GED Test

Bates Technical College provides General Education Development (GED®) testing to those who have not completed the requirements to earn a high school diploma and who wish to earn a GED® certificate.

The GED® is a computer based test comprised of four individual tests: Language Arts, Mathematics, Science, and Social Studies. GED® tests are offered at Bates on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Cost for the complete GED® battery is $120, or $30 per test or retest.


  • Register online by creating a profile/account at least 24 hours prior to scheduled test times at: or by calling 1.877.392.6433.
  • Schedule testing dates and times for each of the four GED®  exams: Language Arts, Math, Science and Social Studies. Multiple tests can be scheduled for the same testing date.
  • Pay for each test with a credit or debit card in the online registration system and confirm your appointments. Tests are $30 each or $120 for all four. *If you do not have a credit or debit card, reloadable pre-paid cards (MasterCard or VISA) purchased at most grocery or convenience stores are accepted.
  • On the day of testing, check-in at the Assessment Center 15 minutes prior to scheduled test times with current government-issued photo ID (no ID, no testing). Expired or punched identification will not be accepted.

If you have questions or need assistance with your online registration please contact: Pearson VUE Customer Care, 1.877.392.6433.

Approval to Test Form

If you are under the age of 19 and have not yet graduated from high school, you will need to obtain a request for approval to test form from your school district signed and dated by an authorized personnel. Once the form has been signed and completed, bring the completed form to an authorized PEASRSONVUE center.  If you have any questions, please contact the Assessment and Testing center for more information. You can also pick up the form from the school district office in which you reside or from your high school’s authorized personnel. Please note that you cannot take the GED® tests if you are currently enrolled in any high school credit program.

GED® Prep Classes

For those who need additional classes as a review before they are ready to test, Bates offers Basic Studies classes at the Downtown Campus, and at some off-campus sites. At the GED® orientation sessions, the Adult Basic Education instructors administer the CASAS test (to establish math and English placement) and assist students with enrolling for classes. Please call the assessment center for questions and up to date information regarding the CASAS entrance test times and location at 253-680-7030.

For more information regarding offsite GED Prep Class locations please call:

The REACH Center at the Tacoma GoodWill: 253-573-6590

Family Investment Center: 253-274-4588

GED® Records Request

If you’d like to request your GED® records, and you tested in the state of Washington, you can submit an online request through

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