GED Pricing for In-person testing and retake rules will change in California:
Currently California charges $35 per subject for the GED® test at a Test Center.
Starting July 1, 2023: California charges $41 per subject for the GED® test at a Test Center.

Re-taking GED Rules:
You currently receive 2 discounted retakes for every GED® test subject purchased but don’t pass.
Starting July 1, 2023: You will receive one discounted* retake for every GED® test subject you purchase but don’t pass.
GED Testing Service waives its $26 testing fee, however additional testing fees may still apply in your state.

*In California, there is a $15 test center fee for GED® test retakes

Los precios de GED para las pruebas en persona y las reglas para retomar materias cambiarán en California:
Actualmente, California cobra $35 por materia para la prueba de GED® en un centro de pruebas.
A partir del 1 de julio de 2023: California cobra $41 por materia por el examen GED® en un centro de exámenes.

Reglas para retomar las materias de GED:
Actualmente recibe 2 descuento por cada materia del examen GED que compre pero no apruebe.
A partir del 1 de julio de 2023: recibirá una repetición con descuento en vez de dos* por cada materia
del examen GED® que compre pero no apruebe. GED Testing Services renuncia a su tarifa de prueba de $ 26, sin embargo,
aún se pueden aplicar tarifas de prueba adicionales en su estado.

*En California, hay una tarifa del centro de exámenes de $15 para las repeticiones del examen GED®.


GED & HiSET Testing

Santa Rosa Junior College offers two different high school equivalency exams (GED and HiSET). If you successfully pass the GED or HiSET exam, you will receive a California High School Equivalency Certificate (it is the same certification from the California Department of Education). Let's explore which test is right for you.





Format of Test 


Computer or Paper

How many subjects are on the test?

  1. Reasoning Through Language Arts
  2. Mathematical Reasoning
  3. Science
  4. Social Studies
  1. Language Arts-Reading
  2. Language Arts-Writing
  3. Mathematics
  4. Science
  5. Social Studies 

Cost of Test

$41.00 per subject 

$31.00 per subject + a one-time $20.00 state fee

Language Options

Both English and Spanish are available as language options for the GED. As of May 24, 2018, California residents are allowed to combine both English and Spanish to earn their GED credential.

Both English and Spanish are available as language options for the HiSET. California residents are allowed to combine different language versions to complete the test. This means you may take any test subject in the language of your preference, either English or Spanish, to earn your California high school equivalency certificate.

Retake Fee

You will receive one discounted* retake for every GED® test subject you purchase but don’t pass.  A $15 dollar retake fee. 

After paying the initial fee, you are allowed up to two free retakes if needed. Free retakes only apply to students who purchase the complete battery. 

Retake Rule

You can test three times on the same subject without waiting. After the third attempt, you have to wait 60 days before trying again. 

You can take a subject up to three times in a calendar year. This includes your initial appointment and two retakes.

Test Results

Scores are typically posted within 24 hours of taking your GED for Science, Social Studies and Math subjects. Reasoning Through Language Arts test result can take up to 2 to 3 business days. You will receive an email once your scores have posted to your account. 

Paper-based test scores: Usually available within 3-5 business days after ETS receives your answer sheet.

Computer-based test scores: Official scores are posted within 3 business days for multiple-choice tests and 6 business days for essay tests. When you take a computer-based test, immediate, unofficial scores are displayed on the screen after you complete the test for all multiple-choice sections. However, unofficial scores are not displayed for the writing test. 


Texas Instruments TI-30XS on-screen calculator will automatically be available for Part 2 of the math test and some social studies and science questions. If you choose to use your own handheld calculator, you may only use the Texas Instruments TI-30XS. 

The testing center will provide you with the Texas Instruments TI-30XS calculator for the math, science, and social studies test.


You will receive a 10-minute scheduled break between each test. The RLA test is in three sections, with a 10-minute break after the second section. During breaks, you may access your personal belongings.

Unscheduled breaks are not allowed and your test will be deemed invalid if you take an unscheduled break. 

You will not be able to access your personal belongings during breaks.

Paper and Pencil Exam: Test takers who are taking two tests in one day can take a restroom break between the tests. Timing will not stop if you take an unscheduled restroom break.

Computer Test: Breaks are only allowed if you have a scheduled break build into the exam. You are not allowed to take unscheduled breaks. If you take an unscheduled break, you will NOT be allowed to go back to the testing room.