Students begin the GED process by registering for PWSC with the ABE Coordinator in Room 161. Completion of the GED program can be the gateway for further career and academic opportunities, including programs offered at PWSC such as Industrial Technology, Outdoor Leadership, Disability Services, Fisheries Technology, Nursing or General Studies.

The GED Process

1. Register
  1. Schedule interview with ABE Coordinator
  2. Complete PWSC Registration form
  3. Complete Adult Basic Education (ABE) intake form
  4. Schedule Test of Adult Basic Education (TABE)
2. TABE Testing
  1. Locator test (~37 minutes)
  2. Reading & Vocabulary (~35 minutes)
  3. Math Computation (~15 minutes)
  4. Applied Math (~25 minutes)
3. Goal Setting Interview
  1. TABE score review
  2. Scores on the TABE test will help determine what content is needed to prepare students for the GED test
4. Tutoring for the GED
  1. In many cases, 40 – 60 hours (or more) of studying may be needed to prepare to pass the GED test in one or more of the four tested content areas: Reasoning Through Language Arts, Mathematical Reasoning, Social Studies, and Science
  2. In some cases a high TABE score may indicate that no tutoring is needed and the student may request to take the GED test without tutoring
  3. Students sign up online at
  4. Students may attend regularly scheduled GED tutoring with other GED/Career Prep students or set up a more independent study tutoring approach with the ABE Coordinator
5. Official GED Practice Test (GED Ready™)
  1. Students may purchase GED Ready at to take the official practice tests at any time and at cost to the student ($6 for each subject)
  2. Students are recommended to counsel with the ABE Coordinator to review in class tutoring progress and any assessments prior to taking the GED Ready exams
  3. The PWSC Testing Center is available for GED Ready tests that may be taken for all of the four content indicators at one time or individually
  4. GED Ready scores will provide same-day scoring, for students to get timely feedback indicating if they are likely to pass the real GED Test
  5. If students are not ready for the GED test, they will receive specific instructions on what to study next.
6. The GED® Test
  1. Students may schedule GED tests online at at least 24 hours prior to testing (please contact the ABE Coordinator separately in regards to scheduling the GED Test)
  2. Students pay online with a credit card at (each test is $30 – all four subjects $120)
  3. The GED test is made up of the following types of questions: multiple choice, drag and drop, hot spot (select an area), fill in the blank, short answer, extended response.
  4. Each test is a different length: Math (115 minutes), Science (90 minutes), Social Studies (90 minutes), Reasoning Through Language Arts (150 minutes)
  5. Passing scores for GED tests are 145 for each subject area and tests may be re-taken at a discount if students do not pass (up to 3 chances per year)
7. After Successful Completion of the GED Test:
  1. Students will be counseled for post-secondary instruction
  2. Students will be assisted with job placement through the local Department of Labor and Workforce Development Job Center

GED Testing

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