Taking GED Tests in Washington
Although individuals pursuing their GED credential are taking the same 4 tests nationwide, each state has its own policies and procedures in place that determine things like who can take GED exams and how much they cost. Familiarizing yourself with the requirements in the state of Washington can ensure that you are ready to successfully take your GED exams there.
How Old Do I Have to Be?
Some states allow individuals who are age 18 or older to take the GED exams without exception. In Washington, applicants must be 19 years old.
Applicants who are 16, 17 or 18 and wish to take the GED exams in Washington must provide additional documentation. These individuals need paperwork to demonstrate that they are not attending high school. They also need to submit a Request for Approval to Test form or a Notarized Statement/Letter for Home School Students to support their application to take the GED exams.
There are 3 exceptions to the age policy in Washington. Individuals age 16 to 18 who are incarcerated, in the military or in an Open Doors program do not need to supply the documentation required of other 16- to 18-year-old applicants.
Do I Have to Take Any Classes?
Although preparation classes can be an effective way of studying and preparing to take the GED exam, Washington does not require GED applicants to take any formal pre-test training.
Are There Any Residency Requirements?
You must be able to demonstrate that you live in the state of Washington in order to take the GED exams there.
How Much Do the Tests Cost?
Washington charges $30 per GED exam. The total cost of taking the 4 GED exams in Washington is $120.
What Is the Retake Policy?
The first two times you need to retake a test in Washington it will cost you $10 per attempt. You can retake a test immediately; however, after your third attempt on the same test you have to wait 60 days before you can try again. A fourth attempt costs the full $30 fee.
What Score Do I Need to Pass?
The GED Testing Service has created three scoring levels for these tests: GED Passing Score, GED College Ready and GED College Ready + Credit.
The passing score requires at least 145 points on each of the 4 GED exams.
A GED College Ready score falls within the 165- to 174-point range and can demonstrate your readiness for a postsecondary program.
A GED College Ready + Credit score is awarded if you earn 170 or more points on your GED exams. These scores can be used to qualify you for college credit in a postsecondary program.
Studying for GED Tests
In order to avoid retake costs and ensure you're ready for your GED exams, it is a good idea to consider joining a study group, finding a study partner or using online practice tests. Practice tests and study guides are a good way of familiarizing yourself with the type of information you need to know to pass the exams as well as the question formats you can expect to see when taking your GED exams. Some study materials are available through the links listed below.
- GED Study Guide
- GED Science: Life, Physical and Chemical
- GED Reasoning Through Language Arts
- GED Social Studies: Civics & Government, US History, Economics, Geography & World
- GED Math: Quantitative, Arithmetic & Algebraic Problem Solving
- GED Information and Study Strategies