The General Educational Development (GED) examination tests the examinees knowledge in subject areas studied in high school, which allows those who have not completed a traditional high school education the opportunity to earn a high school equivalency diploma. This nearly 8 hour examination uses real-world examples to test your knowledge. If you live in Washington State the GED examination is overseen by the Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges, and you must meet the requirement set forth by this board to qualify for the exam.
Washington State GED Eligibility Requirements:
You are eligible to take the Washington State GED Examination if you are at least 16 years of age. Those who are under 18 cannot be currently enrolled in high school and have been adjudged by their school district. You may also qualify to take the Washington State GED Examination if you have been home schooled and have a notarized letter from your legal guardian or parents stating you are ready to take the GED examination.
If you are 19 years old or older, you qualify to take the Washington State GED Examination if you have not earned a high school diploma or a high school equivalency diploma from Washington or another state and are not currently enrolled in a high school program.
In order to take the GED examination, you must also be a Washington State resident and be able to prove your residency to the GED testing facility upon registration.
Registering for the Washington State GED Examination:
Registering for the Washington State GED Examination requires you to contact the GED testing facility nearest you. The Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges offers a list of all authorized testing centers throughout the state. Upon contacting the facility, you must fill out an exam application and provide the center with a valid government-issued photo identification, which showcases your current address, birth date, name and your signature. You must also provide the GED testing center with all required documentation and paperwork. As of 2011, you are required to pay a $75.00 examination fee.
Passing the Washington State GED Examination:
This five part examination covers the following subject areas: mathematics, reading, writing, science and social studies. Within each of these main subject areas are sub-categories and to pass you must score a minimum of 410 on each of the exams and have an average battery score of 450. Lastly, you must have a minimum total score of 2250.
Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges: GED Testing
Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges: GED Testing Centers
Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges: General Information About GED