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General Educational Development Test (GED)


The GED test is for adults who do not have a high school diploma. Those who pass the test receive a California High School Equivalency Certificate.

In California, persons who are 18 years of age or older may take the GED test. Some 17-year-olds who meet specific criteria for testing may also take the test.

Testing centers throughout California give the test many times during the year. The GED test covers five subjects: reading, writing, math, science, and social studies. There is a fee to take the test.           

  • The GED - CalEdFacts page provides a more detailed overview about the test.
  • The links and information below were developed for educators and others who work with the GED Test programs in California.


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Frequently Asked Questions

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Last Reviewed: Friday, January 11, 2019
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