Portland Community College | Portland, Oregon Portland Community College

GED® test preparation

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

Service update

GED classes will be offered remotely for Winter Term, which starts January 4, 2021. Please complete steps 1 and 2 below. If you have any problems completing the steps, connect with virtual assistance by email, phone or Zoom.

Get virtual assistance
  • Hours:
    • Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday: 10am-2pm
    • Wednesday: 4-8pm
  • Email: ged-group@pcc.edu
  • Phone: 971-722-6255
  • Join us: Zoom link

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 $37 to $158 per term.
  • Classes focus on improving basic skills:
    • reading
    • writing
    • math
  • These classes help you be prepared for the GED® test.
  • 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. Select “Apply as a credit student” as the application type.

2. Decide where you want to study

Cascade, Forest Grove High School, Rock Creek, Southeast, St. Helens WorkSource Center, Sylvania, or Willow Creek.

  • All fall classes are scheduled to take place remotely, although you can select the campus location that is closest to you so that you are connected with the appropriate Campus Navigator (see below).
  • Want to study online? Learn more about online GED® classes. (Discuss the difference between online and remote classes with your 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.

Click on the tab for your campus. Email your Campus Navigator right away to get started toward registering for GED® classes. In your email, please include your phone number and a good day and time for your Navigator to call you.


Contact Cheri McLaughlin at cmclaugh@pcc.edu.

Forest Grove

Contact Amanda Sanford at amanda.sanford1@pcc.edu.

Rock Creek

Contact Amanda Sanford at amanda.sanford1@pcc.edu.


Contact Lee Blackburn at lblackbu@pcc.edu.

St. Helens

Contact Amanda Sanford at amanda.sanford1@pcc.edu.


Contact Mark Palmer at mark.palmer2@pcc.edu.

Willow Creek

Contact Amanda Sanford at amanda.sanford1@pcc.edu.

3. Pay 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 or Oregon Health Plan, you may qualify for a class fee waiver.
  • If you have lost income due to the Covid Pandemic, you may also qualify for a fee waiver.
  • If you are between ages 16 and 20, you may qualify for the YES program.
  • Contact your campus Navigator using the tabs above to find out how to use the class fee waiver.

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.