Securing a great job with decent pay may be challenging for individuals who never completed their regular high school curriculum. Today, practically all entry positions require at least a high school or equivalent diploma.
For these individuals, Washington State offers the GED® (General Education Development) high school equivalency (HSE) exam.
Washington High School Equivalency Testing Requirements
- Applicants cannot be HS graduates
- Applicants cannot be registered for some other school program
- The minimum age in Washington is 19 years of age. 16, 17, and 18 year-olds may qualify though if they meet strict requirements like having parental consent and school board permission
- Washington does not require you to take the GED Ready® Practice Test first
The four GED subtests are covering the fields of Science, Language Arts, Math, and Social Studies. The passing score on each GED subtest is 145 on a scale from 100 to 200.
Passing scores are as follows: 145-164 indicates high school equivalency; 165-174 means you’re college-ready; and if you score in the 175-200 range, you will receive extra college credits.
For adults without a high school diploma, the GED program offers great help. If you earn your GED diploma, you not only qualify for decently paying jobs, you will also be able to continue your education in college.
The Washington State GED program has supported numerous individuals in their efforts to acquire a secondary education degree and get a better life. Students can now take the GED exam online as well.
The GED is fully computer-based and contains four individual modules (or subtests) that can be taken separately. So you can prepare for and take one subtest at a time and when you pass that subject, you move on to the next part.
In Washington State, the total fee for GED testing is $120 for all four modules or $30 per subtest. You just need to pay for the subtest(s) you register for.
All across the nation, the GED diploma is accepted just like a common HS diploma and GED holders generally make some $9,600 more annually than people without the credential. If you don’t have a high school diploma, the GED diploma is your best ticket to a better job and a great college education.
The GED exam is administered totally on a computer. The registration process is also computerized. To register for, pay for, and schedule your tests, go to GED.com, and set up your personal account with the online portal MyGED. Here, you will be guided through the entire process conveniently.