High School Equivalency Options

High School Equivalency Exams (for those wanting only an exam, or classes preparing for an exam)

High School Equivalency


Berkeley Adult School offers free High School Equivalency (HSE) preparation classes. Monday – Friday 9:30 AM – 12:30 PM or Tuesday and Thursday 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM. See counselor to enroll.

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.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 computer & paper and pencil versions of the Hiset test.

The HiSET exam includes five subject tests and takes 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

GED Test

The GED test is a computer based test.

The GED test has 4 subject test with the timing of each subject 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 & Hiset tests can be taken 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 Sign Up

This HiSET registration process can be done in two easy steps:

  1. Start the registration process by going online to hiset.org.

There you can create your account. At hiset.org you can find resources for studying, scoring, sample test questions and more.

  1. During BAS registration hours, bring your payment and proper Identification to the Berkeley Adult School Academic Office to sign up to take the exam.

BAS offers the HiSET test generally the 1st Friday & Saturday each month & Second Tuesday of each month. More dates may be added, contact the HS Clerk, JoAnne Rivera for updates, 510-644-8963.

You must sign up for the test at BAS a least 24 hours before the testing date.

HiSET Testing Fees

$140 for the full battery or $30 per subject test. Retake fees apply.

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 Saturday of the month at 8:00 am and one Thursday & Friday of each month.  See the dates available at ged.com. You must sign up for the test online (ged.com) at least 24 hours prior to the testing date.

GED Testing Fees

Go to ged.com to schedule and pay for your exams.

$140 for the full battery, or $35 for one subject.

Please see our testing dates below. These dates are also updated on ged.com.

HISET & GED Test Dates 

Hiset: Make an account at hiset.org & get your ID #, then bring your Hiset ID #, pay for and schedule your exam in the BAS high school office.  

GED: register and pay for the Exam at ged.com



Thursday           9/5/24           3:30 pm – 8:00 pm 

Friday                9/6/24           8:30 am – 1:00 pm

Saturday            9/7/24           8:00 am – 4:00 pm


Friday                 10/4/24         8:30 am – 1 pm

Saturday             10/5/24         8:00 am – 4:00 pm

Thursday            10/10/24       3:30 pm – 8:00 pm


Friday                 11/1/24          8:30 am – 1:00 pm

Saturday            11/2/24         8:00 am – 4:00 pm

Thursday           11/7/24         3:30 pm – 8:00 pm


Friday                12/6/24        8:30 am – 1:00 pm

Saturday            12/7/24       8:00 am – 4:00 pm

Thursday           12/12/24     3:30 pm 8:00 pm


Thursday           1/9/25         3:30 pm – 8:00 pm

Friday                1/10/25       8:30 am – 1:00 pm

Saturday            1/11/25       8:00m – 4:00 pm

*Arrive at least 15 minutes early – Testing in room 108 

*You MUST schedule and pay for your exam(s) at least 48 hours in advance.

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