GED® test preparation

Adult Basic Education | Southeast Campus, Mt. Scott 106 | 971-722-6255

Prepare for the GED® test with Adult Basic Education classes.

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.

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.
  • Classes focus on improving basic skills:
    • reading
    • writing
    • math
  • These classes help you be prepared for the GED® test.
  • Classes are available at all PCC campuses.
  • Daytime and evening classes available.
  • Some classes are available online.
  • You may need to purchase books.
  • If you are 16 or 17 years old, you must obtain an official release from your high school and submit it to the college’s admission office before registering for classes.

Steps to enroll

1. Apply to PCC

Complete the 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, St. Helens WorkSource Center, Sylvania, or Willow Creek.

  • 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® test 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 before the scheduled time. Plan to stay for the entire 3-hour period. Bring your picture ID and your PCC student ID number.

Cascade
  • Wednesday, September 4, 9am-12 noon, Cascade Hall 309
  • Monday, September 9, 12-3pm, Cascade Hall 309
  • Thursday, September 12, 6-9pm, Cascade Hall 309
  • Tuesday, September 17, 9am-12 noon, Cascade Hall 309
  • Thursday, September 19, 6-9pm, Cascade Hall 309
Forest Grove

All sessions are in Room 2102 from 6-7:30pm. For more information call at 503-359-2432, extension 3681.

  • Wednesday, September 4
  • Monday, September 9
  • Wednesday, September 11
  • Monday, September 16
  • Wednesday, September 18
Rock Creek
  • Tuesday, August 6, 10am-1:30pm, Building 2, Room 256
  • Wednesday, August 7, 5-8:30pm, Building 2, Room 256
  • Tuesday, August 20, 5-8:30pm, Building 2, Room 256
  • Wednesday, August 21, 10am-1:30pm, Building 2, Room 256
  • Wednesday, September 4, 5-8:30pm, Building 2, Room 256
  • Tuesday, September 17, 5-8:30pm, Building 2, Room 256
  • Wednesday, September 18, 10am-1:30pm, Building 2, Room 256
Southeast
  • Wednesday, September 11, 9am-1pm, Student Commons 118
  • Thursday, September 12, 6-10pm, Student Commons 118
  • Friday, September 13, 1-5pm, Student Commons 118
  • Wednesday, September 18, 9am-1pm, Student Commons 118
  • Thursday, September 19, 6-10pm, Student Commons 118
  • Friday, September 20, 1-5pm, Student Commons 118
St. Helens

For more information about class options and steps, please call 971-722-7683.

Sylvania
  • Tuesday, August 27, 6-9pm, CC 212
  • Thursday, September 5, 9am-12 noon, CC 212
  • Tuesday, September 10, 9am-12 noon, CC 212
  • Thursday, September 19, 6-9pm, CC 212
  • Tuesday, September 24, 9am-12 noon, CC 212
Willow Creek

The orientation and placement is held at Rock Creek Campus. Please select the Rock Creek tab to see dates and times. For more information, call 971-722-7683.

4. Pay for your classes

Be ready to pay for your classes at the time of registration, usually at the end of your orientation and placement. Depending on your class schedule, class fees range from $34 to $149 per term.

  • If you receive Food Stamps or Oregon Health Plan, you may qualify for a class fee waiver.
  • If you are between ages 16 and 20, you may qualify 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.