General Educational Development (GED®)

For an individual who has not completed high school, the GED® demonstrates that he or she has the equivalent knowledge of one who has. Most colleges and universities will accept GED® score reports instead of high school transcripts, although policies differ depending upon the institution. Most employers also accept the GED®. For more details on testing, go to the testing page.

GED® Prep Classes

These courses are designed to help students who are preparing to take the GED® test. Courses provide students with a general review of the 4 subject areas covered by the GED® test: Science, Social Studies, Math and Language Arts.

Morning and evening orientations for new students will be held during the break before the upcoming quarter. Both morning and evening classes are available for GED® Preparation. The total tuition fee for each quarter is $25, which does not include the fee for practice or official GED® tests.

Students must be 16 years old or older to take GED® classes at Seattle Central. If you are under 19 years old and haven't graduated from high school, you will need a release form from the school district.

We are accepting new students for Winter Quarter 2016. Come to Room BE3122 on or after November 17 to sign up.

Bring a picture ID and $25 for tuition. Call 206.934.4180 with questions.

Additional assistance is available in the Basic & Transitional Studies Tutor Program.

Courses Available

Class schedule and course offerings vary each quarter. Please check with the Basic & Transitional Studies Office for current information.
GED® Math

  • Mornings: 9:00–10:20 a.m. Monday–Friday
  • Evenings: 6:00–8:20 p.m. Tuesdays & Thursdays

COMPASS Preparation Math

  • Mornings: 9:00–10:20 a.m. Monday–Friday
  • Evenings: 6:00–8:20 p.m. Tuesdays & Thursdays

Level 2, 3, 4 Math

  • Mornings: 9:00–10:20 a.m. Monday–Friday
  • Evenings: 6:00–8:20 p.m. Tuesdays & Thursdays

GED® Communications

  • Mornings: 10:30–12:30 p.m. Monday–Friday
  • Evenings: 6:00–8:20 p.m. Mondays & Wednesdays

COMPASS Communications

  • Mornings: 10:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. Monday–Friday
  • Evenings: 6:00–8:20 p.m. Mondays & Wednesdays

Level 2, 3, 4 Communications

  • Mornings: 10:30 a.m.–12:20 p.m. Monday–Friday
  • Evenings: 6:00–8:20 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays

How to Enroll

New Students: New students must register before the quarter begins and attend an orientation. The orientation is 3 hours a day for 4 days and includes program information, assessments, testing, goal setting and registering for core classes.

Quarter Orientation Dates
Winter Quarter November 22–December 15, 2016
Spring Quarter February 28–April 23, 2017
Summer Quarter May 30–June 15, 2017

Returning Students: If you were previously in a program but not currently registered, you can register starting on the last day of the prior quarter.

Quarter Registration Begins
Winter Quarter December 14, 2015
Spring Quarter March 21, 2016
Summer Quarter June 17, 2015

Current Students: Register for classes on the last day of the quarter with your teacher.

Quarter Registration Begins
Winter Quarter December 11, 2015
Spring Quarter March 18, 2016
Summer Quarter June 14, 2015

To register:

  1. Visit room BE3122 on the Seattle Central main campus. (Current students, can do this on the last day of class.)
  2. Bring a picture ID.
  3. Register for class (New students register for orientation).
  4. Pay the $25 tuition.
  5. Attend your classes.

Academic Calendar

Note: In the English as a Second Language (ESL) program, we serve immigrants and refugees only. Individuals with F, M, B, Student, or J visas are not eligible for Basic & Transitional Studies.

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