Frequently asked questions:
- What is the High School Equivalency program?
Answer: The OUHSD High School Equivalency program is a computer-based study lab designed to assist students who are preparing for the High School Equivalency exam. Students have the option of meeting virtually or in person for 180 minutes a day Monday-Friday.
- Who is the program for?
Answer: Students who are at least 17 1/2 years old (18 year olds accepted), credit deficient and not on track to graduate with their class.
- What subjects are included in the exam?
Answer: Writing, Reading, Social Studies, Science, and Mathematics
- Is there more than one equivalency exam offered?
Answer: Yes. The two exams offered are the HiSET and the GED. Both exams offer the same High School Equivalency certificate issued by the State of California’s Department of Education.
- Is the High School Equivalency certificate recognized by federal programs?
Answer: Yes. The US Military and Department of Labor recognize the equivalency certificate. Students who pass the exam also qualify for federal student aid in the form of grants, loans and work-study. This includes free tuition at Oxnard and Ventura College through their “Promise” programs.
- How old do I have to be to take the exam?
Answer: You must be within 60 days of your 18 birthday to take the exam.
- How many chances do I have to pass the exam?
Answer: You get three attempts per calendar year. Only previously failed subjects need to be retaken.
- How long does the program take?
Answer: It varies based on the skill level and work ethic of the student. Pre-tests and lessons are provided to assist the instructor in determining when a student is ready to test. Some students are ready to test in a week, while others may take 3-4 months or more.
- How much does the test cost?
Answer: Testing fees are $150. Retakes are $20 per subject. Payment vouchers are provided for students with demonstrated ability, good attendance and a valid government-issued photo ID or passport.
- Where is the program located?
Answer: The program is located in room S112 at the Oxnard Union High School District Office, 1800 Solar Drive in Oxnard
- Who is the instructor?
Answer: Instructor Tom Lawrence can be reached at 805 389-6951or firstname.lastname@example.org
FOR MORE INFORMATION: Contact a school counselor or Condor High School at 805 385-5885