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Computerized GED® Test:

To register, pay for and schedule GED® testing go to: www.ged.com

Skagit Valley College, Whidbey Island Campus offers the current version of 2014 GED® test on a computer in a proctored testing center.  The GED® test must still be taken at an official GED® testing center. The GED is a series of four tests given to provide people with a certificate of competency if they have not completed their high school education.

Minimum Requirements

 To take GED tests, candidates must meet the following requirement:

  1. Must be a Washington State resident.
  2. Must be at least 16 years of age.
  3. Must not be currently attending high school.
  4. If under 19 years of age, candidates must provide a high school release form. This can be obtained from the high school in the area you currently reside (this does not need to be the last high school you attended) or if home schooled, notarized statement of home schooling. Both forms are avaiable by emailing Paulette.Ferris@skagit.edu.

Current Identification (ID) is required. The following are acceptable forms of ID:

  • Washington State Driver's License
  • Washington State Photo ID
  • Military ID
  • Valid Passport

The ID must also include the student's name, address, date of birth, signature, and photograph.

Note: Student ID cards, ASB cards, temporary driver's license/ID, out of state ID and expired ID are not acceptable forms of ID.

Costs

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.

This amount is paid to online at www.ged.com  through your My GED Account or Call Pearson Vue Customer Service: 1-877-392-6433 (1-877-EXAMGED). If you do not have a MyGED Account, you must create one at the www.ged.com website.

Orientation and Testing Schedule

SUMMER 2014

Before scheduling your GED Test:

All GED examinees/students need to have an active email account in order to complete the new GED registration process. Free email accounts can be created at www.gmail.com or www.hotmail.com or at www.yahoo.com.

To register, pay for, and schedule your GED tests, go to gwww.ged.com to create your MyGEDAccount. If you have any questions or need assistance with your online registration, please contact Pearson Vue Customer Service: 1-877-392-6433 (1-877-EXAMGED). Or Visit MyGED ™ How to Guide  to learn how to navigate and help you set up your MyGED™ account.

If you need testing accommodations, there is a question you can check (during the registration process) and information will be provided on what needs to be done. (See accommodations section below)

Registration is required a minimum of 24 hours prior to the testing date/time you want to schedule. Seating is limited so early registration is strongly recommended. Cancellations 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.

 

Computer Based Testing Schedule

Day

Dates

Times

Test 

Tuesdays

Sept. 9, 16 & 23

Oct. 7, 14 & 21

Nov 4 & 25

Dec. 2, 9 & 16

4:15 PM–8:30 PM

 

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

Or

Call Pearson Vue Customer Service: 1-877-392-6433 (1-877-EXAMGED).

Saturdays

 

 

Sept. 13, 20 & 27

Oct. 11, 18 & 25

Nov. 8, 15 & 29

Dec. 6, 13 & 20

12:30 PM-4:30 PM

 

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

Or

Call Pearson Vue Customer Service: 1-877-392-6433 (1-877-EXAMGED).

On Day of Scheduled Test:

All testers must arrive at least 15 minutes early to check in (Room 103, Hayes Hall), so we can complete the admissions process. This will allow us to start your test according to the time you scheduled. Testers will then be escorted into Testing Center in Room 112, Hayes Hall.  Appointments and payment must be made in advance online at www.ged.com. 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.

Bring Current ID – WA driver’s license, WA State ID, military ID card or U.S. Passport. 

Student ID cards, learner’s permits, temporary driver’s licenses/ID’s, out of state ID and expired ID’s/driver’s licenses are not accepted. The ID must also include the student’s name, address, date of birth, signature, and photograph. Do not bring an expired ID; you will not be allowed to test. No exceptions will be made! Your ID must be current, and with a signature on it.

NOTE: The name on your ID must exactly match your name in the GED® registration/database or you will not be allowed to test. If your name has changed due to marriage, divorce, or legal name change, bring the documentation or you will not be allowed to test.

All materials needed for testing will be provided. Personal items need to be left at home or placed in our storage lockers before testing. Personal items include backpacks, hats, coats, jackets, sweaters, cell phones, pagers, CD players, iPods, cameras and other electronic equipment. Use of any electronic device is strictly prohibited!

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 receive a form after you complete your day's tests with instructions on how to access your GED test scores.

Accommodations

Accommodations:

  1. For anyone seeking special accommodations for the GED test, you must complete the appropriate accommodations request form. Accommodation forms and information are available online at www.gedtestingservice.com.  Candidates who need Accommodations must:
    1. Create a MyGED™ account by signing up on www.ged.com or log-in to your MyGED™ account if you have an active account. During the registration process, candidates seeking accommodations will select, “yes” when asked if they intend to apply for testing modifications (accommodations) based upon a documented disability. After selecting “yes,” test-takers will receive an email with specific information on where to submit their accommodations request form and supporting documents, which will include a link to the accommodations website http://www.gedtestingservice.com/accommodations.
    2. Visit MyGED ™ How to Guide to learn how to navigate and help you set up your MyGED™ account.

 

  1. If test-takers indicate “yes” to the accommodations question during registration (they do want to take their GED® tests with accommodations), but they later change their mind and do not want to request accommodations, what should they do? 

Test-takers can log into MyGED™ at www.ged.com and withdraw their intention to apply for accommodations.                                                                                                                                                         

  1. Can candidates schedule their GED® tests with accommodation online?

No. After test-takers are approved for accommodations, they will get an email with instructions to contact the Pearson VUE Accommodations Scheduling Team.

Test Preparation

Test Preparation

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

1)  ADULT BASIC EDUCATION - Adult Basic Education (ABE) Skagit Valley College offers Adult Basic Education (ABE) courses for students who do not have a high school diploma and who need instruction in reading, writing, math, or GED (General Education Development) test preparation. If you need help in the subjects on the GED tests, you may want to register for Adult Basic Education classes offered by the college. If you are under 19 years old, you must meet with a counselor prior to registering for the Adult Basic Education classes.  The course cost is $25 per quarter and you must sign up for it at the registration office. Daytime and evening courses are available. Students may enroll for class during open enrollment beginning each quarter.

2)  SVC Whidbey Island Campus Library (360-679-3522) Whidbey Library has a selection of practice books available for 3-day checkout for those students enrolled in a SVC Adult Basic Education class.

3)   Visit www.GEDtestingservice.com/tutorials to prepare for 2014 Computer-Based GED Testing.

4)   Visit GED Practice to access the free sample practice.

5)   Or, you may prepare on your own and when you are ready for each test, you can purchase GED READY ™: The Official 2014 GED Practice Test for $6.00 each. Be sure that any preparation materials you chose 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 prior to December 31, 2013?

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


1. 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.

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

Test Results

Test Scores:

The 2014 GED® test will be on a new scale of 100 to 200 points with a passing score of 150 for each subject. Candidates will need to reach a score of at least 150 on each subject and a total score of 600 or higher across the four-subject tests in order to receive the GED® test credential. Students may also earn an “Honors” score if they receive a score of 170 or higher on any subject. See below for the full score scale:

•          Below Passing:            100 – 149

•          Passing Score:             150 – 169

•          Honors Passing Score: 170 – 200

Note: 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. Retests are also $30 for each subject. You may take each module/subject 3 times without waiting. If you don’t pass a subject after the third try, you must wait 60 days before trying again.

For more information, contact Paulette Ferris, Chief GED Examiner, at Paulette.Ferris@skagit.edu or by calling 360.679.5384.