GED Classes Oakland, California

This article posts all GED preparatory classes and testing sites in the Oakland area. In California, test takers can take the GED exam to earn their high school equivalency diploma.

The state also approved the HiSET exam for that purpose. Both exams are now available online as well for qualifying candidates. Read more below about online GED® and HiSET® testing.

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The exams give adults who didn’t finish high school another shot at acquiring an equivalent diploma.

The GED has four subtests that measure a candidate’s knowledge of the subjects:

  • Science (incl. Physics & Chemistry)
  • Social Studies (incl. Biology & Geography)
  • Mathematics
  • English Language Literacy

The sub-exams may be dealt with separately and in your preferred order.

The GED is fully computer-based, whereas the HiSET exam is available both on paper and on computer.

The HiSET exam comes with separate reading and writing tests, so five overall, that can be taken separately, too.

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Oakland GED prep classes (by ZIP)

Youth Employment Partnership (GED information only)
2300 Int’l Blvd, Oakland, CA 94601, Ph: 510-533-3447

Paradise Baptist Church (Five Keys Independent High School)
9670 Empire Rd, Oakland CA 94603, Ph: 510-562-8370

Youth Uprising
8711 MacArthur Blvd, Oakland, CA 94605, Ph: 510-777-9909

Eastmont Career & Employment Center (Oakland Private Industry Council)
7200 Bancroft Ave, Suite 140, Oakland, CA 94605, Ph: 510-328-4505

Oakland Adult & Career Education (@MetWest High)
314 E 10th St, Oakland, CA 94606, Ph: 510-879-1400

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Laney College GED Classes
900 Fallon St, Oakland, CA 94607, Ph: 510.273.2310

Next Step Learning Ctr
2222 Curtis St, Oakland, CA 94607, Ph: 510-251-1731

Oakland Adult & Career Education (GED, HiSET)
2607 Myrtle Street (Rm 122), Oakland, CA 94607, Ph: 510-879-1400
Located in McClymonds High School

West Oakland Neighborhood Career Center (Oakland PIC)
1801 Adeline St, Suite 209, Oakland, CA 94607, Ph: 510-419-0392
Located on the second floor of the West Oakland Library

Five Keys
975 Seventh St, Oakland, CA 94607, Ph: 510-788-4061

Glenn Dyer Detention Facility GED Program
550 6th St, Oakland, CA 94607, Ph: 925-551-6694
Not available to the public

Oakland Career Center (Oakland PIC)
268 Grand Ave, Oakland, CA 94610, Ph: 510-858-6742
Located across from Children’s Fairyland

Training and Employment Center (CTEC)-Downtown Neighborhood Impact Hub 
1600 San Pablo Ave, Oakland, CA 94612, Ph: 510-844-8221

Five Keys Oakland
1601 Telegraph Ave, Oakland, CA 94612, Ph: 510-788-4061

East Oakland Youth Development Ctr
8200 International Blvd, Oakland, CA 94621, Ph: 510-569-8088

Five Keys
977 66th Ave, Oakland, CA 94621, Ph: 510-788-4061

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GED prep classes around Oakland (cities by alphabet)

Alameda Adult School GED Classes
2201 Encinal Ave, Alameda, CA 94501, Ph: 510-522-3858

Alameda Free Library (Adult Literacy Program)
2203 Central Ave, Alameda, CA 94501, Ph: 510-865-2454
Veterans Building, Room 350

Berkeley Adult School
1701 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley, CA 94702, Ph: 510-644-6130
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Hayward Adult Education GED Classes 
22100 Princeton, Hayward, California 94541, Ph: 510.783.4001
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Piedmont Adult School
800 Magnolia Ave, Piedmont, CA 94611, Ph: 510-594-2655

Sylvan Piedmont
1345 Grand Ave, Piedmont, CA 94610, Ph: 510-907-7941

Richmond Library (Literacy for Every Adult Program – LEAP)
325 Civic Center Pl, Richmond, CA 94804, Ph: 510-307-8084
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City College of S. Francisco Downtown Campus
800 Mission Street, San Francisco, California 94103, Ph: 415.267.6500
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San Leandro Adult Education
1448 Williams St, San Leandro, CA 94577, Ph: 510-667-6287

Job Corps Treasure Island
351 Ave H (Bldg 442), Treasure Island, San Francisco, CA 94130, Ph: 415-277-2400

Acalanes Adult Education Center
1963 Tice Valley Blvd, Walnut Creek, CA 94595, Ph: 925-280-3980 (x 8001)

Walnut Creek Sylvan Learning Center
2050 North Broadway,  Walnut Creek, CA 94596, Ph: 925.478.3903

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Oakland area GED testing centers

Oakland Adult & Career Education, McClymonds Educational Complex, Room 122, HiSET, GED)
2607 Myrtle Street, Oakland, CA 94607, Ph: 510.879.1400 or 510.273.2311

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Alameda Adult School (HiSET)
2201 Encinal Avenue, Alameda, CA 94501, Ph: 510-522-3858

Berkeley Adult School (HiSET, GED)
1701 San Pablo Avenue, Berkeley, CA 94702, Ph: 510-644-6130

Castro Valley Adult and Career Education (GED, Room 17)
4430 Alma Avenue, Castro Valley, CA 94546, Ph: 510-886-1000

Hayward Adult Education (GED)
22100 Princeton Street, Hayward, CA 94541, Ph: 510-783-4001

Contra Costa County Office of Education (HiSET, GED)
77 Santa Barbara Road, Pleasant Hill, CA 94523, Ph: 925-942.5321

West Contra Costa Adult School (GED)
5625 Sutter Avenue, Richmond, CA 94804, Ph: 510-231-1453

Mission Neighborhood El Centro (GED)
1245 Alabama Street, San Francisco, CA 94110, Ph: 415-643-5600
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Online GED and HiSET exams

Both the HiSET and GED are now also available in an online proctored format. Online HSE testing was, until recently, not possible. You needed to show up at one of California’s state-approved testing sites and sit for the exams in person. Fortunately, that has now changed.

When you take the GED or HiSET exam online, a proctor will monitor all activities to guarantee that everything goes according to strict regulations. To learn more, visit ‘The online HiSET test, and for taking the ‘GED test online,’ <- check here.

Four GED tests

Multiple-choice questions are mostly a thing of the past, and essay questions are in. Your writing skills will have to be up to par, as well as your ability to think critically. The essay questions also test your knowledge of social studies. The goal of the exam is to be sure you are well-rounded for modern workplace requirements and able to deal with real-life situations.

HiSET and GED

So, in California, there are two alternatives for high school equivalency testing: the GED and HiSET exams. The HiSET has five testing subject areas (literacy is split up into reading and writing tests) and is offered in both a computer-based and a paper-based version. The GED is fully computer-formatted.

To pass the HiSET (short for High School Equivalency Test), you must come to a score of 8 (out of 20) on each of the five tests, have no less than 2 points for your essay, and score between 45 and 100 overall.

On the GED (General Education Development), you need to attain at least a 145 score on each subtest. These sub-exams are calibrated on a 100 to 200 scoring scale. 145-164 are high school equivalent results; 165-174 are college-ready scores; 175-200 are college-ready + credit scores.

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Last Updated on January 6, 2024.