GED in California

The state of California introduced the computer-formatted GED® test in January 2014, but on top of that allowed the nationally available two alternatives, HiSET and TASC, to be used for measuring its residents’ high school equivalent knowledge.

In January 2016, the GED® passing score was brought back five points to 145, as it was set too high in relation to what level of knowledge may be expected of high school graduates. Read the full story here. HiSET and TASC have different scoring methods (see below).

Free GED preparation

There are thousands of facilities in California that offer GED preparation, often at no cost at all. These classes will assist you in getting all set to take the GED (or the HiSET or TASC) exam confidently at an official California HSE (high school equivalency) testing site. Please contact a testing center near you as they are free to choose which of the three alternatives (or all) they use.

No online testing

The GED test is only available on a computer, while the TASC and HiSET are offered both in paper-based and computerized formats. Don’t forget to check our article about signing up for your GED exam with the online portal MyGED. Online GED, TASC, or HiSET testing is NOT possible. Websites with a different message are false!

GED-HiSET-TASC

The GED exam includes four individual subtests (modules) that can be completed within a two-year time frame in these fields: math, science, social studies, and literacy. GED testing is done exclusively on a computer. The TASC and HiSET are not modular and contain five subtests (the literacy section has separate reading and writing tests) and are available both on a computer and in a paper-based format.

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California GED testing requirements

  • The minimum age in California is 18. When you are 16 or 17, you must meet special requirements, so see your nearest testing site.
  • There is California residency requirement.
  • You must not be graduated from high school and not be registered for another education program. You only can go for the GED test if you have no high school diploma or similar, and are not presently signed up for a school program.

California GED Classes in and around (select your nearest city):

Alameda
Alhambra
Anaheim
Antioch
Auburn
Bakersfield
Berkeley
Bishop
Chula Vista
Concord
Corona
Downey
El Cajon
El Centro
El Monte
Elk Grove
Escondido
Eureka
Fairfield
Fremont
Fresno
Glendale
Hayward
Lancaster
Livermore
Long Beach
Los Angeles
Merced
Modesto
Monterey
Murrieta
Napa
Oakland
Oceanside
Ontario
Oxnard
Palm Springs
Pasadena
Petaluma
Placerville
Rancho Cordova
Redding
Richmond
Riverside
Roseville
Sacramento
Salinas
San Bernardino
San Diego
San Francisco
San Jose
San Luis Obispo
San Mateo
Santa Ana
Santa Clarita
Santa Maria
Santa Monica
Santa Rosa
Simi Valley
Stockton
Temecula
Torrance
Vacaville
Vallejo
Victorville
Visalia
Walnut Creek
Yuba City

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California GED Testing Centers

Alameda
Alameda Adult School – 2250 Central Avenue, Alameda, CA 94501,  510-522-3858
Alhambra
Garfield Adult Center, 217 N Garfield Avenue, Alhambra, CA 91801, 626-308-2247
Alturas
Modoc County Office of Education, 212 W Third Street, Alturas, CA 96101, 530-233-7103
Antioch
Antioch Adult Education, 820 2nd Street – Antioch – CA 94509 –  925 . 706 . 5365
Atascadero – DMH, Atascadero Street Hospital
Aztec Ad. Education – 10333 El Camino Real – Atascadero –  CA 93423 – 805 . 468 . 2425
Auburn
Placer Adult School – 390 Finley St – Auburn – California 95603 – 530 . 885 . 8585
Avenal
CDCR, Avenal State Prison, 1 Kings Way, Avenal, CA 93204, 559-386-0587
Bakersfield
Bakersfield Ad.  School – 501 South Mt. Vernon Ave – Bakersfield – CA 93307 – 661 . 835 . 1855
Bakersfield College (Assessment Ctr) -1801 Panorama Dr – Bakersfield – CA 93305 – 661 . 395 . 4468
Baldwin Park
Baldwin Park Adult Ed, 13307 Francesquito Ave, Baldwin Park, CA 91706, 626 . 856 . 4161
Banning
Desert Edge High School, 1626 Hargrave Street, Banning, CA 92220, 909-922-7361
Beaumont
Beaumont Adult School, 1575 Cherry Avenue, Beaumont, California 92223, 951 . 845 . 6012
Bell Gardens
Bell Gardens Ad. School – 6119 Agra Street – Bell Gardens – California 90201 – 323 . 887 . 7955
Bellflower
Bellflower Adult Education – 9242 Laurel Street, Bellflower – California 90706, 562 . 461 . 2218
Berkeley
Berkeley Ad. School, 1701 San Pablo Avenue, Berkeley, California 94702, 510-644-6130
Blythe
CDCR, Chuckawalla Valley Stare Prison, 19025 Wiley’s Well Road, Blythe, CA 92226, 760-922-5300
CDCR, Ironwood State Prison, 19005 Wiley’s Well Road, Blythe, CA 92225, 760-921-3000
Palo Verde College, 145 N Spring Street, Blythe, CA 92225, 760-921-2591
Brentwood
Liberty Adult Education – 929 2nd St – Brentwood – CA 94513 – 925 . 634 . 2565
Burbank
Burbank Ad. School – 3811 Allan Avenue – Burbank – California 91505 – 818 . 558 . 4611
Calipatria
CDCR, Calipatria St. Prison – 7018 Blair Rd – Calipatria – CA 92233, 760 . 348 . 7000
Castro Valley
Castro Valley Ad. & Career Ed – 4430 Alma Ave – Castro Valley – CA 94546 – 510 . -886 . 1000
Cerritos
ABC Ad. School – 12254 East Cuesta Dr – Cerritos – CA 90701 – 562 . 926 . 6734
Chico
Chico USD Office of Adult Education, 290 E Avenue, Room 20, Chico, CA 95926, 530-895-4182
Chino
CDCR, California Institution for Men, 14901 Central Ave – Chino – California 91710 –  909 . 606 . 7039
Chino Valley Ad. School- 12970 Third St – Chino – California 91710, 909-627-9613
Chula Vista
Chula Vista Ad. School – 1034 4th Ave – Chula Vista – CA 91911 – 619 . 691 . 5622
Citrus Heights
Sunrise Tech Center –  7322 Sunrise Blvd – Citrus Heights – CA 95610 – 916 . 971 . 7654
Clovis
Clovis Adult School – 1452 David E. Cook Way – Clovis – California 93611 – 559 . 327 . 2800
Coachella
Valley Ad. School –  1099 Orchard St – Coachella – CA 92236 – 760 . 398 . 6302
Compton
Compton Adult School – 1104 East 148th St – Compton – CA 90220 –  310 . 898 . 6470
Concord
Mount Diablo Adult Education, 1266 S. Carlos Avenue, Concord, CA 94518, 925-685-7340
Corcoran
CDCR, Corcoran State Prison, 4001 King Avenue, Corcoran, CA 93212, 559-992-8800
CDCR, Tulare Lake Adult School/CSATF, 900 Quebec Ave – Corcoran – California 93212 – 559 . 992 . 7100
Corona
Corona/Norco Adult School, 300 Buena Vista Avenue, Corona, CA 92882, 951-736-3325
Covelo
Round Valley Indian Tribes/Ad, Education/GED, P.O. Box 448, Covelo, CA 95428, 707-983-6194
Crescent City
CDCR, Pelican Bay State Prison, 5905 Lake Earl Drive, Crescent City, CA 95531, 707-465-1000
College Of The Redwoods/Del Norte, 883 W. Washington Blvd, Crescent City, CA 95531, 707-465-2330
Culver City
Culver City Ad. School – 4501 Elenda Street – Culver City – California 90230 – 310 . 842 . 4300
Daly City
Jefferson Adult School, 699 Serramonte Blvd – Daly City – California 94015 – 650 . 550 . 7891
Danville
San Ramon Valley USD/Ad. Education, 699 Old Orchard Drive, Danville, CA 94526, 925-837-9452
Delano
Delano Ad. School –  1811 Princeton St – Delano – CA 93215 – 661 . 725 . 4000 ext. 4170
CDCR – Kern Valley Ad School, 300 W Cecil Ave – Delano- CA 93216 – 661-721-6300 (no public testing)
Diamond Springs
El Dorado Adult High School, 4675 Missouri Flat Road, Diamond Springs, CA 95667, 530-622-7073
Downey
Downey Ad. School – 12340 Woodruff Avenue, Downey, California 90241 – 562 . 940 . 6231
El Cajon
Foothills Adult Education Center, 1550 Melody Lane, El Cajon, CA 92019, 619-401-4122
El Monte
El Monte Adult School, 10807 Ramona Boulevard, El Monte, CA 91731, 626-258-5800
Encinitas
San Dieguito Union HS District, 800 Santa Fe Dr – Encinitas – CA 92024 – 760 . 753 . 7073
Escondido
Escondido Ad.  School – 3750 Mary Ln – Escondido – CA 92025 – 760 . 739 . 7300
Eureka
College of the Redwoods, 7351 Tompkins Hill R0ad, Eureka, CA 95501, 707-476-4106
Fairfield/Suisun
Fairfield/Suisun Ad. School – 900 Travis Blvd – Fairfield – California 94533 – 707 . 421 . 4155
Folsom
CDCR (Greystone Ad. Ed. – 300 Prison Rd – Folsom – CA 95763 – 916-985-2561 (no public testing)
Fontana
Adult Evening High School, 10755 Oleander Ave – Fontana – California 92337 – 909 . 357 . 5490
Fremont
Fremont Ad. School – 4700 Calaveras Avenue, Fremont, California 94538 – 510 . 793 . 6465
Fresno
Fresno Ad. School – 2500 Stanislaus St – Fresno, California 93721, 559-457-6000
Fort Bragg
College Of The Redwoods Mendocino, 1211 Del Mar Dr – Fort Bragg – California 95437 – 707 . 962 . 2603
Fullerton
CSU Fullerton, 800 N State College Boulevard, Fullerton, CA 92831, 657-278-2487
Glendale
Adult Community Training Center, 1122 E Garfield, Glendale, CA 91205, 818-243-3184
Grass Valley
Nevada Joint Union HS District, 11645 Ridge Road, Grass Valley, CA 95945, 530-273-3351
Greenfield
Ventana HS | King City Ad. Education – 2015 Camino Real, Greenfield, California 93927 – 831 . 674 . 3275
Hanford
Hanford Adult School – 905 N Campus Dr – Hanford – CA 93230 – 559 . 583 . 5905
Hayward
Hayward Adult School, 22100 Princeton Street, Hayward, CA 94541, 510-293-8595
Hemet
Hemet Ad. School – 26866 South Jacinto St – Hemet – California 92544, 951-765-5190
Hesperia
Hesperia Adult School, 16527 Lemon Street, Hesperia, CA 92345, 760-244-1771
Huntington Beach
Huntington Beach Adult School, 16666 Tunstall Ln, Huntington Beach, CA 92647, 714-847-2873
Imperial
CDCR, Centinela State Prison, 2302 Brown Road, Imperial, CA 92251, 760-337-7900
Valley College, 380 E Aten Road, Imperial, CA 92251, 760-355-6216
Inglewood
Inglewood Ad. School – 106 East Manchester Blvd (Ste 350) – Inglewood – California 90301 – 310 . 330 . 5225
Ione
CDCR, James A. Wieden HS, 201 Waterman Road, Ione, CA 95640, 209-274-8182
Jamestown
CDCR, Sierra Conservation Center, 5100 O’Byrnes Ferry Road, Jamestown, CA 95327, 209-984-5291
Joshua Tree
Copper Mountain Coll. – 6162 Rotary Way – Joshua Tree – CA 92252 – 760 . 366 . 3791
Kentfield
College of Marin Testing Office, Student Services Bldg, Rm 238, Kentfield, CA 94904, 415-485-9469
Kerman
Unified Alternative Education Center, 15405 Sunset Street, Kerman, CA 93630, 559-842-3504
La Puente
Bassett Adult School/GED, 904 North Willow Avenue, La Puente, CA 91746, 626-931-7900
Hacienda/La Puente Ad School – 14101 E Nelson Ave – La Puente, California 91746 – 626 . 934 . 2800 x 2818
Correctional Education/ Central Jail, 14101 E Nelson Avenue, La Puente, CA 91746, 213-974-5194
Correctional Education/ North Corr. Facility, 14101 E Nelson Ave, La Puente, CA 91746, 661-295-7827
Lake Elsinore
Los Pinos High School, 39251 Ortega Highway, Lake Elsinore, CA 92530, 909-678-2511
Lake Elsinore Valley Adult School, 520 Chaney Avenue, Lake Elsinore, CA 92350, 951-253-7093
Lakeport
Lake County Office of Education, 55 S First Street, Lakeport, CA 95453, 707-262-3499
Lancaster
Antelope Valley Ad.  School – 45110 Third Street East – Lancaster – CA 93535 – 661 . 942 . 3042
CDCR | CA State Prison | Los Angeles – 44750 60th St West – Lancaster – CA 93536 – 661 . 729 . 2000
Lawndale
Centinela Valley Adult School – 4953 Marine Ave – Lawndale – California 90260 – 310 . 263 . 3165
Litchfield
CDCR, CA Correctional Center, PO Box 409, Litchfield, CA 96117, 530-257-2181
Lodi
Lodi Ad. School – 542 East Pine St – Lodi – CA 95240 – 209 . 331 . 7605
Lompoc
Lompoc Adult School, 515 W College Avenue, Lompoc, CA 93436, 805-742-3100
Long Beach
School for Adults – 3701 E. Willow St, Long Beach, California 90815 – 562 . 595 . 8893
Los Angeles
Lacoe Education Center, 1605 Eastlake Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90033, 323-225-4363
Abram Friedman Occupational Center, 1646 S Olive, Rm 503, Los Angeles, CA 90015, 213-765-2573
Los Angeles City College, 855 N Vermont Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90029, Ph: 323-953-4000
Lynwood
Lynwood Adult School, 4050 Imperial Highway, Lynwood, CA 90262, 231-604-3096
Madera
Madera Adult School, 26355 Avenue 13, Madera, CA 93637, 559-675-4425
Malibu
Malibu USD Adult Education Center, 2510 Lincoln Boulevard, Santa Monica, CA 90405, 310-664-6222
Manteca
Manteca Ad.School – 311 East North St -Manteca – CA 95336 – 209 . 825 . 3100
Mariposa
Mariposa Alternative Education, 4802 Highway 140, Mariposa, CA 95338, 209-742-0290
Martinez
Contra Costa Co. Office of Ed. – 1000 Ward St – Martinez – California 94553 – 925 . 646 . 4669
Martinez Ad. School – 600 F Street, Martinez, California  94553, 925-228-3587
Menlo Park
Sequoia Adult School – 3247 Middlefield Rd – Menlo Park – CA 94025 – 650 . 306 . 8866
Merced
Merced Ad. School – 50 East 20th St – Merced – CA 95344 – 209 . 385 . 6524
Milpitas
GED Testing Center, 1331 E Calaveras Blvd, Building J, Milpitas, CA 95035, 408-957-5487
Modesto
Stanislaus County Office of Education, 2209 Blue Gum, Modesto, CA 95358, 209.558.8646
Moreno Valley
Moreno Valley Adult School, 24551 Dracaea Avenue, Moreno Valley, CA 92553, 909-485-5650
Morgan Hill
Morgan Hill Adult School, 17940 Monterey Road, Morgan Hill, CA 95037, 408-201-6520
Mountain View
Los Altos Adult School – 333 Moffett Blvd – Mountain View – CA 94043 – 650 . 940 . 1333
Napa
Napa Valley Coll. – 2277 Napa-Vallejo Hwy – Napa – California 94558, 707-253-3270
Norco
Corona/Norco Adult School, 300 Buena Vista Avenue, Corona, CA 92882, 951-736-3325
Norwalk 
La Mirada Ad. School/Excelsior – 15711 Pioneer Blvd – Norwalk – California 90650 – 562 . 868 . 9858
Oakland
Dewey Continuation High School, 1111 Second Avenue, Oakland, CA 94606, 510-879-8131
Oceanside
MiraCosta College, 1 Barnard Drive, Building 3000-3B, Oceanside, CA 92056, 760-795-6685
Ontario
Chaffey Adult School, 211 W Fifth Street, Ontario, CA 91762, 909-983-2010
Oxnard
Oxnard Ad. School – 1101 West Second St – Oxnard – CA 93030 – 805 . 385 . 2578
Pacific Grove
Pacific Grove Ad. School – 1025 Lighthouse Ave – Pacific Grove – CA 93950 – 831-646-6580
Palm Desert
College Of The Desert, 43-500 Monterey Avenue, Palm Desert, CA 92260, 760-773-2559
Palm Springs
Palm Springs Adult School, 333 S Farrell Drive, Palm Springs, CA 92262, 760-416-8452
Palo Alto
Palo Alto Adult School – 50 Embarcadero Rd – Palo Alto – CA 94301 – 650 . 329 . 3752
Paramount
Paramount Adult Education Center, 14507 Paramount Blvd, Paramount, CA 90723, 562-602-6080
Pico Rivera
El Rancho Ad. School – 9515 Haney St – Pico Rivera – California 90660 – 562 . 801 . 5009
Pittsburg
Pittsburg Adult Education Center, 1151 Stoneman Avenue, Pittsburg, CA 94565, 925-473-4460
Pleasanton
Amador Valley Ad.  School – 215 Abbie St – Pleasanton – CA 94566 – 925 . 426 . 4280
Pomona
Pomona Ad. School – 1515 West Mission Blvd – Pomona – California 91766 – 909 . 469 . 2333
Porterville
Porterville Ad. School – 568 West Olive Ave – Porterville – CA 93257 – 559 . 782 . 7030
Poway
Poway Adult School, 13626 Twin Peaks Road, Poway, CA 92064, 858-668-4000
Quincy
Feather River College, 570 Golden Eagle Avenue, Quincy, CA 95971, 530-283-0202
Ramona
Montecito High School, 720 Ninth Street, Ramona, CA 92065, 760-788-5070
Rancho Cordova
Folsom/Cordova Adult School – 10850 Gadsten Way – Rancho Cordova – California 95670 –  916 . 635 . 6810
Red Bluff
Shasta College/ Tehama Center, 900 Palm St – Red Bluff – CA 96080 ,530-529-8972
Redding
Shasta Learning Ctr – 590 Mary St (Building 7) – Redding – California 96001 – 530 . 245 . 2626
Redlands
Redlands Ad. School – 10568 California St – Redlands – CA 92573 – 909 . 748 . 6930
Reedley
Kings Canyon Ad. School – 740 West North Ave – Reedley – CA 93654 – 559 . 637 . 1246
Represa
CDCR, State Prison-Sacramento/Folsom, P.O Box 290017, Represa, CA 95671, 916-985-8610
Richmond
West Contra Costa Ad. Education – 6028 Ralston Avenue – Richmond – CA 94805 – 510 . 215 . 4666
Riverside
Riverside Adult School – 6735 Magnolia Ave – Riverside – California 92506 – 951 . 788 . 7185
Roseville
Roseville Adult School, 200 Branstetter Street, Roseville. CA 95678, 916-782-3952
Rowland
Adult & Community Education, 19100 E Killian Ave – Rowland Heights – California 91748 – 626 . 965 . 5975
Sacramento
Elk Grove Adult & Community Education, 8401-B Gerber Road, Sacramento, CA 95828, 916-686-7717
Fremont School For Adults, 2420 N Street, Sacramento, CA 95816, 916-277-6620
Skills & Business Education Ctr – 5451 Lemon Hill Avenue – Sacramento – CA 95824 – 916 . 433 . 2600
Winterstein Ad. School – 900 Morse Ave – Sacramento – CA 95864 – 916 . 971 . 7419
Salinas
Salinas Adult Education Center, 20 Sherwood Place, Salinas, CA 93906, 831-796-6907
San Bernardino
San Bernardino Ad. School – 1200 N East St – San Bernardino – California 92405 – 909 . 388 . 6000
San Bruno
Milpitas/San Bruno County Jail, 1 Moreland Drive, San Bruno, CA 94066, 650-266-9566
San Diego
West City Center – 3249 Fordham St – San Diego – CA 92110 – 619 . 221 . 6977
CDCR, R. J. Donovan Correctional Facility, 480 Alta Road, San Diego, CA 92179, 619-661-6500
Juvenile Court & Community Schools Center – 6401 Linda Vista Rd – San Diego – CA 92111 – 858 . 571 . 7224
San Francisco
City College of San Francisco, 1860 Hayes Street, Room 45, San Francisco, CA 94116, 415-561-1824
San Jose
Metropolitan Adult Education Erikson, 4849 Pearl Avenue, San Jose, CA 95136, 408-723-6450
Santa Clara County Office of Education, 1290 Ridder Park Drive M/C 241, San Jose, CA 95131, 408-453-6886
San Juan Capistrano
Capistrano Ad. School, 31422 Camino Capistrano – San Juan Capistrano – CA 92675 – 949 . 493 . 0658
San Luis Obispo
CDCR, CA Men’s Colony, PO Box 8101, San Luis Obispo- CA 93409, 805-547-7970
Coastal Ad. School – 1500 Lizzie St – Ste G1 – San Luis Obispo – CA 93401 – 805 . 549 . 1222
San Mateo
San Mateo Ad. School – 789 East Poplar Ave – San Mateo – CA 94401 – 650 . 558 . 2100
San Mateo County Office of Education – 35 Tower Rd – San Mateo – CA 94402 – 650 . 598 . 2153
San Quentin
CDCR, CA State Prison, San Quentin, San Quentin, CA 94964, 415-454-1460
San Rafael
Marin Co. Office of Education – 1111 Las Gallinas Avenue – San Rafael – CA 94913, 415-499-5878
Santa Ana
RSCCD Corporate Training Ctr – 2323 N Broadway – Ste 315 – Santa Ana – CA 92706 – 714-480-7560
Orange Co. Sheriff’s Department – 550 North Flower St – Santa Ana – CA 92702 – 714 . 647 . 6084 (no public testing)
Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara Community College, 310 W Padre Street, Santa Barbara. CA 93105, 805-687-0812
Santa Cruz
Santa Cruz Adult School, 350 Taylor Street, Santa Cruz, CA 95060, 831-427-4830
Santa Maria
Allan Hancock Coll. – 800 South College Dr – Santa Maria – CA 93454 – 805 . 922 . 6966
Santa Monica
Malibu USD Ad. Education Ctr – 2510 Lincoln Boulevard – Santa Monica – California 90405 – 310 . 664 . 6222
Santa Rosa
Santa Rosa Jr. Coll. – 1501 Mendocino Avenue – Santa Rosa – CA 95401 – 707 . 521 . 7956
Sonoma Co. Off. of Education – 5340 Skylane Boulevard – Santa Rosa – CA 95403 – 707 . 524 . 2788
Seaside
Monterey Ad. School | Hayes Education Ctr – 200 Coe Ave – Seaside – CA 93955 – 831 . 899 . 1615
Simi Valley
Simi Valley Adult School, 3192 Los Angeles Avenue, Simi Valley, CA 93065, 805-579-6200
Soledad
CDCR, Correctional Training Facility, P.O. Box 686, Soledad, CA 93960, 831-678-3951
Community Education Center – 690 Main St – Soledad – California  93960, 831-678-1279
Sonora
Columbia College, 11600 Columbia College Drive, Sonora, CA 95370, 209-588-5109
South San Francisco
SSF Ad. School – 825 Southwood Dr – S. San Francisco – California 94080, 650-877-8844
Stockton
CDCR | Dewitt Nelson HS – 7650 South Newcastle Rd – Stockton – CA 95213 – 209 . 944 . 6483
San Joaquin County Office of Education, 2829 Transworld Drive, Stockton, CA 95206, 209-468-5970
School For Adults, 1525 N Pacific Avenue, Stockton, CA 95204, 209-933-7455
Stonyford
Clinton B. Nielson HS -P.O. Box 70 – Stonyford – CA 95979 – 530 . 963 . 3416
Taft
Taft College, 29 Emmons Park Drive, Taft, CA 93268, 661-763-7748
Tehachapi
CDCR State Correctional Institution, 24900 California 202, Tehachapi, CA 93561, Phone 661-822-4402
Thousand Oaks
Conejo Valley Adult School/Waverly, 1025 Old Farm Road, Thousand Oaks, CA 91360, 805-497-2761
Torrance
Torrance Ad. School – 2606 West 182nd St – Torrance – CA 90504 – 310 . 533 . 4459
Tracy
Tracy Adult School – 1895 West Lowell Ave – Tracy – CA 95376, Ph: 209-830-3384 (No GED testing)
CDCR | Kasson Ad. School – GED Section – 23500 Kason Road – Tracy – CA 95378 – 209 . 835 . 4141
Truckee
Sierra Cont. High School – 11661 Donner Pass Rd – Truckee, California 96161 – 530 . 582 . 2640
Tulare
Joint Union High School District, 575 W Maple Avenue, Tulare, CA 93274, 559-686-0225
Turlock
Turlock Adult School, 1574 E Canal Street, Turlock, CA 95381, 209-667-0643
Ukiah
Ukiah Ad. School – 1056 North Bush St – Ukiah – California 95482 – 707 .463 . 5217
Vacaville
CDCR, CA St. Prison/Solano – 2100 Peabody Rd – Vacaville – California 95696, 707-451-0182
Vacaville Ad. School – 100 W. Monte Vista Ave, Vacaville – California 95688, 707-453-6018
Valencia
Golden Oak Ad. School – 23201 Dalbey Dr – Valencia – CA 91355 – 661 . 253 . 0583
Ventura
Ventura Ad. Education – 5200 Valentine Rd – Ventura – CA 93003 – 805 . 289 . 7925
Visalia
Visalia Adult Education – 3110 E Houston Ave – Visalia – California 93292 – 559 . 730 . 7655
Vista
Vista Ad. Education C tr – 305 East Bobier Dr – Vista – CA 92084 – 760 . 758 . 7122
Watsonville
Aptos Adult School  294 Green Valley Rd – Watsonville – California 95076, 831-786-2100
West Covina
Tri-Community Adult School, 1651 East Rowland Avenue – West Covina – California 91791 – 626 . 974 . 6823
Whittier
School of Ad. Education – 9401 South Painter St – Whittier – California 90605 – 562 . 698 . 8121
Willows
Glenn Adult Program, 451 S Villa Avenue, Willows, CA 95988, 530-934-6320
Woodland
Woodland Ad. Education – 575 Hays Street – Woodland – California 95695 – 530 . 662 . 0798
Yreka
Union High School District, 400 Preece Way, Yreka, CA 96097, 530-841-0740
Yucaipa
Yucaipa Adult School, 12787 3rd Street, Yucaipa, CA 92399, 909-797-0121

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GED® Scoring

Below passing score: 100-144
Passing score (high school equivalency): 145-164
College ready score: 165-174
College ready plus up to 10 college credit hours: 175-200

TASC and HiSET are scored in different ways

How to start with GED preparation

If you are really serious about getting your HSE diploma, take a good look at the following to become successful in obtaining your GED credential: locate your nearest GED® prep site or follow a good online GED course. Find out at a testing site near you which exam (GED, TASC, or HiSET) they use, and check examination dates.

Be sure to find out about cost and application deadline policy, as that may vary. Get optimally prepared. You will be able to find all sorts of preparation materials at your local bookstores, and there are also many facilities close to you where (Often free) GED classes are available (see the list above). At the time you are well prepared, take the GED (or TASC-HiSET) exam, pass all sections, and earn your GED diploma. You may also benefit from our video lessons, a great and sometimes fun way to get ahead. Go to https://bestgedclasses.org/online-classes/ for details.

What’s new in the GED exam

Recently, the GED (General Education Development) examination was completely remodeled. The GED test changed to an entirely computer-based format and the multiple-choice questions have largely gone in favor of essay-style questions and answers. The new GED test is more aligned with college and university standards and answers better to industry requirements. The passing score on each GED subtest was brought back from 150 to 145. Read more here.

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The GED exam now far better is geared toward the skills and knowledge requested by employers, and test takers will become far better prepared for the contemporary employment market. The new GED test is more focused on getting applicants well prepared to follow courses at university or college successfully. Registration has become much easier via the online system, but mind you, applicants must still come to an official California testing facility and take the four GED® subtests in person. TASC and HiSET are also NOT offered online!

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California GED price

The price of the GED in California is $140 for the entire battery of four separate tests on the fields of Math (Mathematical Reasoning), Social Studies, Literacy (Reasoning through Language Arts), and Science. There’s no need to take all four tests in one take, and your individual test scores have a validity of two years.

So you can prepare for, register for, pay for, and sit for, one of the four modules at a time. HiSET and TASC are cheaper and include five tests that cannot be taken individually. These alternative testing methods include a literacy writing and a literacy reading section. Retesting a GED subtest is $35 per subject, but you will have two free retests.

Free GED practice tests

This website includes a full listing of GED prep sites and testing centers in and around major cities, check the list below. We also provide numerous free GED instruction videos that also prepare well for HiSET and TASC. On top of that, you may benefit from the many free GED practice tests that we provide. To learn more, check out this post: https://bestgedclasses.org/practice-tests/ There’s no requirement to register for this help and prep facilities are also welcome to make use of this support at no cost.

When you successfully complete the four GED tests on Math, Literacy, Science, and Social Studies (or the HiSET or TASC exam), you will be awarded the California HSE (High School Equivalency) certificate. If you don’t have a high school diploma go get your GED diploma as this gives you the chance to obtain good employment, find a better job, or get a college education.

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TASC and HiSET

The California State Board of Education has decided that no longer the GED test is the only option for acquiring the HSE (high school equivalency) diploma. California has also approved the HiSET (High School Equivalency Test) and the TASC (Test Assessing Secondary Completion) as legitimate examinations to assess state residents on the level of knowledge and skills so they can earn the “California High School Equivalency Certificate”.

TASC and HiSET are more affordable than the new GED exam, and will for a limited period of time, be delivered in both computer-based and paper version. The HiSET passing score is 8 (out of 20) for each of the 5 tests. Your essay must be a 2 at least, and you total result must be at least 45 points.

The TASC exam is measured on a scale that goes up to 800. Your score must be 500 or higher and this applies to each of the 5 tests. So your minimum overall TASC score is 2500 points, and on the essay, you must have at least a 2-points score. Please check with your testing center which one (or all) of the options they use.

Is a TASC-HiSET-GED prep facility not listed? Please let us know here through our contact page!

If you want more information, check out the California Department of Education’s website. You can also call 1-877-392-6433 (English) or 1-877-450-3276 (Spanish).

A lot of great information is also offered in this post by Susan Frey that was published in EdSource on May 25, 2017.