GED

Earning your GED diploma will open the door to new jobs, college, and career training programs. And now that the passing score is 145, you’re more likely than ever to earn your diploma. Your future is waiting! Get started at Allan Hancock College!

GED exam preparation classes are designed for students who are 18 years of age or older who wish to earn a high school equivalency certificate. Students are given instruction in the basic skills needed, and have the opportunity to take practice tests that will help them successfully complete all GED exams. Classes are offered both daytime and evenings. GED exam preparation classes are also offered bilingually (Spanish/English).

GED Preparation Classes 

For more information about classes or to schedule an appointment with an counselor prior to registration, please call Noncredit Student Success and Support Program (3SP) in the Community Education Building S: 1-805-922-6966 ext. 3740.

For the most current class information, visit Class Search. Select the term (e.g. Spring Fall) and click Select a Term. Next, select Community Education and click Select Class Type. Select BASK in the Subject box and click Submit.

GED Exam

You can take the GED exam on a computer at the Allan Hancock College Testing Center, Santa Maria Campus, Building A-406.

Register online for the test at www.ged.com before visit the Testing Center.

The GED exam consists of four subject areas:
• Math
• Science
• Social Studies
• Reading/Language Arts (writing)

You will need to receive 145 points on each of the four exams, for a total of 580 points, to earn your GED certificate. Each exam costs $35, payable online with a credit or debit card, or agency voucher, for a total cost of $140. The AHC Testing Center offers GED testing almost every day; the dates are accessible online after you select the testing location.

Community Education
Santa Maria Campus, Bldg S
1-805-922-6966 ext. 3209

Monday-Thursday, 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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ESL Spotlight

Maria Ayala
ESL Student

"Deciding to go back to school to learn English and obtain my GED has been one of the most important decisions I ever made. My credit ESL instructors guided and helped me to adjust to my new life as a student. They understood me as a student and as a person. Being a full-time worker, a full-time student, and a mother of three was not easy, but my instructors encouraged me to keep going. They spent time with me revising my writing and giving me feedback to improve my English, even after class time. They made me feel welcome and proud of being a student later in life. Now, I am a Hancock graduate with three AAs and am currently attending Cal Poly. I'm here because my instructors encouraged me to never give up. My ESL instructors believed in me even before I started believing in myself. It has been a long and not so easy road but I now know that I can reach all my goals."

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Last Modified Jun 8, 2018