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High School Equivalency Tests (HSE)

GED testing flyerCalifornia has approved High School Equivalency tests for adults who do not have a high school diploma. Those who pass the test receive a California High School Equivalency Certificate. For more information on the HSE tests, go to Passing of one of the HSE will result in a California High School Equivalency Certificate which should be considered equivalent to a high school diploma in order to obtain education or employment in California.

The Contra Costa County Office of Education (CCCOE) offers two different approved tests that candidates may take to earn their California High School Equivalency Certificate.

For more information, visit or

General Education Development (GED) Test

The General Education Development (GED) Test is a computer-based test that consists of four subtests, which may be taken separately or all on the same day.

  • The test is entirely computer-based with multiple choice, short answer, and essay questions. It consists of four test modules: Reasoning through Language Arts, Mathematical Reasoning, Science, and Social Studies.
  • Computer-based testing puts all the information learners need in one place, and it offers a flexible, reliable testing experience.
  • The new GED improves access for test-takers to register and schedule online 24-hours a day, 7-days a week, or by phone.
  • Encourages the development of basic technology skills – skills that are expected in almost every career path, regardless of age.
  • Provides quick turnaround of results and access to official score reports, as well as the option of forwarding them to other educational institutions.

To determine your readiness or to prepare for the test, contact your local adult school, or take a practice test on the website.

GED Test Registration:


Phone: (925) 942-3368

Cost: $140 for entire test or $35 per section. Payment is on-line.

Availability: Testing at the CCCOE is available on Mondays from 9:30–5:30, excluding holidays.

Location: CCCOE GED Testing Center, 77 Santa Barbara Road Pleasant Hill, CA

Download the GED Testing flyer (pdf)

High School Equivalency Test (HiSET)

The High School Equivalency Test (HiSET) is a paper-based test that is composed of five sub-tests which may be taken on one day or scheduled for different days.

  • The test is paper-based with multiple choice questions and a writing essay . It consists of five sub-tests: Language Arts-Reading, Language Arts-Writing, Mathematics, Science and Social Studies.
  • Go on-line at to create a testing profile, pay fees and schedule your tests. Be sure to schedule at least 24 hours in advance of when you want to take the test.
  • Familiar paper-pencil test, available in both Spanish and English. Additional resources are available on-line at
  • Scores are available in 7-10 days and can be found by checking your on-line HiSET account.

To prepare for the test contact your local adult school or explore the practice resources on the HiSET website.

Test Registration:

Create a profile, pay fees and schedule your test online:

Questions? Call: (925) 942-3368

Cost: $140 for the entire test or $24 per sub-test and a one-time state fee of $20. Payment is on-line.

Availability: Testing at the CCCOE is available on Tuesdays between 9:30-5:30, excluding holidays.

Location: CCCOE HiSET Testing Center, 77 Santa Barbara Road, Pleasant Hill, CA

Download the GED Testing flyer (pdf)

Contra Costa County GED Testing Calendar

The GED test is offered at other sites throughout the county. To register for tests at these sites visit:

Location Mon. Tues. Wed. Thurs. Fri.
Antioch Adult Ed.
820 West 2nd Street
Antioch, CA

(925) 779-7490
Testing resumes in August        
Liberty Adult Ed.
929 Second Street Brentwood, CA
(925) 634-2565
    2:00 – 6:00   10:00 – 3:00
Mt. Diablo Adult Ed.
1266 San Carlos Ave. Concord, CA
(925) 685-7340 x6760
  3:00 – 8:00   3:00 – 8:00  

*Pittsburg Adult Ed. 1151 Stoneman Ave. Pittsburg, CA
(925) 473-2400 opt. 3

    9:00 – 2:00 9:00 – 4:00  
77 Santa Barbara Rd. Pleasant Hill, CA
(925) 942-3368
9:30 – 5:30
(except holidays)

Contact Information:

  • Antioch Adult Education (925) 779-7490
  • Martinez Adult Ed. 925-228-3276 ext. 234
  • Mt. Diablo Adult Education: 925-685-7340 ext. 6745
  • Liberty Adult Education: 925-634-2565
  • Pittsburg Adult Education: 925-473-4460
  • West Contra Costa: 510-215-4666


Page updated on: February 27, 2018

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