Prepare for the GED® test with Adult Education classes.
Program description and eligibility
- Adult Education is a non-credit program.
- Classes are open to anyone 16 or older.
- Fees for classes range from $37 to $158 per term.
- Classes focus on improving basic skills:
- These classes help you prepare for the GED® test.
- You may need to buy books.
- If you are 16 or 17, you have to get an official release from your high school. Submit it to the college’s admission office before registering for classes.
Steps to enroll
1. Apply to PCC
Complete the admissions form.
- You’ll have to set up an admissions account with your personal email and a password.
- Choose the term you want to start at PCC under When do you want to start classes?
- Choose “Adult Ed (Adult Education)/GED®” under What subject are you primarily interested in studying?
2. Complete CASAS testing
As part of preparing for your classes, please complete CASAS testing. This is a program requirement for GED-seeking students. It helps us assess your reading and math abilities for program placement and evaluate your progress through the program. Testing can be done in-person on campus or remotely. Please be aware that remote testing can be booked out 2-4 weeks
Please take both Reading and Math assessments.
To sign up for the test, you’ll need the following information:
- Student name: Your name
- Student ID: Your PCC ID number (starts with a G)
- Email: Either your personal or your PCC email. You will receive test confirmation and instructions at the email you provide.
- College name: Portland Community College
Take the CASAS test in-person at any of our 4 Campuses (Cascade, Rock Creek, Sylvania and Southeast). Please allow up to 3 hours to take both a Math and a Reading assessment.
In-person testing schedule:
- Mondays: 10am-6pm (Must start last test by 4:45pm)
- Wednesdays: 10am-6pm (Must start last test by 4:45pm)
To sign up for an in-person test, click on the link for the campus where you want to take your assessment.
- Cascade Campus – Cascade Hall (CH), room 309
- Rock Creek Campus – Building 2, room 224
- Southeast Campus – Mt Scott Hall (SCOTT), room 101
- Sylvania Campus – Communication Technology (CT) 235
You can use your laptop, desktop, iPad, tablet, or Samsung phone. Chromebooks and iPhones will not work to take the assessments. Sign up to take both the Math and the Reading test, plan for 1.5 hours for each test.
Sign up here: CASAS testing appointments. Choose CASAS Goals Reading and CASAS Goals Math
If there is an issue with scheduling your CASAS test, please reach out to your navigator for the campus closest to you (see below).
Please sign-up and attend your orientation session, even if you have not tested. We understand appointments can be booked out a few weeks in advance.
3. Consider your options for study
- Classes will be held in-person. There will be limited remote sections available. Your Adult Ed Navigator can help you decide what is right for you.
- Want to study online? Learn more about online GED® classes. (You can talk about the difference between online and remote classes with your Adult Ed Navigator.)
- Want to take the GED® test in Spanish? We offer Spanish GED® classes through Southeast Campus and Willow Creek Center. The steps to enroll are different than the steps listed here, so make sure to review the Spanish GED® page.
4. Attend a virtual GED® Student Orientation and Registration session
Our Orientation and Registration sessions last 2 hours. Plan on attending the full session. At the session you will:
- Meet the Adult Ed Navigator who will help you get started and register for your first classes.
- Learn more about GED® tests.
- Get tips on how to manage yourself and your technology while learning remotely.
- Have a chance to ask questions about classes and GED® testing.
- Plan on attending the full 2-hour virtual Orientation session.
Select your session
GED® Orientation sessions
Sign up here: Winter 2023 virtual group orientation sign-up.
Some sessions take place remotely through Zoom. You can access Zoom on your phone, tablet, or computer. Before your session, you’ll receive an email from your Adult Ed Navigator with a Zoom link to join the session. Space is limited for each session.
5. Paying for your classes
Be ready to pay for your classes at the time of registration. Depending on your class schedule, class fees range from $37 to $158 per term.
- If you receive Food Stamps, the Oregon Health Plan, or have lost income due to the COVID-19 pandemic, you may qualify for a Class Fee Waiver.
- We’ll discuss Class Fee Waivers at the Orientation session.
- If you are between ages 16 and 20, you may qualify for the Yes to College program.
Get virtual assistance
You can connect with virtual assistance by email, phone or Zoom.
Learn more about the GED® Certificate
A GED® Certificate may be earned by those who have not completed high school and who are at least 16 years old. The GED® Certificate is accepted as a substitute for a high school diploma by many employers, apprenticeship programs, community colleges and universities. It is used all over the United States and Canada, although passing scores may vary from state to state.
GED® is a registered trademark of the American Council on Education and may not be used without permission. The GED® and GED Testing Service® brands are administered by GED Testing Service LLC under license.