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Pierce College understands that not all learning happens in the classroom, and many adults do not complete high school and earn a diploma. However, Pierce College's GED Program gives you the opportunities to have your educational experience evaluated and recognized, and to earn a high school credential.

    With a GED, you can:
  • Pursue higher education.
  • Obtain jobs and earn promotions.
  • Achieve personal goals.

A GED is a certificate that is equivalent to a high school diploma. It allows students to meet most employment criteria and the educational eligibility requirement for federal financial aid.

While each student's situation is unique, a GED certificate is generally recommended for students who have not yet obtained at least junior year standing (at least 16 credits) in high school.

The GED program can help you prepare for the Official GED Test. There are four GED subject tests; each test costs $30.

To take the Official GED test: You may register for your Official GED test by either going on line at: www.gedtestingservice.com, or calling 1 877-392-6433. For questions you may call the Fort Steilacoom Testing Center at 253-964-6521, or the Puyallup Testing Center at 253-840-8343. Active Duty Military members, military dependents and examinees with military installation access can also call the Pierce College Military Program National Test Center at 253-964-6606.

To take GED preparation classes: Call to schedule a placement test and register for class. Reading and math are tested. Students are placed in classes based on the results of a skills assessment.

    Call to schedule an appointment:
  • Fort Steilacoom - 253-964-6657
  • Puyallup - 253-840-8455

Cost: $25 tuition fee per student per quarter.

Note: Students younger than 19, who have not yet graduated from high school, must submit an Approval to Test Form at the time of registration.

All GED courses are now listed under the ABE Department.

Classes meet for 5-12 hours per week, mornings or evenings, at the following locations:

Pierce College Fort Steilacoom

9401 Farwest Drive SW, Lakewood, WA 98498
Call 253-964-6657 for more information.
Day and evening classes are available. Please call for the schedule.

Winter Quarter runs: Jan. 7 through March 19

    Last day to register for returning students:
  • Session #1 - Jan. 17
  • Session #2 - Feb. 3
    Mandatory new student orientations for the Winter session will be held:
  • Session #1 - Jan. 6
  • Session #2 - Jan. 21

Spring Quarter runs: April 1 through June 11

    Last day to register for returning students:
  • Session #1 - Apr. 11
  • Session #2 - Apr. 25
    Mandatory new student orientations for the Winter session will be held:
  • Session #1 - Mar. 31
  • Session #2 - Apr. 14

Pierce College Puyallup

1601 39th Avenue SE, Puyallup, WA 98374
Call 253-840-8455 for more information.
Day and evening classes are available. Please call for the schedule.

Winter Quarter runs: Jan. 7 through March 19

    Last day to register for returning students:
  • Session #1 - Jan. 17
  • Session #2 - Feb. 3
    Mandatory new student orientations for the Winter session will be held:
  • Session #1 - Jan. 6
  • Session #2 - Jan. 21

Spring Quarter runs: April 1 through June 11

    Last day to register for returning students:
  • Session #1 - Apr. 11
  • Session #2 - Apr. 25
    Mandatory new student orientations for the Winter session will be held:
  • Session #1 - Mar. 31
  • Session #2 - Apr. 14

Pierce County Skills Center

16117 Canyon Road E, Puyallup, WA
Call 253-964-6657 for more information.

Winter Quarter runs: Jan. 7 through March 18

Tuesdays and Thursdays, 5:30 p.m.-8 p.m.

    Last day to register for each session is:
  • Session #1 - Jan. 17
  • Session #2 - Feb. 3
  • Session #3 - Feb. 18
  • Session #4 - Feb. 20

Spring Quarter runs: April 7 through June 12

Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays, 5:30-7:10 p.m.

    Last day to register for each session is:
  • Session #1 - Apr. 17
  • Session #2 - Apr. 30
  • Session #3 - Mar. 13
  • Session #4 - May. 15

Courses include writing, mathematics, and reading. Additional computer courses may also be available.

Fort Steilacoom GED Classes

Phone: 253-964-6657

Puyallup GED Classes

Phone: 253-840-8455

Official GED Testing

Fort Steilacoom: 253-964-6439 or 964-6521
Puyallup: 253-840-8343