Posted on this page are all GED prep classes and testing sites in the Hayward region. California uses two high school equivalency testing options: the GED and HiSET exams.
HiSET and GED testing can be done online or at one of California’s official test centers. Read more below.
The exams offer adults who couldn’t finish high school the opportunity to earn an equivalent credential. Both exams measure the level of academic knowledge in comparison to that of graduating HS graduates.
The HiSET® exam is offered on paper and on a computer, whereas the GED® is only available on a computer.
The GED exam comes with four separate subtests (independent modules) covering:
- Language Arts
- Science (incl. Physics and Chemistry)
- Social studies (incl. Geography and Biology)
You can take one of the four GED subtests at a time and in the order of your preference.
The HiSET exam includes five subtests (individual writing and reading tests) that can be taken separately, too.
To learn more about the GED and HiSET testing fees and qualification criteria in California, check out GED Testing In California.
Hayward GED Prep Sites
The Hayward Center for Education & Careers-Hayward Adult School
22100 Princeton Street – Hayward – CA 94541 – Phone 510 – 783-4001
Hayward Public Library-Literacy Plus
835 C Street – Hayward – CA 94541 – Phone 510 – 881-7910
Hayward Library’s Literacy Plus program offers free one-on-one tutoring for adult learners looking to improve their basic writing and reading skills. Trained volunteers offer tutoring at
- Hayward’s Main Library
- Weekes Branch Library
- More public sites across Hayward; please call for details
Five Keys School
24100 Amador Street – 3rd Floor – Hayward – CA 94544 – Phone: 510 – 788 – 4061
Locations around Hayward (Cities in Alphabetical Order)
Castro Valley Adult and Career Education
4430 Alma Avenue – Castro Valley – CA 94546 – Phone 510 – 886-1000
Sylvan Castro Valley
3200 Castro Valley Boulevard – Suite B – Castro Valley – CA 94546 – Phone 510 – 200-0914
Santa Rita Jail GED Program
5325 Broder Boulevard – Dublin – California 94568 – Phone: 925 – 551-6591/6694
No availability to the general public
Fremont Adult & Continuing Education GED Classes
4700 Calaveras Avenue – Fremont – California 94538 – Phone: 510 – 793-6465
See all Fremont area GED prep facilities here -> Fremont area GED prep facilities
Livermore Public Library Civic Center (Project READ)
1188 S Livermore Avenue – Livermore – California 94550 – Phone: 925 – 373-5507
Livermore Valley Adult Education
1401 Almond Avenue – Livermore – California 94550 – Phone: 925 – 606-4722
Oakland Adult and Career Education GED Classes
2607 Myrtle St – Room 122 – Oakland – CA 94607 – Phone: 510 – 879-1400
Check all Oakland area GED prep locations <- here
Pleasanton Adult Education GED Instruction
4665 Bernal Ave – Pleasanton – CA 94566 – Phone: 925 – 463-0616
Sylvan Learning of Pleasanton
9050 Johnson Dr – Pleasanton – CA 94588 – Phone: 510 – 585-9201
Located at the Hilton Double Tree
San Leandro Adult School
1448 Williams Street – San Leandro – CA 94577 – Phone 510 – 667-6287
San Mateo Adult & Career Education GED Classes
789 East Poplar Avenue – San Mateo – CA 94401 – Phone 650 . 558.2100
Discover all HSE prep programs in and around San Mateo here -> San Mateo Area GED Classes
New Haven Adult Education (@Barnard-White Middle School)
725 Whipple Rd – West Wing – Union City – California 94587 – Phone: 510 . 489.2185
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Hayward Area GED Testing Centers
Cities by Alphabet
Hayward Adult School (GED)
22100 Princeton Street, Hayward, CA 94541, Phone 510-783-4001
Alameda Adult Education (HiSET Testing)
2201 Encinal Avenue, Alameda, CA 94501, Phone 510-522-3858
Castro Valley Adult and Career Education (GED, Room 17)
4430 Alma Avenue, Room 17, Castro Valley, CA 94546, Phone 510-886-1000
Fremont Adult School (GED Testing)
4700 Calaveras Avenue, Fremont, CA 94538, Phone 510-793-6465
Livermore Adult School (GED Testing)
1401 Almond Avenue, Livermore, CA 94550, Phone 925-606-4722
Oakland Adult Education (GED, HiSET), McClymonds Ed. Complex, Room 122
2607 Myrtle Street, Room 122, Oakland, CA 94607, Phone 510-273-2310 or 510-879-1400
Pleasanton Adult & Career Education (GED)
4665 Bernal Avenue, Pleasanton, CA 94566, Phone 925-463-0616
San Mateo Adult School (GED)
789 E Poplar Avenue, San Mateo, CA 94401, Phone 650-558-2100
Online GED and HiSET Testing
Today, you can complete the HiSET and GED exams online as well. In the past, if you wanted to earn your HSE diploma, you had to show up at one of California’s official testing centers, but that has changed.
The HiSET and GED tests can now also be taken in an online proctored format. An online proctor will check if all goes in line with the regulations. To learn more about the “HiSET-at-Home” online test, check out this page -> The Online HiSET Exam.
If students want to qualify for online GED testing, they’ll first have to score in the “green zone” on the official GED Ready® practice test. To learn more, check out this page -> The Online GED Test.
GED and HiSET
So California offers two assessments for high school equivalency testing. Besides the GED (General Education Development) exam, there is the option to take the HiSET (High School Equivalency Test) exam, developed by Educational Testing Service (ETS) and now owned by PSI. The HiSET exam is available in both computer-based and paper-based formats.
The HiSET exam has two literacy sections (reading and writing are separate), so five tests in total. Test centers can decide which of the options they will use.
The Four GED Tests
The GED exam is no longer considered a finish line for adults but much more a stepping stone towards higher education and better jobs with higher earnings. The GED exam continues to offer adults the chance to earn their high school credentials, yet it goes much further and also measures applicants’ readiness skills for career and college.
The candidates’ fundamental knowledge and skills are examined via four tests on the subject matters of literacy, math, science, and social studies.
GED graduates are tested in a way that examines their competencies in relation to students who have finished high school in a conventional way. The tests are in these subjects: Reasoning through Language Arts (Literacy), Social Studies, Mathematical Reasoning (Math), and Science.
Last Updated on November 25, 2023.