GED Program

What is the GED test?

The GED test is a four-subject high school equivalency test that measures skills required by high schools and requested by colleges and employers. The four subjects are Science, Social Studies, Mathematical Reasoning, and Reasoning Through Language Arts (RLA).

How do I prepare?

The GED preparation program is designed for the active and engaged learner seeking their high school equivalency / GED (General Education Degree).

Classes are held at:

Jefferson Elementary School - 3743 Jefferson Street, Carlsbad, CA 92008
San Dieguito Academy - 800 Santa Fe Drive, Encinitas, CA 92024
Community Learning Center - 1831 Mission Avenue, Oceanside, CA 92058
San Elijo Campus - 3333 Manchester Avenue, Cardiff, CA 92007

For more information on dates and times at our different locations click here.

This preparatory course includes:

For questions and enrollment information, contact noncredit support staff at 760.795.8710 or in person at the Community Learning Center 1831 Mission Avenue, Oceanside, 92058.

GED Preparation Course FAQ’s and Important Information

Welcome to GED Prep. Please read the following information carefully before coming to class on your first day. It’s important to have a solid understanding of the expectations and style of the class for both a productive classroom environment and your own personal success.

Important Classroom Policies and FAQs


This is a very significant requirement of the class. The material presented will change week to week and consistent attendance is not only MANDATORY but essential for your success. A minimum of 40 HOURS of attendance is required in order to complete the course and obtain your GED voucher. Please communicate to your employers and family members the importance of maintaining your attendance in the course and manage your schedule accordingly.

Be On Time

If you are enrolled in the M/W evening class, you are expected to be in your seat at 6 p.m. If you are enrolled in the T/Th daytime class, you need to be in the classroom by 10:30 a.m. It is important that you do not come to class late or leave early unless it is communicated to your instructor on a case by case basis.


You will be given a textbook on the first day of your attendance. It is essential that you come to class prepared with a notebook / paper and a pen to take notes. A calculator will be provided for your use during Math lectures. It is strongly suggested that you purchase your own calculator for use on the exam. The ONLY approved calculator is the TEXAS INSTRUMENTS, TI 30XS. Do NOT spend your money on any other calculator, as you will not be allowed to use it on the exam.


Be prepared to spend a few hours each week OUTSIDE of class reviewing classroom lectures and homework assignments. Although there is no grade given for the course, your dedication to study time is directly related to your success.

Technology and Communication

Please make sure that you have a valid e-mail address and are able to check it on a daily basis. Also, you MUST have the ability to login to CANVAS, using your surf ID and password. Go to and click on the A-Z index. Click on C and then find CANVAS. To login the first time, click on the “FORGOT PASSWORD” tab and follow instructions to reset it in your e-mail. If you do not know your surf ID, you can obtain it by stopping by the front desk.

Pace of the Course

This course is open for enrollment throughout a 16 week semester. This means that there will be students entering the course at different times. It is YOUR responsibility to communicate with your instructor about what you should be doing at home to stay up to speed with the rest of the class. Remember, you are WELCOME to join at any time, but if you are feeling behind in the subject matter you should plan to reenroll in the next session. 16 weeks is the average amount of time needed for a student to prep, study and successfully complete the GED examination.

Exam and Cost

The exam is not free. It is $35 / test and consists of FOUR different exams to include Math, Reasoning & Language Arts, Science and Social Science. The exam is NOT offered on this campus. You will take it at an alternate site and will likely take one exam at a time. This will be further explained by your instructor. IF YOU HAVE MAINTAINED POSITIVE ATTENDENCE, YOUR INSTRUCTOR WILL GIVE YOU A VOUCHER CODE TO PAY FOR YOUR EXAM.