This post comes with a complete listing of GED® prep class sites and testing facilities in the San Francisco, California, region.
The state of California uses the new GED exam for its high school equivalency testing program, and at the sites listed below, you have the opportunity to get sufficiently prepared for the computer-formatted GED exam.
Multiple HSE testing options
California also allowed two other exams to be used for high school equivalency testing, the TASC and HiSET exams. Testing centers have the liberty to decide which exam(s) they will use, so check with a center near you for details.
The High School Equivalency (HSE) test allows you to show that you possess the capabilities and skills at the level of high school seniors upon graduation.
Reduced GED passing score
In early 2016, it was decided that the GED passing standards were set too high, so they were brought back by 5 points to 145 on each GED subtest. You can read all about this important decision in our GED News posts. TASC and HISET have different scoring systems.
Be aware that there is NO online HSE testing option. Testing must be done at an official state-approved test center.
San Francisco GED prep sites (by ZIP)
Each 1 Reach 1 (A Dream and a Plan for Tomorrow – ADAPT)
146 S Spruce Ave, San Francisco, CA 94080, 650-225-9030
San Francisco Public Library (Project Read)
100 Larkin St, 2nd Fl, San Francisco, CA 94102, 415-557-4388
The SF Public Library offers you ‘Project Read’, an Adult Literacy program that supports English-speaking adults enhance their basic literacy skills in reading and writing so they can get better career opportunities or, if they pass the high school equivalency exam, continue their academic education in College. The program includes one-on-one tutoring and a friendly internet site that also offers helpful literacy tips and learning strategies.
The Salvation Army (Railton Place)
242 Turk St, San Francisco, CA 94102, 415-345-3411
Glide GED Program
13th St & Ave E Treasure Island, San Francisco, CA 94102, 415-364-0349
San Francisco Unified School District
555 Franklin St, San Francisco, CA 94102, 415-241-6000
Canon Barcus Community House
165 Eighth St, San Francisco, CA 94103, 415-487-3300 x 1101
Asian Neighborhood Designs (AND)
1021 Mission St, San Francisco, CA 94103, 415-575-0423
Adult Probation Dept (City and Co. of San Francisco)
880 Bryant St, Room 200, San Francisco, CA 94103, 415-553-1924
1500 Mission St, San Francisco, CA 94103, 415-575-2101
HOPE San Francisco
1 S Van Ness Ave, 5th Floor, San Francisco, CA 94103, 415-928-7417 ext. 307
This is a program for youth aged between 18 and 24 who want to find work in combination with job training and high school level education. Participants can complete their secondary education credential while working at the same time. You first need to attend an orientation session where you’ll learn what the program includes, how you can apply, and so on.
You can also contact one of these Access Points:
Comprehensive Access Point (1500 Mission St at 11th, 415-575-4570)
Chinatown Access Point (601 Jackson St, 415-677-7500)
Western Addition Access Point (1449 Webster St at Geary, 415-655-2620)
Visitacion Valley Access Point (1009 Sunnydale Ave, 415-239-8705)
City Coll. of San Francisco (Downtown Campus GED Program)
800 Mission St (at 4th St), San Francisco, CA 94103, 415-267-6500
City Coll. of San Francisco (Ad. Learning Ctr)
31 Gough St (Market St), San Francisco, CA 94103, 415-241-2300
Walden House (Multi-Services Site)
420 Townsend St, San Francisco, CA 94103, 415-934-3451
Episcopal Community Services (ECS)
165 Eighth St, 3rd Floor, San Francisco, CA 94103, 415-487-3300
Friendship House (Association of American Indians)
56 Julian Ave, San Francisco, CA 94103, 415-865-0964
Youth Chance High School (Embarcadero YMCA)
169 Steuart St, San Francisco, CA 94105, 415-957-9622
Five Keys Independent High School *)
70 Oak Grove St, San Francisco, CA 94107, 415-734-3310
Larkin Street Youth Services (HIRE UP Program)
1150 Sutter St, San Francisco, CA 94109, 415-673-0911
Ad. Learning and Tutorial Ctr
750 Eddy St, San Francisco, CA 94109, 415-561-1871
Mission Campus HSE Program
106 Bartlett St (22nd St), San Francisco, CA 94110, 415-550-4384
City Coll. of San Francisco (Mission Campus – Spanish)
1125 Valencia St, San Francisco, CA 94110, 415-920-6000
Transitional Studies Program
1125 Valencia St, San Francisco, CA 94110, 415-920-6042
Mission Neighborhood Center – HSE Program
362 Capp St, San Francisco, CA 94110, 415-557-5723
Precita Valley Community Center
534 Precita Ave, San Francisco, CA 94110, Phone: 415-206-7756
James Denman Middle School HSE Program
241 Oneida Ave San Francisco, CA 94112, Phone: 415-821-2461
Booker T. Washington Comm. Service Ctr – Better Tomorrow
800 Presidio Ave, San Francisco, CA 94115, 415-928-6596
City Coll. of San Francisco (John Adams Campus)
1860 Hayes St, Rm 45, San Francisco, CA 94117, 415-561-1925
Larkin Street Avenues to Independence
1020 Haight St, San Francisco, CA 94117, 415-865-1455
Avenues To Independence is an 18-month program that offers transitional housing and other support for older youth. Partakers pay rent, work or get instruction for careers, and learn to finish educations via HSE programs or college classes.
John Muir Charter School (San Francisco Conservation Corps)
Building 102 Upper Fort Mason, San Francisco, CA 94123, 415-928-7322
City Coll. of San Francisco (Southeast Campus)
1800 Oakdale Ave, San Francisco, CA 94124, 415-550-4300
One Stop CareerLink Center
1800 Oakdale Ave, San Francisco, CA 94124, 415- 970-7762
Success Center San Francisco HSE Program
375 Woodside Ave (Bldg W-2), San Francisco, CA 94127, 415-753-7618
Treasure Island Job Corps Center
351 Ave H (Bldg 442), Treasure Island, San Francisco, CA 94130, 415-277-2400
YMCA Bayview Hunters Point (Phillip & Sala Burton High School)
400 Mansell St, San Francisco, CA 94134, 415-469-4550 x 13253
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Locations around San Francisco (cities by alphabet)
Jefferson Union High School – Ad. Education
699 Serramonte Blvd 111, Daly City, CA 94015, 650-550-7870
Daly City Public Library
111 Lake Merced Blvd, Daly City, CA 94015, 650-991-8023
Daly City Youth Health Center
2780 Junipero Serra Blvd, Daly City, CA 94015, 650-985-7000
Tamalpais Adult School HSE Program (Redwood High School)
395 Doherty Dr, Larkspur, CA 94939, 415-945-1074/1031
HSE preparation classes are held Monday-Thursday from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. and in Sausalito on Tuesday and Thursday from 9:30 a.m. to Noon. The registration fee is $35, and don’t forget to bring appropriate identification.
Paradise Baptist Church
9670 Empire Rd, Oakland, CA 94603, 510-562-8370
For all Oakland area GED prep locations visit Oakland GED Prep Classes
San Mateo Library (Project Read)
55 West 3rd Ave, San Mateo, CA 94402, 650-522-7848
Check out all San Mateo locations in this post: San Mateo GED Prep Sites
San Quentin State Prison HSE Program
San Quentin, CA 94974, 415-454-1460
Not available to the public
San Rafael Publ Library (Marin Literacy)
1100 E St, San Rafael, CA 94901, 415-485-3400
San Rafael Adult Education
310 Nova Albion Way, San Rafael, CA 94903, 415-485-2435
Marin Employment Connection (Tamalpais Adult School)
120 N Redwood Dr, San Rafael, CA 94903, 415-9453870
Project Read (N. San Mateo County)
840 W Orange Ave, South San Francisco, CA 94080, 650-829-3871
South San Francisco Ad. Education Ctr
825 Southwood Dr, Room 36, South San Francisco, CA 94080, 650-877-8844
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San Francisco area GED testing centers
City College of San Francisco/Mission Center
125 Valencia St, Room 110, San Francisco, CA 94110, 415- 620-6068
Success Center ST GED Testing
375 Woodside Ave, San Francisco, CA 94127, 415-753-7618
Jefferson Adult Education
699 Serramonte Blvd, Daly City, CA 94015, 650-550-7891
Dewey High School
1111 2nd Ave, Oakland, CA 94606, 510-879-3131
South San Francisco Adult Education Center-Room 36
825 Southwood Rd, South San Francisco, CA 94080, 650-877-8844
Check also: free San Jose GED Prep Classes
GED – what’s new
The computer-based GED exam comes with several advantages. Because of the automated system, registration is much easier. Go to GED.com and set up your account with the portal MyGED. Here you get lots of information about the GED program, employment options, and schools and their programs. Furthermore, you can see their test results right after you took the test, while in the old system students needed to wait for a few weeks in anxiety.
The alternatives HiSET & TASC
On top of the new GED exam, Californians can also take two other nationally available high school equivalency examinations, the HiSET and TASC. These alternatives are more affordable than the GED exam, are available as well in a paper-based version, and include five tests as the section Literacy is cut up in a reading and a writing test. Please get in touch with a test center near you, because testing centers have the freedom to decide which provider(s) they will use, so take care. Applicants who successfully accomplish the test will be given the California High School Equivalency Certificate.
GED passing score
To pass the new GED exam you must score no less than 580 points in total for the four tests. Averaging is not possible, so you must have a score of 145 or up for each test. This score was lowered in early 2016 after studies had shown that the bar was raised too high initially. If you want to read more go to this GED news post.
One test at a time
The GED exam includes four separate tests on the subject areas of Literacy, Math, Science and Social studies. You have the liberty to take one or more sub-tests whenever you feel ready to do so, and your scores count for two years.
GED and your future
Thousands of men and women acquire the GED diploma each year for the reason that they would like to get employment or to improve their careers. Persons who complete the GED exam hold a certificate that is comparable to a high school degree and that is accepted by colleges, employers, and government agencies all across the nation.
Can I take the GED tests online?
No, the GED (General Education Development) exam is NOT available online, nor are the HiSET and TASC exams. You need to come in person to sit for the tests at a state-designated test center. Websites that come with a different story are fraudulent, and their so-called diplomas worthless. Getting ready for your tests online a good option for many students, though so check out this website’s free GED video program here.
*) Five Keys Independence High School
Five Keys Independence High School offers individualized learning program that will meet all students’ education levels. This way, they can earn a high school or GED diploma the fastest way. Five Keys Independence High offers students the opportunity to enroll in programs such as the ones offered by Goodwill, Walden House, Asian Neighborhood Design and many others.
The program also reaches out to incarcerated students who lack access to regular GED programs and working applicants. Students have the chance to meet with a teacher every week while they work on study courses required to obtain their high school diploma. Students also have the option to work on their individual study program in a conventional classroom setting. The school’s programs are all in line with requirements by California’s Department of Education.