NOTE: CHANGES TO GED TEST COMING
In January, the national GED Testing Service replaced the current 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.
The South Puget Sound Community College Testing Center is located on the Mottman campus in Building 22, Suite 201. The Testing Center is open for High School Equivalency Test (GED®) on Mondays 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesdays 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., Wednesdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Thursdays 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Test takers need to register and schedule through https://ged.com. Walk-in registration is available, and we will eventually be able to take cash for testing. Please check with the testing center to find out when vouchers will be available for test takers with cash. For more information about GED testing at South Puget Sound, call (360) 596-5770 or e-mail .
High School Equivalency Test (GED®)
A High School Equivalency Test (GED®) is earned by successfully passing the following timed examinations:
- Reasoning Through Language Arts- 150 minutes
- Mathematical Reasoning- 95 minutes
- Science- 95 minutes
- Social Studies- 95 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 150 is a minimum requirement on each test, this is a 600 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.
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 for the a test 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.
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 will eventually be able to take cash payments. Please check with the testing center as to whether or not cash payments can be accepted.
Students must have photo identification: Driver’s License, Passport, State ID, Military ID., Veterans ID, Tribal ID, Court ID, or current South Puget Sound Community College ID. No exceptions will be made! Your ID must be current, and with a signature on it.
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.
Arrive early! Testing is held in the Testing 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. The testing times are Monday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesday 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., Wednesday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Thursday 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. 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.
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 testing center before registering online for the test. You may email the testing center at or call 360-596-5238.
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.
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.
All test answer sheets are faxed in by the end of the day. You must wait 24 hours before you can receive your scores in person.
- You can get pass/fail information and test scores by coming into the testing center with your photo ID, Monday- Thursday 8:00 am- 6:00 pm. No pass/fail information will be given over the phone.
- Your score for the Writing Skills test will be unavailable for approximately two weeks after you complete the test because the written essay is mailed to a professional panel for scoring. Your final Writing Skills score is a combination of your essay score and the multiple-choice score. You can call the testing center after 2:00 pm on the following Tuesday or Friday to find out if the test results are in for the Writing test.
- Due to regulations, test scores are never given over the phone.
- High School Equivalency Test (GED®) Transcript Request Form (pdf).
- You can also request test scores or duplicate completion certificates by faxing or by writing a letter to:
South Puget Sound Community College Testing Center
Attn: High School Equivalency Test (GED®) Examiner
2011 Mottman Rd. SW
Olympia, WA 98512
And include: name (under which you tested), social security number, address, phone number, date of birth, approximate date you took the test (month/year), and signature. You may also call the Washing GED State Board at (360) 704-4410 for duplicates of your certificate.
When you’ve successfully completed the High School Equivalency Test (GED®), you will receive two documents within two weeks of the exam. The Official Transcript of Test Results and the Certificate of Educational Competence will be mailed to you. The Official Transcript of Test Results provides proof of your successful completion of the GED exam, which you may be asked to show to future employers, colleges, military, etc. Your Certificate is suitable for framing and a personal reminder of your accomplishment.
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.com, 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 2014 GED.
There are High School Equivalency Test (GED®) Preparation courses available through South Puget Sound Community College’s Developmental Education Department. To enter these courses, please call (360) 596-5317 for more information.