Pre-College & Basic Skills
General Education Development (GED)
Green River offers General Educational Development preparation classes to help you successfully pass the GED exam. GED classes are $25 per quarter, and are offered on and off campus during the day and in the evening.
If you are 16 or 17 you will need to provide a "Release of Student" form from your high school before you can attend GED classes at Green River. No one under 16 years old may attend these classes.
You may take the GED if you are age 19 or older. However, if you are 16 to 18 years of age, you may take the GED if you bring an original, signed form from the district office in the school district where you live. This form is called “Request for Approval to Test for Certificate of Educational Competence.” You cannot take the GED without this form if you are under age 19.
Exception for home-schooled students: If you are under age 19 and have been home-schooled, you must either obtain the "Request for Approval to Test" mentioned above, or you may choose to have your parent or guardian write a letter stating that you have completed a home-school program, and have this letter notarized. This letter will serve in place of the "Request for Approval to Test" form.
Green River Community College is a testing center certified to administer the GED test through the GED Testing Service of the American Council on Education. Individuals 16 years of age or older may earn a certificate of educational competency with a satisfactory score on the General Educational Development test. Arrangements for taking the test may be made through the Testing Center. If you have a disability that requires special accommodations, please contact Disability Support Services at 253-833-9111 ext. 2631.
How to Prepare
GED Test preparation courses
Classes are offered for people who want to master the skills required in reading, writing, math, science and social studies to pass the GED exam.
- Classes are held on our main campus and other off-campus locations.
- Students between 16 and 19 years old must get a Release of Student form from their high school before they can register for these classes.
- There is a $25 tuition fee for ABE/GED classes. Tuitions waivers are available for those who qualify.
To enroll in GED preparation courses you will need to take the CASAS assessment which takes approximately 2 1/2 hours.
Steps to Take
- If you are 16, 17, or 18 years old, obtain your "Request for Approval to Test" form.
- Come to the Testing Center any Monday between 9:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m.; bring your under-age waiver if required (above) and current, government-issued, picture ID (i.e. driver's license or passport).
- Pay the $150 GED fee at the Testing Center.
- The first time you come in you will have an orientation that takes approximately 20 minutes.
Note: Should you require accommodations due to a documented Learning/Other Cognitive Disability, Physical/Chronic Health Disability, Emotional/Mental Health Disability or Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder please contact the Chief GED Examiner, Sarah Postel at 253-333-6001 or firstname.lastname@example.org prior to testing in order for paperwork to be filled out and processed.
Types of Tests
You may take as many of the following tests as you wish in one day. Some people choose to take one test every Monday until completion; some take all five in one day.
- Language Arts: Writing (2 hours)
- Language Arts: Reading (65 minutes)
- Science (80 minutes)
- Social Studies (70 minutes)
- Math (90 minutes)
You must arrive at the Testing Center with sufficient time to complete your test of choice before the center closes. We will not let you start a test if there is not the fully allotted amount of time for that test remaining before we close.
Forms & Resource Guides
Submit a GED Scores Request by Mail or FAX.
Print off our GED summary sheets.
GED Preparation Resources
www.studyguidezone.com – go to Primary/Secondary Test section and select GED Test free links for each subject each test has 10 questions with answers and explanations has a guide with comprehensive information for each test
www.testprepreview.com - has free self assessment modules by subject, topic, and skill these have 20 questions with answers but no explanations has self improvement online dictionary
www.gedprepinfo.com - free questions, answers, and their explanations practice test by subject 20 questions with detailed explanations and strategies
www.gedpractice.com - free practice questions by topic within test type 22 topics for the 5 tests Explanations of answers and why others are incorrectBooks:
McGraw-Hill’s GED: The Most Complete and Reliable Study Program for the GED Tests by McGraw –Hill half length pretest for each subject 2 full length practice test for each subject complete answer keys with explanations test taking tips and strategies