High School Equivalency Test GED®

About the GED® Test

Learn about the GED® test and how it's scored

The 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®) 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 exams, which include multiple choice, short answers, fill-in-the-blank and essay questions.

Prepare to take the GED® test

Study materials are available for purchase through MyGED®. The official practice test is also available for a $6 per test fee.

Study materials are also available with a Timberland Regional Library (TRL) library card via the TRL Learning Express Library (search High School Equivalency Center and GED).

High School Equivalency Test (GED®) preparation classes are available through SPSCC Transition Studies. To enroll in these classes, call 360-596-5317.

Register, schedule, pay, and take the GED® test
  1. Register at GED.com.  Go to GED.com to register, pay, practice, and schedule the test. Create a profile by entering your email address and a password. Register by selecting 'South Puget Sound Community College–Mottman Campus'. If you are scheduling all four tests together, schedule breaks between each test (10-minute breaks are allowed within the testing area).

  2. Pay in advance.  Test fees are $30.00 for each test and $120.00 total for all four High School Equivalency Tests (GED®). This fee must be pre-paid on GED.com. Walk-in testers may pay with cash, credit or debit card at our One Stop desk.

  3. Bring approved photo ID.  GED candidates must have valid photo identification: Driver’s License, Passport, State ID, Military ID, Veterans ID, Tribal ID, or Court ID. Your ID must be current and include a Washington State address and signature.

  4. Complete Approval to Test form.  If you are under the age of 19, complete an Approval to Test Form, available at any local high school, and signed by a school official in your district and a parent/guardian. If you are homeschooled, you need a Notarized Statement Letter, available in the testing center. You will be blocked from registering on GED.com until the Assessment Center receives this form. We accept faxed or scanned forms that are signed on official letterhead by the designated high school staff.

  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 sessions. If a tester is more than 15 minutes late, the testing center will determine whether the test will be given. This decision is based on the availability of a computer and the length of the test. If we are unable to accommodate a late tester, the test will not be taken, the payment will be forfeited, and the test must rescheduled with GED.

  6. Request accommodations.  GED® testing accommodations are for students with a documented disability. Requests are handled during the registration process through GED.com. If you have questions about the accommodation process, contact the Assessment Center before registering online for the test, email assessment@spscc.edu or call 360-596-5376.

  7. Allow 24 hours to cancel.  If scheduling online, allow 24 hours for cancellation. If a test is not cancelled 24 hours prior to your test date, or if you fail to attend a scheduled exam, there is no refund and your payment will be forfeited. If you need to reschedule your test, login to GED.com or call 1-877-392-6433.

  8. Check your scores.  Once you complete the test, you may go to your MYGED® (GED.com) to see your scores. Please allow at least 3 hours for your scores to appear. If they have not posted after 48 hours, please contact Pearson VUE at 1-877-392-6433.

Get GED® test results and transcripts

Results are emailed to the test taker as early as 30 minutes after the test is completed, and up to 48 hours after. 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:

  • GED earned prior to 2002:
    Visit GED Test Verify for a free transcript.
  • GED earned 2002-present:
    Request your transcript at GED.com for a fee.