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Testing Center

The Testing Center is located in Kirk Library and offers proctored testing services for Adult Basic Education (ABE), English as a Second Language (ESL), eLearning, and other Centralia College academic classes. Testing is offered on a drop-in basis during Testing Center hours.

Current photo identification is required for all testing.

Cell phones, food, and drinks are not permitted.

  • Testing Center Hours

    Sept. 21 - June 17

    7:30 a.m. - 9:00 p.m. Monday - Thursday
    7:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Friday

    If campus classes not in session:

    8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Monday - Thursday
    8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. - Friday
  • Testing fees
         $15–Reading, Writing, Math
         $10–single test/re-test
         $120–complete series, four tests
         $30–single test
    Non-Centralia College Courses Proctor Fee
  • 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
  • COMPASS Testing

    The COMPASS is used to ensure accurate placement in English, reading, and math classes.
    The COMPASS test is a computerized test that adapts itself to your level of ability. This means that different test-takers will receive different tests. To achieve your highest score, you are advised to review basic rules and concepts to advance to a higher level. 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. It is available on a first-come, first-served basis. Allow two hours for testing.

    A calculator for Compass Testing is provided online. No handheld calculators are allowed.

    Test Fees
    Fees must be paid in advance at the Cashier's Office, located on the second floor of the Student Center Building, 8 a.m.-Noon or 1-4:30 p.m. weekdays.

    Sample questions and guides:

  • GED Testing

    GED logo 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.

    Students ready for GED® testing must provide current photo identification showing proof of Washington State residency and date of birth, and provide payment of $30 for each of the four tests.

    Schedule, pay for, or reschedule your GED® test, go to or call 1-877-392-6433 (1-877-EXAMGED).

    About GED
    The General Education Development (GED) certificate is a nationally recognized series of tests that measure your educational background in reasoning through language arts, social studies, science, and math.

    Centralia College is the only public access GED testing center in Lewis County.

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

    Washington residents ages 16 and older are eligible to register for GED testing.

    NOTE: If you are 16, 17, OR 18, you must first request a High School Release from either the last high school you 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 provides classes to prepare you for taking the GED tests. Learn more about GED classes at Centralia College.

    For information, please attend a free orientation at noon, Monday-Friday in the Kirk Library. GED practice tests are also available at

    GED transcripts and test verification
    GED.comprovides verification of GED® status and official GED® transcripts for those who have tested in Washington.


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