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.


Transition Studies classes are offered in the morning, afternoon, and evening at the main campus in Olympia and at the new Lacey campus, located off Sixth Avenue across from the Lacey Transit Center.


$25 tuition + $30 college fees ($55 total) per student covers all Transition Studies classes taken each quarter.

How to Register for a Transition Studies Class

New Students

  1. Sign up for and attend an Information Session. At the Information Session you will learning more about our completion programs and register for an orientation class.
  2. Take a CASAS entry test at the college Testing Center.
    For hours and location information see the Testing Center Calendar.
  3. Attend orientation class.  In orientation class you will activate your student email account, learn about Canvas (online learning platform), develop your academic plan and register for the Transition Studies class that best matches your goal.

Returning Students

Students, who are returning after six or more months, must go through the new student steps (see above),

Students, who are returning after missing one quarter (less than six months), should contact Angela Holley for a registration appointment.

Other Important Information:

Children are not allowed in the test sessions, Welcome Sessions, or in classes.
Students who need disability accommodations should contact Disability Support Services.