GED Washington: Preparation for the Washington GED Exam

The General Education Development (GED) certificate will open new doors of opportunity to those who earn one. Read this article for more information about the GED program in Washington state.

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The GED Tests provides the opportunity to earn the equivalent of a state of Washington High School Diploma. Successfully completing each subject section will earn you a GED diploma, issued by the Washington State Department of Education. Many employers and colleges accept this certificate as they would a traditional high school diploma.


  • Active military members (including National Guard and reserves)
  • Directed by a court order
  • At least 19 years old
  • Haven't graduated from high school
  • Not enrolled in high school

If you are between 16 and 18 years old:

  • Have not graduated from high school
  • Not enrolled in high school
  • Have been judged by a school district to have reason for leaving high school
  • Have completed a program of home study as certified by parent(s) or guardian(s) who provided the program
  • Have completed an individual student program administered by a certified Educational Clinic

Exam Format

The exam consists of five different subject sections taken over seven and a half hours:

  • Language Arts - Writing (includes 45 minute essay)
  • Language Arts - Reading
  • Mathematics (calculator may be used on Part I but not Part II)
  • Science
  • Social Studies


All states report GED tests on the standard score scale that ranges from 200 (lowest) to 800 (highest). The minimum passing score on each test is 410.

Registration and Fees

Contact the Washington Department of Education, ,, for testing centers in your area. $75 is the fee for taking the entire exam (five tests) first time. Retesting fees vary from location to location.


Visit your local library or bookstore or go online to find available GED practice materials. Inquire at your local community college or adult learning center for information about GED prep courses.

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