Preparing for the GED
How to Prepare
- Please visit PCC's Adult Basic Education (ABE) website or call 971-722-6255 for information on GED classes at PCC.
- GED preparation books are available at most libraries.
- Go to www.GEDPractice.com for GED practice tests in English and Spanish. (This site charges a fee.)
- Check out any of these free GED prep sites:
Questions and Scores
The GED consists of 5 timed tests. You may take the tests in whichever order you choose. You may take more than one test on a given day.
|Subject||Number of Questions||Time|
|Language Arts, Reading||40 Questions||1 hour & 5 minutes|
|Language Arts, Reading||50 Questions & 1 Essay||2 hours|
|Mathematics||50 Questions||1 hour & 30 minutes|
|Social Science||50 Questions||1 hour & 10 minutes|
|Science||50 Questions||1 hour & 20 minutes|
Scores range from 200-800 with a score of 500 representing the average performance of graduating high school seniors. You must receive a minimum score of 410 on each test AND a total of 2250 overall (450 average). Candidates with an average score of 650 or better will receive "honors." Honors recipients will have a seal on their certificate and will be qualified to compete for scholarships in the state of Oregon.
Checking Your Scores Online
You will be given an access code to check your scores online. Scores are generally available online 48 hours after you test, with some exceptions for the writing test which can occasionally take longer to be read/scored.
Requests for certificates, transcripts, or third party verifications
As of July 1st 2013, The Oregon State GED Administration Office will no longer be issuing GED certificates, transcripts, or verifications. These documents can be obtained from DiplomaSender.
You are allowed to retake a particular test if:
- You earn less than 410 on a test.
- You have completed all of your tests and your total is less than 2250 overall.
- Your scores do not meet the requirement of an organization/program (documentation required).
GED Testing Service permits GED candidates to test up to three times per subtest, per contract year (January 1 to December 31) based on the number of standard forms available each contract year. For example, if you do not pass a test the first time, you can take it two more times during the calendar year.