2014 California

Use the links below to find out about your local testing center rules and requirements. If you’re still looking for information, visit your state’s GED® testing program website to learn more, or go back to the main map.

 

State Requirements

Price & Payment

Registration & Scheduling

Test Scores 

Retake Policies

GED® Test Credential

Different Languages

 

State Requirements (top)

How old do I need to be to take the test (without exceptions)?

In California, the minimum age required to take the GED® test is 18 years old. 

To clear alerts on your MyGEDTM dashboard, please check the authorized testing centers in California.

I’m underage. What do I need to do to take the test?

To take the GED® test in California, you must be a California resident or a member of the armed forces assigned to this state and meet any one of the following criteria:

  • You must be 18 years of age or older or within 60 days of your 18th birthday (regardless of school enrollment status).
  • If you are within 60 days of when you would have graduated from high school had you remained in school and followed the usual course of study. (Candidates testing under this criteria may not be enrolled in school.)
  • You are 17 years of age, have been out of school for at least 60 consecutive days, and provide a letter of request for the test from the military, a postsecondary educational institution, or a prospective employer.

Important note: If you pass the GED® test at age 17 you will not receive the equivalency certificate until your 18th birthday; a letter of intent is issued and states that the certificate is being held pending the examinee's 18th birthday.

To clear alerts on your MyGEDTM dashboard, please check the authorized testing centers in California.

Do I need to prove I’m a resident of California to take the test?

Yes, in California you’re required to be a resident. 

The California Department of Education has provided the following list of documents that may be used to prove California residency:

  • California driver's license
  • California Identification card
  • Birth certificate
  • State and federal tax returns
  • Marriage license
  • Vehicle registration
  • Utility bill
  • Voter registration
  • Bank statement
  • Residential lease
  • Government issued documentation (city, county, and state)

If you have more questions about the state’s testing program, please contact the state office at (916) 445-9438.

The closest testing center is in a different state.  Can I take the exam there?

Some states allow people who don’t live there to take the GED® test and others don’t. You’ll need to check the residency requirement for the state that you’re interested to test in.

Sorry, California doesn’t allow people to take the test there unless you can prove residency.

The California Department of Education has provided the following list of documents that may be used to prove California residency: 

  • California driver's license
  • California Identification card
  • Birth certificate
  • State and federal tax returns
  • Marriage license
  • Vehicle registration
  • Utility bill
  • Voter registration
  • Bank statement
  • Residential lease
  • Government issued documentation (city, county, and state)

To clear alerts in MyGEDTM, please check the authorized testing centers in California.

Are there any additional state requirements for me to pass my GED® test?

There aren’t any additional requirements in California. If you have more questions about the state’s testing program, please contact the state office at (916) 445-9438.

One item of importance: California test-takers who are under the age of 18 will not be mailed their GED® certificate until their 18th birthday.

Do I need to take a class or receive instruction before I can take the test?

No, California doesn’t require you to prepare for the GED® test in an adult education classroom. However, studying in a classroom setting is a good opportunity to get up to speed on the topics and areas you’ll find on the GED® test.

Where can I find an adult education center?

Finding an adult education center is easy. Enter your ZIP code in our locator tool and we’ll show you the adult education centers closest to you.

Do I have to take the practice test before testing?

No, you’re not required to take the Official GED Practice Test™ before taking the test. However, the Official GED Practice Test™ is available at GEDmarketplace.com and is a good measure to see if you’re ready to take the GED® test or not. 

Price & Payment (top)

How much does the GED® test cost?

California charges $35 per module for the GED® test.

How much does it cost to retake the test? Can I retake the test for free?

GED Testing Service offers a discounted retake program for all GED® test-takers. According to the program’s policy, you are eligible for:

  • Two discounted retakes for each subject area taken
  • GED Testing Service fees are waived every retake ($20 per subject area test)
  • States and testing centers can choose to waive their fees
  • You must schedule retakes one at a time for the discount to apply
  • Discounted retakes cannot be combined with any other discounts
  • Retakes must occur within 12 calendar months of your initial attempt
  • After your two discounted retakes, you will need to wait at least 60 days, pay the full retake price and then you will receive two more discounted retakes

Sign up for your next test now at GED.com.

Registration & Scheduling (top)

Can I take all of the parts at once or do I need to setup different appointment times?

Yes, in California you can take all test parts in the same day if you can find a testing center with hours that accommodate it.

What happens if I move to a different state in the middle of testing? Can I continue my testing in my new state or do I have to start all over?

It depends on whether or not that state has a residency requirement.  Check the residency requirements in that state and don’t hesitate to contact the GED Administrator™ in that state with questions.

In California, you have to be a resident to take the test.

Once I start testing, is there a time limit for me to finish all four subjects before my scores begin to expire?

There is no time limit to finish the test in California.

Test Scores (top)

What score do I need to pass the test?

California test-takers need to score a 150 on each subject area test in order to pass. 

  • Below Passing: 100-149
  • GED® Passing Score: 150-169
  • GED® Honors Score: 170-200

Retake Policies (top)

If I don’t pass, how long do I have to wait before taking the test again?

In California, there is no waiting period if you do not pass a subject area test the first time. After taking a test subject 3 times, you'll have to wait 60 days before retesting. There's no limit to how many times you can test in a year.  

How much does it cost to retake the test? Can I retake the test for free?

GED Testing Service offers a discounted retake program for all GED® test-takers. According to the program’s policy, you are eligible for:

  • Two discounted retakes for each subject area taken
  • GED Testing Service fees are waived every retake ($20 per subject area test)
  • States and testing centers can choose to waive their fees
  • You must schedule retakes one at a time for the discount to apply
  • Discounted retakes cannot be combined with any other discounts
  • Retakes must occur within 12 calendar months of your initial attempt
  • After your two discounted retakes, you will need to wait at least 60 days, pay the full retake price and then you will receive two more discounted retakes

Sign up for your next test now at GED.com.

GED® Test Credential (top)

I took and passed the test but the jurisdiction won’t issue my diploma. Can you help me?

California uses GED Credentialing™ for GED® transcripts and certificates earned after 1990 and for some GED® transcripts and certificates earned before 1990, depending on your city.

  • If you tested on or after 1990, you can request your transcript here.
  • If you tested before 1990, you can request your transcript here.
  • If you tested before 1990 and your city does not have online transcript requests through GED Credentialing, you must contact the testing center where you tested.

A fee may apply for duplicate transcript/diploma requests.

Why do I need to work with my jurisdiction? Can’t I just get the diploma from you?

GED Testing Service® develops the GED® test and works with each state to offer the test. The credential is issued based upon rules of each individual state—most states have slightly different rules and regulations. 

California uses GED Credentialing™ for GED® transcripts and certificates earned after 1990 and for some GED® transcripts and certificates earned before 1990, depending on your city.

  • If you tested on or after 1990, you can request your transcript here.
  • If you tested before 1990, you can request your transcript here.
  • If you tested before 1990 and your city does not have online transcript requests through GED Credentialing, you must contact the testing center where you tested.

For additional questions, you can call California’s state office at (916) 445-9438.

After I start taking the exam modules, how much time do I have to complete all of them to get credentialed?

This depends on the state you’re testing in. In California there’s no time limit to complete all four content areas.

I want to order a copy of my transcript and/or diploma.

California uses GED Credentialing™ for GED® transcripts and certificates earned after 1990 and for some GED® transcripts and certificates earned before 1990, depending on your city.

A fee may apply for duplicate transcript/diploma requests.

What is the GED® credential in my state called?

In California the credential is called the California High School Equivalency Certificate.


GED® Test Language Versions (top)

Can I take my GED® test in Spanish?

Yes, in California you can take the GED® test in Spanish.

Find a local testing center.

Questions? Please contact California’s state office at (916) 445-9438.

Can I take the GED® test in French?

Yes, in California you can take the  GED® test in French.

Am I allowed to combine different language versions of the test together?

No, California residents aren’t allowed to combine language versions to complete the test. This means you must take all four subjects in one language to earn your GED® test credential. You will not be allowed to combine Spanish tests with English tests or any other language version.

Questions? Please contact California’s state office at (916) 445-9438.

Does California have any requirements for English as a Second Language (ESL)?

English as a Second Language (ESL) instruction can help any non-native English speaker, but there aren’t any requirements for ESL classes in California.