Earning your GED diploma will open the door to new jobs, college, and career training programs. And now that the passing score is 145, you’re more likely than ever to earn your diploma. Your future is waiting! Get started at Allan Hancock College!

GED exam preparation classes are designed for students who are 18 years of age or older who wish to earn a high school equivalency certificate. Students are given instruction in the basic skills needed, and have the opportunity to take practice tests that will help them successfully complete all GED exams. Classes are offered both daytime and evenings. GED exam preparation classes are also offered bilingually (Spanish/English).

GED Preparation Classes for Summer 2017 

For more information about classes or to schedule an appointment with an counselor prior to registration, please call Noncredit Student Success and Support Program (3SP) in the Community Education Building S: (805) 922-6966 ext. 3740.

BASK 7005B - Preparing for the GED Tests 
This course is designed to help students successfully pass the General Educational Development (GED) tests. Students receive instruction in reading, writing, social studies, science, mathematics, and test- taking skills. Students have the opportunity to practice test items.
Meeting Time Campus Date Weeks
M   W         09:30am - 12:25pm Santa Maria 06/12-08/02 8
M   W         06:30pm - 09:25pm Santa Maria 06/12-08/02 8
  T   R       09:00am - 11:55am Santa Maria 06/13-08/03 8
  T   R       06:00pm - 08:55pm Santa Maria 06/13-08/03 8
  T   R       06:00pm - 08:55pm Santa Maria 06/27-08/08 6
M   W         06:00pm - 08:55pm Lompoc Valley Center 06/12-08/02 8
M   W         06:00pm - 08:55pm Santa Ynez Valley 06/12-08/02 8
M   W         01:00pm - 03:55pm Santa Maria 06/12-08/02 8
  T   R       07:00pm - 09:55pm Off Campus 06/13-08/03 8

BASK 7009A - GED Test Prep: Social Studies 
Learn to read, comprehend, and analyze social studies related text in preparation for the social studies section of the GED test. Topics covered include civics and government, U.S. history, economics, and world geography. Students acquire problem-solving skills in social studies-related contexts while developing core reading skills and a variety of test-taking strategies.
Meeting Time Campus Date Weeks
M T W R       06:30pm - 09:25pm Santa Maria 06/12-08/03 8

BASK 7011B - Basic Math 
This open-entry basic math course is designed to help students increase their math skills so they may enroll in credit math classes or complete the math section for the GED Test. Topics covered include multiplication tables, division, subtraction, number operations and number sense, measurement, basic geometry, and sequence.
Meeting Time Campus Date Weeks
M   W         01:00pm - 03:55pm Santa Maria 06/12-08/02 8
M T W R       05:00pm - 07:55pm Santa Maria 07/10-07/27 3
M T W R       09:00am - 12:00pm Santa Maria 06/12-06/29 3

BASK 7012A - Pre-GED: Reading and Writing 
Learn basic reading, writing, and grammar skills, build vocabulary, improve spelling, and increase reading comprehension in this course designed for students who read and write at grade levels 5-8. Students learn the reading and writing skills needed to enroll in GED Prep: Languages Arts or other GED preparation courses.

Meeting Time Campus Date Weeks
M T W R       06:30pm - 09:25pm Santa Maria 06/12-08/03 8
BASK 7013 - GED Prep: Computer Skills 
Acquire basic computer skills, and become familiar with test-taking tools required for the GED test. Topics covered include directional tools, calculator basics, formula sheet, symbol selector, use of a mouse, word processing skills, keyboarding, short answer, fill-in-the blank, and using the test's "flag for review" and item review screen. Students learn how to register for the test through their MyGED account.
Meeting Time Campus Date Weeks
M   W         05:00pm - 06:15pm Santa Maria 06/12-08/02 8

GED Exam

You can take the GED exam on a computer at the Allan Hancock College Testing Center, Santa Maria Campus, Building A-406.

Register online for the test at before visit the Testing Center.

The GED exam consists of four subject areas:
• Math
• Science
• Social Studies
• Reading/Language Arts (writing)

You will need to receive 145 points on each of the four exams, for a total of 580 points, to earn your GED certificate. Each exam costs $35, payable online with a credit or debit card, or agency voucher, for a total cost of $140. The AHC Testing Center offers GED testing almost every day; the dates are accessible online after you select the testing location.

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Santa Maria Campus, Bldg S
805-922-6966 ext. 3209

Monday-Thursday, 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.


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