In this article, we have listed all GED® prep facilities and testing locations in the Fairfield area.
California welcomed the entirely computer-based GED test for its High School Equivalency (HSE) testing program.
Additionally, the state embraced two alternative tests for this purpose, the TASC and HiSET exams.
The HSE program is for adults learners without a high school diploma and provides another chance to earn an equivalent degree.
The GED is fully computerized whereas the HiSET and TASC are offered in both a paper-based and a computerized format.
All three HSE exams measure knowledge at a level that students must command after four years in high school.
The GED has four independent modules (subtests) in literacy, social studies, math, and science that must be completed in two years.
The HiSET and TASC exams have five subtests as the literacy section has separate reading and writing tests. These five subtests cannot be taken individually.
Fairfield HSE prep classes
Fairfield-Suisun Adult School
900 Travis Boulevard, Fairfield, CA 94533, Phone: 707-421-4155
Armijo Adult School
824 Washington Street, Fairfield, CA 94533, Phone: 707-438-3378
Workforce Investment Board
320 Campus Lane, Fairfield, CA 94534, Phone: 707-864-3370
Adult School of Travis
2751 DeRonde Drive, Fairfield, CA 94533, Phone: 707-437-8265
Claybank Detention Facility (Five Keys Schools & Programs)
2500 Clay Bank Road, Fairfield, CA 94533, Phone: 707-784-7190
Not available to the general public
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Locations around Fairfield (cities by alphabet)
Napa Library Literacy Center
580 Coombs Street, Napa, CA 94559, Phone: 707-253-4283
All Napa options can be found on this page
Wind River Adult Education
445 Montezuma St, Rio Vista, California 94571, Phone: 707-374-1730
Sonoma County Ad. Literacy League
651 Yolanda Ave, Santa Rosa, CA 95404, Ph: 707.539.3848
For all Santa Rosa area locations go to Santa Rosa GED Courses
Vacaville Adult School
100 W Monte Vista Avenue, Vacaville, CA 95687, Phone: 707-453-6018
For all Vacaville area options click here
Vallejo Career Center HSE Classes
2833 Tennessee Street, Vallejo, CA 94591, Phone: 707-556-5620
See all Vallejo area options here
Somos Napa (Napa Valley Adult Ed.)
P.O. Box 2344, Yountville, California 94599, Ph: 707.480.7436
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Fairfield area HSE testing centers
Fairfield-Suisun Adult School | HSE testing Center
900 Travis Blvd – Fairfield – CA 94533 – Ph: 707 – 421 – 4155
Vacaville Adult School | HSE testing Center
100 West Monte Vista Ave – Vacaville – CA 95687 – Ph: 707 – 453 – 6018
Napa Valley College | HSE testing Center
2277 Napa Vallejo Hwy – Napa – CA 94558 – Ph: 707 – 253 – 3270
Adjusted GED passing score
Listed on this page is an overview of all California GED classes and testing sites in Fairfield and surroundings that offer proper preparation. If you wish to learn all about the adjustment of the GED pass scores (brought back from 150 to 145 points for each subtest in 2016), go to this GED passing score news post. TASC and HiSET have their own scoring systems Go to HSE Testing Requirements in California to see if you qualify.
What is the GED exam?
The GED (General Educational Development) exam is a series of four independent tests that measure the academic skills, knowledge, and development of adults who did not complete their high school training. The GED credential is accepted as the equivalency of a high school diploma that is necessary for most employment options.
The GED credential also satisfies entrance requirements for community colleges, vocational schools, and universities. TASC and HiSET come with separate reading and writing tests (so five in total) and serve the same purpose. You may very well benefit from the totally free practice tests for your GED, TASC, or HiSET exam that are offered on this website.
HSE testing eligibility criteria
To be eligible to take the HSE exam in California, an applicant needs to be California residents, but members of the armed forces stationed in California also qualify. Candidates must be at least 18 years old, and not be engaged in another school program. Those who are 17, must have been out of school for no less than 60 days, and provide a request letter indicating the need to sit for the exam from the military, from a college or university, or from an employer.
If you are 17 when you pass the HSE exam, you will not receive your equivalency diploma until your 18th birthday. For the remaining period, you will receive a letter of intent stating that your certificate is held until your 18th birthday.
GED diploma & the economy
These days, very unlike the 1960’s, we see a lot of young people, especially in minority neighborhoods, quit their high school education prematurely, and sometimes at astronomical rates. Maybe more than ever before, secondary education is crucial, also if they want to find entry-level jobs. Obtaining a secondary credential (HS or GED diploma) is required if they want to be productive members of our societies.
HSE diploma vs high school diploma
The GED or HSE credential are usually needed for employment purposes and most employers are accepting either of the diplomas. Major exceptions are some branches of the military where a high school diploma is preferred over a California HSE certificate.
Another major concern is the time frame, how long will it take you to earn a GED certificate or to get a high school diploma. It is mostly assumed that the GED track is faster, but this is not always the case. It all depends on the number of high school credits you already have by the time you sign up for adult school. When you’ll start attending adult school while already having most of the credits for graduation, the high school completion track will practically always be faster.
If, however, you still must have a good deal of credits, going after the GED credential will generally be the fastest completion pathway. When in doubt, the best thing to do is contact a counselor to determine which will be your fastest and best option, but remember that you may have more (or fewer) high school credits in total than you think.