GED Classes San Mateo, California

Listed here are all GED® prep class sites and testing facilities in the San Mateo area.

California is not only using the computer-formatted GED® exam for its High School Equivalency (HSE) testing program.

The state additionally welcomed the HiSET and TASC exams for that purpose that are offered both on-paper and on-computer.

The HSE program offers adults who quit high school without a diploma the chance to earn an equivalent degree.

All three HSE exams measure knowledge at a level that compares to that of graduating high school seniors.

The GED exam has four subtests in Literacy, Math, Science, and Social Studies that need to be finished within two years. This only counts for the GED!

The TASC and HiSET have separate reading and writing tests, so five overall.

San Mateo HSE prep sites

GED Essay Topics

San Mateo City Library Project Read
55 W Third Avenue | San Mateo | CA 94402 | Ph: 650 – 522 – 7848

Gateway Community School
35 Tower Road | San Mateo | CA 94402 | Ph: 650 – 598 – 2153

San Mateo Adult School *)
789 E Poplar Avenue | San Mateo | CA 94401 | Ph: 650 – 558 – 2100
Every year, San Mateo Adult School (a service of the San Mateo Union HS District) is serving more than 10,000 students. The school offers GED classes to qualifying applicants from the communities of San Mateo, Burlingame, San Bruno, Millbrae, Hillsborough, and Foster City.

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Locations around San Mateo

California Online GED Practice Tests

Half Moon Bay Library-San Mateo County Reads
620 Correas Street | Half Moon Bay | CA 94019 | Ph: 650 – 726 – 2316 x 4

Literacy Plus (Hayward Public Library)
835 C St | Hayward | CA 94541 | Ph: 510 . 881 . 7910
See all Hayward GED prep locations here: Hayward HSE Classes

Menlo Park Public Library (Project Read)
800  Alma Street | Menlo Park | CA 94025 | Ph: 650 . 330 . 2525

Sequoia District HSE Program
3247  Middlefield Road | Menlo Park | CA 94025 | Ph: 650 . 306 . 8866

JobTrain HSE Program
1200 O’Brien Drive | Menlo Park | CA 94025 | Ph: 650 . 330 . 6429

Mountain View Adult Education
333  Moffett Boulevard | Mountain View | CA 94043 | Ph: 650 . 940 . 6039

Mountain View Young Parent Program 
333  Moffett Boulevard | Mountain View | CA 94043 | Ph: 650 . 967 . 7919

Palo Alto Adult Education HSE Program 
50 Embarcadero Road | Palo Alto | CA 94301 | Ph: 650 . 329 . 3752

Puente Community Resource Center
620 North Street | Pescadero | CA 94060 | Ph: 650 . 879 . 1691

Project Read Redwood City
1044 Middlefield Road | Redwood City | CA 94063 | Ph: 650 – 780  – 7077

San Bruno County Jail HSE Program
One Moreland Drive | San Bruno | CA 94066 | Ph: 650 . 266 . 9566
Not open to the public

San Francisco City College HSE Program
31 Gough Street | San Francisco | California 94103 | Ph: 415 . 241 . 2300
For all San Francisco area GED prep facilities visit San Francisco HSE Prep Sites

Andrew Hill Adult Education HSE Instruction  
32900 Senter Road | San Jose | CA 95111 | Ph: 408 . 347 . 4390
To find out everything about GED classes in and around San Jose go to San Jose HSE Classes

Project Read of North San Mateo County
840 W Orange Avenue | South San Francisco | CA 94080 | Ph: 650 – 829 – 3871

South San Francisco Adult Education HSE Instruction
825  Southwood Drive | South San Francisco | CA 94080 | Ph: 650 – 877 – 8844

Stepping Stones to Success (SSTS)
693 Pampas Lane | Stanford | CA 94305 | Ph: 650 – 725 – 1508
Stepping Stones to Success is a Stanford workplace education program developed by Residential & Dining Enterprises (R&DE) geared towards entry-level university employees.

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California GED Requirements

San Mateo area HSE testing centers

Adult School San Mateo
789 E Poplar Ave | San Mateo | CA 94401 | Ph: 650 . 558 . 2100

Gateway Community School
35 Tower Rd | San Mateo | CA 94402 | Ph: 650 . 598 . 2153

San Bruno County Jail HSE testing
1 Moreland Drive | San Bruno | CA 94066 | Ph: 650 . 266 . 9566
Not for the general public

Adult Education South S. Francisco
825 Southwood Dr | South S. Francisco | CA 94080 | Ph: 650 . 877 . 8844

Sequoia District Adult School
3247 Middlefield Road | Menlo Park | CA 94025 | Ph: 650 . 306 . 8866

Palo Alto Adult School
50 Embarcadero Road | Palo Alto | CA 94301 | Ph: 650 . 329 . 3752

Mountain View-Los Altos Adult Education
333 Moffett Blvd | Mountain View | CA 94043 | Ph: 650 . 940 . 1333

CA free online GED prep course

Who is the HSE exam for?

HSE (high school equivalency) preparation classes (GED /HiSET/TASC) will make sure that you will come to an official testing site properly prepared. The GED (General Education Development) test, and also the HiSET and the TASC, are for individuals who don’t have a secondary education degree and would like to obtain a comparable diploma.

When you complete the California HSE test successfully you will be awarded a certification that is acknowledged at the same level as a high school degree, and virtually all US employers, government bodies, and academic institutions accept the certificate as an equivalent diploma.

You are welcome to use this website’s free video lessons, a great and fast way to get all geared up for the real thing. Online HSE testing is NOT possible. You must come to a state-approved testing site and sit for the exam in person. In 2016, the GED passing score was reduced from 150 to 145.  TASC and HiSET have different scoring methods.

GED alternatives TASC and HiSET

The TASC and HiSET include five tests on the subject areas of writing, reading, math, social studies, and science. These exams are offered in both paper- and computer-based formats, and are cheaper than the GED exam. Be aware that testing centers have the freedom to offer one or more of the options, so contact a site near you for details.

GED scores

The range of scores on each GED exam is 100 to 200, and the  GED passing score is 145 to 200. This was brought down from 150 in March 2016.

You see that your total needed for the four tests to pass the GED exam is at least 580.

100-144: below-passing score
145-164: passing score (high school equivalency)
165-174: college-ready score
175-200: college-ready plus credit score

GED timed tests

The four tests of the GED exam are on:

  • Reasoning through Language Arts: 155 minutes (In Spanish: 147 minutes)
  • Mathematical Reasoning: 120 minutes
  • Social Studies: 70 minutes
  • Science: 90 minutes

You can take (and pay for) one test at a time within a 2-year period of time. HiSET and TASC use different scoring methods.

GED registration

You need to register online at where you create your GED account at MyGED. You are required to have a valid email address and you need to use a password to be able to access your GED account. Remember that the name you use is identical to that on your photo ID, and you need a credit or debit card for payments. In California, the GED cost is $35 per module ($140 for the complete exam), and you can take one test at a time if you wish as long as you complete the GED battery within two years. This does not apply to the TASC and HiSET exams.

Online GED testing?

The GED, HiSET, or TASC exam can only be taken at official Testing Centers (e.g. San Mateo Adult School). Websites that indicate something else are fraudulent, so please beware. Online-acquired documents are worthless and will not be accepted by schools or employers. ‘Digitalized’ testing like the GED offers has a few important advantages, and within three hours of completion of a test you will receive your test results, and you have the option to take all 4 GED tests at once (if you can find a test center that can handle that) or just 1 test (only the GED!). Testing scores are valid for two years from your first registration. The HSE examination is available in Spanish and English.

GED and the economy

In the USA there are 4.1 million vacant jobs that for the greater part can’t be filled mainly there just are not enough people with an HS or GED diploma. At the same time, we can also see some 40 million adults who did not end four years of high school.

Nowadays, a secondary education degree is wanted for practically any kind of work, and the enormous shortfall of sufficiently educated candidates for all these vacant jobs has a huge negative effect on the economy. If you can secure your HSE diploma, you for sure can get one of the vacant positions. Your income will be better, your family will have a better life, and the economy will be helped, too. Put your first step on the road to a better future and go get your HSE diploma.

*) San Mateo Adult School

San Mateo Adult School’s programs serve more than 10,000 students every year in the communities of San Mateo, San Bruno, Burlingame, Millbrae, Hillsborough, and Foster City. The school is committed to addressing the needs of those individuals who are traditionally underserved, particularly persons who are economically or academically disadvantaged.

The school offers  GED prep classes, GED practice tests, and GED testing to adults in the listed communities who are without a high school degree and who want to improve their lives by going for the GED examination. The diploma that they will receive after passing the four tests-exam allows for college admission and will lead to better employment.

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