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Testing Center

The Testing Center is located in Kirk Library and offers proctored testing services for all ABE, ESL, Correspondence, e-Learning, and other Centralia College academic classes. Testing is offered on a drop-in basis during Testing Center hours.

Tests Offered

  • COMPASS assessment exam
  • GED equivalency test
  • EMT Emergency Medical Technician certification exam
  • AMT American Medical Technologist exam
  • TEAS Test of Essential Academic Skills for nursing admission
  • WEST Washington Educator Skills Tests

Testing Center Hours

Hours vary during summer quarter and when campus classes are not in session.

Sept thru mid-June

Mon–Tue: 7 am–7 pm
Wed–Thu: 7 am–6 pm
Fri: 7:30 am–4 pm

Mid-June thru August

June 15-30
Mon-Thu: 7 am-5 pm
Fri: Closed
July 1-Aug 27
Mon-Wed: 8 am-9 pm
Thursday: 8 am-5 pm
Fri: Closed
Aug 31-Sept 9
Mon-Thu: 8 am-5 pm
Fri: Closed

If campus classes not in session:

Mon-Thu: 8 am-5 pm
Fri: 8 am–4 pm

Testing fees

Compass: $15–Reading, Writing, Math
Compass: $10–one test
GED: $120–complete series
GED: $30–per test
Proctored exam for non-Centralia College courses: $25


If you have a documented disability and request accommodations, apply for services through Disability Services, (360) 736-9391, ext. 320. For accommodation requests for GED testing, please apply directly through Pearson Vue at

COMPASS assessment testing

The COMPASS is used to help ensure accurate placement in English, reading, and math courses.
The COMPASS test is a computerized adaptive test. The design of this test selects questions so as to maximize the precision of the exam based on what is known about the examinee from previous questions. For example, if an examinee performs well on an item of intermediate difficulty, he will then be presented with a more difficult question. Or, if he performed poorly, he would be presented with a simpler question. The exam tailors itself to his or her level of ability; therefore different examinees receive quite different tests. To achieve your highest score, the examinee is advised to review basic rules and concepts to advance to a higher level. Spending quality time in preparing for the COMPASS test could result in a higher course placement saving you time and money.

COMPASS is not timed. No appointment is needed, and it is available on a first-come, first-served basis. Allow two hours for testing.

Calculators: A calculator for Compass Testing is provided online. No handheld calculators are allowed.
Fees: Payable at the Cashier's Office, located on the 2nd floor, Student Center Building, 8:00am-Noon or 1:00–4:30pm.
Sample questions and guides:

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GED testing at Centralia College

Centralia College is an official GED® testing site. The test is offered by appointment at our Centralia campus and at Centralia College East in Morton. Students ready for GED® testing will need to provide a current photo identification showing proof of Washington State residency and date of birth, and provide payment of $30 for each of the 4 tests.

The GED® test must still be taken at an official GED® testing center.
To schedule, pay for, or reschedule your GED® test:
Go to or call Pearson Vue Customer Service: 1-877-392-6433 (1-877-EXAMGED)

About GED

The General Education Development (GED) certificate is a nationally recognized series of tests that measure an equivalent educational background in the areas of Writing, Reading, Social Studies, Science, and Mathematics. Centralia College is contracted annually by the GED Testing Services to provide this service locally and is the only public access GED testing center for Lewis, County.

The GED can be used for eligibility purposes for college entrance requirements, Financial Aid, apprenticeships, the Armed Services, and employment.

Eligibility for GED testing

Residents of the State of Washington, 16 and over are eligible to register for GED testing. NOTE: Students aged 16, 17, AND 18 must first request a High School Release for GED Testing from either the last high school attended or the high school in the town you currently reside. If home schooled, a notarized statement of home school completion is required. For more information, see: SBCTC Request for Approval to Test - GED Certificate (pdf)

GED test preparation

Centralia College also provides classes to prepare you for taking the GED tests. For information, please attend a free orientation at 12 noon, Monday-Friday. GED practice tests are also available at

GED transcripts and test verification

GED® Test Verify is an online service that provides verification of GED® status and official GED® transcripts for those who have tested in Washington. Use GED® Test Verify if you are:
  • A GED® examinee who needs to request an official transcript and see a history of their transcript requests.
  • An employer who needs to verify GED® status of a potential employee.
  • A higher education institution that needs to verify that a potential student has completed the GED® battery of exams.

Contact Testing Center

Phone: (360) 736-9391, ext. 216
Location: Kirk Library, Centralia College
Address: 600 Centralia College Blvd, Centralia WA 98531