How to Earn the GED in Washington
If you did not earn your high school diploma, you can still demonstrate the skills and knowledge necessary to succeed in your academic and career goals. The General Educational Development (GED) credential is the most widely accepted high school diploma equivalent. The State Board for Community and Technical Colleges (SBCTC) oversees GED testing in the state of Washington (www.sbctc.edu).
The GED consists of four tests, which focus on science, social studies, mathematical reasoning, and reasoning through language arts. They must be taken in-person at an approved testing center and may not be taken online. Testing centers can be found through www.GED.com.
Eligibility and Registration
You are eligible to take the GED tests in the state of Washington if you meet one of the following criteria:
- You are between 16 and 18 years of age, have not graduated from high school, are not enrolled in high school and have been judged to have a warranted reason for leaving your regular high school program by the state.
- You are between 16 and 18 years of age and have completed a home-based educational program.
- You are 19-years old or older, have not graduated from high school and are not enrolled in high school.
- You are an active member of the military.
- You are a youth in a correctional facility.
Additionally, you must be a resident of the state of Washington at the time of testing. Accommodations may be made for you if you have a diagnosed disability.
Registration is completed online at www.GED.com. Washington charges a fee of $30 for each of the four subject area tests, which is due upon registering. Individuals need a government-issued ID, like a Washington state driver's license, to prove identity and residency. Testing schedules vary from center to center.
To pass the GED exam, you must score at least 150 on each of the four subject modules. Retakes are an option for those who do not successfully complete a test module.
Every community and technical college in the state of Washington offers GED preparation courses. A directory of these programs is provided on the SBCTC website. Additionally, preparation materials may be available at your local library or bookstore or online.