GED State Exam

Cascade SSB 204 | 971-722-5680 | FAX: 971-722-5757 | Willow Creek 220 | 971-722-2618 | FAX: 971-722-2753

GED Testing Service

GED Testing

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

GED testing at PCC

The GED test must be taken in person - there is no online option. The test is administered at official testing centers, where you check-in in person to take the test on a computer.

How to prepare

Regardless of your ability, you’ll perform better 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!

To prepare, you can attend a class or prepare on your own:

  • To take a class, visit Adult Basic Education
  • To prepare on your own:
    • Use the official practice test.
    • Go to www.oslis.org 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
          • If you have any questions, contact Customer Support at Libraries@learningexpressllc.com, or 1-800-295-9556, ext. 2

What type of calculator is used?

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.

Use a handheld scientific calculator, such as the TI-30XS, your personal calculator, or your computer’s calculator.

Who can take the test?

  • 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.

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: kim.davis1@pcc.edu for Willow Creek Testing Center.)

How to register

Registration is required. Go to GED.com, create your account, register, and schedule your test. 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 and not PCC Testing Center.

About GED vouchers

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 offices do not carry vouchers, or accept payment for Pearson Vue. Payment is directly submitted to Pearson Vue at the time of scheduling a test. Pearson Vue Voucher Store Contact: PearsonVUEVoucherStore@pearson.com or 800-869-4101.

How long is the test?

The GED test 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. You must be back at your testing station in time to be ready to begin the last section.
  • Mathematical Reasoning: 120 minutes

How much does the test cost?

There are four subject areas. Each subject costs $38 or a total of $152. You can pay for the tests by credit or debit card, or by entering a voucher code number. You pay for the test at the time of scheduling. Refunds must be requested at least 24 hours before your appointment time or you will not receive a refund.

Retaking the test

  • There is a $10 retake fee per subject.
  • 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 months of the initial attempt.
  • You can re-take the 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, you have to wait 60 days before trying again.

Request accommodated 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 GED.com. 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, see the GED Testing Service Accommodations. If you need help, call the PCC Testing Center: 971-722-5681, or PCC Disability Services: 971-722-8881.

About the PCC testing centers

Arrive 30 minutes early. Allow extra time for parking. Make sure you are at the right center where you scheduled your test. PCC has two different testing locations. Check in when you arrive.

  • Cascade Campus Testing Center, Student Services Building Room 204
  • Willow Creek Campus Testing Center, Room 220
    • If you are more than 15 minutes late, you will not be admitted and will lose your test fee.
    • Check in when you arrive and present your unexpired ID (driver’s license, DMV IDs, passport, military ID, government issued national or foreign ID that shows name, address, date of birth, signature, and photograph are accepted.)
    • Not allowed in the testing room: phones, food and drinks, and personal items including handbags, wallets, and keys. Lockers are provided at check in. If your belonging is too big to fit in the locker, you should leave it in your car.

Find a testing center

To find a center near you here: Test Center Search

Interpreting your test scores

When you finish the test, you'll get an email letting you know when you can review your score. Typically, you get the email within 24 hours.

The test is on a scale of 100 to 200, with high school equivalency for each 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 on each test, and a total score of 580 across on all four tests in order to earn your GED certificate.

GED certificate and transcripts

See how to request your GED transcript.

Oregon uses a paperless system to issue GED transcripts and certificates. You will be able to forward this electronic transcript directly to potential colleges and employers.