GED (General Education Development) Test

Who may take the GED test?

  • Any person not currently enrolled in a public, private, or home-based high school or high school completion program and who qualifies as one of the following:
  • Any person age 19 or over who has not graduated from a public or private high school.
  • Any person between the ages of 16 and 19 who has not graduated from a public or private high school, and who has been adjudged by a school district in accordance with rules of the State Board of Education to have a substantial and warranted reason for leaving the regular high school education program.
  • Any student age 16 or over who has completed an Education Center individual student program in accordance with chapter 392-185 WAC.
  • Any person between the ages of 16 and 19, who has not graduated from a public or private high school, and has completed a program of home-based instruction in compliance with RCW 28A.225.010(4).
  • Any person who is an active member of the military, national guard or reserves.
  • Adjudicated youth if so ordered by a court or officer of the court.

What are substantial and warranted reasons for leaving the regular high school program?

  • Personal problems which seriously impair the student’s ability to make reasonable progress toward high school graduation.
  • A financial crisis which directly affects the student and necessitates the student’s employment during school hours.
  • A determination by the designated district employee that it is in the best interest of the student to drop the regular high school program for one of the following purposes
    • Enter a post-secondary institution
    • Enter the military
    • Engage in employment
  • The lack of curriculum and instruction which constitutes appropriate learning experiences for the student.
  • The inability or failure of the school of attendance to adjust its program for the individual or otherwise make arrangements for enrollment in an educational program in a manner which enables the student to advance towards graduation with reasonable progress and success.

Note: No person under age 18 will be adjudged to have a substantial and warranted reason for leaving school unless the minor’s parents, guardian, or legal custodian, if available, agree that dropping school is in the best interest of the minor.

Where to call for more information?

  • Contact your high school counselor, or call:
    • Edmonds School District GED Representative: 425-431-7086
    • Scriber Lake High School GED Program: 425-431-7270
    • Edmonds Community College GED Program: 425-640-1593
Last Modified on November 9, 2009