High School Equivalency (HSE) Preparation (GED/HiSET)

The General Education Development (GED) Test and the HiSET both measure your knowledge and academic skills against those of today's traditional high school graduates. Students who pass the GED or HiSET test will be granted a California High School Equivalency (HSE) Certificate.

Adult Basic Education offers two ways to prepare for the GED or HiSET: on-campus preparation in the Adult Basic Education Learning Center and ONLINE. 

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Schedule of Classes

General Education Development (GED) Preparation is offered in each of the four subject areas of the GED test. These areas are:

  • Reasoning through Language Arts
  • Mathematical Reasoning
  • Science
  • Social Studies

HiSET Preparation is offered in each of the five subject areas of the HiSET.  These areas are:

  • Language Arts – Reading
  • Language Arts – Writing
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Social Studies

Steps to your HSE Certificate

  • Register Online and a counselor will contact you to schedule an orientation
  • Complete the Orientation online via Zoom (the counselor will send you an email with orientation dates & times)
  • Pre-Testing  Assessment is provided in all subject areas of the GED and HiSET. Pre-and post-testing are emphasized to focus on the necessary areas of study
  • Meet with a Counselor  Make an educational plan, develop strategies for accomplishing your goals, and receive assistance with college and career planning
  • Study (Computer, text-based, or classes)  An Adult Learning Plan (ALP) is developed after pre-testing. Students set their own hours for study and instructors monitor progress
  • Take the Official GED or HiSET Exam  Once the objectives of the ALP have been completed, an instructor will refer the student for the Official Exam at a designated testing site, including the Mt. SAC SCE Testing Center
  • Earn the High School Equivalency Certificate and Graduate!  A cap and gown graduation is held in June of each year on the Mt. SAC campus. A counselor or advisor will assist you with continuing on your educational or career path

For information on the HSE Preparation Program or the HSE Distance Learning, please call (909) 274-4937 or email

Guide to Registering at (for Practice Tests and more!)

GED/HiSET Information & Comparison

Subject Areas and Time for Each Test
Reasoning through Language Arts: 150 min
Mathematics: 115 min
Science: 90 min
Social Studies: 90 min
Language Arts-Reading: 65 min
Language Arts-Writing: 120 min
Mathematics: 90 min
Science: 80 min
Social Studies: 70 min
Passing Scores
150 on each test
Total of 600
Average of 9 on each test (min. 8)
Total of 45 (minimum)
Question Types
Multiple-choice & Drop-down
Drag-and-drop & Hot Spot
Extended response & Short Answer
Testing Method Tests are computer-based and accommodations may be available for eligible students. Can choose either computer-based or pencil-paper tests
Accommodations Info GED Disability Accommodations

HiSET Disability Accommodations


Frequently Asked Questions