This post lists all GED prep locations and testing locations in and around Santa Monica. In California, you can take the computer-formatted GED exam for High School Equivalency (HSE) testing.
Additionally, the state gave its okay to the HiSET exam for this purpose. Both the HiSET® and GED® can now be taken online or at an official HSE testing site. To learn more about online testing, check below.
The exams are for adults who left high school prematurely and offer them another chance to earn an equivalent credential.
Both exams measure knowledge at a level that compares to that of a graduating high school student.
The GED exam is entirely computerized and includes four individual subtests in
- Social Studies
- Language Arts
The HiSET comes with five tests as the Language section has two subtests, one in reading and one in writing.
You can take the GED and HiSET modules (subtests) one (or more) at a time and in the order you wish.
To learn all about the cost associated with HiSET or GED testing and qualification requirements in California, go to “GED In California.”
Santa Monica GED Prep Locations
Santa Monica Adult Education Center (Santa Monica-Malibu USD)
2510 Lincoln Blvd | Santa Monica | CA 90405 | Ph: (310) 664-6222 ext. 76202
Santa Monica Public Library
601 Santa Monica Blvd | Santa Monica | CA 90401 | Ph: (310) 458-8600
Santa Monica Community Youth Program (@Virginia Avenue Park Recreation Center)
2200 Virginia Ave | Santa Monica | CA 90404 | Ph: (310) 309-6000 ext. 249
This program is open to youth ages 16-24 who attend Santa Monica High School and Olympic High School and are Santa Monica residents. Drop-in hours are on Thursdays from 3 to 7 p.m.
Sylvan Santa Monica
1910 Lincoln Blvd | Santa Monica | CA 90405 | Ph: (310) 579-2043
Facilities around Santa Monica (Cities by Alphabet)
Beverly Hills Adult School
255 S Lasky Dr | Beverly Hills | CA 90212 | Ph: (310) 551-5150
Culver City Adult School
4909 Overland Ave | Culver City | CA 90230 | Ph: (310) 842-4300
West Los Angeles College
9000 Overland Ave | Culver City | CA 90230 | Ph: (310) 287-4419/4404
Classes are held at the school’s Learning Center (Library, 1st Floor.
Inglewood Adult Ed. GED Instruction
106 E Manchester Boulevard | Suite 350 | Inglewood | California 90301 | Ph: (310) 330-5220/5250
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5021 Lennox Boulevard | Lennox | California 90304 | Ph (310) 225-3060
Los Angeles SW College GED Prep Classes
1600 West Imperial Highway | Los Angeles | California 90047 | Ph (323) 241.5281
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Valley Prep Tutoring Services
13749 Riverside Dr | Sherman Oaks | CA 91423 | Ph: (818) 788-8700
Venice Community Adult Education
13000 Venice Blvd | Venice | CA 90066 | Ph: (310) 577-4230
Venice Skills Center-GED Plus Program
611 Fifth Ave | Venice | CA 90291 | Ph: (310) 664-5888
Santa Monica Area GED Testing Centers
(From Santa Monica, Cities by Alphabet)
Santa Monica Adult Education (Room 203) GED
2510 Lincoln Blvd | Santa Monica | CA 90405 | Phone (310) 664-6222
West Los Angeles College Test Center-GED
9000 Overland Ave | Culver City | CA 90230 | Phone (310) 287-4404
Hawthorne Testing Site (HiSET)
12500 Ramona Ave | Hawthorne | CA 90250 | Phone (310) 335-0001
Los Angeles Unified School District-HiSET
1646 S. Olive St | Los Angeles | CA 90015 | Phone (213) 765-2573
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South Bay Adult School-GED
3401 Inglewood Ave | Redondo Beach | CA 90278 Phone (310) 937-3340
Los Angeles Valley College HiSET Testing)
5800 Fulton Ave | Valley Glen | CA 91401 | Phone (818) 947-2976
Venice Skills Center HiSET Testing (LAUSD)
611 5th Ave | Venice | CA 90291 | Phone (213) 765-2573
6201 Winnetka Ave | Woodland Hills | CA 91371 | Phone (818) 712-2686
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To see if you qualify for the HSE program, check out California GED requirements. On this page, you can also find a lot more HSE testing information available.
Online GED and HiSET Testing Options
GED and HiSET test-takers can now also sit for the exams online from the comfort of their homes. Until recently, online GED or HiSET testing was not an option. It used to be that if you wanted to earn the credential, your personal appearance at an official testing site was needed.
But that has changed! GED or HiSET testing is now also offered online in a proctored format. To read more about these options, check out the following posts: online GED testing to learn more about online GED testing and online HiSET testing for information about taking the HiSET exam online.
GED and HiSET
The GED exam includes four tests in these academic subjects: Literacy, Math, Science, and Social Studies. Besides the GED, California residents can also take the alternative HiSET exam, but testing sites decide which exam(s) they are using, so contact a test center close to you. The HSE (high school equivalency) diploma is accepted by practically all U.S. schools and employers.
GED Diploma Benefits
The GED program has been used for more than seven decades to assess a test-taker’s knowledge and skills at the level that can be expected of high school seniors. The GED diploma is necessary to get into higher education, get a decent job, and qualify for job promotions.
The GED exam is available in English and Spanish. The GED (General Education Development) examination is a nationally recognized set of four tests created to assess the skills and concepts typically learned during a regular four-year high school education.
Practically all employers, community colleges, and universities accept the GED certificate in lieu of a high school credential.
To pass the GED exam, candidates must at least achieve a passing score of 145 points on each of the four GED independent modules. GED results are calibrated on a 100 to 200 scale. There are four GED scoring ranges:
- Below Passing: 100-144
- High School Equivalency: 145-164
- College-Ready: 165-174
- College-Ready + Credit: 175-200
The HiSET passing score on each of the five modules is 8. Your results are calibrated on a scale from 0 to 20, so 8 is the passing score. Your total score must be in the 45-100 range, while your essay must have at least a 2 out of 6 score.
Last Updated on November 25, 2023.