GED Classes Modesto, California

This is an overview of GED® prep classes and testing locations in the Modesto region.

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

HSE testing gives individuals who quit high school before graduating another chance to earn an equivalent degree.

All three HSE exams measure knowledge at a level that compares to that of graduating HS students.

The GED includes four separate subtests in Math, Science, Social Studies, and Literacy that need to be passed within two years.

HiSET and TASC have individual writing and reading tests (so five in total) that are also offered separately.

There is NO online GED, TASC, or HiSET testing possibility. You are required to show up in person at an official California HSE testing site!

Modesto HSE prep classes

GED Testing Requirements in California

Stanislaus Literacy Ctr
1224 I St, Modesto, CA 95354, Ph: 209-522-0656

Modesto Junior College Community Education
435 College Ave, Modesto, CA 95350, Ph: 209-575-6063
The ‘GED My Way!’ program is available to all Stanislaus County adults who never completed their high school education. The program is offered at no charge for study classes, books, materials, or practice testing.

Community Business College 
3800 McHenry Ave, Modesto, CA 95356, Ph: 209-529-3648

LearningQuest (Stanislaus Literacy Ctr) *)
1032 11th St, Modesto, CA 95354, Ph: 209-522-0656
Classes are also offered at: Sierra Vista Family Resource Center, Patterson Resource Center, Turlock Community Services Agency Center, Parent Resource Center, Alliance Worknet office, and Oakdale One-Stop Center.

Parent Resource Center (LearningQuest)
811 5th St, Modesto, CA 95351, Ph: 209-548-9266

Alliance Worknet (LearningQuest)
629 12th St, Modesto, CA 95354, Ph: 209-548-9266

Sierra Vista Family Resource Center (LearningQuest)
908 Sierra Dr, Modesto, CA 95351, Ph: 209-548-9266

Stanislaus County Community Services Agency
251 E. Hackett Road, Modesto, CA 95353, Ph: 209-558-2500

Central Valley Opportunity Center
1581 Cummins Drive, Suite 100, Modesto, CA 95358, Ph: 209-577-3210
(Stanislaus satellite Training Center-Frank M. Torrez Center)

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Locations around Modesto (cities by alphabet)

Ceres Adult School
2491 Lawrence St, Ceres, CA 95307, Ph: 209-556-1557

Delhi USD Adult Education
9716 Hinton Ave, Delhi, CA 95315, Ph: 209-656-2006 / 668-6134

Big Oak Flat-Groveland Adult Education
19177 Highway 120, Groveland, CA 95321, Ph: 209-962-5765

Gustine Adult School
685 Wallis Ave, Gustine, CA 95322, Ph: 209-854-2664

Livermore Ad. Education HSE Classes
1401 Almond Ave, Livermore, California 94550, Ph: 925.606.4722
Take a look at all Livermore area locations here: Livermore GED Classes

Los Banos Adult School
127 7th Street, Los Banos, CA  93635, Ph: 209-826-2911

Manteca Adult school 
311 E North St, Manteca, CA 95336, Ph: 209-825-3100 x 705

Manteca USD-Adult School
2271 W Louise Ave, Manteca, CA 95337, Ph: 209-858-7330

Wolfe Education Ctr
732 W 13th St, Merced, CA 95341, Ph: 209-381-5923/5916
See more Merced area options here

Newman Adult Education
890 Main St, Newman, CA 95360, Ph: 209-862-2309

Oakdale One-Stop Family Resource Center
631 West F St, Oakdale, CA 95361, Ph: 209-847-0420

Patterson Family Resource Center (Learning Quest)
118 N Second St, Ste D, Patterson, CA 95363, Ph: 209-548-9266

Patterson Adult Education (Del Puerto High School)
640 M St, Patterson, CA 95363, Ph: 209-892-4720

Columbia College HSE Preparation Class
11600 Columbia College Dr, Sonora, CA 95370, Ph: 209-588-5114

Family Learning & Support Center (Amador-Tuolumne Community Action Agency)
427 N Hwy 49, Sonora, CA 95370, Ph: 209-533-1397

ATCAA Family Support Program
18080 Blue Bell East, Sonora, CA 95370, Ph: 209-533-5065

San Joaquin Delta Coll. HSE Program
5151 Pacific Ave, Stockton, California 95207, Ph: 209-954-5151
For all HSE prep facilities in and around Stockton go to Stockton GED Classes

Tracy Adult School
1895 West Lowell Ave, Tracy, CA 95376, Ph: 209-830-3384
Tracy Adult School is no longer offering the GED program

CDCR (Deuel Vocational Institution)
23500 Kasson Rd, Tracy, CA 95378, Ph: 209-835-4141
Not available to the public

Summerville Adult Education
17555 Tuolumne Road, Tuolumne, CA 95379, Ph: 209-928-4288

Turlock Adult School (TAS)
1574 E Canal Dr, Turlock, CA 95380, Ph: 209-667-0643

Good Shepherd Lutheran Church (LearningQuest Stanislaus Literacy)
640 Minaret Avenue, Turlock, CA 95380, Ph: 209-667-7712

Stanislaus Co. Community Services Agency
101 Lander Avenue, Turlock, CA 95380, Ph: 209-548-9266

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Modesto area HSE testing centers

Stanislaus County Office of Education
2209 Blue Gum, Modesto, CA 95358, Ph: 209-558-8646

Stanislaus County Office of Education
715 13th Street, Modesto, CA 95354, Ph: 209-238-6502

Manteca Adult School
311 E North Street, Manteca, CA 95336, Ph: 209-825-3100

CDCR – Kasson Adult School, HSE Section
23500 Kason Road, Tracy, CA 95378, Ph: 209-835-4141

Tracy Adult School (NO GED testing)
1895 W Lowell Ave, Tracy, CA 95376, Ph: 209-830-3384

Turlock Adult School
1574 E Canal Dr, Turlock, CA 95380, Ph: 209-667-0643

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GED alternatives TASC and HiSET

Besides the GED (General Education Development) test offers California also the TASC (Test Assessing Secondary Completion) and HiSET (High School Equivalency Test) assessment methods to determine High School Equivalency. The nationally accepted testing methods also lead to the same credential but are cheaper than the GED exam, and are both also available in paper-and-pencil versions while the GED exam is only offered on computer.

About the HiSET and TASC: TASC passing score: on each subtest (Math-Science-Literacy Writing-Literacy Reading-Social Studies) you must score at least 500 points (800 is possible), your essay result must be no less than 2 (out of 8). HiSET passing requirements: out of a possible 20, you must score at least 8 for each test, your essay result needs to be 2 or more (6 is the max), and overall, you must have at least 45 points.

The GED exam has four tests as the writing part has been implemented in the other four portions because most multiple choice questions have disappeared in favor of essay-style answers. The GED passing score is 145 where the four subtests are measured on a 100-200 scale. Check with a testing site near you which exam(s) they use, as they can decide that for themselves. A full list of California GED testing centers is available here.

GED testing

About every decade,  there has been a much-needed upgrade of the GED program to guarantee it remained in pace with demands, developments, expectations, and needs of the business real-life practice and institutions of higher education. Recently, the GED test went through the most significant adjustment in its 70-year old history, and last January the biggest overall modification in the GED test was presented. No longer can you take the GED test using paper-and-pencil, the whole test must now be done on a computer.

The GED exam has implemented all sorts of new technological advancements to make sure the exam reflects real life circumstances. Requirements and needs of industry and of colleges were integrated and the level to pass the test was raised. This was really needed because an ever-increasing part of our population gains more knowledge thanks to the popularity of social media and other information sources.

The bar to pass the GED exam had to be raised significantly to let the test continue to be a credible alternative to a regular high school degree, and computer-based testing is only exemplifying this. Many multiple-choice questions have disappeared and now more essay-style answers are wanted.

Preparation is needed more than ever before, so if you want to sit for the exam, join GED prep classes or sign up for GED test online prep courses, the choice is yours. Check our posts on GED prep classes close to you or take a look at our posts on online GED classes. Today, you have so many options.


TASC and HiSET contain five tests (two Language tests, one on writing and one on reading), and are also available in a paper-based version. Testing centers are deciding which exam(s) they use, so learn about the options in a test center near you.

No online testing

Be aware that online testing is no option, and this counts for all three options. Don’t fall into the trap of internet scams that tell you another story. To earn your high school equivalency credential, you will have to show up at an official, state-approved, testing site. If you would obtain a so-called ‘diploma’ via the internet, you have a worthless piece of paper that definitely will not be accepted by employers or schools. Please don’t waste your money.

*) LearningQuest

LearningQuest, together with the Stanislaus County Office of Education (SCOE), launched the educational program Destination Graduation. Right next door to LearningQuest’s downtown offices (11th Street), the Destination Graduation program provides adults who never completed their high school education the chance to accomplish their high school diploma or go after their high school diploma equivalency credential by taking and passing the GED exam.

This one-of-a-kind partnership allows SCOE’s qualified teachers to train students to earn their high school credit, whereas LearningQuest takes care of extra tutoring and organizes workshops that will support both high school completion and prepare applicants to successfully sit for the GED test, HiSET, or TASC exam.

We can see as well that area churches become more and more important for adult education English, in literacy and HSE preparation, and two regional churches have already adapted LearningQuest’ programs and two other churches are planning to do so.

The churches provide volunteer teachers and spaces to hold classes, while LearningQuest takes care of tutor training, instructional and technical support. What is also great is that concerned community leaders are supporting HSE graduates by connecting them, and also the program, to local businesses and regional jobs.