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Classes for the GED® and HiSET® Test:

  • prepare students to successfully pass the official GED® or HiSET® Test
  • use the latest software, books, and practice tests to prepare students for the GED or HiSET 
  • provide teacher-led group lessons and one-on-one instruction
  • offer pre-GED/HiSET and GED/HiSET level coursework, depending on the student’s needs

How do I register?

Meet with a Counselor. For more information call the CEC Counseling Office at CEC (714) 241-5720. 


How much does it cost?


All classes are 100% free.  Santa Ana College School of Continuing Education offers free GED and HiSET classes to prepare students for the exam. 


Must I take a placement test?

Yes.  Students will take a placement test that will help us decide correct placement level for success. 


What is the difference between the GED/HiSET and the Adult High School Diploma?

The GED consists of four tests and the HiSET consists of five tests that will award students a High School Equivalency certificate from the state of California.  The core content areas include: Reading and Writing (Reasoning Through Language Arts), Mathematical Reasoning, Science, and Social Studies.  On the other hand, a high school diploma, is awarded after students complete 160 units and 3 proficiencies.  Both programs prepare our students to transition to college or to enter the workforce.

Are the GED and HiSET exams offered in Spanish?


What is the difference between taking the GED or HiSET in English vs. Spanish?

Both tests will award students a High School Equivalency Certificate to transition to college or to enter the workforce.  Classes are offered in English and Spanish, and students may take the exams in the language of their choice.  Where appropriate, students who take the GED or HiSET in Spanish should take advantage of our English as a Second Language (ESL) program.


How long will it take to earn my GED or HiSET?

Our classes are held in a lab setting which allows you to work at your own pace.  The more you attend class and prepare for the exam, the quicker you will be ready for the actual GED/HiSET exam.

Where do I register to take my GED or HiSET exam?

The GED is administered through the GED Testing Services:, the HiSET is administered through ETS Testing Services:  When you are ready to take your test, you will need to go directly to their website and register.  Click on the logos below for more detailed information about each test:  

   Image result for hiset logo                     GED Testing Service              

Where can I take my GED and HiSET exams?

Below is the local testing site information, but you must first open an account and register for your exam on the respective testing websites above.

RSCCD Corporate Training Center

2323 N. Broadway, Suite 315
Santa Ana, 92706
(714) 480-7560

What modes of testing are available for each test?

The GED official exam is only offered on a computer format.  On the other hand, the HiSET offers students the option of paper or computer testing formats.  

How much will it costs to take the exams?

The GED exam costs $35 per section plus a one-time $20 sitting fee, for a total cost of $160.  HiSET exam costs vary by site, but it is approximately $24 per section plus a one-time $20 state fee, for a total cost of $140.  For both exams, you may test in one section a time and pay as you go.   If you don’t pass a section, the exams allow for re-takes.  Please see the official GED Testing Services website:  or the official HiSET website:  for more information.


Are there any scholarships available?

Yes, need-based scholarships are available through Santa Ana College School of Continuing Education.  Please see your instructor for more information and for a scholarship application.

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