General Education Development

GED LogoGED® Testing Service is a joint venture between Pearson and the American Council on Education (ACE). GED® Testing Service provides opportunities to transform lives, support families, and build stronger communities. We offer any adult who wants it the opportunity to earn a high school equivalency credential, prepare for a better job, support their family, and realize their dream for a better life.  The test is part of the 2014 GED® program, the only high school equivalency program built to help adults qualify for college, training, or a good job with good wages.  At GED® Testing Service believe that everyone deserves a fighting chance at a good job with good wages. That's why the 2014 GED® program includes start-to-finish support and a test based on what's needed to succeed in college and jobs.


  • The first GED® test was created in 1942 and is updated every 10-15 years

  • The 2014 GED® test takes a little more than seven hours to complete

  • The 2014 GED® test is administered year-round at more than 1,500 testing centers worldwide

  • People with a high school credential earn $568,000 more in a lifetime than people without a high school credential.

The Test

ClassroomThe 2014 GED® test is a four-subject high school equivalency test that measures skills required by high schools and requested by colleges and employers. The four subjects are Science, Social Studies, and Mathematical Reasoning, and Reasoning through Language Arts.  It is offered in English and Spanish and delivered on computer at an official GED® testing center. After you pass the GED® test, your diploma or credential will be issued by your state but you'll receive a GED® transcript to apply to college, start training, or get a better job.

1. The Reasoning Through Language Arts test is 155 minutes and is three sections:

  • Section 1 (35 minutes) tests all content

  • Section 2 (45 minutes) is the Extended Response portion of the test

  • Student break ( 10 minutes)

  • Section 3 ( 60 minutes) tests all content

(Note: There is a 5 minute check in time and 150 minute testing time per Pearson VUE)

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2. The Mathematical Reasoning test is 120 minutes and is one single section with two parts.

  • Part 1 - ( First 5 questions) calculators are not allowed

  • Part 2 - ( Remaining 41 test questions) calculators are allowed

(Note: There is a 5 minute check in time and 115 minute testing time per Pearson VUE)

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3. The Social Studies test is 95 minutes and testing is two section:

  • Section 1 ( 65 minutes) tests all content

  • Section 2 ( 25 minutes) is the Extended Response portion of the test

(Note: There is a 5 minute check in time and 90 minute testing time per Pearson VUE)

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4. The Science test is 95 minutes and is one single section. There are two short answer questions, but they are not timed separately. Students are expected to manage their time and spend about 10 minutes on each of the short answer questions.

(Note: There is a 5 minute check in time and 90 minute testing time per Pearson VUE)

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ClassroomPassing Score

The GED® test will have a passing score of 150 on each test part.  Therefore, you must reach a score of at least 150 on each part and a total score of 600 across the four-part battery in order to receive your GED® test credential.


The cost for each exam is $30.00 payable online through your MYGED® portal account at Payment method is by credit card (Visa, Master, pre-paid credit, or debit). The total cost for all four exams is $120.00.


The retake fee is $10 per subject.  Students who don't pass get two discounted retakes for every subject purchased. The discounted rate is automatically calculated in your MYGED® account shopping cart. Discounted retakes are good for 12 months after the initial test attempt.  Students can test three times on the same subject without waiting.  After the third attempt, there is a 60 day wait before testing again.


In Washington, you must be 19 years old in order to test.  If you are between 16 and 18 years old and not enrolled or graduated from high school, you may also be eligible. For more information visit

Getting Started

1. Before testing visit to register and create a MYGED® account. Please note: Your name and signature must exactly match your valid photo-identification that is presented at the test center. If your name and signature does not match you will not be able to sit for your exam and you will not receive a refund. To change your name, contact Pearson VUE at 1-877-EXAM-GED® or 1-877-392-6433, Monday through Friday, 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., CST.

2. What if I don't have an email account? No problem. will provide you may get a step by step instructions for creating an email account.

3. Schedule a test through your MyGED® portal account, by clicking on "Start Scheduling" icon.  You will be ask to review the testing policies before selecting your exams.  Select the content areas (GED® exam subject), location, date, and time you want to take during this appointment. Lake Washington Institute of Technology offers GED® testing every Thursday between 8:00 am and 2:00 pm.

4. Payment must be made in full through your MYGED® portal account.

5. You must cancel your test 24 hours in advance to receive a refund.

6.    Requests for disability accommodation must be made through your MYGED® portal account.  For more information on accommodations, email

The Day Of

ClassroomYou must:

Arrive 15 minutes early prior to your schedule test time. Late arrivals will not be permitted to test. No refunds.

Bring an official government-issued photo identification such as a driver's license, state ID card, or passport.

Bring a pre-purchased testing voucher with a name that exactly matches your government - issued photo identification.

Get a Lake Washington Institute of Technology student identification number from our Enrollment Services in West Building, room W201 before testing.

Provide additional documentation if you are between 16 - 18 years old. Forms are available on

Note: Please arrange for childcare as children are not permitted in the Assessment Center.  Also, tests may be cancelled due to holidays or emergency school closures.

Requesting a GED® transcript

If you have passed all five of the tests and earned a total score of 2250 or more and need a copy of your transcript, make the request through the GED® Testing Service. Select the state or jurisdiction (Washington). If you tested on or after 2002, click on Washington - tested on or after 2002.  If you tested before 2002, click on Washington - tested before 2002.

(Note: The LWTech Assessment center no longer print GED® transcripts. Effective January 1, 2014 the total passing score have changed to 600)

Adult Basic Education Program  Preparation Classes
Lake Washington Institute of Technology offers GED® preparation classes and pre-tests through the Adult Basic Education program for a fee of $25. Please visit our Academic Skills Center in the Library, room T217 or call (425) 739-8656 for more information.