If you didn’t have the chance to finish your regular high school curriculum, you may qualify for the GED (General Education Development) exam and earn your high school equivalency diploma.
The GED® exam offers adults who could not complete high school the opportunity to earn a credential that’s all across North America recognized and accepted in lieu of a common high school degree.
Oregon GED testing requirements
- In Oregon, you need to be at least 16 years old.
- Applicants 16 and 17 years old must meet additional criteria. They must have permission from their school boards as well as from a parent or guardian.
- Oregon has no residency requirements.
- You cannot hold a high school diploma or be registered for some other school program.
- You don’t have to attend a prep course first or attain passing scores on the GED Ready® test.
Oregon GED online
You can sit for the Oregon GED test at one of Oregon’s physical test sites or in an online format. To qualify for online GED testing, however, you must reach likely to pass (“green”) scores on the GED Ready® practice test.
There is a GED Ready test for each of the four GED subtests. You can purchase these tests on the website GED.com at $6.99 each. Only when you have reached a “green” score on the GED Ready test, you can schedule that GED subject test.
If you sit for the GED test at an Oregon test center, you are not required to first attain satisfactory results on the GED Ready test.
Oregon GED price
In Oregon, the entire GED exam will set you back $152 ($38 per subject test) if you take the exam at one of Oregon’s state-designated GED test centers.
If you take the GED exam online, the price is $44 per individual subtest, so the entire exam will cost you $176. You should, however, also take into account the cost of four GED Ready tests ($28) that qualify you for online GED testing.
What’s on the GED test?
There are four separate and independent exams on the GED test. You can take these four exams one at a time. There’s no need to sit for the entire GED battery in one take.
The four subtests (independent modules) address the academic subject field of Social Studies, Mathematical reasoning, Science, and Reasoning through Language Arts.
How to register for the GED test
To schedule the GED exam, online or at a test center, you need to create your account on the website GED.com. You can use the online portal MyGED for making test appointments and payments. There’s also a lot of information about the employment market, academic college programs, and so on.
How do I prepare for the GED test?
The GED exam is fully computer-based and quite challenging. So getting properly prepared is crucial for success! In fact, the passing score is set at such a level that only around sixty percent of all high school graduates would be able to pass the GED tests on the first try!
Signing up for a GED prep course is, though not required in Oregon, highly recommended and for most test-takers an absolute necessity. There are numerous prep sites in Oregon where (mostly free) GED classes are available. and you can also find a few pretty good and well-structured online GED prep courses such as the Onsego GED Prep Course. Whichever way you prefer to study, just make sure to get optimally prepared!
The four GED tests are scored on a 100-200 scale and scoring is as follows: 100-144-below passing; 145-164-high school equivalency score; 165-174-college-ready score; 175-200-college-ready + college credit score. The Language part has writing and reading combined.
Computer-based GED test
The latest edition of the GED test is totally computer-formatted and this is actually logical because you won’t find many jobs out there that do not at least require at least basic computer and keyboarding literacy. Paper-and-pencil GED testing is no longer possible, all must be done on a computer.
You don’t have to take the entire GED battery at the same time. You have the freedom to take one or more of the GED modules at a time.
All over North America, the GED diploma is accepted in the same way as a high school diploma by educational institutions and employers.
If you require some accommodation, please apply for that in a timely manner on GED.com (the official GED website) or contact your local GED testing center for help. To apply for accommodations or to register for the GED tests, go to GED.com, and create your personal account with MyGED.