GED Classes Berkeley, California

This article includes a full listing of GED® prep class locations and testing centers in the Berkeley area.

California residents are offered three options if they want to earn their high school equivalency (HSE) credential.

The HSE program is set up to give adults who never completed high school the chance to acquire an equivalent degree.

The computer-based GED exam contains for separate modules (subtests) in Science, Literacy, Math, and Social Studies.

California also welcomed the HiSET and TASC exams that are offered both on-computer and on-paper.

The HiSET and TASC include separate writing and reading tests, so five in total.

The GED modules need to be completed in maximally two years. This does not count for the HiSET and TASC!

Please check with a testing facility near you because not all testing facilities offer all three options.

Berkeley HSE prep sites

GED Requirements in California

Berkeley Adult School
1701 San Pablo Ave – Berkeley – CA 94702 – Ph: (510) 644.6130

The Salvation Army
1535 University Ave – Berkeley – CA 94703 – Ph: (510) 549.3098

Inter-City Employment Services
3269 Adeline St – Berkeley – CA 94703 – Ph: (510) 655.3552

Berkeley Adult School
1222 University Ave – Berkeley – CA 94702 – Ph: (510) 644.6130

Multicultural Institute
1920 Seventh St – Berkeley – CA 94710 – Ph: (510) 818.4075

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Locations around Berkeley (cities in alphabetic order)

Albany Adult School 
601 San Gabriel Ave – Albany – CA 94706 – Ph: (510) 559.6580

Next Step Education Center HSE Classes
2222 Curtis St – Oakland – CA 94607 – Ph: (510) 251.1731
All Oakland options can be found here

W. Contra Costa Adult Basic Education
6028 Ralston Ave – Richmond – CA 94805 – Ph: (510) 215.4666
Check out all Richmond locations here

City College of S. Francisco HSE Instruction 
1125 Valencia St – San Francisco – CA 94110 – Ph: (415) 920.6000
Mission Campus – Spanish GED Classes. See more San Francisco prep sites here.

California Free Online HSE Classes

Berkeley area testing sites

Berkeley HSE testing
1701 S. Pablo Ave – Berkeley – CA 94702 – Ph: (510) 644.6130

Dewey High HSE testing
1111 2nd Ave – Oakland – CA 94606 – Ph: (510) 879.8131

W. Contra Costa Adult School HSE testing
6028 Ralston Ave – Richmond – CA 94805 – Ph: (510) 215.4666

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No online HSE testing

All three HSE tests are NOT offered online. You must come to a state-designated testing center if you want to obtain your high school equivalency diploma and take the test in person. Websites that radiate a different story are fraudulent and run by con artists who just try to steal your hard-earned money. There is simply NO GED testing via the internet.  If you wish to learn if you qualify for the HSE (high school equivalency) program, check out this page: GED program in California.

GED alternatives HiSET and TASC

In January 2014, the state of California not only was excited to present the totally new GED program (entirely computer-formatted and including the four test subjects of Science, Social Studies, Math, and Literacy), the state also presented two alternative assessment systems to its residents to acquire the High School Equivalency Diploma: the HiSET and the TASC.

These alternative exams still have two literacy sections (reading and writing) and are offered in both computer- and paper versions. Furthermore, these two methods are cheaper than the new GED exam. Not all testing centers administer all three options so please check with a testing site near you which exam(s) they use!

The GED exam – what’s new

GED Testing Service, the owner of the GED program, came with a new GED exam in January 2014. The former version of the GED exam had expired in 2013. Students who had not completed the former version by December 2013 were required to start all over again, as former (partly) results could not be transferred to the new exam.

This was a big problem as more than a million adults had started but not fully completed the old GED exam version. Herein lies the reason that some states have passed legislation to change this policy. The nation cannot afford to have millions of adults miss out on the opportunity to pass the GED tests, which allows for a college education, academic training, and good employment. The new GED exam contains four separate tests that all need to be passed to earn a high school equivalent credential.

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