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Welcome to the GED Exam Preparation Program

Classes for
the GED® Test:

  • prepare students to successfully pass the official GED® Test
  • use the latest software, books, and practice tests to prepare students for the GED
  • provide teacher-led group lessons and one-on-one instruction
  • offer pre-GED and GED level coursework, depending on the student’s needs

How do I register?

Meet with a Counselor. For more information call the CEC Counseling Office at CEC (714) 241-5720. 


How much does it cost?


All classes are 100% free.  Santa Ana College School of Continuing Education offers free GED and Pre-GED classes to prepare students for the exam. 


Must I take a placement test?

Yes. Students will take a placement test that will help us decide correct placement level for success. 


What is the difference between the GED and the Adult High School Diploma?

The GED consists of four tests that will award students a certificate of completion.  The four core content areas include: Reasoning Through Language Arts, Mathematical Reasoning, Science, and Social Studies.  On the other hand, a high school diploma, is awarded after students complete 160 units and 3 proficiencies.  Both programs prepare our students to transition to college or enter the workforce.


What is the difference between taking the GED in English or Spanish?

Both tests will award students a certificate of completion to transition to college or to enter the workforce.  Classes are offered in either English or Spanish, and students may take the GED test in the language of their choice.  Where appropriate, students who take the GED in Spanish are highly encouraged to take advantage of our English as a Second Language (ESL) program. 


How long will it take to earn my GED?

Our classes are held in a lab setting which allows you to work at your own pace.  The more you attend class and prepare for the exam, the quicker you will be ready for the actual GED exam.

Where do I register to take my GED exam?

The GED is administered through the GED Testing Services:  
When you are ready to take your test, you will need to go directly to their website and register.  Click on the GED logo below:  


Where can I take my GED exam?

Below is a list of local GED testing sites, but you must first register at the GED website above.  Click the map below for a larger version:

How much will it cost to take the GED exam?

The GED exam costs $35 per sector plus a one-time $20 sitting fee; for a total cost of $160.  You may test in one section a time and pay as you go.   If you don’t pass a section, the exam allows for re-takes.  Please see official GED Testing Services website for more information:


Are there any scholarships available?

Yes, need-based scholarships are available through Santa Ana College School of Continuing Education.  Please see your instructor for more information and for a scholarship application.


First day of school: Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Last day of school:  Saturday, June 7, 2015


Centennial Education Center

2900 West Edinger Avenue

Santa Ana  CA 92704

Room B107/A114

Classroom hours:                     

Monday thru Thursday 

8:00AM - 2:00PM

5:00PM - 9:00PM


8:00AM -12:00PM

Saturday (A114 ONLY)

8:00AM -12:00PM

Offsite classes taught in Spanish:

Washington Elementary School (Spanish GED)

910 Anahurst Pl.,

Santa Ana, CA 92707

Room #19

Monday 8:00AM - 2:00PM

Tuesday 8:00AM – 1:00PM

Wednesday 8:00AM – 1:00PM


Esqueda Elementary School (Spanish GED)

2240 S. Main Street

Santa Ana, CA 92707

Room # B-209

Thursday & Friday

5:30PM – 8:30PM

Spurgeon Intermediate School (Spanish GED)​

2701 West 5th Street

Santa Ana, CA 92703

Schedule:  TBA