2014 Washington

Use the links below to find out about your local testing center rules and requirements. If you’re still looking for information, visit your state’s GED® testing program website to learn more, or go back to the main map.

 

State Requirements

Price & Payment

Registration & Scheduling

Test Scores

Retake Policies

GED® Test Credential

Different Languages

 

State Requirements (top)

How old do I need to be to take the test (without exceptions)?

In Washington, the minimum age required to take the GED® test is 19 years old.  

I’m underage. What do I need to do to take the test?

You are receiving this alert because you are 16 to 18 years of age.

Per Washington State law, any person 16 through 18 years must provide documentation verifying that he/she is not enrolled in any type of high school program at the time of testing. The only exceptions to this are students who are enrolled in a program while in the military, while incarcerated in a correctional facility, or enrolled in the Washington Options Program (Open Doors).

For test takers no longer in a high school program

The following forms are to be submitted to the test center where you plan to test. The test center will review and approve your form. Once the form is approved, you will be able to complete your registration and schedule testing.

  • A "Request for Approval to Test" form - this form must be attained from either the last Washington school district you attended or the Washington school district in which you currently reside.
  • A "Notarized Statement/Letter for Home School Students" - this form must be completed by the parent/guardian who provided the home-based instruction and then notarized. The form can be obtained from the test center or by emailing lsager@sbctc.edu

For test takers who enrolled in a military or Options (Open Doors) program

You will need to notify the test center where you plan to test. If possible, bring documentation of your enrollment and contact number for the program you are attending. Once your enrollment is verified by the test center, you will be able to complete your registration and schedule testing.

All test takers must be a resident of Washington State at the time of testing to be awarded a High School Equivilancy (GED®) Certificate in this state.

Do I need to take a class or receive instruction before I can take the test?

No, Washington doesn’t require you to prepare for the GED® test in an adult education classroom. However, studying in a classroom setting is a good opportunity to get up to speed on the topics and areas you’ll find on the GED® test. 

Where can I find an adult education center?

Finding an adult education center is easy. Enter your ZIP code in our locator tool and we’ll show you the adult education centers closest to you.

Do I have to take the practice test before testing?

No, you’re not required to take the Official GED Practice Test™ before taking the test. However, the Official GED Practice Test™ is available at GEDmarketplace.com and is a good measure to see if you’re ready to take the GED® test or not. 

Do I need to prove I’m a resident of Washington to take the test?

You are required to be a resident to take the test in Washington.

The closest testing center is in a different state.  Can I take the exam there?

Some states allow people who don’t live there to take the GED® test and others don’t. You’ll need to check the residency requirement for the state that you’re interested to test in.

Washington has a residency policy so you must be a Washington resident to test in Washington.

 

Price & Payment (top)

How much does the GED® test cost?

Washington charges $30 per module for the GED® test.

How much does it cost to retake the test? Can I retake the test for free?

GED Testing Service offers a discounted retake program for all GED® test-takers. According to the program’s policy, you are eligible for:

  • Two discounted retakes for each subject test taken
  • GED Testing Service fees are waived every retake ($20 per subject area test)
  • States and testing centers can choose to waive their fees
  • You must schedule retakes one at a time for the discount to apply
  • Discounted retakes cannot be combined with any other discounts
  • Retakes must occur within 12 calendar months of your initial attempt
  • After your two discounted retakes, you will need to wait at least 60 days, pay the full retake price and then you will receive two more discounted retakes

Sign up for your next test now at GED.com.

 

Registration & Scheduling (top)

Can I take all of the parts at once or do I need to setup different appointment times?

Yes, in Washington you can take all test parts in the same day if you can find a testing center with hours that accommodate it.

What happens if I move to a different state in the middle of testing? Can I continue testing in my new state or do I have to start all over?

It depends on whether or not that state has a residency requirement.  Check the residency requirements in that state and don’t hesitate to contact the GED Administrator™ in that state with questions.

In Washington you are required to be a resident to take the test there.

Once I start testing, is there a time limit for me to finish all four subjects before my scores begin to expire?

No, there isn’t a time limit to finish the test in Washington.

Test Scores (top)

What score do I need to pass the test?

You need to score a 145 on each module and 580 on the entire test battery (all four parts combined).

  • Below Passing: 100-144
  • GED® Passing Score: 145-164
  • GED® College Ready: 165-174
  • GED® College Ready + Credit: 175-200

 

Retake Policies (top)

If I don’t pass, how long do I have to wait before taking the test again?

In Washington, there is no waiting period if you do not pass a subject area test the first time. After taking a test subject 3 times, you'll have to wait 60 days before retesting. The 60 day wait period will apply each time you take a test subject beyond the 3rd attempt in that subject.There's no limit to how many times you can test in a year. 

Retake rules are enforced for students retesting in different languages. For example, if you take an English test three times, then move to a Spanish test, the GED Testing Service 60-day wait period is enforced. If a state has additional retesting requirements, these requirements will also be enforced.

How much does it cost to retake the test? Can I retake the test for free?

GED Testing Service offers a discounted retake program for all GED® test-takers. According to the program’s policy, you are eligible for:

  • Two discounted retakes for each subject area taken
  • GED Testing Service fees are waived every retake ($20 per subject area test)
  • States and testing centers can choose to waive their fees
  • You must schedule retakes one at a time for the discount to apply
  • Discounted retakes cannot be combined with any other discounts
  • Retakes must occur within 12 calendar months of your initial attempt
  • After your two discounted retakes, you will need to wait at least 60 days, pay the full retake price and then you will receive two more discounted retakes

Sign up for your next test now at GED.com.

Why can’t I re-test the subject that I failed?

Some states require people to finish taking all four subjects before being allowed to re-test in the areas that weren’t passed.

In Washington, you’re not required to finish the entire test before re-testing on any subjects.

Questions? Feel free to call Washington’s state office at (360) 704-4321.

 

GED® Test Credential (top)

I took and passed the test but the jurisdiction won’t issue my diploma. Can you help me?

Sorry to hear that you’re having trouble with your diploma. Have you contacted your local testing center or state administrator yet?

My guess is that there may be additional requirements that you need to meet. You can call your state’s office at (360) 704-4321 to find out more about your credential.

Why do I need to work with my jurisdiction? Can’t I just get the diploma from you?

GED Testing Service develops the GED® test and works with each state to offer the test. The credential is issued based upon rules of each individual state—most states have slightly different rules and regulations.

Because of the state-by-state differences, GED Testing Service doesn’t issue diplomas. That’s why we encourage you to work closely with your state to get an answer. You can call Washington’s state office at (360) 704-4321.

After I start taking the exam modules, how much time do I have to complete all of them to get credentialed?

This depends on the state you’re testing in. In Washington you don’t have a time limit to complete the GED® test.

I want to order a copy of my transcript and/or diploma.

To request a copy of your Washington State GED® score report/transcript:

  • Download and print the request form in MS Word or Adobe PDF
  • Fill out the form completely and sign. Forms submitted without an original signature of the test taker cannot be processed
  • Submit the form one of three ways:
  • Mail to the address on the form
  • Fax to (360) 704-4414
  • Scan the signed form and email to gedcenter@sbctc.edu

What is the GED® credential in my state called?

In Washington the credential is called the Certificate of Educational Competency.


GED® Test Language Versions (top)

Can I take my GED® test in Spanish?

Yes, in Washington you can take the GED® test in Spanish. 

Find a local testing center.

Questions? Please contact Washington’s state office at (360) 704-4321.

Can I take the GED® test in French?

No, in Washington you can not take the GED® test in French. 

Find a local testing center.

Questions? Please contact Washington’s state office at (360) 704-4321.

Am I allowed to combine different language versions of the test together?

No, Washington residents aren’t allowed to combine language versions to complete the test. This means you must take all five subjects in one language to earn your GED® test credential. You will not be allowed to combine Spanish tests with English tests or any other language version.

Questions? Please contact Washington’s state office at (360) 704-4321.

Does Washington have requirements for English as a Second Language (ESL)?

English as a Second Language (ESL) instruction can help any non-native English speaker, but there aren’t any requirements for ESL classes in Washington.