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Prepare for the GED exam with PCC’s non-credit Adult Basic Education (ABE) program.

Program description and eligibility

  • Adult Basic Education (ABE) is a non-credit program.
  • Classes are open to anyone 16 or older.
  • Fees for classes range from $38 to $138 per term.
  • Focus on improvement of basic skills: reading, writing, and math from low-literacy to pre-college level.
  • Prepare for the GED state exam.
  • Daytime and evening classes are available at all PCC campuses.
  • Large groups, small groups, and individualized instruction.
  • Online classes are available for ABE 4,5,6 students.
  • Students may need to purchase books.
  • Students who are 16 or 17 must obtain an official release from high school and submit it to the college’s admission office before registering for classes.

Steps to enroll

1. Apply to PCC

Complete the online PCC admissions form at least one week before your orientation and placement. Mark “credit” on the application.

2. Decide where you want to study

Cascade, Forest Grove High School, Rock Creek, Southeast, or Sylvania.

Want to study online?

You don’t have to complete orientation and placement in person (but can if you would prefer). Learn more about online GED classes.

Want to take the GED exam in Spanish?

We offer Spanish GED classes at 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.

3. Attend orientation and placement

Attend orientation and placement at the location where you plan to attend classes. No appointment is needed. Come to your orientation session at least half an hour prior to your scheduled time. Plan to stay for the entire 3-hour period. Bring your picture ID and your PCC student ID number.

  • Monday, December 3, 12 – 3pm, Cascade Hall 309
  • Tuesday, December 11, 9am – 12 noon, Cascade Hall 309
  • Wednesday, January 2, 9am – 12 noon, Cascade Hall 309
  • Friday, January 4, 12 – 3pm, Cascade Hall 309
  • Monday, January 7, 6 – 9pm, Cascade Hall 309
Rock Creek
  • Wednesday, December 5, 5 – 8:30pm, Building 2, Room 256
  • Tuesday, December 11, 10am – 1:30pm, Building 2, Room 256
  • Wednesday, December 19, 5 – 8:30pm, Building 2, Room 256
  • Friday, December 28, 10am – 1:30pm, Building 2, Room 256
  • Thursday, January 3, 5 – 8:30pm, Building 2, Room 256
  • Wednesday, December 5, 9am – 1pm, Student Commons 118
  • Thursday, December 6, 6 – 10pm, Student Commons 118
  • Friday, December 7, 1 – 5pm, Student Commons 118
  • Wednesday, December 19, 9am – 1pm, Student Commons 118
  • Wednesday, January 2, 9am – 1pm, Student Commons 118
  • Thursday, January 3, 6 – 10pm, Student Commons 118 
  • Tuesday, December 4, 9am – 12:30pm, CC 212
  • Thursday, December 13, 9am – 12:30pm, CC 212
  • Tuesday, December 18, 6 – 9:30pm, CC 212
  • Thursday, January 3, 9am – 12:30pm, CC 212
  • Tuesday, January 8, 9am – 12:30pm, CC 212
4. Pay for your classes

Be ready to pay for your classes at the time of registration, usually at session 2 of your orientation. Depending on your class schedule, class fees range from $38 to $138 per term.

  • If you receive Food Stamps or Oregon Health Plan, you may be qualified for a class fee waiver.
  • If you are between ages 16 and 20, you may be qualified for the YES program.
5. Attend your classes!

Remember, parking permits are required for parking on campus. Day permits are available from the yellow machines in the parking area or at Student Account Services. Do not park in staff parking!

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.