GED California General Information

California GED Testing Info

Candidates who pass the California GED Test will receive the California High School Equivalency Certificate. If you pass the California GED test at age 17, you will not receive the equivalency certificate until your 18th birthday; you will get a letter of intent which states that the certificate is being held until your 18th birthday.

In California, the fee for the GED test is around $150 for all five subjects, but costs vary by test center. The GED test is available in English, Spanish, and French languages in California. Check with your local California Official GED Testing Center for information about testing fees, schedules, and available languages.

To pass the GED test, you will need to score a minimum of 410 on each test, and an average of 450. Find out more answers about the GED test at the GED FAQ.

California GED Practice Test

The best way to make sure you pass the California GED test is to be prepared. If you think you’re ready for the test, or if you want to know what to study, you should take a GED practice test. While California doesn’t require a practice test to take the GED, a practice test can improve your GED scores. Find out about online GED practice tests for California.

California GED Testing Eligibility

You may take the California GED Test if you live in California and are:

  • 18 years old or within 60 days of your 18th birthday, or
  • if you are no longer in school and within 60 days of when you would have graduated school if you had remained in school, or
  • if you are 17 and have been out of school for at least 60 consecutive school days and provide a letter of request for the test from the military, a post-secondary educational institution, or a prospective employer, or
  • if you are 17 and incarcerated in a California state or county correctional facility.

If you are 17 and in prison in California, you must:

  • not have a realistic chance of earning a high school diploma,
  • have the skills to pass the GED tests,
  • fully understand the options for a high school diploma, a high school equivalency certificate, or a high school proficiency certificate, including benefits and limitations, and
  • have enough time left in prison to complete the GED tests (but if you are released before you complete the tests, you can retest at a testing center).

Don’t take the California GED test unless you’re prepared. You can pass, but if you’re like most people, you’ll need some brush-up and to get familiar with the test. Find out about GED online classes.

California GED: College Eligibility

More than 60 percent of GED test-takers plan to go on to college. The GED exam can help you get there. Ninety-eight percent of colleges and universities in the U.S. accept the GED credential, though some colleges require additional tests, such as the SAT or the ACE. Check with the admissions offices of the colleges you’re interested in for their requirements. Beware of online high school degrees that colleges won’t accept.

California GED Retesting

If you didn’t pass the California GED test, you may retake all or part of the test to get passing scores. Testing centers may require examinees who fail the test to take preparation classes or wait a pre-determined amount of time before attempting to re-test. Before you test again, go back and study, to make sure that you’re prepared. Examinees may test a maximum of three times on a given test in a single year from January 1 through December 31.

Think you’re ready to retest? Try a GED practice test.

California GED Testing Accommodations

You may ask for testing accommodations for physical or mental issues that may affect your ability to take the test, including learning disabilities, ADHD, psychiatric or psychological conditions, and physical/chronic health conditions. You will need relevant medical or academic records and a current evaluation of your condition by a doctor or psychologist, plus a detailed letter or report from your evaluator. You will also need to fill out an Accommodations Request Form for either ADHD, Emotional/Mental Health, Learning Disabilities, or Health Disabilities, which has sections for you, the GED Chief Examiner in your area, and your evaluator. Read the testing accommodations guidelines for more information.

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California GED Transcripts

The Educational Testing Service (ETS) - GED Records Center handles all requests for duplicate GED results in California.

  • Toll-free: 866-370-4740
  • ETS - GED Records Center
  • P. O. Box 4005
  • Concord, CA 94524-4005

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GED CA Testing Centers and Test Prep

To find local GED schools in California, the best resources are local adult education centers, libraries, community colleges, and adult schools. Resources for GED classes in California are listed below, as well as California GED testing centers.

Local GED Programs versus Online GED Courses

Local GED programs provide classroom learning, often similar to high school programs. Online GED courses provide GED test prep in your home, on your own schedule. The GED Academy online GED courses create a customized learning experience to walk you through getting your California GED.

GED Programs in California

Find California adult education providers in your local area with the California adult education provider directory. Call for information about GED programs and classes in your area.

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