Sacramento Public Library

GED Services

GED Services


Individual GED and Hiset Tutoring

Individual tutoring is available to help students prepare for the GED or HiSET exam. Flexible times and locations. For more information, please see Frequently Asked Questions below.

GED Learner Frequently Asked Questions


Who can apply for the GED program?

Adults (18 and over) who are Sacramento County residents, able to speak English and willing to:

  • Meet with a volunteer tutor each week.
  • Remain in the program for a minimum of six months or until their specific goals have been met.
Does the library offer the GED exam?
No, we do not offer the exam. What we offer is tutoring to prepare someone to pass the GED exam. The exam is offered at adult school sites across Sacramento County.
What is the difference between a GED and high school diploma?
While both the GED and the high school diploma are important, there are several differences between them; among the most significant is the fact that some colleges, institutions and organizations require a high school diploma and may not accept the GED.  In addition to providing a high school diploma, COHS gives students the benefit of earning a career certificate and completing additional job preparation documents and training.  If interested in the high school diploma program, click here High School Diploma Homepage.
How long will it take before I am ready to take the GED exam?
This depends on many factors and varies from person to person.
Some factors include:
  • Current skill level
  • How quickly you progress through the GED study materials
  • How much time can be dedicated to studying independently (outside of tutoring sessions)
Is all tutoring instruction in English?
Yes, all tutoring is conducted in English.
Where does the tutoring take place?
At any of the 28 library branches based on your location preferences.  Specific meeting times will be determined with you and the tutor on an individual basis.
What will my tutor help me with?
Tutor pairs are encouraged to meet an average of 1-2 times per week, 1-2 hours per session. Therefore, most studying will be done independently. Tutoring sessions are ideally used to answer questions about practice work done in between tutoring sessions.
Does the Library offer other resources for GED preparation?
For further resources please visit any of the 28 library locations for GED study materials or visit the library’s “Research” page  and click on “Online Learning”
Does the Library offer other resources for education and job preparation?
The Sacramento Public Library is committed to helping people meet their education and job preparation needs.  The Library encourages people to visit its 28 locations along with its website at
What is covered on the GED exam?
If interested in seeing the contents of the GED test, try a free practice test offered by the GED Testing Service.
How do I get started?
Step 1: Online self-assessment (a) and application (b)
Successfully complete an online self-assessment and submit an application. Completed applications can be emailed to, faxed to 916-264-2749, or returned to any library branch. Please note: Applicants must complete both the online self-assessment and application to be added to the waitlist for Step 2.
  1. Self-assessment
  2. GED learner application


Step 2: In-person skills assessment (English and math)
Once a possible tutor is identified based on the learner’s schedule, those on the waiting list will be contacted to schedule an in-person English and Math skills assessment.
Step 3: Tutor-learner matching
Staff will contact the learner to review the assessment results and finalize the tutor-learner matching process. The tutor will contact the learner to decide on a weekly schedule together.

For any further questions not addressed above, please email

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