General Education Development (GED)
General Education Development (GED) Preparation
The GED certificate is available for adults who have not completed high school. The college offers classes to help students prepare for the GED tests. GED classes are designed to improve basic language arts, math, science, social studies, and literature interpretation skills, in preparation for taking the series of official GED tests.
Classes are offered in the daytime and evening at the main campus in Olympia and in the afternoon at the Hawks Prairie Center in Lacey.
$25 tuition+ $15 matriculation fee ($40 total) per student covers all ABE or GED classes taken each quarter.
*If you are under the age of 18, you must bring a completed High School Release form or an Approval to Test form, signed by a school official and parent/guardian. You can pick up this form at your local high school, at the high school's district office, or South Puget Sound Community College's Information Center in building 25.
How to Register for a GED Class
If you are new, or returning to the program after more than six months, you must take an Entry Test to register for classes.
- Entry tests will be given in the college Testing Center.
- Testing will start approximately one month before the beginning of each quarter and will end the first week of the quarter.
- Entry testing is offered at the following drop in times:
Mondays between 8 am and 3 pm
Tuesdays between 8 am and 6 pm
After testing, you will get information for how to sign up for an ABE/GED Welcome and Registration Session. At this session, you will receive an orientation to the Basic Skills Programs and register for ABE/GED classes.
Other Important Information:
Children are not allowed in the test sessions or in any GED classes.
The tests students take during these sessions are not GED practice tests. They help place students in correct classes and are required for enrollment.
Students who need disability accommodations should contact Disability Support Services.