How to Get a GED® or HiSET® in California

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You can study for the California GED or HiSET test online without having to attend class.


California State High School Equivalency Eligibility Requirements

  • You must be a resident of California.
  • You cannot be enrolled in an accredited high school or be a high school graduate.
  • You must be 18 years of age. However, you can take the test at 17 if you meet additional requirements. 
  • Cost: GED: $28.75 (per subject); $115 (all subjects). HiSET: $17 (per subject); $85 (all subjects).
  • Passing 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. 
  • After you pass the test, the State of California will award you a high school equivalency certificate that will show you have achieved the same level of knowledge as a high school graduate.

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