The GED is a series of four exams (Science, Social Studies, Language Arts, and Math) designed to provide evidence of general educational competence equivalent to the minimum level required for a graduating high school senior.

Eligibility for taking exams

  • You must not have graduated nor be currently enrolled in an accredited high school program in the United States or Canada.
  • You must be at least 19 years old OR if you are 16-18 years old as of today, you must submit the required “Request for Approval to Test” form signed by a designated school administrator from a school district in Washington State. If you are homeschooled, please come to the Testing Center to obtain the form.
  • You must be a resident of the State of Washington.

Exam Preparation

  • Enroll in GED preparation classes – cost is $25 per quarter. There may be financial aid available to cover this cost. For more information, click here.These classes are not required to take the GED.
  • Visit for detailed information.
  • Online resources are also available at: SBCTC, GED Online, 4Tests, Test Preview.

Exam Fees

  • Each GED test costs $30 and retests cost $10.
  • Payments are submitted online at the time you schedule your appointment.

Taking the Exam

  • Testing is by appointment only. Please register at, or call 1.877.392.6433.
  • You are required to bring government issued photo identification (e.g., state driver’s license, state ID card, or passport).
  • You will also need to show that you are a current resident of the State of Washington. This can be shown through a valid Washington Driver’s license or by bringing a current utilities bill with your Washington address.
  • The TI-30XS calculator is the ONLY calculator that can be used on the Social Studies, Science, and Mathematics Part 2 exams. You can bring your own TI-30XS calculator, which will be inspected upon arrival. We also have a limited amount of TI-30XS calculators available within the Testing Center. There is an embedded calculator within the test and therefore a physical calculator is not required.
  • Si usted quiere tomar los exámenes en español, llame al 1.877.392.6433, para más infmormación.

Exam Schedules

Testing is by appointment only. Please schedule your appointment at, or by calling 1.877.392.6433.

Students with Disabilities

For more information on accommodation requests due to a disability, click the link below.

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