GED Classes Livermore, California

This post includes all GED® prep class sites and testing facilities in the Livermore area.

California uses multiple options for HSE (high school equivalency) testing program, the GED, TASC, and HiSET exams.

The HSE program offers adults who didn’t graduate high school the opportunity to earn an equivalent degree.

All three options measure basic knowledge at a level that’s comparable to that of HS students when they graduate.

Whereas the GED is fully computerized are the TASC and HiSET offered in both a paper-based and a computerized format.

The GED includes four separate subtests in these subject areas: literacy, math, science, and social studies.

TASC and HiSET come with five subtests that can also be taken separately. Here, the Literacy part has individual writing and reading tests.

Online TASC, HiSET, or GED testing is NOT possible. You will have to come to one of California’s official HSE testing sites.

HSE prep facilities in Livermore

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Livermore Public Library Civic Center (Project READ)
1188 S Livermore Avenue | Livermore | California 94550 | Phone: 925.373.5507

Nancy Steele Community Center *)
800 Marylin Avenue | Livermore | California 94551 | Phone: 925.606.4722

Livermore Valley Adult Education
1401 Almond Avenue | Livermore | California 94550 | Phone: 925.606.4722

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GED Requirements in California

Prep sites around Livermore (cities in alphabetic order)

Dublin Adult School
6901 York Drive | Dublin | California 94568 | Phone: 925.829.4322

Santa Rita Jail GED Program
5325 Broder Boulevard | Dublin | California 94568 | Phone: 925.551.6591
No availability for the Dublin Public

Fremont WyoTech Center 
200 Whitney Place | Fremont | California 94539 | Phone: 510.490.6900
Check out locations in Fremont here: Fremont GED Prep Courses

Hayward Center for Education & Careers
22100 Princeton Street | Hayward | California 94541 | Ph: 510.293.8595
To learn all Hayward area GED prep locations go to Hayward GED Classes

Amador Valley Adult & Community Education
215 Abbie Street | Pleasanton | California 94556 | Phone 925.426.4280

Pleasanton Adult & Career Education
4665 Bernal Avenue | Pleasanton | California 94566 | Phone 925.463.0616

Venture School 
10540 Albion Road | San Ramon | California 94582 | Phone: 925.479.1200

Cesar Chavez Library 
605 North El Dorado Street | Stockton | California 95202 | Phone: 209.937.7778
All Stockton area GED prep locations can be found at Stockton GED Prep Sites

Tracy Adult Education (No GED)
1895 West Lowell Avenue | Tracy | California 95376 | Phone: 209.830.3384

Livermore area HSE test centers

Livermore Adult Education
1401 Almond Avenue | Livermore | California 94550 | Phone: 925.606.4722

Amador Valley Adult School
215 Abbie Street | Pleasanton | California 94556 | Phone 925.426.4280

Tracy Adult Education (No GED)
1895 W Lowell Avenue | Tracy | California 95376 | Phone: 209.830.3384

Also worth checking: Oakland GED Programs

Lowered GED passing score

Just two years after the latest GED edition was introduced, the GED passing score was adjusted from 150 to 145 on each of the four GED subtests. If you want to know more, please check out this GED News page. TASC and HiSET have different scoring methods. Online GED testing is NOT possible. If you come across websites telling you something different, you can be sure they are fraudulent and that their documents are absolutely worthless.

The HSE credential

The document that you will receive after successful completion of the California GED, HiSET, or TASC exam is all across America recognized as equivalent to a standard high school diploma by virtually all recruiters, businesses and universities. The GED, HiSET, or TASC exam is not offered online, you will need to show up personally at one of California’s official HSE testing centers. Note that documents obtained over the internet are worthless and will be not accepted by schools and employers.

The four GED tests

The new GED exam is entirely computer-based and includes short answer, many essay-style questions, and a few multiple choice questions. The new exam has four separate test modules on the following subject fields: Literacy (150 minutes), Math (115 minutes), Science (90 minutes), and Social Studies (70 minutes). No need to prepare for and take all four tests in a row, you have two years to complete the tests, one at a time. HiSET and TASC are structured differently but the subtests are also offered individually.

Scheduling your GED tests

The new GED program has improved access for students, You now can register and schedule your tests online 24-hours, 7-days per week, or by phone. Check out and sign up at the online portal MyGED. The new GED exam provides an extremely quick turnaround of test results (except for the essay section), and comes with advice for improvement. For fast GED preparation you can go to our GED video program, just click here.

GED alternatives TASC and HiSET

Besides the new GED exam offers California now also two alternative methods to assess its residents’ high school equivalency. California residents now additionally have the option to sit for the TASC and HiSET alternatives. Both exams offer HSE testing on a computer and paper and contain five testing subject, as literacy is split up into a section reading and a section writing. By offering multiple testing options, California hopes to help more high school dropouts to get back to school to earn their secondary credential, and consequently will have better job options and can continue their academic education.

The funding of California Adult Education

A few years ago, the existing way how California’s adult education was funded, expired, and nobody had a definite idea how this system of adult education can survive if appropriate funding is not taken care of. At the moment, community colleges and adult schools are engaged in talks to establish regional consortia consisting of both groups of education providers, and the regional division will be determined in accordance with community college districts.

Governor Brown has expressed the intention to funnel all funds via the Community College Chancellor’s Office instead of via the Department of Education. This model is favored by state officials because it would simplify K-12 schools funding, thus clearing the way to come to the Local Control Funding model. The educational requirements of adult California residents were not at all taken into account at the moment this model was accepted, and, this may not come as a surprise, the model is terrible for them.

All California adult schools must be decently funded, as that’s the only way we can be sure that all educational needs California’s adult learners will be met. If every dollar destined for the consortia must go through the community colleges, there will be no doubt that they sooner or later will be spending all (or most) of the funds to improve their own needs first.

All California education branches are underfunded and desperate for extra money, and the appropriate way to ensure that adult schools will continue to receive adequate funding is to take care that they have dedicated funding. This will also relieve the community colleges of the rather complex task to decide what funds will be for adult education, and what will be their own.

About Livermore

Livermore (population 85,000) boasts more than fifty wineries that offer a great number of wine-tasting events, concerts, and much more. You can visit the town’s historic downtown for elegant shopping, quality dining, and spa services. The Livermore Premium Outlets (more than 150 stores) draws in lots of visitors each year, and the Bankhead Theater offers a great variety of performances such as opera and symphony concerts.

The city and the region are great for outdoor activities as well, and you will find a lot of hiking trails and great parks. Don’t forget to visit the annual fantastic Rodeo, the Livermore Wine Country Festival is worth a visit as well.

Higher Education

Securing your GED diploma gives you a fantastic opportunity to enhance your employment situation, and also opens doors of institutions of higher education. Here are some of your options in the Livermore region:

The University of Phoenix – Livermore Learning Center (2481 Constitution Dr, Livermore, CA, 94551, 925-273-8100)
Las Positas College (3000 Campus Hill Dr, Livermore CA 94551, 925-424-1000)
Las Positas College  (3033 Collier Canyon Rd, Livermore, CA 94551, 925-424-1830)
PG&E Livermore Training Center (7205 National Dr, Livermore, CA 94550,  925-606-2524
Granada High School College and Career Center (400 Wall St, Livermore, CA 94550, 925-606-4800
Zinn Piano Academy (7567 Amador Valley Blvd, Ste 210, Dublin, CA 94568, 866-972-2787)
Dublin Beauty College (7305 Village Pkwy, Dublin, CA 94568, 925-829-7644)
Diablo Valley College – San Ramon Campus (1690 Watermill Rd, San Ramon, CA 94582, 925-866-1822)
Pass Institute Medical School (405 Boulder Ct, Ste 100, Pleasanton, CA 94566, 925-754-2879)
School of Practical Philosophy (5960 Stoneridge Dr, Pleasanton, CA 94588, 925-828-8695)
The University of San Francisco Pleasanton (6120 Stoneridge Mall Rd 150, Pleasanton, CA 94588, 925-867-2711)
Designs School of Cosmetology (5572 Springdale Ave, Pleasanton, CA 94568, 925-737-0223)
Medical Career College (41300 Christy St, Fremont, CA 94538, 510-445-0319)
Fremont Beauty College (4149 Peralta Blvd, Fremont, CA 94536, 510-797-7318)

*) Livermore Community and Adult Education Center

The Livermore Community and Adult Education Center at Marylin Avenue Elementary was renamed after the highly respected and longtime Livermore educator Nancy Steele in 2007. The Adult Education Center offers ESL (English as a Second Language), basic literacy and GED preparation classes.

The Center additionally offers a one-of-a-kind distance-learning program in cooperation with the Mexican consulate in San Francisco. Through this program, Mexican nationals can complete their education online.

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