GED® High School Equivalency Certificate

The GED® test is a national test that may be taken in California by persons who are eighteen years of age or older, or who meet specific criteria for testing at age seventeen. The GED® test is administered statewide throughout the year at approximately 190 testing centers. Topics tested on the GED® include language arts/reading/writing, mathematics, science, and social studies. The GED® test is for adults who do not have a high school diploma. Those who pass the test receive a High School Equivalency Certificate.

Those who pass the test receive a GED® certificate and an official report of test results from the State of California. Additional information is available on the California Department of Education (GED)® web site.

COVID UPDATE: 

GED testing on campus has been put on hold for the fall semester and continuation of viability of testing is being evaluated.  At this time there are two options:

  • Students enrolled in the GED Prep course (SKLDV 700) through Columbia College will continue to be supported with GED Ready and GED Official test vouchers.
  • GED staff is looking into resources for individuals who do not have appropriate computer/equipment/internet.
  • Tuolumne County Office of Education offers testing on an appointment only basis; one tester at a time.
  • Pearson Vue offers an Online Proctored GED Test must fulfill the below requirements:
    • Must score “green” (likely to pass) on a GED Ready exam within 60 days
    • Need a computer, webcam and reliable internet — no tablets or phones.Need to take your test in a private room with a closed door.
    • Before scheduling and paying for the test, it's important to run a system check and to be sure that your computer meets the requirements.
    • Must meet all GED testing requirements, as always (ex: 18 years of age, etc.)

Non-COVID operations are below---------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Test Registration / Scheduling:

  • All GED tests are now scheduled through MyGED
  • You will be required to create a personal account, through MyGED.
  • Once you have created your account, you will have two options for scheduling your exam, through MyGED:

           1. In-Person Proctored 

Through the website, you will be able to see all test centers in the state and scheduling options for an in-person test. For testing locally, you should contact:

Tuolumne County Superintendent Office

cwhitlock@tcsos.us

(209) 536-2075

       Amador Adult Education

(209) 257-5100

amadoradulted.org  

          2. Online Proctored:

Take your GED test from the comfort of your home, while securely monitored by an online proctor.

  • Online testing is available in both English and Spanish.
  • You will be required to take the GED Ready Exam and score in the “green (likely to pass) for each subject before taking the official exam.
  • There are computer and room requirements, for this format.
  • For up to date and complete information concerning online testing please visit https://ged.com/take-the-ged-test-online/
  • You are given the ability to register to take each test individually; you are no longer required to take the complete test, all four subjects, at one time.
  • Cost for each of the four subject tests will be $35.00
  • Scores for each test will be available within 30 minutes of completion of test, through your account at MyGED

RETAKES           

  • You will be able to schedule retakes through your MyGED account for both face to face and online proctored testing.
  • Online Retakes
    • Students can now schedule to retake GED test subjects through MyGED after a failed attempt.
      • After their second failed test attempt, they’ll be required to wait 60 days before scheduling another online proctored retake. A 60-day wait will be required between each subsequent online proctored retake.
      • A GED Ready “Green” score is only required within 60 days of scheduling their first test in that subject. It is not required for a retake on that subject.
  • Cost will be at the reduced cost of $15.00 per test. 

GED Preparation Class: No Classes will be offered Spring 2021, due to COVID

  • To enroll in class:
    • Apply to the college (Admissions tab: "Apply Now")
    • Set up an account, using your student ID number, in ConnectColumbia.("My Columbia link)
    • GED Prep class is "SKLDV 700"
      • This course is an open entry/open exit course, so you can enroll at anytime.
    • Please contact the Columbia College Admissions and Records office (209.588.5231) if you have problems registering for this class.
    • This is a non-credit course; however, student fees do apply.
    • Contact the Columbia College Business Office (209.588.5114) for more information.

Transcript Requests:

  • For tests taken at Columbia College, prior to January 1, 2013; transcripts can be requested by calling 209-588-5148.
  • For test taken at Columbia College after January 1, 2014 or through another test center, at any time; transcripts can be requested through MyGED.
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