This post includes a full listing of GED® prep classes and testing centers in the Santa Maria region.
California also introduced the alternatives HiSET and TASC for the purpose of high school equivalency (HSE) testing.
The exams are intended for adults who could not finish high school, and successful test-takers will be awarded the California High School Equivalency Certificate.
HSE testing is administered at a level that compares to what a high school student must command upon graduation.
The GED exam is a set of four individual and fully computerized “General Education Development” tests in Science, Math, Social Studies, and Literacy.
You are free to take one or more GED subtests (modules) at a time but completion must follow within 2 years. This does not count for the TASC and HiSET.
The TASC and HiSET options are offered both on-computer and on-paper and have separate Language Writing and Language Reading tests, so five in total.
For information on the lowered GED passing score (down to 145), please check out this GED News pages. TASC and HiSET have their own scoring methods.
Santa Maria GED prep classes
Allan Hancock College *)
800 S College Dr – Santa Maria – CA 93454 – Phone: 805 . 922 . 6966 x 3209
HSE (high school equivalency) test applicants may sign up any time for prep classes which are available at various locations, such as the school’s Santa Maria campus, Atkinson Center, Solvang Center, Lompoc Valley Center, Center for Employment Training, Workforce Resource Center and the Guadalupe Family Services Center. Please contact the school for details.
Santa Maria Career Center HSE Program
1410 S Broadway – Suite A – Santa Maria – CA 93454 – Phone: 805 . 614 . 1550
Center for Employment Training
509 W Morrison Ave – Santa Maria – CA 93458 – Phone: 805 . 928 . 1737
Atkinson Center (Allan Hancock College)
1000 N Railroad Ave – Santa Maria – CA 93458 – Phone: 805 . 922 . 6966 x 3209
Is a GED prep site not listed? Are adjustments needed? Please don’t hesitate to contact us via this form.
Locations around Santa Maria
Lucia Mar Ad. Education HSE Program
1055 Mesa View Dr – Arroyo Grande – CA 93420 – Phone: 805 . 474 . 3756
Guadalupe Family Services Center (Allan Hancock College)
4681 11th St – Guadalupe – CA 93434 – Phone: 805 . 922 . 6966 x 3209
Allan Hancock College Lompoc Valley Center
1 Hancock Dr – Lompoc – CA 93436 – Phone: 805 . 922 . 6966 x 3209
Lompoc Public Library HSE Classes
501 E North Ave – Lompoc – CA 93436 – Phone: 805 . 735 . 7323
North Valley Occupational Center HSE Program **)
11450 Sharp Ave – Mission Hills – CA 91345 – Phone: 818 . 365 . 9645
Nipomo Elementary (Lucia Mar Ad. Education)
190 E Price St – Nipomo – California 93444 – Phone: 805 . 474 . 3756
Lucia Mar Ad. Education HSE Classes
1425 19th St – Oceano – California 93445 – Phone: 805 . 474 . 3756
The office is located in the Oceano Community Center (1425 19th St, Oceano, on the corner of Wilmar and 19th Street).
Oxnard Adult Education HSE Classes
1101 West Second Street, Oxnard, California 93030 – Phone: 805-385-2578
Find all Oxnard region HSE courses here: Oxnard GED Classes
Paso Robles Ad. Education HSE Classes
810 Niblick Rd – Paso Robles – CA 93447 – Phone: 805 . 237 . 3430
East Valley Skills Center Adult Education **)
8601 Arleta Ave – Sun Valley – CA 91352 – Phone: 818-759-5841
Literacy Council of San Luis Obispo
1264 Higuera St – Ste 102 – S. Luis Obispo – California 93401 – Phone: 805 . 541 . 4219
If you want to see all SLO locations check out: San Luis Obispo GED Classes
Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians | Education Department
PO Box 1234 – Santa Ynez – CA 93460 – Phone: 805 . 688 . 799
Allan Hancock College (Solvang Village Square)
320 Alisal Rd – Ste 306 – Solvang – CA 93463 – Phone: 805 . 922 . 6966 x 3209
If you know of a GED prep location that is not listed here, or if you want to inform us about needed adjustments, please don’t hesitate to contact us.
Santa Maria area GED test centers
Allan Hancock College
800 S College Drive – Santa Maria – CA 93454 – phone: 805 . 922 . 6966
Atascadero State Hospital – Aztec Adult Education
10333 El Camino Real – Atascadero – CA 93423 – phone: 805 . 468 . 2425
San Luis Adult School
1500 Lizzie Street – San Luis Obispo – CA 93401 – phone: 805 . 549 . 1222
Also interesting is our post on Bakersfield HiSET-GED -TASC Programs
The GED is modular
The four content areas of the GED exam are Literacy, Mathematics, Science, and Social Studies. The GED is modular, meaning that the four subtests are independent and can be taken separately within a period of two years (that’s how long your scores count). The TASC and HiSET come with five tests that are not modular. It is up to testing sites which exam(s) they use, so check with a testing site near you for details.
GED passing score
On each one of the 4 GED tests, your result had to be at least 150 points (out of a possible 200). In early 2016, though, the GED organization decided to bring that down to 145, because studies indicated that initially the passing requirement was set at a too high level. So the overall minimum passing score is now 580. The results are measured on a scale 100-200. You can take 1 of the four tests at a time, and the results of that test will be valid for two years. HiSET and TASC passing scores are found on the page GED in California. TASC and HiSET come with their own scoring systems.
About Santa Maria
Santa Maria (population 102,000) is the most populous city in Santa Barbara County and is located some 120 miles northwest of Los Angeles. California’s Central Pacific Ocean Coast region, situated halfway between San Francisco and Los Angeles, offers beautiful sandy beaches, a mountainous coastline, and fantastic wine country tours. Another economic factor is formed by the Vandenberg Air Force Base. The region’s captivating spirit is reflected in what it culturally is offering. The mild climate allows for great golfing, beach walking, bird watching, and bicycling.
Santa Maria Valley’s unique coastal geography allows for a wide range of fresh and very distinctive flavors. The region boasts beautiful rolling strawberry fields and magnificent vineyards, and you will find many street-side barbecues as well as the finest restaurants, and the city offers a range of recreational, cultural and social activities, and Santa Maria has two public libraries, one of which is a great learning center.
Santa Maria is home to Allan Hancock Community College’s central campus (800 S College Dr, Santa Maria, CA 93454, 805-922-6966). The school boasts more than forty years of the world’s best theater education and has produced some of today’s greatest actors. The Santa Maria Valley houses also educational institutions such as UCSB (Santa Barbara) and Cal Poly (San Luis Obispo).
Furthermore, Brandman University (1300 E Cypress St, Bldg. A-1, Santa Maria, CA 93454, 805-928-3443) provides high-quality education to working adults. The school’s Santa Maria campus provides a wide range of bachelor’s and master’s degree programs in psychology, business, education, and leadership.
Santa Barbara Business College (303 E Plaza Dr, Suite 1, Santa Maria, CA 93454, 805-0922-8256) is among the oldest Californian higher education institutions. The school was established in 1888 to provide market-orientated, employer-based, student-centered education, and until today, this philosophy remains the school’s key cornerstone.
Degree programs are available in the fields of Business, Pharmacy Technology, Criminal Justice, and the Medical and Paralegal sectors. Additionally, the University of La Verne (San Luis Obispo) offers 2 undergraduate programs (Business Administration, and Organizational Management), and 1 Master Degree Program in Business Administration (MSB) at Vandenberg Air Force Base’s Residence Center.
Your HSE (high school equivalency) credential allows for continued education. Here is a list of Santa Maria area schools of higher education:
Brandman University (1300 E. Cypress St, Bldg A-1, Santa Maria, CA 93454, 805-928-3443)
SBB College Santa Maria (303 Plaza Dr, Santa Maria, CA 93454, 805-535-2710)
Laurus College (421 E Betteravia Rd, Santa Maria, CA 93454, 805-267-1690)
Allan Hancock College (800 S College Dr, Santa Maria, CA 93454, 805-922-6966)
CET-Santa Maria (509 W Morrison Ave, Santa Maria, CA 93458, 408-287-7924)
Antioch University Santa Barbara (602 Anacapa St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101, 805-962-8179)
University of California (1210 Cheadle Hall, Santa Barbara, CA 93106, 805-893-8000)
University of La Verne Central (4119 Broad St San Luis Obispo, CA 93401, 805-542-9690)
*) Allan Hancock College
Allan Hancock College’s Community Education Department provides free preparation classes to qualifying applicants who want to complete the GED exam including free GED prep classes. Students get lessons in the subjects of the four tests: literacy, social studies, science, math, and also in test-taking skills. The program also offers free GED practice tests. The GED examination has been opening doors to greater jobs and colleges for over 18 million American adults since its inception in 1942.
**) North Valley Occupational Center
North Valley Occupational Center offers various GED preparation options to applicants wishing to get ready to take the California HSE (high school equivalency) exam. They can sign up for the “Individualized Instruction Lab”, they can sign up for the school’s “HSEC Distance Learning Program”, or come to the school’s traditional class settings. The school’s East Valley Skills Center GED classes get students all set for the GED examination in both English and Spanish.