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. Students will be in class with others who are preparing for the GED®, working on their high school diploma, or just trying to improve their skills.

We offer classes at our main campus on Broadway on Capitol Hill, generally in the mornings and evenings. There is one "Special Topics" class that covers science and social studies; it is held in the afternoon.

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. However, for students 16-21, we recommend Learning Center Seattle. This program is designed for students who are choosing not to continue in their high schools; it includes wraparound supports and eventual free college tuition, if you are still in this age range and once you've passed the GED®.

Courses Available

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

  • GED® Math
  • Preparation Math
  • Level 2, 3, 4 and 6/ALEKS Math
  • GED® Communications
  • Communications
  • Level 2, 3, 4 Communications

All new students must take an orientation class. Morning and evening orientations for new students will be held during breaks before the upcoming quarter. Orientation must be completed before you can enroll in class. Please open the flyer on the right-hand side (or below for small screens) to see dates for when you can register for orientation. When you come in, bring a picture ID and $25 for tuition. Tuition is for orientation; the classes you are placed in at the end of orientation are included in this tuition. Tuition does not include the fee for practice or official GED® tests.

How to Enroll

Dates to register for orientation (Winter 2020):

  • Thursday Dec. 19, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. / 4 – 8 p.m.
  • Thursday Jan. 2, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. / 4 – 8 p.m.
  • Thursday Jan. 9,  10 a.m. - 2 p.m. / 4 – 8 p.m. 
  • Thursday Jan. 23, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. / 4 – 8 p.m.  
  • Thursday Jan. 30, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. / 4 – 8 p.m. 

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.

To register

  1. Visit room BE3122 on the Seattle Central main campus. Bring a picture ID and $25 for tuition.
  2. Register for orientation.
  3. Pay the $25 tuition.
  4. Start attending classes on the first day of the quarter.

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.