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Test takers may request GED records from July 1990 to current by accessing the following website: http://www.gedtestingservice.com/testers/gedrequest-a-transcript

If you tested prior to July 1990, please contact the center where you originally tested.



            NEW GED EXAM

Beginning January 1, 2014 there will be a new GED exam. 

The most significant change is that the exam is now computer-based.

College of the Redwoods will begin offering the new GED exam Friday, July 11th, 2014. 

Please read below for more information, or go to California GED Information for California-

specific GED information, or GED FAQs for general GED information.

To register for the GED Exam visit www.GED.com.

Student Studying  


  Anyone 18 years or older who has not obtained a high school

  diploma may apply to take theGED (General Education Development)

  test. Passing the 7-1/2 hour exam earns an internationally recognized

  high school equivalent credential that may be used to further education,

  help obtain employment, or achieve other personal goals.



California charges $35 per module for the GED test.   There are four modules.


In California you’re required to be a resident.

The California Department of Education has provided the following list of documents that may be used to prove California residency:

  • California driver's license
  • California Identification card
  • Birth certificate
  • State and federal tax returns
  • Marriage license
  • Vehicle registration
  • Utility bill
  • Voter registration
  • Bank statement
  • Residential lease
  • Government issued documentation (city, county, and state)

If you have more questions about the state’s testing program, please contact the state office at (916) 445-9438.



The minimum age for testing is 18, as determined by the California Department of Education.

There are some exceptions; please contact College of the Redwoods for information on taking the GED exams at 17 years of age by calling 707.476.4500 during business hours (M-F 9:00 -4:00.)


GED Testing Service is committed to ensuring access to theGED test for all individuals with disabilities and supports the intention of the Americans with Disabilities Act as Amended (ADAAA).

Candidates who have a documented disability and are unable to take theGED in a standard test administration may request special testing accommodations. Please review GED Test Accomodations for more information or to submit a request for accomodations.


Research shows that GED candidates have a better chance of passing the exam if they are well-prepared for it. Some people prepare by taking classes, or studying GED preparation books, or online materials. Others may simply brush up on a few subject areas where they feel they need to practice. Candidates can get help studying for the GED and may be able to take official practice tests through the following resources:

Community Education Preparation

  • FREE College of the Redwoods GED Preperation classes are available.  Call 476-4500 for more information.
  • Eureka Adult School: 441-3345
  • Employment Training Dept, Skills Lab: 441-4623

Free Online Preparation

  • The American Council on Education GED Testing Service official website.www.gedtest.org


  • Humboldt County Library *(Note:  you must have a library card to access this preparation site.) 

          Log on to www.co.humboldt.ca.us/library.  At the left of the screen, click on Articles & Databases

          Then click on Testing & Educational Reference Center. You will need to enter your library card # at this point. 

          Then click on Learning Express Library. You will need to enter your login information at this point.



Printed Preparation Materials

Textbooks by Kaplans, Barrons, ARCO, among others, are often available at local bookstores, new and used.

Official GED Practice Tests are comparable in content, level of difficulty, and format to the GED Tests.



What is the 2014 GED test

The 2014 GED test is a four-part test administered by states and jurisdictions to measure the skills and knowledge similar to a high school course of study. GED graduates earn a GED credential. The type of credential issued (diploma or certificate) varies by state.

What is on the 2014 GED test?

The 2014 GED test is designed to measure the skills and knowledge equivalent to a high school course of study and supports an adult’s successful transition to careers or college.

The GED test has four content areas and takes roughly seven and a half hours:

The Reasoning Through Language Arts test is 150 minutes long and testing is broken down into three sections:

  • Section 1 (35 minutes*) tests all content
  • Section 2 (45 minutes) is the Extended Response portion of the test
  • Student break (10 minutes)
  • Section 3 (60 minutes*) tests all content

*The time allotted for sections 1 and 3 may vary slightly, but the total test time will always be 150 minutes.

The Mathematical Reasoning test is 115 minutes long and is one single section.

Part 1 (first 5 questions) calculators not allowed

Part 2 (remaining 41 test questions) calculators allowed

Students must submit their answers to the first five questions before moving on to the rest of the test. These parts are not timed separately.

The Social Studies test is 90 minutes long and testing is broken down into two sections:

  • Section 1 (65 minutes) tests all content
  • Section 2 (25 minutes) is the Extended Response portion of the test

The Science test is 90 minutes long and is one single section. There are two Short Answer questions included on the test, but they are not timed separately. Students are expected to manage their time and spend about 10 minutes on each of the Short Answer questions.

It is offered in English and Spanish and delivered on computer at an Official GED Testing Center (not online).

Registering for the GED Exam

You must register for the GED exam online by visiting www.GED.com.  The exam must be taken at an approved testing center. 

Before you can register for the GED exam, you must create a profile.

Click here for some helpful information on creating your profile.


Before the Test

  • Know the location of the exam before test day.
  • Get a good night’s sleep and eat a good meal before testing.
  • Plan to arrive 30 minutes before your exam to allow time for the check-in process.

Be sure to bring your photo ID with you.

During the exam the following items may not be held at your seat:? purses, backpacks, tote bags, cell phones, pagers, portable music players, hand-held electronic games, calculator watches, food items, textbooks, notebooks or other written materials, jackets, coats or hats, and any other non-essential items. 



Contact Community & Economic Development

College of the Redwoods
Community & Economic Development
525 D Street
Eureka, CA 95501

Phone: 707.476.4500 Fax: 707.443.3417


Website: www.redwoods.edu