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GED Preparation

General Education Development Information 
The SCC- Division of Continuing Education GED Program is "self-paced" and "self–contained." Classes are open-entry/open-exit throughout the year. Students must be 18 years or older. Each student has an individualized educational plan to complete his/her personal requirements.

The GED tests are used by employers and some schools as evidence that an individual has earned enough knowledge through work experience or recreational experience to compete successfully with people who have graduated from high school.

How do I register?
Meet with a Counselor. For more information call the Orange Education Center Counseling Office at SCC - S-105 (714) 628-5929 or the Admissions and Records office at 714-628-5900.

How much do the classes cost? 
All classes are 100% free. 

What subjects does the GED cover?
Reasoning Through Language Arts (RLA) test
Measures students:

  • Ability to read closely, write clearly, and edit and understand written text
  • Ability to understand, interpret, and answer questions based on text
  • Ability to use evidence to support an argument
  • Understanding of basic English skills at a level needed to succeed in college or a job

Mathematical Reasoning
Measures students:
Problem-solving abilities in the following areas:

  •  Algebra – 55 %
  •  Quantitative – 45%

Measures students:

  • Ability to read, understand, and interpret science-related texts
  • Problem-solving abilities in science related situations
  • Life Sciences (ie. biology, human body/health, etc.) – 40%
  • Physical Science (ie. physics/chemistry) – 40 %
  • Earth & Space (ie. astronomy)– 20%

Social Studies
Measures students:

  • Ability to read, understand, and interpret social studies-related texts
  • Problem-solving abilities in social studies-related situations
  • Civics & Government – 50%
  • U.S. History – 20%
  • Geography – 15%
  • Economics – 15%

Who can take the GED test? 
You can take the GED test if you are a resident of California and meet any one of the following criteria:

  • You must be 18 years old or older to take the GED exam; some exceptions are made for 17 year olds
  • You are within 60 days of your 18th birthday
  • You are within 60 days of when your class would have graduated had you remained in school (must present written verification)
  • You have been out of school 60 days and present a written request on official letterhead from the military, a prospective employer, or a post-secondary institution.


You may access the following website for answers to Frequently Asked Questions regarding GED, such as:

  • Testing Locations
  • What identification is necessary to take the test
  • What accommodations are available for examinees with disabilities
Test on paper questions 1-800-62-MYGED (800-626-9433)
Test on computer questions 1-877-EXAM-GED (877-392-6433)
Preguntas en Español 1-877-450-3276
GED Marketplace™ and order-related questions
Request a transcript Find more information here.
All other questions:
Additional Information
For any other information, send an email to:
How much will it cost to take the GED exam? 

The GED exam costs $35 per section plus a one-time $20 sitting fee; for a total cost of $160 for the entire test.  You may test in one section a time and pay as you go.   If you don’t pass a section, the exam allows for re-takes.  Please see official GED Testing Services website for more information:


Preparation/Study Book
You may obtain GED study books at the public library or buy them at a bookstore. The SCC - Division of Continuing Education has some classroom copies of Steck-Vaughn Complete GED Preparation. In addition, at SCC-OEC we use the following book: Kaplan New GED Strategies, Practice, and Review. These copies are available to be used in the High School Subjects classroom. GED preparation books are only as useful as you make them. If you take their diagnostic tests and do the practice exercises diligently, you can prepare yourself to pass the GED.

 **To obtain GED testing center locations and information please call the GED Hotline number: (916) 445-9438