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Welcome to the Testing Center!

We are excited to be part of your path to success. We offer a calm and welcoming environment to help you in your assessment and testing journey.

We proctor a variety of tests and certifications for CPTC students and community members. We are located on the Lakewood Campus in Building 17, Room 250.  

Please note that all certifications and exams are by appointment only.
  • For all tests, government-issued photo identification is required. No exceptions will be made.
  • Testers are prohibited from bringing in any personal belongings (cell phones, bags, watches, wallets, electronic devices, keys, coats, hats, food, beverages, etc.) into the testing area. Lockers are provided for testers during check-in.
  • Please do not bring children with you during testing. Children cannot be left unattended on the college campus.
  • Please plan to arrive with sufficient time to complete testing before the Testing Center closes.

Test Fees

There is a $10 fee for each administration of PAX and ASE tests. Please contact the Testing Center for details.

General Education Development (GED)

  • We are a Pearson VUE authorized testing center, and we provide GED testing for those who wish to earn their GED certificate.
  • The GED exam consists of 4 tests: Reasoning through Language Arts (150 min), Social Studies (70 min), Mathematics (115 min), and Science (90 minutes).
  • Each test costs $30 with a total of $120 for all four tests.
  • Appointments are scheduled directly through the GED company either online ( or by phone (1-877-392-6433).
  • At the time of testing, testers must provide current government-issued photo identification with their name, address, birth date, and signature on it. (If your photo identification does not indicate that you have been in Washington for longer than 30 days, then you will need to bring additional documentation showing proof of residency). Expired or invalid identification will not be accepted

Math Direct Self Placement

Begin your math survey by following this link: Directed Self Placement for Math

Approval to Test Form

If you are under the age of 19 and have not yet graduated from high school, you will need to submit a “Request for Approval to Test” form. Contact your high school or school district office to complete this form, and drop off the signed form to any GED Testing Center for approval. You will not be able to complete your test registration until this form has been recorded by the Testing Center.

Nursing Pre-Admission (PAX)

The PAX Admission test administered through the National League for Nursing (NLN) is designated for students applying to CPTC’s Practical Nursing program.

Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) Certification

We are authorized through Prometric to administer testing for ASE certifications.

Testers must first register online through, then call 253-589-6035 to schedule an appointment with CPTC’s Testing Center.

Testers must provide their ASE eligibility ID number in order to schedule an appointment.

Ability to Benefit

If you’re interested in receiving Ability to Benefit financial aid, complete the FAFSA or WAFSA and schedule an appointment to meet with an advisor.

For more information about Ability to Benefit, contact Student Aid & Scholarships at 253-589-5660.

A high school diploma or equivalent is required when students are applying for federal or state aid. Ability to Benefit is another way students can be eligible for aid if they do not have a high school diploma or equivalent.

Multiple Measures

Assessments and tests we offer and what they are used for.

Find us on the Lakewood campus:

Building 17 Room 250
Call: 253-589-6035  


Monday & Tuesday, 8 am - 4 pm

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