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July 1, 2015

Attention GED Students: If you have not passed all 5 sections of the GED Exam, you will need to complete the exam before December 31, 2013. A new version of the GED Exam will be released January 1, 2014 and all exams that are incomplete will no longer be valid.

You must register in person at Hamilton Center for the remaining November and December test dates.


 What is the GED® test?

The GED® is a battery of General Education Development Tests consisting of 5 core content areas. It is an internationally recognized test designed to measure the basic skills and knowledge required for a high school diploma. This test is for adults, 18 and over, who do not have a high school diploma. Those who pass the GED® test will receive a California High School Equivalency Certificate.  According the the National GED® website, approximately 95 percent of U.S. colleges and universities will accept GED® graduates.
The five content areas/subjects covered by the GED® include:
  • Language Arts: Writing
  • Language Arts: Reading
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Social studies




What is on the GED® test?

The GED® tests are composed of five multiple choice tests and one essay test. The areas tested include:

Language Arts: Writing

The writing Skills Test consists of two major parts. The score for this is a combination of both scores.


Part I                                        (Time Limit 75 minutes)

This 50 multiple-choice question test will assess one’s ability to edit and correct problems in basic English usage, sentence structure, mechanics, and organization.


Part II   The Essay                 (Time Limit 45 minutes)

Examinees must respond to an essay topic about a common issue or problem.  The purpose of the essay is to assess an examinee’s ability to plan, organize and clearly communicate their thoughts in writing.




Language Arts: Reading   (Time Limit – 65 minutes)


This test measures examinees’ ability to comprehend, analyze and interpret literary selections from prose fiction and nonfiction (including business documents), drama and poetry.




The Mathematics test is given in two parts. The score for this test is a combination of both parts.


Part I            (Time Limit 45 minutes)

Permits use of a calculator provided by the testing site, the Casio fx – 260 Solar calculator


Part II           (Time Limit 45 minutes)

No calculator permitted. Focuses on mental math.

The Mathematics test measures problem-solving skills in number sense and relationships, decimals, fractions, percents, algebra, geometry, data, statistics, and probability. The focus is on the ability to solve problems in realistic contexts. Some questions may involve analyzing multiple pieces of information – charts, graphs, and tables.


Science       (Time Limit – 80 minutes)

The Science Test measures your knowledge of basic science concepts.  It is based on the National Science Education Standards and will test in the specific areas of Life, Earth and Space, and Physical sciences.


Social Studies (Time Limit 70 minutes)

The Social Studies Test measures the ability to comprehend and use information in the content areas of U.S. and world history, economics, civics, government, and geography. The focus of this test is assessing the examinees’ ability to use concepts and information to solve and answer problems.


For more information please visit: GED® Sample Test Questions.



Am I eligible to take the test?

You are eligible to take the GED® test if you are 18 years old or older. Please contact our testing center for information regarding extenuating circumstances for examinees under 18 years old.



How do I sign up?

Come to Torrance Adult School - Hamilton Center located at 2606 W. 182nd St., Torrance, CA  90504. There is a $199 registration fee, cash or money order only.  You will be required to show a valid and current California picture ID.



 How much does it cost?

The fee for the exam is $199 cash or money order only. We do not accept checks or credit cards. Fees must be paid at the time of registration.




How do I prepare for the GED® test?

It is highly recommended that you properly prepare for the GED® exam before investing your money in taking the actual test. You may begin by taking a GED® Practice test that identifies your academic strengths and weaknesses.Follow-up with appropriate coursework based on those results.



What is a GED® Practice test?

Torrance Adult School offers a GED® practice test almost every week. This is an official practice test designed to see if you are ready for the actual GED® test. The practice test is scheduled for 8-1/2   hours over a 4-day period. The first 3 days you will be tested on the 5 subjects and on the fourth day, the examiner will evaluate your results. Attendance is required for all four days to adequately assess your level of preparedness. If your are in need of additional studies an individual program can be designed for you.

The fee for the GED® Practice test is $25 cash only, which is non-refundable and non-transferrable. To sign up, just come to the office and our friendly staff will help you.



Where is the test location?

The test is given at our Torrance Adult School - Hamilton Center, which is located at 2606 W 182nd street, Torrance, CA, 90504.
Click here for directions.



 When can I take the test?

We offer GED® test once a month. Please sign up during the registration dates. Registrations are taken on first-come first-served basis. 

  To register for any of the test dates listed below: You must come to Hamilton Center in person.
Hamilton Center is located at 2606 W. 182nd St.  Torrance, CA 90504   Phone: 310-533-4689 Extension 8400


Test Dates Time Registration Dates

November 18, 19, 20

Evening 5:00pm – 9:00pm

October 14 – November 15

December 2, 3, 4

Evening 5:00pm – 9:00pm

November 4 – November 22

December 9, 10, 11

Morning 8:30am – 12:30pm

November 4 – December 6






What should I bring to the test?

On the day of the test you must bring the same picture identification and/or proof of residency you used when you completed the GED® demographic registration form. This ID is your ticket into the testing room. You need to bring it all three days of testing. You do not need to bring a calculator, pens or pencils as these will be provided at the test center.



When do I get the test results?

You can go to the GED® California Examinee Website to view your scores. The test results are available one week after your last examination date. You will receive an Official Test Score Transcript and a GED® Certificate upon passing the exam in its entirety approximately 2 – 4 weeks after passing the exam.



 Can I retake the test?

Yes!  If you did not receive a passing standard score, you can retake the individual content area tests two more times within the calendar year, for a total of three tests per subject per year. Final scores represent a combination of examinees’ best passing scores.

Please contact us if you need to retake the test, at our Torrance Adult School - Hamilton Center, which is located at 2606 W 182nd street, Torrance, CA, 90504.

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Can I take the test online?

GED® test is not available online.


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