High School Equivalency Test (GED®)

Recent Changes to the GED Test

The national GED Testing Service replaced the 2002 series five-part test with a four-part series that is considered more rigorous and a better indicator of students’ readiness for college and careers. Those who did not complete or pass all five portions before the deadline will have to start over again with the new version of the test. That means not only with they have to retake the tests, but also have to repay. High School Equivalency Test (GED®) are available only at official testing centers, and the new tests will be offered only on computer. The entire test costs $120, which is $30 per test. Tests can be paid for online with a credit card.

Test takers need to register and schedule through https://ged.com. Walk-in registration is available, with valid government issued ID and payment, which can be made at our One Stop counter.

High School Equivalency Test (GED®)

A High School Equivalency Test (GED®) is earned by successfully passing the following timed examinations:

  1. Reasoning Through Language Arts - 155 minutes
  2. Mathematical Reasoning - 120 minutes
  3. Science - 95 minutes
  4. Social Studies - 75 minutes

High School Equivalency Test (GED®) test scores are reported in two ways, standard scores and percentile ranks.

Passing scores for the High School Equivalency Test (GED®) are established by the State of Washington. Currently a standard of 145 is a minimum requirement on each test, this is a 580 total on all four exams. There are different types of questions on the exam which include multiple choice, short answers, fill-in the blank and essay questions.

What to Do to Take the Test (and how much it costs)

  1. In order to take the test, go to https://ged.com. You will need to put in your email address and create a password. This portal allow you to register and pay for a test. When registering for the test please make sure to choose South Puget Sound Community College- Mottman Campus. This site allows you to find study materials, connect to the official practice tests, see your scores and order your transcripts.

  2. You must pay $30.00 for each test, $120.00 total for all four High School Equivalency Tests (GED®). This fee must be pre-paid on https://ged.com. If you are scheduling for all four tests at once, make sure to schedule in a break. You are only allowed a 10 minute break between each test. We can take walk-in testers, and our One Stop cashiers can take cash, credit or debit payments.

  3. GED candidates must have valid photo identification: Driver’s License, Passport, State ID, Military ID, Veterans ID, Tribal ID, or Court ID. No exceptions will be made. Your ID must be current, with a Washington State address and signature on it.

  4. If you are under the age of 19, you will need a completed Approval to Test Form, signed by a school official and parent/guardian. You can pick up this form at any local high school. If you are homeschooled, you need a Notarized Statement Letter, which you can pick up in the testing center. You will be blocked from finishing your registration on https://ged.com until you bring in your form to the testing center. We will accept faxed or scanned forms, as long as they are signed by the designated staff person at the high school.

  5. Arrive early! Testing is held in the Assessment Center in Building 22, Suite 201, on the second floor at the opposite end from the library. Child care is not available and children are not allowed in the test session. If you are more than 15 minutes late it is up to the discretion of the testing center as to whether or not you will be able to test. This decision is dependent on the availability of a computer. If we are unable to accommodate you, because you are late you will not be able to test and your payment will be forfeited.

  6. GED® testing accommodations are for students with a documented disability. Requests are handled during your registration process through https://ged.com. If you have questions about the accommodation process, please contact the Assessment Center before registering online for the test, email assessment@spscc.edu or call 360-596-5386.

  7. If scheduling online you must allow 24 hours for cancellation. If a test is not cancelled 24 hours prior to your test date or if you fail to show up for a scheduled exam there is NO REFUND, your payment will be forfeited. If you need to reschedule your test login to https://ged.com or call 1-877-392-6433.

  8. Once you complete the test you may go to your MYGED® (https://ged.com) to see your scores. Please allow at least 3 hours for you scores to appear. If they have not posted after 24 hours, please contact Pearson Vue at 1-877-392-6433.

Test Results

Results are emailed to the test taker as soon as 30 minutes (and up to 48 hours) after the test is completed!! Upon successful completion of all four subject areas, a link to the Official Transcript is emailed to the student.

Copies of Transcripts can be obtained by contacting one of the following:

Preparing for the Test

Study materials are available for purchase through MYGED®. The official practice test is also available for a $6 per test fee. There are also study materials through Timberland Regional Library website (www.trl.org) and LearningExpressLibrary, you will need a Timberland Regional Library card to access it. Go to www.trl.org, go to Research tab, click on Reference Database, click on “L”, and choose LearningExpressLibrary. You will need to enter your library card bar code and pin number. Click on the link to the High School Equivalency Center, then click on GED.

There are High School Equivalency Test (GED®) Preparation courses available through SPSCC’s Transition Studies department. To enter these courses, please call (360) 596-5317 for more information.