High School Equivalency (GED and HiSET)
Why Get Your High School Equivalency Certificate Instead of Your Diploma?
Students who do not have transcripts from their previous school or who need more than 60 credits to earn their high school diploma may opt to take their GED or HiSET high school equivalency (HSE) test. The high school equivalency test is comprised of 5 subtests; Science, Social Studies, Reading, Writing and Math. The GED combines reading and writing into one subtest. The high school equivalency certificate is accepted at community colleges, most career training programs and the military. Students who have received the high school equivalency certificate are eligible for federal financial aid. (See the chart below for more information about the test.)
How Do I Prepare to Pass the Test?
Mt. Diablo Adult Education offers classes to help you prepare for the test. We offer classes in the mornings and evenings specifically designed to help students pass the social studies, science, reading, writing and math subtests. Students can take classes for all the subtest subjects or just for the subjects they feel they need help with to pass. The classes to help you prepare to pass the tests are free. The actual test is not. Please refer to the Pearson Vue GED or HiSET webpages for testing fees.
How do I Register for Classes?
- Click on the "Register for an Orientation" link on the right side of this page.
- Scroll down to read all the instructions to register for classes.
- Once completed, you will be given a reading assessment and then placed into classes.
|GED Test||HiSET Test|
|Pearson VUE||HiSET powered by PSI|
|Computer-based||Paper or Computer-based|
|Test Center located on our campus||Test Center located on our campus|
|Contact ged.com for current fees||Contact hiset.org for current fees|
|Discounted retests||Discounted retests|
|Four tests||Five tests|
*Please submit your test scores to the high school office so they can be added to your school transcript.
Room: High School Office
Office Hours: M-F, 8:00am-4:00pm
Phone: (925) 685-7340, ext. 6745
All new students must attend an orientation to be enrolled in classes.
- Must be at least 18 years old
- Must have a valid government-issued ID, such as a driver’s license or DMV-issued ID, a passport, visa, or military ID, indicating date of birth, current residence, recent photo, and signature
- Social Security recommended for registration
GED High School
Registration for the GED test is done online. Please go to ged.com and create an account. On this website, you can select the dates, times, and tests that you would like to take. You pay for the tests online. You can choose to pay for all four tests at once or register and pay for each test as you go. All cancellations and rescheduling are done through this website and not through the high school office.
HiSET High School Equivalency Exam
Registration for the HiSET test is done at hiset.org. On this website you can select the dates, times, and tests that you would like to take. You pay for the tests online. You can choose to pay for all four tests at once or register and pay for each test as you go. All cancellations and rescheduling are done through this website and not through the high school office.