GED Classes Oakland, California

This article posts all GED® preparatory classes and testing sites in the Oakland area.

In California, test takers can take the GED exam to earn their HSE (high school equivalency) diploma.

The state also approved two alternative HSE tests to be used for that purpose, the HiSET and TASC exams.

The HSE program gives adults who didn’t finish high school another shot at acquiring an equivalent diploma.

The GED has four subtests in Science, Social Studies, Math, and Literacy that must be dealt with in maximally two years.

While the GED is fully computer-based are the HiSET and TASC available both on-paper and on-computer.

The TASC and HiSET exams come with separate reading and writing tests, so five overall, that cannot be taken separately.

Oakland GED prep classes (by ZIP)

GED Practice Tests California

Youth Employment Partnership
2300 Int’l Blvd, Oakland, CA 94601, Ph: 510-533-3447

The Salvation Army
2794 Garden St, Oakland, CA 94601, Ph: 510-437-9437

East Bay Works (Spanish)
1900 Fruitvale Ave, Oakland, CA 94601, Ph: 510-535-6101

The Unity Council (Spanish)
1900 Fruitvale Ave, Suite  Oakland, CA 94601, Ph: 510-535-6944

Paradise Baptist Church (Five Keys Independent High School)
9670 Empire Rd, Oakland CA 94603, Ph: 510-562-8370

Youth Uprising
8711 MacArthur Blvd, Oakland, CA 94605, Ph: 510-777-9909

Next Step Learning Ctr
2222 Curtis St, Oakland, CA 94607, Ph: 510-251-1731

Oakland Ad. & Career Education (Oakland USD)
2607 Myrtle St, Oakland, CA 94607, Ph: 510-879-3036

Scotland Youth Ctr (HSE & Employment Training)
1324 Adeline St, Oakland, CA 94607, Ph: 510-832-4544

The Salvation Army 
379 12th St, Oakland, CA 94608, Ph: 510-645-9710

The Salvation Army 
601 Webster St, Oakland, CA 94612, Ph: 510-836-8971

ARC Associates (Project Avanzando)
428 13th St, Ste 200, Oakland, CA 94612, Ph: 510-834-9455

East Oakland Youth Development Ctr
8200 International Blvd, Oakland, CA 94621, Ph: 510-569-8088

Allen Temple Baptist Church
8501 International Blvd, Oakland, CA 94621, Ph: 510-544-8910

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GED California Requirements

Locations around Oakland (cities by alphabet)

Alameda Adult school has a new location:
401 Pacific Ave, Alameda, CA 94501, Ph: 510-522-3858
See more Alameda area locations on this page

Berkeley Adult School
1701 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley, CA 94702, Ph: 510-644-6130
Check out all Berkeley prep sites here

Hayward Adult Education HSE Classes 
22100 Princeton, Hayward, California 94541, Ph: 510.293.8595
Discover all Hayward region HSE classes here: Hayward GED prep sites

Piedmont Adult School
800 Magnolia Ave, Piedmont, CA 94611, Ph: 510-594-2655

Richmond Library (Literacy for Every Adult Program – LEAP)
325 Civic Center Pl, Richmond, CA 94804, Ph: 510-307-8084
See all Richmond options here

Episcopal Community Services HSE Program
165 8th Street – 3rd Fl – San Francisco – CA 94103 – Ph: 415 . 487 . 3300
Discover all San Francisco area HSE facilities at San Francisco GED prep facilities

Acalanes Adult Education Center
1963 Tice Valley Blvd, Walnut Creek, CA 94595, Ph: 925-280-3980 (x 8001)
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Oakland area GED testing centers

Dewey High School
1111 2nd Ave, Oakland, CA 94606, Ph: 510-879-8131

Alameda Adult School
2250 Central Ave, Alameda, CA 94501, Ph: 510-522-3858

Berkeley Adult School
1701 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley, CA 94702, Ph: 510-644-6130

San Ramon Valley Adult Education
699 Old Orchard Dr, Danville CA 94526, Ph: 925-837-9452

W Contra Costa Adult Education School
6028 Ralston Ave, Richmond, CA 94805, Ph: 510-215-4666

Acalanes Adult Education Center
1963 Tice Valley Blvd, Walnut Creek, CA 94595, Ph: 925-280-3980

How to get all set for the GED exam fast

No online testing

All three HSE (high school equivalency) exams can NOT be taken online. You must appear at a state-designated testing site if you want to earn your high school equivalency diploma. Websites that tell you a different story are run by scam artists just trying to steal your money. There is just NO GED testing over the internet.

The four GED tests

Multiple-choice questions are mostly a thing of the past and essay questions are in. Your writing skills will have to be up to par as well as your ability to think critically. The essay questions also test your knowledge of social studies.

The goal of the exam is to be sure you are well rounded for modern workplace requirements and able to deal with real-life situations. Four tests are included in the new GED exam on the subject fields of literacy, science, math, and social studies.

One test at a time

No longer do you need to take all tests in a session of a few days, the GED exam is now modular. You have the liberty to take one (or more) of the four GED subtest when you are ready to do so. Scores count for two years from your initial registration. This applies only to the GED!

TASC and HiSET

There are two nationally available alternatives to the GED: the HiSET and TASC exams. These exams have five testing subject areas (literacy is split up in a reading and a writing test) and are offered in both a computer-based and a paper-based version.

To pass the HiSET (short for High School Equivalency Test), you must come to a score of 8 (out of 20) on each of the five tests, have no less than 2 points for your essay, and score between 45 and 100 overall. The TASC (Test Assessing Secondary Completion) requires you to score between 500 and 800 on each subtest (so at least 2500 in total), and between 2 and 8 on your essay.

HSE diploma and jobs

There are many of jobs available in the United States that require a high school diploma or similar; more than 4 million at last count but unfortunately for some, the majority of them require a high school diploma or its equivalent. There are also multitudes of adults looking for work that don’t have a diploma. Therefore, these jobs cannot be filled adequately and the national economy is suffering as a result.

This is where the HSE diploma comes in. Obtaining a high school equivalency diploma makes you eligible for these decently paying jobs. The HSE diploma also opens up the door to higher education in the form of apprenticeships, vocational training, and college or university enrollment. In short, a TASC, GED, or HiSET diploma can provide you and your family with a better life.

Can I take the HSE exam online?

The answer is NO. To earn your GED diploma (and this also applies to the TASC and HiSET) you will need to come to a state-designated HSE testing center. There are quite a few websites that try to make you believe something different, but they only want to take your money. Their documents are worthless and are not accepted by employers and colleges or universities.

How about a job as a Surveyor?

To become a Surveyor you should have good problem-solving skills. Surveying is expected to grow by some 8% in the next 10 years and is considered an in-demand career. Look for surveyor companies that work in an industry you are interested in getting involved with and that have a strong sense of mentorship and learning

Surveyor Salary

  • Average Annual Salary: $56,320
  • Projected Lifetime Earnings: $2,306,200

 Surveyor – Education

In General, surveyors are required to hold a bachelor’s degree as their work includes a lot of math and working with sophisticated technology. There are universities and colleges that are offering bachelor’s degree especially for students who want to become specialized and licensed surveyors, and there are positions for which a bachelor’s degree in a related academic field (e.g. forestry or civil engineering) may also be acceptable.

Most states require candidates for surveyor positions to hold a bachelor’s degree from a properly accredited school and possess at least four years of relevant professional experience under the supervision of a licensed surveyor. There are also states that require applicants to hold an associate’s degree in surveying and a few years of work experience under the supervision of a licensed surveyor, and practically all states require surveyors to attend continuing education courses.

 Surveyor – The Job

Surveyors are making precision measurements to be able to determine the boundaries of properties, and they provide all sorts of data that are relevant to determine the location, contour, shape, gravitation, and/or dimension(s) of land or specific land features. The land may be on or close to the surface of the Earth and can be used for mapping or map-making, engineering, mining, construction, land evaluation, or any other purpose.

Surveyors generally are active in measuring angles, distances, or other relations between specific points above, on, or below the surface of the Earth. They typically need to travel to certain locations, select specific reference points, and determine exact locations of key features. They may need to establish stake sites, determine official water or land boundaries, perform research regarding land records, examine land titles, and they must record their surveying records.

Surveyors often are preparing plots, making maps, and need to present data, maps, and their findings to government bodies, or clients. Furthermore, they need to take notes of land to be used for leases, deeds, or several other legal documentation, and they sometimes are required to provide expert testimony regarding their or others’ survey work in a court of law.

Where do they work?

The work of surveyors involves field work and also office work, it all depends on their specific duties. Their fieldwork often comes with working outdoors. Sometimes they need to stand for a longer period, and then again they are required to walk for a very long distance. There are also situations that require them to climb steep hills with their surveying instruments or other gear, and when they are performing their tasks at risky locations, for example near highways, surveyors, in general, will wear vests or brightly colored reflective material to make them more visible. When surveyors work outside, they frequently are exposed to all kind of severe weather.

Traveling often come with the job, and there are situations that surveyors are commuting long distances, or even stay at the location of a project for a longer time frame. Surveyors who are working at resource extraction sites usually will need to spend longer periods of time away from their homes because these projects are often located in very remote areas.

Surveyors are providing property lines documentation are often required to exactly determine the outlines and locations of construction projects and real estate developments. They are required, for example, when a commercial building or a house, is sold or bought, to carry out their tasks to prevent future boundary disputes. At construction sites, surveyors are measuring and determining the exact location of buildings or roads, and they will measure and indicate proper depths for foundations purposes.

In order to be able to properly perform their tasks, surveyors are using GPS (Global Positioning System), a technique that applies a satellite system that enables them to exactly locate reference points.  with a high degree of precision. Surveyors are interpreting and verifying these GPS results to come up with measurements that have a very high precision degree.

Besides GPS are surveyors also using GIS (Geographic Information System), which is a technology allowing surveyors to present various data visually in the shape of reports, maps, and/or charts. Surveyors can, for example, overlay satellite or aerial images with their GIS data (e.g. a region’s tree density), and this way create accurate computerized charts or maps. They may use their results to better businesses or governments about on in which locations they best plan roads, homes, or landfills. Surveyors often work closely together with landscape architects, civil engineers, regional planners, and city developers to create comprehensive documentation.

Types of Surveyors

Surveyors sometimes work in specific professional sectors to discover and document specific characteristics of the Earth. Here are a few examples of professional surveyor types:
Hydrographic (Marine) Surveyors. These surveyors measure and document canals, rivers, ports, harbors, and any other body of water to be able to determine the topography of the bottom, water depth, shorelines, or other relevant features.
Geodetic surveyors. These professionals are using technology of the highest accuracy (such as satellite and aerial observations), to measure and document large portions of the surface of the Earth.
Geophysical prospecting surveyors. These surveyors are exploring, measuring, and marking sites for possible sub-surface exploration. In general are their documentations used in the search of natural gas or petroleum fields.

Job outlook and wage potential

Surveyors may expect their job possibilities to increase by more than ten percent over the next decade, and this is about the same as for other occupations. There will be increased construction activities all across America because of the improvement of the nation’s infrastructure, and because the economy is showing positive signs. In 2016, the average hourly wage for surveyors was around $27, while their median annual salary in that year was around $56,320.

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