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Whidbey Island Campus Testing

The GED is a series of four tests that provides people with a certificate of competency.  Testing at Skagit Valley College Whidbey Island Campus is done per the schedule below.  All testers must arrive 15 minutes early to check in at Hayes Hall, Room 103.   Appointments and payment  must be made in advance online at www.ged.com. If you have any questions, please contact Paulette Ferris, GED Test Administrator, at Paulette.Ferris@skagit.edu.

Minimum Requirements

 Test Candidates Must Meet the Following Requirements:

  1. Must be a Washington State resident.
  2. Must be at least 16 years of age.
  3. If under 19 years of age, provide an approval to test form signed by the student's local Washington high school representative (ex: Oak Harbor, South Whidbey, Coupeville or Anacortes). This form can be obtained from the high school or if home schooled, notarized statement of home schooling. Both forms are also available by emailing Paulette.Ferris@skagit.edu. Prior to scheduling your GED® test, you must submit the appropriate forms to the Testing Center and have them approved by the GED® Manager. Once the forms are approved, then the test candidate may schedule the GED® test online.
  4. Valid ID: Current WA driver's license, Current WA State ID, Current Military ID card or Current U.S. Passport.  Student ID cards, temporary driver's license, out of state ID and/or expired ID are not accepted and you will not be allowed to test.

Costs

Fee Rates (all fees paid online at www.ged.com):

The total cost for the four tests is $120.00 ($30.00 for each test subject). Retest fee is $30.00 for each test subject.  All fees are subject to change.

Orientation and Testing Schedule

Before scheduling your GED® Test:

You must register, schedule and pay online at (www.ged.com) or call Pearson Vue Customer Service: 1-877-392-6433. You will need an email account and be able to pay with a debit, credit, or pre-paid debit card.

Registration must be completed 24 hours prior to the testing date/time you want to schedule. Seating is limited so early registration is strongly recommended. Cancellations and rescheduling must be made at (www.ged.com) or phone with Pearson VUE 24 hours in advance or examinees/students will not be reimbursed for a missed test.

Accommodation for disability:

Testing accommodations are available for people with disabilities.  During the registration process, you will receive an email indicating where you will submit your accommodations request form and supporting documentation.  Please note that accommodations may take at least one month to process. Contact the Testing Office or see GED Testing Service/Accommodations.

 

Computer Based Testing Schedule

Day

Dates

Times

Test 

Tuesdays

January 6, 13 & 20

February 3, 10 & 17

March 3, 10, 17 & 24

 

4:15 PM–8:30 PM

 

 

Computer (Register, schedule and pay online at www.ged.com)

Saturdays

 

 

January 10, 17 & 24

February 7, 14 & 21

March 7, 14, 21 & 28

 

12:30 PM-4:30 PM

 

 

Computer (Register, schedule and pay online at www.ged.com)

 

On The Day of the Scheduled Test:

  • Please check in at our Testing Center (Room 103, Hayes Hall), 15 minutes prior to your scheduled test times so we can complete the admissions process. This will allow us to start your test according to the time you scheduled. Please be aware that you can schedule more than one test on any testing day, but you will not be able to take all four GED tests in one day.

NOTE: If you are more than 15 minutes late it is up to the discretion of the testing center as to whether or not you will be able to test. This decision is dependent on the availability of a computer. If we are unable to accommodate you, because you are late you will not be able to test and your payment will be forfeited.

  • Present valid and current ID, which displays your name, address, date of birth, signature and photograph (may not be photocopies or expired. The name on this ID must exactly match the name on your registration.
  • You will read and sign the GED agreement document.
  • You will sign in electronically, have your photo taken, and sign in-and-out on a log sheet.
  • You will have the use of an erasable board and pen during (as “scratch paper”).
  • You will store all outerwear and belongings (including watches, large jewelry, all electronics) in lockers in our hallway; ONLY your locker key and ID are allowed in the test lab. Lockers are 12” x 13” x 18”; leave anything larger at home. Staff cannot watch personal items and Skagit Valley College is not responsible for lost or stolen items.
  •  Use of any electronic device is strictly prohibited! Cell phones are strictly forbidden in the testing room. If you are found with a cell phone during testing, you will be escorted out and your test will not be scored. You will also need to reschedule and pay for another test. No food and drinks are allowed in the testing room.
  • If you schedule more than one test during the same session, you will be allowed a 10-minute break between them. Return within the 10 minutes; if you take longer, those minutes will be deducted from your second test allowance. (Schedule your test separately rather than “back-to-back” if you want a longer break).
  • You may schedule for either English or Spanish tests (all 4 tests must be in the same language).
  • With the exception of the ten-minute breaks between tests (when scheduled for more than one) and between the two parts of the Language Arts Test, there are NO BREAKS during testing. The ONLY exception to this is if you have an approved accommodation in effect.

The following is list of the four tests content areas and length of time (in minutes) each test will take:Table is scrollable from left to right

Length of Testing Time in Minutes

Test

Length of Testing Time (In Minutes)

Reasoning Through Language Arts (RLA)

150 minutes (including a 10 minute break)

Mathematical Reasoning

115 minutes

Science

90 minutes

Social Studies

90 minutes

After completing your scheduled test(s):

  • Prior to leaving the testing center you will return all material provided by the test center and sign out on the Log Sheet.
  • Test Scores: You will receive a form after you complete your day's tests with instructions on how to access your GED test scores. And you will receive an email directing you to MyGED™ to view your score(s).

Scoring:

The 2015 test will be on a new scale of 100 to 200 points with a Passing Standard of 150 points on each module. Candidates will need to reach a score of at least 150 on each of the four content modules in order to receive a high school equivalency credential. There is no longer compensation between the test modules to offset lower scores on one module with higher scores on another module as there was on the 2002 Series GED Test. The cut score for GED with Honors, representing performance consistent with readiness for career and college, has been set at 170.

What if I do not pass a module?

If any one test is under the minimum passing score, then that module may be retaken. The system will have 3 forms of the test and will make sure that the student does not take the same form twice. There is a retake fee charged per module. Students can re-test on the same version after 60 days from the last test. See www.ged.com for more information on Retake Requirements.

Test Preparation

Test Preparation

Test takers may choose to prepare for the GED through a variety of ways:

1)  Registration Office (360-679–5330)

Adult Basic Education (ABE) classes are available at Skagit Valley College – Whidbey Island Campus.  The fee is $25 per quarter.  Tuition waivers are available based on family size and income.

2)   Visit www.GEDtestingservice.com/tutorials to prepare for Computer-Based GED Testing.

3) For Math, visit On-screen calculator demonstration video shows students how to use the test's built-in calculator.  (Click here to view in Spanish)

4)   Visit GED Practice to access the free practice test today and get a preview of the content and technology that are part of the 2014 GED® test. The free practice test is available in English and Spanish. 

 5)   Or, at MyGED, you may take the official practice tests, GED Ready, for $6.00 each. Your score will give you a good idea if you are ready to take the operational test at a Testing Center. Your results will give feedback on your answers, with direction in how to prepare in your areas of weakness. Available in English and Spanish.

NOTE: If you prepare on your own be sure that any preparation materials you chose or purchase are for the 2014 GED® Test. Visit http://www.gedmarketplace.com/GED_Test_Prep_GED_Marketplace_s/162.htm.

GED Transcript or Certificate

How do I get a copy of a GED Transcript or Certificate that was earned in the past?

A person who has previously passed the GED test battery and needs a duplicate transcript or certificate can:

Go to https://gedverify.org to request your Transcript. You need to create an account. GED® Test Verify is an online service that provides verification of GED® status and official GED® transcripts for those who have tested in Washington State before January 1, 2014. Note: GED® Test Verify only contains GED® records for those who tested in Washington State or were residents of Washington State at the time of testing.

If you have any questions, please contact Paulette Ferris, GED Test Administrator, at Paulette.Ferris@skagit.edu.

Transcript or Certificate Information for GED® tests taken after January 1, 2014 is available at http://www.gedtestingservice.com/testers/gedrequest-a-transcript.