The State of California has now approved the HiSET test, in addition to the GED as an approved test leading to a California High School Equivalency Certificate.
Both the HiSET and the GED series of tests are taken in our computer based testing lab.
The GED test is given on Tuesday evenings from 6 to 9 pm and the HiSET is given on Thursday evenings from 5 to 8:30 pm. The cost for either battery of tests is $140.
Students who wish to take classes to prepare for the tests should attend the regular Monday orientations held at the school at 1:00pm or 6:00pm.
Test candidates who simply wish to schedule and take the tests should go to www.hiset.org for the HiSET, or www.ged.com for the GED test. Candidates at these sites create an account and then are able to schedule and pay for the tests online. No scheduling or payment is done at the school office.
GED.com is the official GED site. Be aware that there are many scam sites that claim to offer the GED online at home. The official GED can only be taken at an authorized Pearson Vue testing center. The school is an authorized Pearson Vue Test Center and currently offers testing on Tuesday evenings. Through Pearson Vue, a wide variety of tests and certifications can be administered from a large number of sponsoring organizations e.g. Cisco, CompTIA, CBEST, CSET, and many others, as well as the regular GED testing. All testing is scheduled online through the appropriate Pearson Vue website from the sponsoring organization .
The HiSET series of five tests consists of :
Language Arts - Reading - 65 minutes
Language Arts - Writing - 120 minutes
Mathematics - 90 minutes
Social Studies - 70 minutes
Science - 80 minutes
The GED series of four tests consists of :
Reasoning through Language Arts - Reading and Writing - 155 minutes
Mathematical Reasoning - 120 minutes
Science - 95 minutes
Social Studies - 95 minutes
Candidates can schedule the Social Studies and Science tests individually or together for the same evening. However, Mathematical Reasoning and Reasoning through Language Arts (Writing) must be scheduled separately because of time constraints. If you try to schedule the math and the writing tests for the same time, a message will indicate that there is no testing availability at the school.
Test-takers with disabilities seeking accommodations should apply and request accommodations at the respective GED and HiSET web sites.
Who is Eligible to Take the Test?
Individuals 18 years or older, or within 60 days of their 18th birthdays, regardless of school enrollment.
Individuals within 60 days of when they would have graduated from high school
Individuals who are 17 years of age, have been out of school for at least 60 consecutive school days, and who provide a letter of request for the test from the military, a post-secondary educational institution, or a prospective employer