Taking the GED Test

On-site proctoring unavailable until further notice

If you need any assistance, please contact the Testing Center at testcenter@shoreline.edu or call 206-546-4608

The computerized GED test began in January, 2014. If you started your test before then and did not finish,  you must start over and take the computerized version. There are four tests and 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). Submit the original form to the Shoreline CC Testing Center in room 5100 prior to testing.
  • Be a Washington resident or have a Washington mailing address.


You can find preparatory materials online at https://ged.com 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

Tests are usually provided Monday - Friday, except for holidays or other times when the college needs to reserve the testing center.  It is unlikely that a person can take all tests in one day. Please check the test schedule.


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

Test materials

All materials for 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), watches and jewelry.

Test scores

Testing Center staff do not provide scores.  Scores can be obtained through 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 testcenter@shoreline.edu. Assistance may also be available through Student Support Programs, 206-546-4545 or 206-546-4520 (TTY), sas@shoreline.edu