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General Educational Development Description - CalEdFacts

This content is part of California Department of Education's information and media guide about education in the State of California. For similar information on other topics, visit the full CalEdFacts.

The General Educational Development (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, language arts/writing, mathematics, science, and social studies. The average fee to take the test varies from $150 to $200. In 2008, 58,750 individuals took the test, and 73 percent passed.

Those who pass the test receive a California High School Equivalency Certificate and an official report of test results from the State of California. For more information regarding the GED® test, contact the GED® Office by phone at 916-445-9438 or by e-mail at Additional information is available on the California Department of Education (GED)® Test Web page.

Questions: GED Office | | 916-445-9438 
Last Reviewed: Monday, April 27, 2015

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