Points To Remember When Taking The GED From Washington State

How to Get GED in Washington State?

Conducted all over US and at international locations, this test provides non-graduating adults with opportunities for post-secondary education and better career prospects. The test measures and evaluates your academic cognition and skills at high school level and awards a high school equivalent credential. Developed and maintained by GEDTS, a program of the American Council on Education, it is a standardized exam with strict scoring criteria and pass marks; however, depending on the jurisdiction where you take the test, there may be differences in the test taking policies. Here is an introduction to the state specific policies, requirements and programs in the state.

GED in the Washington State

Within the United States, it is administered and credentials are awarded by respective jurisdictions/states. And each state or jurisdiction may have its own specific criteria or special requirements for the test. It is the State Board for Community and Technical Colleges (SBCTC) that manages/supervises the test. Close to 14,000 WA residents are reported to achieve their certificates, every year. Here is a list of important pointers.





  • The credentials are issued to WA residents only.
  • Minimum age of taking the test is 19 years without any exceptions; while those who have completed 16 years may be allowed to take the test if they provide supporting documents. In addition, people who are active members of the military, reserve forces and National Guard can take it. Young people who are under detention or in jails or correction facilities may also take the test subject to conditions (http://www.sbctc.edu/public/_y_gedtesteligibility.aspx).
  • Three language editions are available for this test-English, French, and Spanish.
  • For passing, you should achieve a minimum of 410 marks in each of the five subject tests and 2250 marks overall.
  • Successful candidates are awarded a Certificate of Educational Competency.

For more information on jurisdictional policies and other significant details, check the official website (http://www2.acenet.edu/gedtest/policy/index.cfm). Or you may contact the State Administrator of GED (gedadmin@sbctc.edu).

Preparing for and Taking GED

The test is scheduled and administered by the test centers individually. SBCTC does maintain a centralized schedule. You may directly contact the test centers for the registration and scheduling.

  • A list of all the test centers in the Washington state is available online (http://www.sbctc.edu/public/_y_gedtestingctrs.aspx).
  • STCBC also publishes a downloadable guidebook on the test centers, which includes details like address, registration procedure, contact information and directions for each of the test centers in the state.
  • All community and technical colleges in the state offer preparation programs that might fit your pocket. In addition, many community-based establishments in the state extend affordable programs.
  • You may also check the Adult Basic Education providers' directory available on the website (http://sbctc.edu/college/_e-abe_providerslist.aspx).
  • For general guidance and pointers to preparation and for buying the official practice test you may check the website (http://www.acenet.edu/Content/NavigationMenu/ged/test/prep/Prepare_GED.htm).

Getting the GED Transcript

Generally, the transcripts are delivered by mail. This is a free service.

  • To request your copy of the transcript, you may mail or fax the request form to the Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges. The transcript request form is available online at: http://www.sbctc.edu/docs/ged/transcript_request_form.pdf.
  • Transcript requests received through email or over phone are not accepted.
  • Companies may verify candidate's results by faxing a request to 360-704-4414. Such requests should be accompanied by a signed information release from the candidate. More details on the transcripts are available at: http://www.sbctc.edu/public/_y_gedrecordsrequest.aspx.

If you are a non-graduating adult in WA, who wants to enhance opportunities by taking up a credential, this program can assist you in all possible ways from providing the required guidance and support to delivering your transcripts. They can also help you find local preparation programs, if you need help in preparing for the test. You should just grab this opportunity to continue with your education and achieve better professional success!