High School Diploma or Equivalency

High School Diploma or Equivalency

Congratulations on taking your first step toward getting your high school diploma or equivalency!

Read the comparison between a diploma and an equivalency to determine YOUR next step.

Diploma

The high school diploma is the evidence of successfully completing the basic education required by law in order to graduate from a California public high school.

  • Students must complete specified state and local graduation requirements
  • These requirements vary among school districts
  • Students will complete required classes and must pass and exit examination
  • The cost to complete required classes from Adult School will vary
  • Eligible for all branches military service
 

Certificate

The High School Equivalency Test (HSE) test is a national test that may be taken in California by persons who are eighteen years of age or older, or who meet specific criteria for testing at age seventeen.

  • The High School Equivalency (HSE) test is administered statewide throughout the year.
  • Currently there are three approved HSE tests: (GED®, HiSET®, and TASC™)
  • Topics tested on HSE tests include language arts/reading, language arts/writing, mathematics, science, and social studies
  • The average fee to take the test is $140
  • Not eligible for all branches of military service