GED State Exam

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2014 Testing

2014 GED Tests are now available at Both Cascade and Willow Creek Testing Centers. For registration, payment, and scheduling of your tests, go to GED.com. You will find additional 'How to' information on the 8th and 10th bullets below.

GED Testing Service

Learn more about the new test by visiting the National GED Testing site.

View a comparison of the GED 2014 Edition and previous GED 2002 Edition.

Computer based GED test at PCC

Can I take the 2014 GED Test online?

No. The GED® Test cannot be taken online. The Test is only administered and monitored at Official GED Testing Centers, where you must check-in in person, to take it on a computer.

Should I Study? Am I required to prepare before testing?

Yes! Regardless of your ability, you’ll be more certain to perform your best on the tests if you know what to expect before the testing day arrives. The State of Oregon does not require you to attend preparation class before you test, but it is highly recommended that you do.

Are there free sample tests that I can first try?

Yes, view the samples here.

How can I prepare?

You have the option of attending a class and/or preparing on your own:

  • To attend preparation classes: visit PCC’s Adult Basic Education (ABE) website http://www.pcc.edu/prepare/basic/ or call 971-722-6255 for more information. OR
  • For Self-Preparation: sign up for MyGED™ portal at www.GED.com and click on “Study” to find tools, practice test questions, and GED Ready™: The Official Practice Test.

Here are also some useful resources to help with preparation before the test:

  • Access the Free Practice Test
  • Fee Self - Preparation: Access the Learning Express Library using the Oregon School Library Information System (OSLIS) follow these steps (registration is required):
    • Go to www.oslis.org and select the following respectively (important - this allows you to register as a non-PCC student):
      • Secondary Student
      • Find Information
      • Computer Skills, Test-Prep, & More – LEARNING EXPRESS
      • Version 3.0 Logo (do not choose 2.0)
      • You will now enter the ‘Welcome to Learning Express Library’ page through OSLIS
      • Click New User and Register in the bottom right corner
        • Fill out the form and Create your Account
        • your email address is your username
        • choose your own password
        • If you don’t have an email address, click on Register without Email, and fill out the form.
        • If you have any questions or need assistance with Learning Express Library contact Customer Support at Libraries@learningexpressllc.com, or 1-800-295-9556, ext. 2, between 9am and 5pm ET.

Are there Free Online Tutorials for attaining basic keyboarding and mouse skills?

Yes, click on Free Tutorials

What type of calculator is used?

  • The actual GED Test: You will have access to an embedded calculator, the TI-30XS. There is no handheld calculator for the actual test.
  • For preparation:

What are some of the Eligibility Requirements for GED Testing in Oregon?

  • Oregon residency is not required to test.
  • You must NOT have received a high school diploma or high school equivalency certificate.

If you are 16 or 17 years old, you can test if you are:

  • Enrolled in an Oregon Option Program or
  • Exempted from the school district where you live or
  • 16 years of age and married OR legally emancipated.

*You will be required to supply supporting documentation in order to test when you are registering. If your status on the home page indicates that you will need additional documentation, you will receive an email to connect with the Testing Center (971-722-5681 or 971-722-5680.)

How do I register and schedule a Computer GED test? How do I change or cancel a test?

On-line pre-registration and scheduling is required. Go to www.GED.com, create your account, register, and schedule your test.

Pay attention and answer each question carefully at registration.

When scheduling tests you need to be prepared to pay for however many tests you have marked to take. You will need to pay for the tests by credit card, debit card, or by entering a voucher code number. Be sure you understand all the policies of rescheduling and cancelling a test. Refunds must be requested at least 24 hours prior to appointment time without exception or you will not receive a refund.

Please consult your confirmation email for questions regarding cancellation, rescheduling for test on computer. You must contact Pearson VUE Customer Services or call 1-877-EXAM-GED (877-392-6433) and not PCC Testing Center. Pearson VUE Customer Service is available Monday through Friday, 7am to 7pm Central Standard Time.

When you show up at the Testing Center you must provide a valid government issued ID, and any other required documentation. (Go to previous section for detail on requirements.)

How do GED Preparation Programs purchase vouchers for their students?

Programs will directly buy vouchers from Pearson Vue to use with their students.

Important: Vouchers are valid for 365 days from date of purchase!

PCC Testing Centers and PCC Business Offices do not carry vouchers, or do not accept payment for Pearson Vue. Payment is directly submitted to Pearson Vue at the time of scheduling a test.

Pearson Vue Voucher Store Contact: PearsonVUEVoucherStore@pearson.com or 800-869-4101.

Is there a step-by-step walkthrough of the registration & scheduling process?

Yes. Please visit the tutorial page.

What is the 2014 GED Test like? How many tests are there? How long are the tests?

The GED Test has been updated to make sure it measures what graduating high school seniors know and what colleges and employers will expect of you. There are 4 tests:

  • Science: 90 minutes
  • Social Studies: 90 minutes
  • Reasoning Through Language Arts (RLA): 150 minutes including a 10 minute break*
  • Mathematical Reasoning: 115 minutes

* You must be back at your testing station in time to be ready to begin the last section of the RLA module.

How much does the test cost? How much is the Retake Fee? How many re-takes can I take?

Initial Fee: There are four subject areas. Each subject costs $38.00 or a total of $152.00. (In Oregon, you are not required to finish the entire test before re-testing on any subject.)

Re-take Fee:

  • Students who don’t pass get two discounted retakes for every subject purchased.
  • The discounted rate is automatically calculated in the shopping cart, no code is needed. • Retakes must occur within 12 calendar months of the initial attempt.
  • GED Testing Service has waived its $20 testing fee, Oregon State GED Administration has also waived its $8 administration fee. Students are only responsible for $10 retake fee per subject.

Number of Retakes: Students can test (three times in English, two times in Spanish) on the same subject without waiting. After the third attempt in English or second attempt in Spanish, they have to wait 60 days before trying again. The on-line registration system will automatically enforce this wait period.

How do I request for an accommodated GED Testing?

If you have a documented disability and would like to request modified testing conditions submit your request at on-line registration for the test through www.GED.com. If you are approved for accommodations, you will receive an approval email along with instructions for scheduling by phone (you cannot schedule for an accommodated test online.)

For more information regarding the GED Testing Service Accommodations, visit their website. If you need assistance with the application process, you may call - PCC Testing Center: 971-722-5681 or PCC Disability Services: 971-722-8881.

What are the PCC Testing Center Rules?

Arrive 30 min early. Allow extra time for parking. Make sure you are at the right center where you scheduled your test. PCC has two different Testing Center locations. You need to check in when you get there.

  1. Cascade Campus Testing Center, Student Services Building Room 204
  2. Willow Creek Campus Testing Center, Room 220
    • If you arrive more than 15 minutes after your scheduled appointment time, you will not be admitted and will lose your test fee.
    • You need to check in when you get there. You must present your identification before testing. Driver’s licenses, DMV IDs, passports, military IDs, government issued national or foreign IDs that show name, address, date of birth, signature, and photograph are accepted. All IDs must be unexpired.
    • Cell phones, food, and drinks are strictly prohibited. All personal items including handbags, wallets, keys, cell phones, etc. are not allowed in the testing room. Lockers are provided at check in. If your belonging is too big to fit in the locker, you should leave it in your car.

How can I find a testing center near me?

  • For testing within the United States you need to create an account at www.GED.com as your first step. Once you create your account and log in, MyGED Dashboard has a selection for ‘Find a Center.’
  • For testing outside the United States

How will I find out about my test scores? And what do the scores mean?

Upon your completion you will receive an email letting you know when you can review your Score Report. Typically, you will receive the email within 24-48 hours.

The test is on a scale of 100 to 200 with high school equivalency passing standard on each content module set at 150.

  • Below Passing: 100 - 149
  • GED Passing Score: 150 - 169
  • GED Honors Score: 170 - 200

You need a minimum score of 150 or more on each test, and a total score of 600 across on all four test battery in order to earn your GED certificate. There is no average score needed for total passing.

How do I get my GED certificate, my previous records, or do Third-Party Verification?

All documents for GED transcripts, certificates, original or duplicate records, and verifications are solely handled through the state’s GED document fulfillment service, Diploma Sender. None of these documents will be sent to you automatically, until you request for them.

Log in to www.diplomasender.com, create an account with your email and a new password, and request for your document. (If you just completed your tests, please allow 5 business days, after test completion, for your scores to be available.)

If you have any question, contact Support@DiplomaSender.com. If you prefer to order over the phone, the number is 855-313-5799 (additional fees will apply).

Where can I get more information on the new 2014 test?

As of January 2nd, 2014, GED is delivered in a computer based format. It consists of four tests that are aligned with the national Common Core State Standards. For more information visit GEDTS Website.