This page includes a full listing of GED prep facilities and testing centers in the Richmond area. California offers people looking to earn the high school equivalency degree two options, the GED and HiSET tests.
Both options can be taken online or at an official testing site. To learn more about online GED and HiSET testing, check below.
The GED® exam is fully computerized. There are four GED subtests in Math, Literacy, Social Studies, and Science.
The HiSET® exam can be taken both on paper and on a computer and comes with individual reading and writing subtests, so five overall.
The exams offer people who never graduated high school another option to secure an equivalent degree.
Testing happens at a level that is similar to what HS seniors must know upon graduation.
The four GED subtests and five HiSET subtests can be taken one at a time.
Richmond GED prep classes
Richmond Library (Literacy for Every Adult Program – LEAP)
325 Civic Center Place, Richmond, California 94804, Phone: (510) 307-8084
West Contra Costa Adult Education (Alvarado Adult School)
5625 Sutter Street, Richmond, California 94804, Phone: (510) 231-1453
The Multicultural Institute
3600 MacDonald Avenue, Richmond, California 94805, Phone: (510) 848-4075 (ext. 1)
Chavez Elementary School (West Contra Costa Adult Education)
960 17th Street, Richmond, California 94801, Phone: (510) 231-1453
GED prep classes in English and Spanish
West County Detention Facility
5555 Giant Highway, Richmond, California 94806, Phone: (510) 262-4340
Not open to the public
Prep sites around Richmond (cities by alphabet)
Berkeley Adult Basic Education
1701 S. Pablo Avenue, Berkeley, California 94702, Phone: (510) 644.6130
Inter-City Job Services GED Instruction
3269 Adeline Street, Berkeley, California 94703, Phone: (510) 655.3552
Multicultural Institute GED Classes
1920 7th Street, Berkeley, California 94710, Phone: (510) 818.4075
El Cerrito Sylvan Learning Center
10810 S. Pablo Avenue, El Cerrito, California 94530, Phone: (510) 292.4055
Oakland Adult Education
2607 Myrtle Street, Oakland, California 94607, Phone: (510) 879-3036/1400
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New Horizons Career Center
199 Parker Avenue, Rodeo, California 94572, Phone: (510) 799-2916
New Horizons Career Center provides residents of Crockett, Bayo Vista, Hercules, Rodeo, Tormey, and Port Costa communities with internet access, GED classes, basic computer lessons, resume writing, interviewing techniques, and so on, to get them “job-ready.”
San Rafael Public Library (Online Resources)
1100 E Street, San Rafael, California 94901, Phone: (415) 485-3400
Career Point Marin Employment Services (Referral)
120 North Redwood Drive, San Rafael, California 94903, Phone: (415) 966.0860
Conservation Corps North Bay-San Rafael
27 Larkspur Street, San Rafael, California 94901, Phone: (415) 454.4554
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Is the GED test offered online?
Yes, you can now take the HiSET and GED online as well. Until recently, online HiSET and GED testing was not an option. Test-takers needed to show up at one of California’s official test centers and take the tests in person. Fortunately, that has now changed.
The GED and HiSET are now also offered in a proctored online format. You can read more about these developments here: ‘The online HiSET test,’ and for the online GED exam, check out ‘The online proctored GED exam.’
Beware of Internet sites that claim they can offer the GED diploma online. This is a fraud, and their ‘diplomas’ are not worth the paper they are printed on, so be warned.
On taking the exam, you must bring a valid photo ID such as a DMV driver’s license or DMV ID card, Tribal ID card, Military ID card, or passport, or show that to the proctor if you take the exam online.
Richmond area GED testing sites
Cities in Alphabetical Order
Berkeley Adult School-HiSET & GED
1701 S. Pablo Avenue, Berkeley, California 94702, Phone: (510) 644-6130
Tamalpais Adult School-GED
375 Doherty Drive, Larkspur, California 94939, Phone: (415) 945-3780
Oakland Adult Education Test Site (Room 102)-HiSET
2607 Myrtle Street, Oakland, California 94607, Phone (510) 273-2310
Marin County Office of Education-HiSET
1111 Las Gallinas Ave, San Rafael, California CA 94913, Phone: (415) 499-5878
Regional Education Ctr-HiSET
436 Del Sur Street, Vallejo, California 94591, Phone: (707) 556-8850
One test at a time
The certification that you are given when you have finished the California GED or HiSET exam is acknowledged as equivalent to a regular high school diploma by state and federal institutions, recruiters, and academic institutions all over the United States.
There is no need to take all four GED tests in one session. You have the option to take one of the four tests when you feel sufficiently prepared, and also the five HiSET tests are offered independently.
Practically all employers and colleges and universities accept GED graduates in the same way they accept high school graduates. Applicants 17 years of age may also qualify if they meet strict requirements.
Last Updated on June 19, 2022.