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 high school equivalency diploma.
The state also approved the HiSET exam for that purpose.
Both exams are now available online as well for qualifying candidates. Read more below about online GED® and HiSET® testing.
The exams give 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 may be dealt with separately.
The GED is fully computer-based, whereas the HiSET exam is available both on-paper and on-computer.
The HiSET exam comes with separate reading and writing tests, so five overall, that can be taken separately, too.
Oakland GED prep classes (by ZIP)
Youth Employment Partnership (GED information only)
2300 Int’l Blvd, Oakland, CA 94601, Ph: 510-533-3447
Paradise Baptist Church (Five Keys Independent High School)
9670 Empire Rd, Oakland CA 94603, Ph: 510-562-8370
8711 MacArthur Blvd, Oakland, CA 94605, Ph: 510-777-9909
Eastmont Career & Employment Center (Oakland Private Industry Council)
7200 Bancroft Ave, Suite 140, Oakland, CA 94605, Ph: 510-328-4505
Oakland Adult & Career Education (@MetWest High)
314 E 10th St, Oakland, CA 94606, Ph: 510-879-1400
Laney College GED Classes
900 Fallon St, Oakland, CA 94607, Ph: 510.273.2310
Next Step Learning Ctr
2222 Curtis St, Oakland, CA 94607, Ph: 510-251-1731
Oakland Adult & Career Education (GED, HiSET)
2607 Myrtle Street (Rm 122), Oakland, CA 94607, Ph: 510-879-1400
Located in McClymonds High School
West Oakland Neighborhood Career Center (Oakland PIC)
1801 Adeline St, Suite 209, Oakland, CA 94607, Ph: 510-419-0392
Located on the second floor of the West Oakland Library
975 Seventh St, Oakland, CA 94607, Ph: 510-788-4061
Glenn Dyer Detention Facility GED Program
550 6th St, Oakland, CA 94607, Ph: 925-551-6694
Not available to the public
Oakland Career Center (Oakland PIC)
268 Grand Ave, Oakland, CA 94610, Ph: 510-858-6742
Located across from Children’s Fairyland
Training and Employment Center (CTEC)-Downtown Neighborhood Impact Hub
1600 San Pablo Ave, Oakland, CA 94612, Ph: 510-844-8221
Five Keys Oakland
1601 Telegraph Ave, Oakland, CA 94612, Ph: 510-788-4061
East Oakland Youth Development Ctr
8200 International Blvd, Oakland, CA 94621, Ph: 510-569-8088
977 66th Ave, Oakland, CA 94621, Ph: 510-788-4061
GED prep classes around Oakland (cities by alphabet)
Alameda Adult School GED Classes
2201 Encinal Ave, Alameda, CA 94501, Ph: 510-522-3858
Alameda Free Library (Adult Literacy Program)
2203 Central Ave, Alameda, CA 94501, Ph: 510-865-2454
Veterans Building, Room 350
Berkeley Adult School
1701 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley, CA 94702, Ph: 510-644-6130
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Hayward Adult Education GED Classes
22100 Princeton, Hayward, California 94541, Ph: 510.783.4001
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Piedmont Adult School
800 Magnolia Ave, Piedmont, CA 94611, Ph: 510-594-2655
1345 Grand Ave, Piedmont, CA 94610, Ph: 510-907-7941
Richmond Library (Literacy for Every Adult Program – LEAP)
325 Civic Center Pl, Richmond, CA 94804, Ph: 510-307-8084
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City College of S. Francisco Downtown Campus
800 Mission Street, San Francisco, California 94103, Ph: 415.267.6500
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San Leandro Adult Education
1448 Williams St, San Leandro, CA 94577, Ph: 510-667-6287
Job Corps Treasure Island
351 Ave H (Bldg 442), Treasure Island, San Francisco, CA 94130, Ph: 415-277-2400
Acalanes Adult Education Center
1963 Tice Valley Blvd, Walnut Creek, CA 94595, Ph: 925-280-3980 (x 8001)
Walnut Creek Sylvan Learning Center
2050 North Broadway, Walnut Creek, CA 94596, Ph: 925.478.3903
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Oakland area GED testing centers
Oakland Adult & Career Education (HiSET)
2607 Myrtle Street (Rm 122), Oakland, CA 94607, Ph: 510.273.2310
Alameda Adult School (HiSET)
2201 Encinal Avenue, Alameda, CA 94501, Ph: 510-522-3858
Berkeley Adult School (HiSET, GED)
1701 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley, CA 94702, Ph: 510-644-6130
SF City College-Mission Campus (HiSET, GED)
1125 Valencia Street, San Francisco, California 94110, Ph: 415.561.1824
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Online GED and HiSET exams
Both the HiSET and GED are now also available in an online proctored format. Online HSE testing was, until recently, not possible. You needed to show up at one of California’s state-approved testing sites and sit for the exams in person. Fortunately, that has now changed.
When you take the GED or HiSET exam online, a proctor will monitor all activities to guarantee that everything goes according to strict regulations. To learn more, visit ‘The online HiSET test, and for taking the ‘GED test online,’ <- check here.
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.
HiSET and GED
So in California, there are two alternatives for high school equivalency testing, the GED and HiSET exams. The HiSET has five testing subject areas (literacy is split up into reading and writing tests) and is offered in both a computer-based and a paper-based version. The GED is fully computer-formatted.
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. On the GED (General Education Development), you need to attain at least a 145 score on each subtest.