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GED Information for Momentum Learning Students

The General Education Development (GED) is a high school equivalency examination for students who are 18-years-old and have not completed the formal requirements for a high school diploma. Under certain circumstances, a 17-year-old may qualify.

The GED test at the San Diego County Office of Education is offered only to our Momentum Learning students. All others interested in taking the GED should contact their nearest adult school.

The exam covers five areas writing skills, social studies, science, reading skills and mathematics.

To pass the GED test in California, if you have taken the English-language version, you must receive a standard score of at least 410 on each of the five GED subtests and an average standard score of 450 or higher. For the Spanish-language version, you must receive a standard score of at least 40 on each of the five GED subtests and an average standard score of 45 or higher.

Those not obtaining passing scores may be retested in the subject they failed. Before retesting, a candidate must wait four months or complete a GED preparation review class and provide the testing center with practice test scores of 45 or above.

Upon passing the GED, a certificate will be issued to the student. This will enable the student to qualify for civil service positions, gain admission to community colleges that recognize the certificate, and enroll in special training/education programs of the armed forces.

Who may take the test:

Momentum Learning students:

  • who are within 60 days of their 18th birthday;
  • who are within 60 days of the date they would have graduated with their class had they remained in regular high school;
  • who have been out of school 60 days or more and present a written request from military personnel, a college or university or an employer; and
  • who are incarcerated in a California state or county correctional facility (Momentum Learning programs at Sarah Anthony/Sierra Vista School, Rancho del Campo High School, Barrett High School and the Youth Day Center). Those testing under these conditions must meet all of the following criteria:
    1. The examinee does not have a realistic chance of completing the requirements for a high school diploma.
    2. The examinee has adequate academic skills to successfully complete the GED test battery.
    3. The examinee understands the options available regarding acquisition of a high school diploma, the high school equivalency certificate or the high school proficiency certificate, and the requirements, expectations, benefits and limitations of each option.
    4. The examinee has sufficient commitment time left to complete the entire GED test battery; however, if released before the test is completed, the examinee may complete testing at an authorized testing center.

  • Sixteen year olds may not test under any circumstances.

Registration and Fees

Momentum Learning Fees:

  • Fee is $75.00, payable to "C.S.S.F."(County Schools Service Fund).
  • Fee is $15.00 for retest of each section of the test.
  • For fee waiver, contact your Momentum Learning principal.

Enroll prior to testing. For JCCS students, all registration forms and fees should be in the Momentum Learning GED Testing Center one week prior to testing. Student will not be admitted to testing if they are not registered. Registration will not be permitted on the day of testing.

Bring a picture ID card such as a driver's license or military ID. Please make sure student has a picture ID before testing date or he/she will not be permitted in the testing room. If your student does not have the ID card, please make an appointment with the Teacher Service Center at 858-571-7260 to have one made.

Bring Social Security card. (This is to verify the number.)

Recommended procedures to enroll to take the GED:

  1. Take predictor test. (Steck-Vaughn predictor or TABE Complete Battery). All students must be pre-tested before taking GED Test. This is to insure that the student is successful in passing the test. GED Practice Test are available at the Teacher Service Center, 858-571-7260.
  2. If needed, enroll in a GED preparation class.
  3. Request GED Information from Pupil Services.

If you need more information, please call Georgia Beaumont at 858-571-7224.

Momentum Learning GED Testing Centers

Main Center

San Diego County Office of Education
6401 Linda Vista Road, San Diego, CA 92111

Addendum Sites

Rancho Del Campo High School
957 Forrest Gate Road
P.O. Box 67
Campo, CA 91906

Susan Haynes, 619-401-3560

Sarah Anthony/Sierra Vista
2801 Meadowlark Drive
San Diego, CA 92123

Maxine Ulibarri, 858-694-4559

Phoenix Academy
23981 Sherilton Valley Road
P.O.Box 634
Descanso, CA 91916

Cheri Gehrts, 619-445-1062

North County Regional Education Center
255 Pico Ave. Suite 101
San Marcos, CA 92069


Camp Barrett
21077 Lyons Valley Road
Alpine, CA 91901

Cheri Gehrts, 619-401-4956

East Mesa Juvenile Detention
446 Alta Road, Suite 6100
San Diego, CA 92158

Javier Archuleta, 858-514-8520