Increased job opportunities. Access to higher education. Greater earning potential.

Not graduating from high school limits the job and educational opportunities available to you. The General Educational Development (GED) exam is an opportunity to earn a certificate equivalent to a high school diploma, WITHOUT returning to high school. Our GED prep program prepares you to successfully pass the GED and opens you up to new future opportunities.

GED Prep Program at the Noncredit Division

Our General Education Development program offers you free classes to help you prepare for the General Education Development (GED) exam. The curriculum also prepares you for a pathway to other noncredit or credit programs. During the program, you will gain knowledge in college and career readiness, including career exploration and study skills. Services include test-taking strategies, hands-on computer practice testing, academic counseling, individual follow-up, and easy access to local GED testing centers.

Required Courses

  • GED 4001-Language Arts
  • GED 4002-Mathematics
  • GED 4003-Science
  • GED 4004-Social Studies

Program Completion

You will be awarded a competency certificate upon completion of all required courses.

El GED en Español

Las clases de GED en español proveen instrucciones en su idioma para preparar y ayudar a los estudiantes pasar el examen de GED. Estudiantes graduados en el programa de preparación: GED en español, serán celebrados en la graduación anual y podrán aplicar para una beca o exención de colegiatura (Sujeto a requerimientos de elegibilidad). Estudiantes que desean estudiar en el programa de GED en español deben de contactar a su instructor antes de atender a las clases.

Las Clases de GED:

  • GED 4101-Bilingúe Inglés
  • GED 4102-Bilingüe Matemáticas
  • GED 4103-Bilingüe Ciencias
  • GED 4104-Bilingüe Ciencias Sociales

(Cursos bilingües con instrucción en inglés y en español)

About the GED Exam

The GED exam covers four subject areas:

  1. Reasoning Through Language Arts (RLA)
  2. Mathematical Reasoning
  3. Science
  4. Social Studies.

Each area has a specific number of multiple choice questions and must be completed within a certain amount of time. You will also be expected to complete an essay portion. Questions range in difficulty

To be eligible to take the GED, you must meet the following requirements (Based on Sec. 11532, Title 5, California Administrative Code).


  • You must be at least age 18, or within 60 days of your 18th birthday.
  • If you are age 17, and you have a written request from the armed forces, an employer, or a college or university, and a letter from the last high school you attended indicating your exemption from enrollment was granted at least 60 days previously, you may be eligible to take the exam.
  • If you are age 17, and within 60 days of the date you would have graduated with your class if you had remained in regular high school, and you have a letter from the school verifying the date, you may also be eligible to take the exam.


  • You have not graduated from an accredited high school in the United States
  • You have not received a high school equivalency certificate/diploma
  • You have not earned a GED exam score sufficient to qualify for a high school equivalency certificate/diploma in any state

The Official GED exam is provided by the Pasadena Community Testing Center located at 351 S. Hudson, Pasadena, CA 91106 . When you successfully complete the GED Exam with the required passing scores, you will earn a high school equivalency certificate.

At the Pasadena Community Testing Center, a pre-registration/orientation appointment is required to take the official GED exam. The exam fee is currently $35 per test. The fee is paid during registration with PearsonVue. You must also present official photo identification verifying your name, date of birth, signature, and current address. High school identification cards are not accepted.

It is very important for you to arrive on time. Late arrivals jeopardize your ability to allow enough time for testing. Students arriving late may also lose their spot to another testing candidate, and a "no show" will require an additional fee.

You will receive your GED certificate as long as you complete all areas of the exam and earn the minimum passing score. All exams are scored by the Educational Testing Service, in Oakland, California. A minimum passing score is an average of 450 for all five tests (a total score of 2,250), with no individual test score below 410. Your counselor can give you more information about scores.

After you complete the exam, it takes approximately two weeks to receive your official exam results and your State GED Certificate (if you have a passing score). You will receive your results directly from the State GED Office via US mail. Exam results are not provided over the telephone.

We highly recommended that you participate in preparation classes, including taking a practice exam, before scheduling an appointment to take the official GED exam. The preparation classes and practice exam are free of charge. You can take your GED exam at PCC.


Tests are administered in English and Spanish.

Special accommodations for testing are available for GED candidates with documented disabilities.

If you do not pass a section, you can re-take the test up to three times on the same subject without waiting. After the third attempt, there is a 60-day waiting period before trying again.

After you complete the exam, it takes approximately two weeks to receive your official exam results and your State GED Certificate (if you have a passing score).

Get More Info

Call (626) 585-3000 to get your questions answered about the GED exam.