Washington State embraced the all-new GED exam for testing the high school equivalency level of the state’s residents. The new GED® exam is offered in a computer-based format only. All over the state, there are GED prep facilities where you can get become all set to take the GED exam successfully.

New passing score

Often you are required to take a pre-test to indicate which subject areas need extra attention. The GED passing score was initially set at 150 points on each of the four sub-tests, but in January 2016 this was reduced to 145 because it apparently was set too high. You can learn all about this topic here. You can also check our post on how to sign up for the GED tests at MyGED.

One test at a time

When you have become properly prepared, you can sit in person for one of the four GED subtests at an official Washington testing site. You can take one of the four GED tests (on Literacy, Science, Math, and Social Studies) at a time within a period of two years. Listed in this article are all Washington facilities that offer GED preparation. Click on the city closest to you for all your options.

GED prep classes in and around (click on your nearest city):

Everett
Kent
Seattle
Spokane
Tacoma
Vancouver
Yakima

What is the GED?

When you’ve passed all four GED subtests you will receive the GED diploma. This is a document that is across the nation accepted as the equivalency to a regular high school diploma. The GED program is developed to offer adults who did not complete high school another chance to show their skills at the level of high school seniors. The new GED exam includes four subtests that can be taken separately but must be completed within two years. The four sub-tests are in these subject areas: Math, Literacy, Social studies, and Science.

GED exam – Washington eligibility requirements

  • In Washington, the minimum age is 19. For younger applicants (16, 17, 18) there are special conditions. See a testing center near you
  • Fee: $150 for the complete exam and retesting is $37,50 for each individual retest
  • There is no residency requirement
  • You must not hold a high school diploma and not attend some other program

Washington GED testing centers

Aberdeen
Grays Harbor College – 1620 Edward P Smith Dr, Aberdeen WA 98520, 360-538-4049
Auburn
Green River Community College – 12401 SE 320th St, Auburn WA 98092, 253-833-9111
Muckleshoot Tribal College – 39811 Auburn Enumclaw Rd SE, Auburn WA 98092, 253-876-3395
Tacoma
Bates Technical College – 1101 S Yakima Ave, Tacoma WA 98405, 253-680-7030
Bellevue
Bellevue College – 3000 Landerholm Circle B231K, Bellevue WA 98007, 425-564-5609
Bellingham
Northwest Indian College – 2522 Kwina Rd, Bellingham WA 98226, 360-392-4303
Technical College – 3028 Lindbergh Ave, Bellingham WA 98225, 360-752-8335
Whatcom Community College – 237 W Kellogg Rd, Bellingham WA 98226, 360-383-3052
Bremerton
Olympic College – 1600 Chester Ave, Bremerton WA 98337, 360-475-7238
Centralia
Centralia College – 600 W Locust, Centralia WA 98531, 360-736-9391 x216
Clarkston
Walla Walla Community College – 1470 Bridge St, Clarkston WA 99403, 509-758-3339
Colville
Colville Community College Center – 985 S Elm St, Colville WA 99114, 509-685-2120
Des Moines
Highline Community College – PO Box 98000, Des Moines WA 98198, 206-878-3710
Ellensburg
Central Washington University Testing Services – Ellensburg WA 98926, 509-963-1860
Everett
Everett Community College – 2000 Tower St, Everett WA 98201, 425-388-9288
Goldendale
Klickitat County Learning Center, 112 E Main St, Goldendale WA 98620, 509-773-5620
Grandview
Yakima Valley Comm. College – 500 W Main St, Grandview WA 98930-1284, 509-882-7000
Kirkland
Lake Washington Inst. of Technology – 11605 132nd Ave NE, Kirkland WA 98034, 425-739-8115
Lakewood
Pierce College – 9401 Farwest Drive S W, Lakewood WA 98498, 253-964-6439
Longview
Lower Columbia College – PO Box 3010, Longview WA 98632, 360-442-2311
Lynnwood
Edmonds Community College – 20000 68th Ave W, Lynnwood WA 98036, 425-640-1546
Moses Lake
Big Bend Community College – 7662 Chanute St Bldg 1400, Moses Lake WA 98837, 509-793-2064
Mount Vernon
Skagit Valley College – 2405 College Way, Mount Vernon WA 98273, 360-416-7654
Oak Harbor
Skagit Valley College Whidbey Branch – 1900 SE Pioneer Way, Oak Harbor WA 98277, 360-679-5330
Olympia
South Puget Sound Community College – 2011 Mottman Rd SW, Olympia WA 98512, 360-596-5238
Omak
Wenatchee Valley College – 116 W Apple Ave, Omak WA 98841, 509-422-7806
Pasco
Columbia Basin College – 2600 N 20th Ave, Pasco WA 99301, 509-547-0511
Port Angeles
Peninsula College – 1502 E Lauridsen Blvd, Port Angeles WA 98362, 360-417-6346
Pullman
Washington State University Test Services – 286 Lighty Student Services Bldg, Pullman WA 99164, 509-335-1744
Renton
Renton Technical College – 3000 North East Fourth St, Renton WA 98056, 425-235-2352
Seattle
North Seattle Community College – 9600 College Way N, Seattle WA 98103, 206-527-3600
Central Community College – 1701 Broadway, Suite 1106, Seattle WA 98122, 206-587-6915
Shoreline Community College – 16101 Greenwood Ave N, Seattle WA 98133, 206-546-4608
South Seattle Community College – 6000 – 16th Ave S W, Seattle WA 98106, 206-764-5349
United Indians of All Tribes Foundation – 3712 S Ferdinand St, Seattle WA 98118, 206-723-6288
Shelton
Olympic College – 937 Alpine Way, Shelton WA 98584, 360-432-5400
Spokane
Institute for External Learning – Magnuson Bldg, 2917 George Wright Dr, Spokane, WA 99224, 509-279-6221
Tacoma
Tacoma Community College – 6501 S 19th St, Tacoma WA 98466, 253-566-5093
Clover Park Technical College – 4500 Steilacoom Blvd, Bldg 17, Tacoma WA 98499, 253-589-6045
Vancouver
Clark College – 1933 Fort Vancouver Way, Vancouver, WA 98663, 360-992-2588
Walla Walla 
Walla Walla Community College – 500 Tausick Way, Walla Walla WA 99362, 509-527-4267
Wenatchee
Wenatchee Valley College – 1300 Fifth St, Wenatchee WA 98801, 509-682-6830
Yakima
Yakima Valley Community College – S 16th Ave & Nob Hill Blvd, Yakima WA 98907, 509-574-4738

Questions? Call the Washington state GED test office at: 360-704-4330

GED preparation

Contact a GED prep site near you to see if you qualify. You cannot already have a high school diploma or similar, and cannot be enlisted in a school program. If you qualify, learn about regulations, policies, and fees. Become as informed as can be. Only take the GED exam when you are perfectly prepared. A pre-test is a good idea as it will demonstrate your strong and weak points. Local bookstores and libraries can provide lots of GED study material,  and there are a few pretty good and free online prep courses as well.

Online GED testing?

The GED exam is not available via the internet. Test takers must come in person to a state-approved GED testing site. If you happen to come across a website that gives you different information, you can be sure that site is fraudulent. There just is NO online GED testing. The alternatives TASC and HiSET that are used in some states (not in Washington) cannot be done online as well!

GED – what is new

In January 2014, GED Testing Service (the national provider) replaced the former five-part GED test with a new four-section series. The new GED test is considered more rigorous and indicates students’ readiness for college and career far better. The GED must be taken on a computer, and testing results will be available immediately after you took a test.

GED passing score

The GED exam is only available in a computer-based format. Paper-based testing is a thing of the past. On each of the four GED sub-tests you need to attain a score no less than 145, so the overall minimum score is 580. The tests are measured on a 100-200 scoring scale.
100-144: below-passing score
145-164: passing score (high school equivalency)
165-174: college ready score
175-200: college ready plus college credit score

GED - TASC