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GED Testing

*****There will be no testing available on Thursday March 30th and Friday March 31st*****


FREE GED Prep Classes

GED preparation classes are completely free and available on a walk-in basis for your convenience. 

Eureka GED Preparation:

333 6th Street in Eureka, CA 95501

January 18 - May 10, 2017

Monday 6:00p.m. - 8:30p.m.

Wednesdays 3:30p.m. - 5:30p.m., 6:00p.m. - 8:30p.m.

Crescent City GED Preparation:

883 W. Washington Blvd Crescent City, CA 95531

January 18 - May 11, 2017

Mondays and Wednesdays 5:30p.m. - 7:30p.m.

Tuesdays and Thursdays 10:00a.m. - 12:00p.m.


Requesting GED Records

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.


What is the GED test?

The GED (General Education Development) 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. Anyone 18 years or older who has not obtained a high school diploma may apply to take the GED test. Passing the exam earns an internationally recognized high school equivalent credential that may be used to further education, help obtain employment, or achieve other personal goals.


What is on the GED test?

The 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 (modules) and takes roughly seven and a half hours. For details on the four modules, click here.


GED Fees:

California charges $35 per module for the GED test.  You may pay for the test upon arrival with a Debit/Credit card, check made payable to College of the Redwoods or cash.

If you don't pass the first time, you can retake the test for $15 per module. After your two discounted retakes, you will need to wait at least 60 days, pay the full retake price and then you will receive two more discounted retakes.


GED Registration:

To register for the GED Exam call (707) 476-4500.

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.


Identification And Registration Requirements

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)

Be sure to bring your photo ID with you.

If you have more questions about the state's testing program, please contact the state office at (877) 392-6433.


Age Requirements

  • You must be 18 years of age or older, or within 60 days of your 18th birthday, regardless of your school enrollment status
  • You are within 60 days of when you would have graduated from high school had you remained in school and followed the usual course of study
  • You are not enrolled in school
  • If you are 17 years of age, you have been out of school for at least 60 consecutive school days, and can provide a letter of request for the test from the military, a post-secondary educational institution or a prospective employer

GED Disability Accommodations

GED Testing Service is committed to ensuring access to the GED 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 the GED in a standard test administration may request special testing accommodations. Please review GED Test Accommodations for more information or to submit a request for accommodations.


Preparation And Pre-Testing

Research shows that GED candidates have a better chance of passing the exam if they are well-prepared for it. 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 Preparation classes are available.  Call 476-4500 for more information.
  • Employment Training Dept, Skills Lab: 441-4623

Free Online Preparation

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.


General Tips for Testing

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.

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. 

Please only bring essential personal items to the testing center. Limited lockable storage is available.

  • Eureka Main Campus
  • 7351 Tompkins Hill Rd
  • Eureka, CA 95501
  • 707-476-4100
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