Academic Skills/Test Preparation Labs & Classes

In our free, easy-access computer labs and classes you can:
  • Prepare for high school equivalency tests such as the GED and HiSET.
  • Improve your reading, math and writing abilities for work and college classes.

We offer FREE open-entry/open-exit Academic Skills labs on the Santa Rosa and Petaluma campuses. We also offer FREE Spanish GED preparation classes on both campuses and the Southwest Santa Rosa Center. Open-entry/open-exit means that you can enroll at any time during the semester. These labs provide free learning opportunities to brush-up on academic skills or to prepare for career advancement tests, CAHSEE, CHSPE, CBEST, GED, HiSET, and more. Students attend free classes, use computer programs and work in textbooks designed specifically to improve GED scores.

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Apply and register online at If you need help registering, go to the Admissions & Records office in Plover Hall.

After registering for  CSKLS 731, come by our lab any time that we are open.

You will take an assessment to determine what you need to learn in reading, math and writing in order to reach your goals. (Allow yourself at least 1 hour for this assessment.)

Remember, you must pay for a parking permit if you park on campus.

There are no entry requirements, but there are specific requirements for students under 18 years of age. For more information, please visit Admissions and Records or call (707) 527-4685.

Drop-in labs

CSKLS 731, 732, and 733 are FREE self-paced courses that meet in drop-in labs on the Santa Rosa and  Petaluma Campuses. Instructors are always available to guide your studies. Students can gauge progress by moving through these courses and earning a certificate of completion. Time spent working is kept accurate, so students can report to various support agencies.

Drop-in classes

In addition to the self-paced lab environment, we also offer scheduled and structured, free drop-in classes. GED and/or HiSET test scores can be improved by attending classes Mon-Thurs in room 601 from 9am-12 noon.

Our Hours

Fall (mid August to early December) & Spring (mid January to mid May) semester lab hours:

  • Santa Rosa Campus: Mon-Thurs, 9:30am-2pm and 5-7pm; Fri 9:30am-11:30am
  • Petaluma Campus: Mon-Fri, 9am-12pm; Tues/Thurs 6pm-9pm

Summer (mid June to early August) semester hours:

  • Santa Rosa Campus: Mon-Thurs, 9:30am-2pm, 5-7pm
  • Petaluma Campus: Tues/Thurs, 6-9pm

We are closed all school holidays. You can consult the SRJC Academic Calendar for this year's schedule of holidays.

Students who wish to enroll in Spanish GED classes should go directly to the location where the classes are offered, and the instructor will help with enrollment. For a list of open entry/open exit classes in math and GED Prep offered in Spanish, use this link: GED En Español or call the Southwest Santa Rosa Center at (707) 527-4229.

Don't put off your goals any longer. Come visit one of our labs or classes.

We welcome you and want to see you succeed. Take the first step today!

Frequently Asked Questions

How often should I come?

This depends on your goals and your schedule. It is ideal to attend our lab a minimum of 10 hours per week. Our labs are open-entry/open-exit. This means you can come any time the lab is open.

Do students get individual help?

YES! After an assessment, an instructor helps you develop a study plan matched to your goals and schedule. Once you've started your work in the lab, our staff is always available to offer explanations and answers.

How long will it take me to prepare to pass the GED test?

This depends on your previous schooling, your attendance, and your motivation. After your orientation, our instructors will help you set realistic goals. You can also take GED practice tests; these scores will give you a better idea of your readiness.

Should I prepare for the GED test or the CHSPE test?

The GED is recognized throughout North America and can be taken two months before your 18th birthday or anytime thereafter. The California High School Proficiency Exam (CHSPE) is recognized only in California, but it is appropriate if you are under 17 1/2. Our lab emphasizes GED but also offers materials appropriate for the CHSPE.

Where can I take the GED when I am ready? 

The Assessment Office, located on the Santa Rosa Junior College Campus, Plover Hall, offers testing every Friday. To sign up for a test date and time, visit the GED Testing Service site.

What happens after I pass my GED?

We encourage you to see an SRJC counselor and set your educational goals. Many students continue in the Academic Skills Lab as they prepare for college credit classes.

Can I take credit classes at SRJC without having my GED first?

Yes, in general the only requirement for taking classes at SRJC is that you must be 18 years or older before the first day of the semester and no longer enrolled in high school—you do not need to have your GED first. Students still in high school or underage may take classes if they have approval from their high school principal and parent on the Concurrent Enrollment Form. Go to Admissions & Records for more information.

However, you will not qualify for financial aid unless you have a high school diploma or have passed the GED.