High School Equivalency Exams (for those wanting only an exam, or classes preparing for an exam)
High School Equivalency
BAS is an official test center for the GED and HiSET exams. You do not need to be a student at BAS to take the exam here. Adults can earn their High School Equivalency (HSE) certificate from the state of California by passing either of these exams. These exams are designed for people who did not graduate from high school but want a certificate that is equivalent to a high school diploma. Passing the exams shows that you have attained the academic knowledge and proficiency equivalent to those of a high school graduate. To learn more about each exam please visit ged.com and/or hiset.ets.org.
The HiSET & GED can help you achieve the important state-issued high school equivalency credential. They are aligned to the College and Career Readiness (CCR) Standards for Adult Education. They can help identify the areas where you are career and college ready.
The HSE diploma/certificate is accepted by employers and accredited colleges in all 50 of the United States.
AT BAS we offer the Paper and pencil version of the test with traditional test booklets.
The HiSET exam includes five subtests and will be about 7 hours long with the timing for each subset as follows:
- Language Arts – Reading is 65 minutes
- Language Arts – Writing is 120 minutes
- Mathematics is 90 minutes
- Science is 80 minutes
- Social Studies is 70 minutes
Currently, the HiSET Test is given in English & Spanish.
Modifications and special accommodations for learning or physically disabled students can be provided with advance arrangements with the Educational Testing Service (hiset.ets.org) and BAS
The test is only administered on a computer at an official test center.
The GED test will be about 7.5 hours long with the timing for each module as follows:
- Reasoning through Language Arts is 150 minutes (including a 10-minute break)
- Mathematical Reasoning is 115 minutes
- Science is 75 minutes
- Social Studies is 90 minutes
Currently, the GED Test is given in English & Spanish.
Modifications and special accommodations for learning or physically disabled students can be provided with advance arrangements with Pearson Vue/GED (ged.com) and BAS.
HiSET/GED Sign Up
HiSET Sign Up
This HiSET registration process can be done in two easy steps:
There you get your ETS #, have access to information about resources for studying, scoring, sample test questions, and more.
- During BAS registration hours, bring your payment, proper Identification, and ETS # to the Berkeley Adult School Academic Office to sign up to take the exam.
BAS offers the HiSET test generally the 2nd and 3rd Tuesday of the month at 4pm. You must sign up for the test at BAS at least 24 hours before the testing date.
HiSET Testing Fees
$125 for the full battery or $25 for one subject.
GED Sign Up
Students register online for the GED test using the MyGED™ Portal at https://ged.com.
Students are required to sign up for a MyGED™ account at https://ged.com/ and then they are able to access the dashboard full of information about studying, test day, scheduling, scoring, and college and career opportunities. When students are eligible to schedule, they can log in 24/7 at https://ged.com/ click “Start Scheduling” on the dashboard, complete the demographic questions, schedule one or multiple tests at a time, and pay for their appointment.
BAS offers the GED test generally the 1st and 2nd Friday of the month at 8:30 am and the 1st Saturday of the month at 8 am. You must sign up for the test online (ged.com) at least 24 hours prior to the testing date.
GED Testing Fees
$140 for the full battery, or $35 for one subject.
Please see our testing dates below. These dates are also updated on ged.com.
GED Test Dates Spring 2019
(dates subject to change, check with ged.com and/or BAS office)
Go to ged.com to schedule and pay for your exams.