General Education Development (GED) - Frequently Asked Questions

What do the GED tests include?

Test Items Time Limit
Language Arts, Writing 50 questions & essay 2 hours
Social Studies 50 questions 70 minutes
Science 50 questions 80 minutes
Language Arts, Reading 40 questions 65 minutes
Mathematics, Part I 25 questions with optional use of calculator 45 minutes
Mathematics, Part II 25 questions without a calculator 45 minutes

How will I receive my scores?
Staff at the Testing Centers can give you a simple "pass or fail" confirmation over the telephone, but to receive your actual number scores, you must visit either Testing Center and present valid photo identification to receive a detailed, written score report.

When can I get my scores?
With the exception of the writing portion, scores are available the next business day following your test. Writing scores are generally available nine or 10 days after the test.

How can I get my scores released?
Your scores cannot be released to anyone but you without your written consent. To provide consent, complete an Information Release form. Please see Testing Center staff for additional details on releasing scores.

What score do I need to pass/earn my GED?
To pass the individual tests, you must receive a minimum score of 410 points on each. To earn your GED, you must have an average score of 450 points or higher (a cumulative score of 2,250 points or higher) on all five tests.

What if I don't pass one of the subject tests?
If you do not pass an individual subject test, you can retake it. You have three opportunities to pass each subject test per calendar year. There is a $30 fee per re-test. Payment must be verified before a re-test will be scheduled.

What happens when I complete and pass all five subject tests?
When you complete and pass all five subject tests, and earn a cumulative score of 2,250 points, a certificate of completion is ordered for you by the Testing Center. Within two to three weeks, you will receive a transcript and a diploma. (Note: If you need an official transcript sooner, you can receive one through the Pierce Fort Steilacoom Testing Center only.)

Request for GED Certificates or Transcripts

What if I have a disability and need special accommodations?
Complete an appropriate form (available in the Testing Centers) and return it with documentation of your disability from a qualified professional. Special accommodations for GED testing cannot be approved by the on-campus Access and Disabilities Services office.

Fort Steilacoom Campus

Debbie Murphy
Program Support Supervisor
Cascade Bldg – CAS 302

Puyallup Campus

Gaspard Administrative Bldg – ADM 106