GED Classes Monterey, California

Listed here are all GED prep class sites and testing centers in the Monterey region. California uses two options for high school equivalency testing: the HiSET and GED exams.

The GED and HiSET exams are available online and at certified California testing centers.

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The exams provide persons who didn’t complete high school with the opportunity to earn an equivalent degree. Both tests assess skills and knowledge at a level that’s comparable to that of graduating high school students.

The GED® is completely computer-based, whereas the HiSET® exam is available in paper-and-pencil and computerized versions.

There are four separate GED modules (subtests) measuring a student’s proficiency in these academic areas:

  • Math
  • Science
  • English Language
  • Social Studies

These four sub-exams are independent modules that may be completed one at a time and in any order.

The HiSET exam has five subtests (English Language Literacy has individual writing and reading tests) that can be taken separately as well.

If you want to learn more about GED and HiSET testing fees and eligibility criteria, visit GED in California. 

Monterey GED Prep Locations

Monterey Peninsula Unified School District
700 Pacific Street, Monterey, CA 93940, Phone: 831-392-3517
GED Classes are available at:

  • Monterey Adult School in Seaside (1295 La Salle Ave, 831-392-3565)
  • King School in Seaside (1713 Broadway, Spanish GED classes, 831-392-3565)

Monterey Public Library (Testing & Education Reference Center)
625 Pacific Street, Monterey, CA 93940, Phone: 831-646-3932

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Locations around Monterey (Cities by Alphabet)

North Monterey Adult Education
13998 Castroville Boulevard, Castroville, CA 95012, Phone: 831-633-7069 or 831-633-3343 x 1608

NMCUSD Adult School GED Program
8142 Moss Landing Road, Moss Landing, CA 95039, Phone: 831-633-3343 x 1227

Pacific Grove Adult Education Center
1025 Lighthouse Avenue, Pacific Grove, CA 93950, Phone: 831-646-6580

Salinas Adult School
20 Sherwood Place, Salinas, CA 93906, Phone: 831-796-6900
See all Salinas area GED prep sites <- here

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Monterey Adult School
1295 La Salle Avenue, Seaside, CA 93955, Phone: 831-392-3565

Monterey Adult School (@Martin Luther King School – Spanish GED classes)
1713 Broadway, Room B-6, Seaside, CA 93955, Phone: 831-392-3565

Soledad Adult School
690 Main Street, Soledad, CA 93960, Phone: 831-678-6307
High School Equivalency Instruction in English and Spanish

Center for Employment Training
930 Los Coches Drive, Soledad, CA 93960, Phone: 831-678-0448
CET offers the Adult Education Career Pathways (AECP) program for students who don’t have a high school or GED diploma. By the time they have completed the hands-on portion of a trade program, they will be well prepared for the GED test as well.

Soledad Correctional Training Facility GED Program
Highway 101 North, Soledad, CA 93960, Ph: 831-678-3951
Not open to the public

Watsonville-Aptos Adult Learning Center
294 Green Valley Road, Watsonville, CA 95076, Ph: 831-786-2160
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You may attend a physical class or take a free online prep course:
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Monterey Area GED Testing Centers

Cities by alphabet

Salinas Adult Education Center (HiSET, GED)
20 Sherwood Place, Salinas, CA 93906, Phone: 831-796-6978/6900

Soledad Adult School Hartnell Campus (HiSET)
752 E Alisa Street, Salinas, CA 93905, Phone: 831-678-6300

Soledad Comm. Adult Education (HiSET Test)
690 Main Street, Soledad, CA 93960, Phone: 831-678-6300

Aptos Adult School (HiSET, GED)
294 Green Valley Road, Watsonville, CA 95076, Phone: 831-786-2160

Check also: San Jose area GED Classes

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Online Proctored GED and HiSET Testing

Both HSE exams that are used in California can be taken online as well. Until recently, online HSE testing was not an option. You needed to show up at a state-approved testing center and take the exam in person. But now, that has changed.

Both the GED and HiSET are now also available in an online proctored format. An online proctor will oversee your test-taking activities. You can learn more here: online proctored HiSET testing, and for the online GED test, <- check here.

What is the HSE Test?

The HSE (high school equivalency) Test is an exam that, upon successful completion, leads to a diploma that’s equivalent to a regular high school diploma. The General Education Development (GED) exam is a set of four independent tests that allow you to show that you have competencies that are comparable to those who have a high school degree.

The HiSET exam offers that same chance but comes with five tests because they include two literacy tests (one on writing, one on reading), while the GED has one Literacy test.

Hundreds of thousands of men and women take on the GED or HiSET exam each year because they would like to improve their job options or get access to a college education. Candidates who successfully complete the test will be honored with the California High School Equivalency Certificate, which is nationally recognized by colleges, employers, and government agencies.

The passing score on the GED modules is 145, so you need to get to at least 580 overall. The HiSET passing score is 8 (out of 20) on each subject test, your essay must be 2 points or higher, and the total score must be 45 or higher, excluding your essay result.

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Last Updated on December 18, 2023.