GED California: Prepare for the California GED Test

Thousands of California residents receive their General Education Development credential (GED) each year. These individuals increase their competitive advantage when entering the workforce. Read on to find out about California's requirements for earning a GED credential.

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California GED Requirements:


In California, all individuals must meet the following requirements:

  • Must be at least 17 years of age (or within 60 days of your 18th birthday).
  • Must be within at least 60 days of your projected graduation date, had you continued with school.

Note: Those under the age of 17 who pass the exam will have their certificate held until their 18th birthday. Those who are currently enrolled in a public or private school are not eligible.


The GED exam is divided into the following sections:

  • Language Arts, Reading
  • Language Arts, Writing
  • Mathematics
  • Social Studies
  • Science

Note: The exam consists of multiple choice questions and 2 essay compositions.


In order to successfully complete the exam, an average score of 450 on all five sections must be attained (a score of atleast 410 is required on each section). If you do not pass on the first attempt, you can retake the entire exam (or the failed section) as many times as needed.

Registration and Fees

In order to register, you must contact a local testing center to complete the appropriate paperwork and pay your fees. According to the California Department of Education,, the cost is about $100. The California Department of Education can also provide a list of approved testing centers as well as answer any other relevant questions you may have.


Don't be caught off guard, it is always a good idea to prepare for the test. Your local library or bookstore should have materials that cover the testing process. The American Council on Education website also has online study tips

To learn more about California's GED requirements, check out the Department of Education's main site today.

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