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General Education Development (GED)

GED® Frequently Asked Questions

How much are the tests?

The current fee for each test is $30 per test.

Where can I take the test?

There are several official testing centers in Washington state. However, Edmonds College has a Testing and Assessment Services on campus.

What do I have to study for the GED® exam?

Starting Jan. 1, 2014, the GED® will consist of four tests in Math, Reading, Social Studies, and Science. These tests will include multiple choice, short response, and extended writing response. It is now a computer-based exam and knowledge of how to use drop down menus; inserting information in text boxes in essential.

Do I have to take classes to take the GED® exam?

No. You do not have to take GED® courses to take the GED® exam; however, courses help prepare you for the exam and provide you with more accurate assessment of your success on the exam.

What if I already took tests before Jan. 1, 2014?

Every 10 years, the GED® reviews its exam so that it reflects the current need in the workplace and education. As a result, tests taken prior to Jan. 1, 2014 will not be accepted. You will need to start over by taking the new computer-based tests.

What is the difference between a GED® and a high school diploma?

Please see our comparison of our GED® and high school completion programs.