all programs require clinical experience of no less than 500 hours, split equally between prosthetics and orthotics.
Most master’s degree programs take 2 years for completion, and applicants may hold a bachelor’s degree in any other discipline as long as they have completed prerequisite courses in mathematics and science, but requirements may vary by program and school.
Orthotist-Prosthetist – The Job
Orthotist-Prosthetist professionals typically conduct interviews and evaluate their patients’ needs, and measure them to be able to design medical devices. They are designing orthopedic and prosthetic devices in accordance with physicians’ prescriptions.
They will be taking a mold of their patient’s body part that needs to be fitted with an artificial limb or brace, and select the proper material(s)s for the device, and they need to test, fit, and/or adjust the devices on their patients. It is their task to instruct their patients on the best way to use the devices and how to take care of them. They will be repairing or updating the orthopedic and prosthetic and will document delivered care in their patients’ records.
Orthotists and prosthetists may be working in both the orthotic and the prosthetic fields or they can be specialized in one field. Orthotists are professionally trained to design and apply supportive medical devices, for example, inserts and braces, whereas prosthetists are trained to design and work with artificial limbs or any other body part.
Some orthotics and prosthetist professionals may develop their patients’ devices, while others are supervising how medical appliance technicians are developing and constructing specific orthotic and prosthetic devices.
- Average Annual Salary: $63,730
- Projected Lifetime Earnings: $2,576,000
Over the next decade, the job outlook of orthotists and prosthetists will grow much faster than the overall job growth expectation, but it is a small occupation group, and the number of jobs will be limited. The baby-boom generation is aging, and this will create a growing need for O&P specialists, as cardiovascular disease and diabetes (more common among aging individuals) are major causes of limb loss.
Additionally, new technological developments will also boost demand for prostheses that enable more natural movement, and older persons will also need more specialist devices such as orthopedic footwear and braces. In 2016, the average yearly income for O&P professionals was around $63,730, though wages may vary depending on geographic circumstances, experience, and qualifications.
Where do they work?
Most orthotists and prosthetists are working in offices. Here they meet with their patients and design prosthetic or orthotic devices. They can work in small, private offices or in larger facilities, and they sometimes work in the shops where the orthotics and prosthetics are made. The majority of these professionals are employed by medical equipment and supplies manufacturers, and health and personal care stores, while some others work at physicians’ offices, hospitals, or government facilities.
License and certification
There are states that require orthotists and prosthetists to be licensed, but requirements are varying by state.and those states requiring licensure usually also require certification to be able to practice. Most orthotists and prosthetists obtain certification by passing the ABC (American Board for Certification) exam in Orthotics, Prosthetics and Pedorthics. To be eligible to sit for the exam, O&P professionals are required to complete their master’s degree in orthotics and prosthetics, as well as a residency program. Most O&P professionals will get certification anyway, regardless of their state’s requirements.