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High School Equivalency Program

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 $180. Retakes are $25 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 

FOR MORE INFORMATION: Contact a school counselor or Condor High School at 805 385-5885