General Education Development (GED) - Testing

Before the Tests

Before you can take the GED tests, you must register and pay. Cost is $150 (payable at the cashiers' windows at either Pierce Fort Steilacoom or Pierce Puyallup). This fee is nonrefundable and is used to cover administrative costs, as well as the five tests you'll need to take to earn a GED. You can also pay for each test individually for $30 per test.

Take your payment receipt to one of the Testing Centers (Cascade 302A at Fort Steilacoom and Gaspard A107 at Puyallup) with the following identification documents:

  • Verification of identity and proof you live in Washington state.This includes any photo identification, such as a Washington state-issued driver's license or identification card, military ID, or passport. Other forms of ID may be accepted if they include your name, address, birthdate, signature, and photograph. (Note: If your photo identification does not include your name and address, you will need to bring another official document that has an address, such as a utility bill, rental agreement, or voter registration.)
  • Students can choose to use their social security number or request a GED identification number through the Testing Center at the time of registration.

Students between the ages of 16 and 19 will also need to bring with them to the Testing Center a completed Request for Approval to Test for Certificate of Educational Competence form. These are available at the Testing Center and must be completed and signed by the school district in which you reside. You must submit the original form. No photocopies will be accepted.

For homeschool students, you must submit a Notarized Statement/Letter to prove your eligibility to take the test. This form must be returned to the Testing Center before you take a test.

Once you've provided the necessary identity confirmation (and approval forms for students ages) 16-19, or homeschool students), you will need to complete a Demographic Information Form and a Verification to Test Form. These are available at the Testing Center and both must be completed prior to taking a test. Allow yourself at least 30 minutes to complete these forms.

Take the Tests

GED testing is available by appointment only.  To schedule an appointment, for Pierce College Fort Steilacoom, call (253) 964-6521 for Pierce College Puyallup, call (253)840-8343.

Visit the GED Testing Schedule for specific times and test availability.

The Testing Centers require that test-takers follow several rules to ensure each student is guaranteed a positive experience. Please adhere to the following while in the Testing Center:

  • Always have photo identification available. No exceptions.
  • No cell phones, pagers, headsets, backpacks, etc. are permitted in the testing room.
  • Do not bring any unnecessary items to the testing room. If you do, staff will collect the items before the start of the test and return them to you at the completion of the test. The Testing Center and its staff are not responsible for your personal items.
  • No food or open beverages are allowed in the testing room.

Fort Steilacoom Campus

Debbie Murphy
Program Support Supervisor
Cascade Bldg – CAS 302

Puyallup Campus

Kylie Brodie
Basic Skills Program Coordinator
Gaspard Administrative Bldg – ADM 106