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LCC will continue to operate remotely until further notice (a list of face-to-face and hybrid classes for fall is now available). Medical Assisting, Nursing, Machining and Welding resumed limited lab activity on May 5. Applications for emergency funding assistance are still being accepted. - Learn More.
Due to precautions related to COVID-19, please note the following information:
Virtual Help Center
Our Testing staff is available via our Virtual Help Center to support you and answer your questions.
Follow the link below between the hours of 9:00 am - 4:00 pm, Monday - Friday.
The GED® test is a second chance to put your education first.
The General Educational Development (GED) credential is widely recognized by colleges, training schools, and employers as equivalent to a high school diploma.
Learn more about GED Testing. Call us today at (360) 442-2360
Most colleges and universities accept GED score reports in place of high school transcripts. Most employers also accept the GED.
In order to receive federal financial aid, a student must have completed high school, obtained a GED, or show Ability to Benefit.
Sign up at GED.com.
Signing up online gives you 24/7 access from your computer, smartphone, or tablet. There is no cost to sign up.
You will need an email address in order to create your account. If you do not have an email address, GED provides the link to create one.
You may take the GED if you have not graduated from an accredited high school, have not received a high school equivalency diploma and are not currently enrolled in an accredited high school. You must terminate your enrollment in high school and not be currently enrolled in any high school course work before taking a GED test.
You must also be a Washington State resident and provide a valid current Washington State government issued ID at the time of testing. If you cannot provide identification, you cannot take the test.
Testers age 16 - 18
Complete Request for Approval to Test form:
Home school testers
$30 per test, or $120 for the entire GED series (4 exams).
Students get two $10 retakes per subject if taken 12 months after the initial test. Students can retest three times on the same subject without waiting, and after the third attempt they must wait 60 days before trying again.
The GED series consists of 4 parts:
Take a GED Practice Test
Visit GED.com for an in-depth look at the content required for each GED test, along with other valuable information that will help you prepare, including access to study tools, free practice test questions, and GED Ready™: The Official Practice Test.
Take Preparatory Classes
Contact Lower Columbia College Transitional Studies at (360) 442-2580 to sign up for Adult Basic Education classes at just $25 per quarter. Financial assistance is available to those who qualify.
Study on Your Own
GED textbooks are available at the LCC Bookstore and at your local library.
Valid Washington State ID required
Bring a valid Washington State government issued photo ID. If you cannot provide identification,
you cannot take the test. No exceptions.
If you have a valid and current out-of-state government issued photo ID, you must provide supplemental documentation proving Washington residency. Proof may come in the form of: a current utility bill, current apartment lease, or property tax bill, etc.
Nothing else besides your government issued ID is necessary for testing. If examinees choose to use their own calculator they must provide a TI-30xs. No other calculators will be accepted.
All other items must be stored in a locker. We will provide you with a locker key to store these items. Friends and family must wait outside the testing room (in the Admissions Center lobby).
Each part of the GED exam has a time limit:
The GED® test will have a passing score of 145 for each subject. Therefore, students will need to reach a score of at least 145 on each subject and a total score of 580 or higher across all four subjects in order to receive the GED® test credential. See below for the full score scale:
Below Passing: 100 – 144
Passing Score: 145 – 164
GED® College Ready: 165 – 174
GED® College Ready + Credit: 175 – 200
Scores will be available within 3 hours of completion of each test module by logging into your account at GED.com.
Lower Columbia College no longer issues paper copies of GED transcripts in the Testing Center.
To obtain your GED transcript:
Special accommodations are available for people with disabilities. Accommodations may take at least one month to process. Contact the Testing Office or see GED Testing Service/Accommodations.
Spanish practice tests are available. You can opt to take your GED exam in Spanish when you schedule by logging in to your account at GED.com.