Attention Current GED® Students!
You must complete all five GED® tests by Dec. 31 or you will be required to start over on Jan. 1. The five–test format is being discontinued in both written and online form. As of Jan. 1, 2014 a new GED® program will be rolled out state wide and will consist of four tests. To avoid starting over and paying for the new tests, students are encouraged to finish by Dec. 31.
GED® tests are given on Tuesdays only and will not be given on Dec. 10, which is during Finals Week. The 5–subject tests will be administered for the last time in 2013 on Dec. 17 at Seattle Central. However, other testing centers in Washington State may have a different deadline.
How Much Do The Tests Cost?
The cost of the test remains the same at $30 per test or $150 for the GED® test package.
GED® scores transferred to Seattle Central from another GED® testing center will be accepted and students will be charged for only the remaining tests taken. Retest charges are $30 per test. Cash, checks (made out to Seattle Central Community College) and credit/debit cards are accepted until 4 p.m. After 4 p.m. only checks or exact cash amount can be accepted.
What Is The Purpose Of The GED® Test?
The GED® is a means for an individual who has not completed high school to demonstrate 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®.
Who Can Take the GED®?
Persons who have not graduated from an accredited high school, are not currently enrolled in an accredited high school or have never received a high school equivalency diploma may take the GED® tests.
A student must also be a Washington State resident and provide a Washington State address.
Non–citizens, including refugees and legal and illegal immigrants, may also take the GED® if they meet all other requirements.
Students must be 16 years or older and if between 16 and 18 years, must submit a permission form from their current school district, not their last attended school district. (Home schooled students do not have to submit this form.)
This form is called the "Request for Approval to Test for Certificate of Educational Competence". In Seattle, contact the nearest Parent Information Center, listed under Seattle Schools. If homeschooled, the student must submit a "Notarized Statement/Letter for Home School Students Taking the Test for Certificate of Educational Competence." Please call 206.934.6344 to request a form.
What Is The GED® Test Like?
The GED® exam includes tests in 5 separate subjects. Social Studies, Science, and Language Arts: Reading are all multiple–choice with 5 possible answers. The Language Arts: Writing Test includes both a multiple–choice section and a short essay. The Math Test has both multiple–choice and alternate forms of answers, such as graphing. Also, the Math Test is divided into two parts.
|Part I(a)–Language Arts: Writing (50 questions, 75 minutes)|
|30% Sentence Structure|
|Part I(b)–Language Arts: Writing (Essay, 45 minutes)|
|Part II–Social Studies (50 questions, 70 minutes)|
|25% Civics and Government|
|20% Political Science|
|Part III–Science (50 questions, 80 minutes)|
|45% Life Science|
|20% Earth and Space Science|
|35% Physical Science|
|Part IV–Language Arts: Reading (40 questions, 65 minutes)|
|75% drama, poetry, prose fiction|
|25% non–fiction texts|
|Part V–Mathematics (50 questions, 90 minutes, divided into two 45-min sections)|
|20–30% Number Operations & Number Sense|
|20–30% Measurement & Geometry|
|20–30% Data Analysis, Statistics, Probability|
|20–30% Algebra Functions & Patterns|
I Am On Public Financial Assistance. Where Can I Get Help With Fees?
There are no fee waivers by the testing office and a voucher or payment must be made before testing begins. Some students enrolled in GED® classes at the Seattle Vocational Institute (SVI) have their test fee paid by SVI. Please call 206.934.4950 for more information. Students can also apply to the Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS) for a fee voucher.
What Do I Need To Bring To The Test?
Photo ID is the most important item: no ID, no testing — no exceptions. The preferred forms are driver license, state ID, passport, or other government–issued ID. Other ID may be used if it has a photo, signature, and birthdate.
If students are under 19 years of age, they must also bring the signed permission form mentioned above. Students should know their Social Security Number although a GED® ID# will be issued to those who do not have or wish to provide a Social Security Number. The appropriate fees should also be brought to the Orientation. Nothing else is necessary.
Seattle Central will provide pencils, pens, scratch paper, and calculator. Students may not use their own calculator or any reference materials, and will be asked to place personal items in a separate area during the test. Pagers, phones, and other messaging and electronic devices must be turned off and turned in to the Examiner until the exam is over. Friends and family must wait outside the testing room.
How Is The Test Scored?
The test is scored based on test results of 20,000 high school graduates. The number of correct answers, or raw score, is converted to a standard score between 200–800. Students will be given these standard scores. To pass any individual subject test, a minimum standard score of 410 is required. Passing the entire GED® exam requires a minimum standard score of 410 on each subject and a total standard score for all 5 subjects of 2250 or higher.
How Soon Are Results Available, And How Do I Get Them?
Results may be obtained in person at the Seattle Central testing office after showing a photo ID. Multiple–choice tests are scored by computer and are generally available the next morning.
Essays are sent to the official Washington State GED® Essay Scoring Center and results are generally returned within two to three weeks. Please note that results are not automatically mailed after testing, and are NEVER released by phone or email.
Once you have completed your entire GED® certificate, you may need an official score report to show to a potential employer, or to apply to a college or apprenticeship. You can do this online at GEDverify.org and have scores sent to them directly, or to yourself.
How Can I Prepare For The Test?
GED® preparation books are available in most bookstores and libraries. Books by the Steck–Vaughn company are widely used. Seattle Central also provides GED® preparation classes 206.934.4180 or visit our Adult Basic Education page for information, as does SVI 206.934.4950. Online preparation help is also available at GEDonline.org and gedpractice.com.
I Have A Disability. What Kind Of Help Is Available?
A wide range of accommodations is available to students with a documented disability. They include, but are not limited to, extended time, extra breaks, Braille, scribe and private rooms. Candidates should contact the Seattle Central Advocate, Al Souma, at 206.934.4169 to discuss possible accommodations and the process for approval.
What If I Don't Pass?
Individual tests may be taken up to three times per year, with the year beginning Jan 1. However, all five tests must be taken once before any individual test can be retaken. Each subject retaken is $30 per test.
I Took Part Of TheGED® Elsewhere. What Do I Do?
Students should inform the staff they have taken tests at different sites. The staff can access those scores if they were earned in Washington State, and will determine which tests should be taken. If the scores were earned in another sate, the student will need to obtain an Official Copy of those scores in order to transfer them. Students who neglect to inform the Examiner of prior test scores may have their tests voided or be required to pay additional fees. Any scores earned before Jan. 1, 2002, are no longer valid.
When And Where Do I Test?
GED® testing takes place every Tuesday, excepting holidays and the last two weeks in June. They are held in the Testing Office at Seattle Central, room BE1106. Enter the Main Entrance from Broadway, and turn right onto the main college hallway. Testing is the first office on the right side. APPOINTMENTS ARE NOT REQUIRED but an orientation is.
The first time a student tests at Seattle Central, he/she must attend an 8 a.m. orientation. This orientation is mandatory. After orientation, testing is conducted from 9 until noon and from 1 until 4 p.m. About once per month, on the third Tuesday, testing also continues from 4:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Math Tests are only given at 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. All other tests may be taken at any time during the above hours, as long as there is enough time left in the session for the maximum time limit.
If the above dates and times are not convenient, testing may be continued at another site. Please call these sites for testing schedules. A more complete listing for Washington State is available upon request.
|Lake Washington Technical College||Kirkland||425.739.8115|
|North Seattle Community College||Seattle||206.934.3674|
|Shoreline Community College||Seattle||206.546.4636|
|South Seattle Community College||Seattle||206.934.5349|
How Long Can I Take To Finish All Five Tests?
A student may take one test and then not test again for weeks, months, or years. However, the entire test is 7.25 hours long, and most students take at least two weekly sessions to complete it. The final, nationwide deadline for completing the current 5–part GED® test is December 31, 2013. The new, 4–part computerized GED® Test will take effect in January 2014. For information on the new test, visit gedtestingservice.com
Once I've Passed All Five Tests, What Happens?
When all five tests have been passed, Seattle Central will automatically apply for the certificate from Olympia. The GED® certificate will first be mailed to the college and will then be mailed, along with an official score report, to the address on the student's original application form. If there is a request that the certificate be held, the student will be contacted by phone for pick up. If the certificate is mailed, but returned as undeliverable, it will remain on file at the college until the student claims it.