All About the GED: Washington

Jun 01, 2020

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.

The GED consists of four tests - science, social studies, math, and language arts - and testers must receive a score of at least 145 in each of these sections to pass the exam. They must be taken in-person at an approved testing center and may not be taken online. Testing centers can be found through the GED website.

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 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.

Retakes are an option for those who do not successfully complete a test module. A tester may retake a subject up to three times without any waiting, but if a subject is to be retaken a fourth time, the state of Washington imposes a 60-day waiting period before another test attempt is made and for any number of attempts beyond it. Within eligibility requirements, test retakes are offered at a discounted rate.

GED Preparation

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 as well as on the GED website.

Why Get a GED?

While not all jobs in the work force require formal education, many employers in Washington and across the United States are often looking for people who possess at least a basic education. Getting a GED opens not only doorways to better hiring opportunities but better earning potential as well. Simply having a GED almost guarantees that an employee will make more money while also providing potential access to completing a college education which will, in turn, provide even greater earning potential.

Need help preparing for the GED? Check out's GED Test Prep study guides, complete with bite-size video lessons, practice tests, informational resources, and more to make sure you ace the exam!

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