How to Get a GED® or HiSET® in California

Study for the California GED or HiSET online without having to attend class!

California GED and HiSET Requirements


  • Resident: You must be a resident of California.
  • Age: You must be 18 years of age. However, you can take the test at 17 if you meet additional requirements.
  • Enrolled: You cannot be enrolled in an accredited high school or be a high school graduate.
  • Cost: GED: $28.75 (per subject); $115 (all subjects). HiSET: $17 (per subject); $85 (all subjects).
  • Score: GED: 145 (minimum) in each subject. HiSET: 8 in each subtest, combined score of 45; minimum of 2 on the Language Arts, Writing essay.
  • Accommodations: GED: You must apply for disability accommodations through the GED Testing Service page. HiSET: Find out about disability accommodations and fill out your HiSET Accommodations Request Form.
  • Diploma: After you pass the test, the State of California will award you a high school equivalency certificate showing you have achieved the same level of knowledge as a high school graduate.

Online GED or HiSET Classes

Online programs like GED Academy are available to help you get your GED fast and easy.

Over 20 Million Adults

That’s how many have successfully passed their high school equivalency test. So why wait?

"I was motivated to get my GED to get a better job and to show my son never give up! Everyone in my family and at work all motivated me to finish strong."

– Brannon