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Registration steps to enroll in FREE GED classes

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All students must register and participate in a GED Orientation to enroll in free GED classes.


5 easy steps to register:


Step 1:  Click here to be redirected to our Registration site or copy the link below to your web browser:


Step 2:  Select the GED Orientation day and time that best fits your schedule.  

  • Please only register for one Orientation.
  • Please keep in mind that Orientations are approximately 2 hours long.

Step 3:  Complete the steps on the registration site to fill in your demographics information.  

Step 4:  Be sure to arrive at least 5 minutes early to your scheduled Orientation.  

  • We will not admit students who show up later than 5 minutes after the scheduled Orientation time.

Step 5:  Meet with our school counselor who will help you devise an educational plan that outlines your short and long term educational and career goals and how we can best support your efforts to achieve them. 

  • You must attend this program meeting to be enrolled in a GED class.


Preparing for the GED
If you're considering the GED, you should also consider letting our skilled instructors help you prepare for the exam.  Whether you've been out of school for a while or you just want to brush up on your reading, writing, or math skills to feel more confident about taking the exam we offer varying levels of preparation classes to fit the different levels of learners in our community.

GED Facts

Some Useful Facts about the GED

"On January 2, 2014, GED Testing Service unveiled a new assessment in all jurisdictions (except Canada and International) that ensures the GED® testing program is no longer an endpoint for adults, but a springboard for more education, training, and better-paying jobs.

The new assessment will continue to provide adults the opportunity to earn a high school credential, but it goes further by measuring career- and college-readiness skills that are the focus of today’s curriculum and tomorrow’s success.

Four content areas—literacy, mathematics, science, and social studies—will measure a foundational core of knowledge and skills that are essential for career and college readiness.

A GED® test graduate must remain competitive with students who complete their high school credentials in a traditional manner. Evidence suggests that test-takers who demonstrate fluency with the skills measured in the new assessment will be better prepared for what they plan to do with their lives. A graduate will no longer hold just a high school equivalency credential, but a roadmap for life’s success. It’s a stepping-stone toward a college classroom or a better career and a family-sustaining wage (GED Testing Services website: GED Testing Service)."

  • The GED is internationally recognized by colleges and employers as equivalent to a high school diploma.
  • Although most Community colleges and some 4-year colleges recognize the GED as equivalent, we highly recommend that you research the school you plan to attend to ensure that the GED will meet your academic and professional goals. In most cases, you can only receive Federal Financial Aid (FAFSA) with a GED or high school diploma.
  • To earn a GED, you must pass all 4 parts of the GED Test: Math, Language Arts, Social Science, and Science.  (It does not matter how many high school credits you have earned).  You can retake any part of the GED that you did not pass up to a maximum of 5 attempts.
  • The GED Test is offered in English and Spanish at The Hayward Center.
Click the following link to learn more about the GED: GED FAQs