California GED Requirements

In California, students will earn their GED diploma if they pass the 4 subject tests that make up the GED exam. The GED test can be taken online or in person at one of California’s official testing centers.

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The four GED sub-exams are challenging assessments, and to be successful, decent preparation is essential. Most GED students require some 2 to 3 months to get sufficiently prepared.

California GED Testing Requirements

  • You cannot already hold a high school diploma or equivalent.
  • The minimum age to qualify for the exam in California is 16.
  • Test-takers 16 or 17 years of age must meet strict additional criteria. They must, for example, have permission from their school district and hold parental consent.
  • California does not require applicants to be state residents.
  • California doesn’t require GED testers to first reach passing scores on the GED Ready test when the exam is taken at a test center.

California GED Price

When taken at a testing center for the California GED test, you pay $41 per subject exam or $164 for the entire GED battery.

If you take the GED test online, each GED sub-exam will also set you back $41, so the entire online GED exam costs $164 as well. You should, however, also count the $28 for the four GED Ready tests, which totals it all to $192.

You only qualify for online GED testing if you have reached “green” results (in the likely-to-pass section) on the GED Ready test available from at $6.99 each. There’s one GED Ready test per GED sub-exam, adding $28 to the regular online testing fees.

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GED Scoring

GED scores are calibrated on a scoring scale from 100 to 200. There are four scoring ranges:

  • Below passing score: 100-144
  • Passing score (high school equivalency): 145-164
  • College-ready score: 165-174
  • College-ready plus up to 10 college credit hours: 175-200

Online GED Test

To qualify for taking the GED exam online from the comfort of your home, you need to score in the “green” zone on the GED Ready official practice test. More information can be found in this article: The GED test online from home.

FAQ About GED In California

How to get a GED in California?

To get a GED in California, you need to pass the four tests of the GED exam. The GED exam is a computer-formatted assessment. Paper-based testing is not available.

What are the California GED testing requirements?

The GED is for people who didn’t finish high school. In California, test-takers must be state residents and at least 17 years old, though, for 17-year-olds, additional requirements apply. Successful test-takers won’t receive their diploma until they’ve reached their 18th birthday.

What is the GED cost in California?

In California, the GED exam costs $164 for the entire GED battery ($41 per subtest) both if you sit for the exam at a testing site or if you take it online. So online GED testing will set you back $164, but you also have to buy four GED Ready tests at $6.99 each, totaling $192. Onsego Advantage students get four GED Ready tests for free.

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