General Educational Development

Is it time to get your high school diploma? Or do you want to complete your secondary school education or work on basic skills? Our General Educational Development (GED®) program (for ages 16 and older) will help you improve your skills and prepare you to take the GED® test.

About the Program

  • Average class size is small with approximately 23 students.
  • Several students average age 30 and above.
  • In classes you’ll review reading, math, grammar, writing and test-taking.
  • Your peers will generally have between 8th and 12th grade-level skills.

How to Get Started

  1. Enroll with Admissions and fill out application.
  2. Get student ID.
  3. Attend an ABE/GED® orientation.
  4. Take placement test.

Note: If English is not your first language, an ESL placement test may be required before entering the GED® test preparation classes.

GED® Test Prep

Students must first take the Educational Planning Course.
Tuition is $25.

Need help with GED® test prep? This self-paced course prepares you for the GED® test. The GED® course combines traditional instruction with computer-assisted and individual learning appropriate to your needs. The GED® test includes four parts: reasoning through language arts, mathematical reasoning, science and social studies.

You may test in one or more of the five subject areas at appropriate GED® testing locations. Passing the test earns you a GED® certificate that is equivalent to a high school education and is usually accepted in place of a diploma.

Ready to take the GED® test?

If you are ready to take the GED® test without preparation classes please contact the Testing Center to learn about the testing process and to make an appointment.

GED® Test Learning Outcomes

By the end of the course of study in the GED® program you should be able to:

  1. Demonstrate acquired/enhanced academic math, science social studies, and language; life skills; including goal setting, time management; note taking; reading for recall and comprehension; Standard English writing skills; verbal discourse; and critical thinking including expression, development, interpretation, analysis and synthesis of ideas, reflecting the Washington State Learning Standards.
  2. Demonstrate developed, practiced and acquired habits for overcoming barriers (particularly as related to academic achievement).
  3. Successfully test at the entry requirements of technical vocational programs at SVI.
  4. Be prepared and possess the necessary skills to pass the GED® exam.