Areas of Study

Areas of Study


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 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 (GED®) Preparation

The High School Equivalency (GED®) certificate is available for adults who have not completed high school. The college offers classes to help students prepare for the four High School Equivalency (GED®) tests. Classes are designed to improve basic language arts reading and writing, math, science and social studies skills, in preparation for taking the series of official High School Equivalency (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 + $30 college fees ($55 total) per student covers all Basic Skills ABE or High School Equivalency (GED®) classes taken each quarter.


*If you are under the age of 19, 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 High School Equivalency (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.

After testing, you will get information for how to sign up for an ABE Welcome and Registration Session. At this session, you will receive an orientation to the Basic Skills Programs and register for 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 High School Equivalency (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.