GED Testing

The new, GED began last January, 2014.  If you started your test last year and did not finish, you must completely take the new one.  The new tests are online but taken at the Testing Center.  There are now four tests instead of five, and they reflect national Common Core State Standards.


Who can take the GED?

The eligibility requirements for GED testing include:

  • Not graduated from an accredited high school or received a high-school equivalency certificate or diploma.
  • Not enrolled in a regular high school.
  • Be at least 16 years of age.
  • If you are under 19, you must obtain an Approval to Test form from the high school or school district in which you currently live (or a notarized form if you have been home-schooled) in order to take GED tests.
  • Be a Washington resident or have a Washington mailing address.


You can find preparatory materials online at or consider taking courses through Shoreline's  preparatory GED classes,


Fees & registration

Each portion of four-part test costs $30 for a total of $120. If you miss your appointment, the required advance-registration fee is not refundable. Advance registration, payment and scheduling is required.



Reasoning 2 hrs 30 min
Math   TI-30 XS calculator is allowed 1 hr 55 min
Science 1 hr 30 min
Social Studies 1 hr 30 min

Testing are usually provided Monday - Friday, except for holidays, final exams or other special exceptions.  It is unlikely that a person can take all tests in one day. Please check the test schedule.


You must present an official, government-issued photo ID that verifies name, signature and birth date.

Test materials

All materials for the GED tests are provided by the Testing Center.  You may not use your own.  Personal items need to be left at home or placed in our small storage lockers before testing. Personal items include backpacks, hats, coats, jackets, sweaters, electronics (cell phones, pagers, CD players, iPods, cameras), and watches.


Test scores

Testing Center staff do not provide scores.  Instead, you can access your scores through the  the GED website.

Special accommodations

Those requiring special accommodations due to disabilities or other factors can call 206-546-4608 for more information or send e-mail to Assistance may also be available through the Office of Special Services, 206-546-4545 or 206-546-4520 (TTY),