To get a GED in California, a person must pass the General Educational Development exam. The exam must be taken through a certified testing service.
As of 2014, the GED exam consists of five components: math, reading, writing, science and social studies. To successfully gain a GED certificate , the test taker must score a certain amount of points on each section. To pass the test, the users much receive a score of at least 410 on each of the five subjects. An overall score of 2250 must also be obtained for passing.
A person must apply to take the GED exam in California and meet certain requirements. For example, they must be a resident of the state and pay the required fees. They must also provide government issued identification when arriving at the testing center.
If a person fails the test, they only have to retake the sections that they scored below the minimum on. Test takers will be charged a fee for each section retaken. People who pass the test, a California High School Equivalency Certificate will be mailed to them around 6-8 weeks after the test is taken, or on their 18th birthday if they are underage.