Obtaining your GED

Obtaining your California high school equivalency certificate (GED)


Some general information regarding the General Education Development Test (GED) that may be taken by students 18 years old and older for the purpose of receiving the California High School Equivalency Certificate.

Millions of people like you have taken the GED Tests to get a better job, continue their education, or to feel better about themselves. You can take the GED Tests almost anywhere in the United States and Canada, as well as at more than 100 sites internationally. GED Testing Centers can often help to find you instruction so that you’re prepared to pass the GED Tests. They can also arrange for changes in the way GED Tests are administered if you have a documented disability.

The GED Tests measure your knowledge and academic skills against those of today’s traditional high school graduates. You’ll be able to learn what to expect when you take the GED Tests, where to find a GED Testing Center, what your scores mean when you receive them in the mail, and how to use your GED credential to enroll in a college or university program of your choice, by accessing the following Web sites:

California Department of Education
American Council on Education
Free Online GED® Sample Tests– Includes practice GED test questions.

Khan Academy
Make use of their extensive video library, practice exercises, and assessments from any computer with access to the web all for free. Their video library covers k–12 math, science topics such as biology, chemistry, and physics, and even reaches into the humanities with playlists on finance and history. Each of the 2,100+ videos is a digestible chunk, approximately 10 minutes long, and especially purposed for viewing on the computer.

For help with basic reading and writing skills check out:

Literacy for Every Adult Program (LEAP), City of Richmond
LEAP is a free program sponsored by the Richmond Public Library in which tutors and learners work one-on-one or in small groups. LEAP’s purpose is to help adults develop the skills and confidence they need to achieve their individual goals.

The California Library Literacy Program
California Library Literacy Services (CLLS) is a program of the California State Library. The mission of CLLS is to enable Californias of all ages to reach their literacy goals and use library services effectively. California has approximately 3.4 million adults with below basic literacy skills. Over 100 CLLS libraries serve nearly 20,000 adults annually in over 800 library branches and other outlets statewide. As a result, these adults are voting for the first time, reading newspapers, reading aloud to their children, and securing jobs.

To find a literacy program in other parts of the country check out the Nationanl Institute for Literacy.