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
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
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.
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
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.
Ever thought about becoming a Self-Enrichment Education Teacher?
The GED credential allows for a great college education. To become a Self-Enrichment Teacher you need to be a super organized person. A self-enrichment teacher sometimes offers private instruction but often finds employment in community adult education programs. Self-enrichment teachers may work with a student for just one or two sessions or for several years. Self-enrichment teachers earned median hourly wages of $19.52 or a median annual salary of $39,440 in 2016.
Self-Enrichment Teacher – Education
Teachers who instruct dance, music, fitness, and driving courses are seen as self-enrichment teachers, and a high school or equivalent diploma followed by specialized instruction in their subject field are usually the requirements to be able to work as a self-enrichment teacher. They may work in traditional educational institutions, but not necessarily.
Self-enrichment teachers are monitoring their students’ performance and progress, and come up with improvement suggestions to make sure their students will meet course standards, requirements, and objectives. They may teach their students in groups or individually while using a wide variety of teaching methods, for example, demonstrations, lectures, or discussions, and demonstrations.
Self-Enrichment Teacher – The Job
Self-enrichment teachers are specialized instructing the finer subject areas in life such as music, arts and crafts, recreation, spirituality, and relationship skills. Self-enrichment teachers are usually instructing this kind of topics through self-enrichment courses. They teach courses that are different from instruction that will lead to a degree or occupational specialization.
These courses are generally informal and voluntary and usually take place in after-school hours or in evening or weekend settings. Self-enrichment courses often involve hands-on lessons and one-on-one instruction, and not only offer teachers flexibility. They also bring satisfaction because teachers can share their favorite subject area or hobbies with other individuals.
Common occupations for self-enrichment teachers are: Ceramics/Pottery Instructor, Ballet Teacher, Citizenship Teacher, Dance Teacher, CPR Instructor, Driving Teacher, First Aid Instructor, Defensive Driving Instructor, Driver Education Instructor, or Horseback Riding Instructor. Self-enrichment teachers usually educate students in lessons that are not included in degree-granting programs. They typically give instruction in subject fields of self-improvement, and in general will not instruct vocational or academic subjects.
We can divide self-enrichment teachers into three main categories:
1/ the teachers in Life Skills such as personal finance, cooking, time management, parenting skills, and marriage, and spirituality
2/ the teachers that are specialized in Arts & Crafts such as painting, music, pottery, sewing, photography, or woodworking
3/ the teachers who are instructing Academics such as art history, humanities, literature, botany, or bird-watching
To be able to work as self-enrichment teachers, interested individuals must demonstrate well-developed skills and expertise in those subjects they want to teach, and usually, some sort of formal and subject-related training is required, though there are situations in which experience will suffice. Self-enrichment teachers must have well-developed communication competencies and must have the skills to generate interest in their subject areas.
Job outlook and pay
in 2013, almost 15 percent of all self-enrichment teachers ran their own businesses and were self-employed. Other self-enrichment teachers were employed by private or public schools, religious organizations, civic or social groups. Frequently, these teachers instruct classes on a part-time basis, while having full-time positions in different occupations as well, and it is pretty common for these self-enrichment instructors to be working for multiple employers.
Over the next decade, the job perspectives for self-enrichment teachers are excellent, and it is expected that this occupation will grow faster than the average for all professions. In 2014, the average income for these professionals was $39,440 though we can see huge differences depending on experience, education, specialization, and regional influences.