GED State Exam

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GED Testing Service

GED Testing

GED Passing Scores Update

The official GED passing score has changed from 150 to 145 and the system has updated on March 1, 2016. All testers who have achieved passing status in the past will begin seeing those scores as passing in the systems at that time. Updated diplomas will begin to be produced and delivered in the days following March 1. Helpful links:

The GED test is available at Both Cascade and Willow Creek Testing Centers. For registration, payment, and scheduling of your tests, go to You will find additional 'How to' information on the 8th and 10th bullets below.

Computer based GED test at PCC

Can I take the GED Test online?

No. The GED® Test cannot be taken online. The Test is only administered and monitored at Official GED Testing Centers, where you must check-in in person, to take it on a computer.

Should I Study? Am I required to prepare before testing?

Yes! Regardless of your ability, you’ll be more certain to perform your best on the tests if you know what to expect before the testing day arrives. The State of Oregon does not require you to attend preparation class before you test, but it is highly recommended that you do.

Are there free sample tests that I can first try?

Yes, view the samples.

How can I prepare?

You have the option of attending a class and/or preparing on your own:

  • To attend preparation classes: visit PCC’s Adult Basic Education (ABE) website or call 971-722-6255 for more information. OR
  • For Self-Preparation: sign up for MyGED™ portal at and click on "Study" to find tools, practice test questions, and GED Ready™: The Official Practice Test.

Here are also some useful resources to help with preparation before the test:

  • Access the Free Practice Test
  • Fee Self - Preparation: Access the Learning Express Library using the Oregon School Library Information System (OSLIS) follow these steps (registration is required):
    • Go to and select the following respectively (important - this allows you to register as a non-PCC student):
      • Secondary Student
      • Find Information
      • Computer Skills, Test-Prep, & More – LEARNING EXPRESS
      • Version 3.0 Logo (do not choose 2.0)
      • You will now enter the ‘Welcome to Learning Express Library’ page through OSLIS
      • Click New User and Register in the bottom right corner
        • Fill out the form and Create your Account
        • your email address is your username
        • choose your own password
        • If you don’t have an email address, click on Register without Email, and fill out the form.
        • If you have any questions or need assistance with Learning Express Library contact Customer Support at, or 1-800-295-9556, ext. 2, between 9am and 5pm ET.

Are there Free Online Tutorials for attaining basic keyboarding and mouse skills?

Yes, click on Free Tutorials

What type of calculator is used? Can I bring my own calculator?

  • For the GED Test: Texas Instruments IT-30XS on-screen calculator will automatically be available when you sit for the GED test on computer. Effective October 6, 2014, you can bring in and use a handheld TI-30XS Multiview Scientific Calculator for any of the three test subjects that allow the use of a calculator: Mathematical Reasoning, Science, and Social Studies. You still have access to an embedded calculator at all times if you choose not to bring one.
  • For preparation:
    • Here is a tutorial from Texas Instruments. Click on ‘Expand all’ to take advantage of all the different features
    • Use a handheld scientific calculator, such as the TI-30XS, your personal calculator, or your computer’s calculator.

What are some of the Eligibility Requirements for GED Testing in Oregon?

  • Oregon residency is not required to test.
  • You must NOT have received a high school diploma or high school equivalency certificate.

If you are 16 or 17 years old, you can test if you are:

  • Enrolled in an Oregon Option Program or
  • Exempted from the school district where you live or
  • 16 years of age and married OR legally emancipated.
  • If you are Home Schooled and want to take the GED Tests, you must be registered with an Educational Service District (ESD) that is in the Oregon Option Program for In School Youth or
  • You must have an exemption from the school district where you live.

Please contact your local School District or your GED Option Program to issue you this authorization form.

As you are attempting to register for a test, you will be required to supply supporting documentation (eg. exemption from the school district.) If your status on the home page indicates that you will need additional documentation, you will receive an email to connect with the Testing Center (971-722-5681 or 971-722-5680 for Cascade Testing Center, or email: for Willow Creek Testing Center.)

How do I register and schedule a Computer GED test? How do I change or cancel a test?

On-line pre-registration and scheduling is required. Go to, create your account, register, and schedule your test.

Pay attention and answer each question carefully at registration.

When scheduling tests you need to be prepared to pay for however many tests you have marked to take. You will need to pay for the tests by credit card, debit card, or by entering a voucher code number. Be sure you understand all the policies of rescheduling and cancelling a test. Refunds must be requested at least 24 hours prior to appointment time without exception or you will not receive a refund.

Please consult your confirmation email for questions regarding cancellation, rescheduling for test on computer. You must contact Pearson VUE Customer Services or call 1-877-EXAM-GED (877-392-6433) and not PCC Testing Center. Pearson VUE Customer Service is available Monday through Friday, 7am to 7pm Central Standard Time.

When you show up at the Testing Center you must provide a valid government issued ID, and any other required documentation. (Go to previous section for detail on requirements.)

How do GED Preparation Programs purchase vouchers for their students?

Programs will directly buy vouchers from Pearson Vue to use with their students.

Important: Vouchers are valid for 365 days from date of purchase!

PCC Testing Centers and PCC Business Offices do not carry vouchers, or do not accept payment for Pearson Vue. Payment is directly submitted to Pearson Vue at the time of scheduling a test.

Pearson Vue Voucher Store Contact: or 800-869-4101.

Is there a step-by-step walkthrough of the registration & scheduling process?

Yes. Please visit the tutorial page.

What is the GED Test like? How many tests are there? How long are the tests?

The GED Test has been updated to make sure it measures what graduating high school seniors know and what colleges and employers will expect of you. There are 4 tests:

  • Science: 90 minutes
  • Social Studies: 75 minutes
  • Reasoning Through Language Arts (RLA): 155 minutes including a 10 minute break*
  • Mathematical Reasoning: 120 minutes

* You must be back at your testing station in time to be ready to begin the last section of the RLA module.

How much does the test cost? How much is the Retake Fee? How many re-takes can I take?

Initial Fee: There are four subject areas. Each subject costs $38.00 or a total of $152.00. (In Oregon, you are not required to finish the entire test before re-testing on any subject.)

Re-take Fee:

  • Students who don’t pass get two discounted retakes for every subject purchased.
  • The discounted rate is automatically calculated in the shopping cart, no code is needed.
  • Retakes must occur within 12 calendar months of the initial attempt.
  • GED Testing Service has waived its $20 testing fee, Oregon State GED Administration has also waived its $8 administration fee. Students are only responsible for $10 retake fee per subject.

Number of Retakes: Students can test (three times in English, two times in Spanish) on the same subject without waiting. After the third attempt in English or second attempt in Spanish, they have to wait 60 days before trying again. The on-line registration system will automatically enforce this wait period.

How do I request for an accommodated GED Testing?

If you have a documented disability and would like to request modified testing conditions submit your request at on-line registration for the test through If you are approved for accommodations, you will receive an approval email along with instructions for scheduling by phone (you cannot schedule for an accommodated test online.)

For more information regarding the GED Testing Service Accommodations, visit their website. If you need assistance with the application process, you may call - PCC Testing Center: 971-722-5681 or PCC Disability Services: 971-722-8881.

What are the PCC Testing Center Rules?

Arrive 30 min early. Allow extra time for parking. Make sure you are at the right center where you scheduled your test. PCC has two different Testing Center locations. You need to check in when you get there.

  1. Cascade Campus Testing Center, Student Services Building Room 204
  2. Willow Creek Campus Testing Center, Room 220
    • If you arrive more than 15 minutes after your scheduled appointment time, you will not be admitted and will lose your test fee.
    • You need to check in when you get there. You must present your identification before testing. Driver’s licenses, DMV IDs, passports, military IDs, government issued national or foreign IDs that show name, address, date of birth, signature, and photograph are accepted. All IDs must be unexpired.
    • Cell phones, food, and drinks are strictly prohibited. All personal items including handbags, wallets, keys, cell phones, etc. are not allowed in the testing room. Lockers are provided at check in. If your belonging is too big to fit in the locker, you should leave it in your car.

How can I find a testing center near me?

  • For testing within the United States you need to create an account at as your first step. Once you create your account and log in, MyGED Dashboard has a selection for ‘Find a Center.’
  • For testing outside the United States

How will I find out about my test scores? And what do the scores mean?

Upon your completion you will receive an email letting you know when you can review your Score Report. Typically, you will receive the email within 12-24 hours.

The test is on a scale of 100 to 200 with high school equivalency passing standard on each content module set at 145.

  • (100- 144) –  Below Passing
  • (145-164) - Pass / High School Equivalency 
  • (165-174) - GED College Ready
  • (175-200) - GED College Ready + Credit

You need a minimum score of 145 or more on each test, and a total score of 580 across on all four test battery in order to earn your GED certificate. There is no average score needed for total passing.

As of March 1st, 2016:

  • The passing score is 145 instead of 150.
  • The GED with Honors score has been replaced by two new score levels that show you’re ready for college or a career-training program, and in some cases eligible to earn college credits:  GED college Ready (165-174) and GED College Ready + Credit (175-200).

How do I get my GED certificate, my previous records or send my official transcript to potential schools and employers?

To order your Oregon Transcript and Diploma documents please visit Oregon GED Credentialing.

Effective March 1, 2015, Oregon has transitioned its credentialing process from the issuance of paper transcripts and GED® certificates to a paperless web-based credentialing system. You will be able to forward this electronic transcript you receive in your email inbox directly to potential colleges and employers.

If you would like to learn more about the new process of GED Credentialing here are answers to some FAQs.

Where can I get more information on the new 2014 test?

As of January 2nd, 2014, GED is delivered in a computer based format. It consists of four tests that are aligned with the national Common Core State Standards. For more information visit GEDTS Website.