Oregon is using the new GED exam to test the high school equivalent knowledge and skills level of its residents. The new GED® exam is available only in a computer-based format.
You can find many locations in Oregon where instructors and volunteers work hard to offer you GED prep classes to get you properly prepared to successfully take the Oregon GED exam.
Adjusted GED scoring
Getting your GED diploma has become a little easier. The passing score on each of the four tests was reduced to 145 points (down from 150) in January 2016. It was apparently set too high when the latest version of the GED exam was introduced in early 2014. The full story is available here.
After passing the GED exam you will be awarded the GED diploma and this document is all across the United States recognized and accepted as being equivalent to a regular high school diploma by all employers, government agencies, and universities. Don’t forget to check also our post on signing up for the GED exam with the portal MyGED.
For adults who never finished high school, obtaining the GED credential is important because it will bring about better job options and clear the road into colleges and universities. Listed on this page are all prep locations in and around major Oregon areas.
GED classes in and around (click on the city closest to you):
GED – Oregon requirements
- In Oregon, the minimum age is 18 (for 16 or 17-year-olds there are restrictions. See a GED test center near you)
- Fee: $152 for the entire exam (including a state fee), re-testing is $38 per sub-test
- In Oregon, there is NO residency requirement
- You are no high school graduate nor do you attend another program
- You must be exempt from compulsory high school attendance or be living in a district where the ‘Oregon GED Test Option for Selected Secondary Students’ is valid. Don’t forget to bring current documentation indicating your exemption.
Oregon GED testing centers
Linn-Benton Comm College – 6500 SW Pacific Blvd, Albany, OR 97321, 541-917-4781
Clatsop Comm. College – 1653 Jerome Ave, Astoria, OR 97103, 503 – 338-2440
Training & Employment Consortium – 1575 Dewey Ave, Baker City, OR 97814, 541-523-6331
Bandon Library – 1204 11th St SW, Bandon, OR 97411, 541-347-3221
Central Oregon Comm Coll – 2600 College Way, Bend, OR 97701, 541-504-2950
SW Oregon Comm Coll – Brookings Harbor Ctr – 420 Alder St, Brookings, OR 97415, 541-469-5017
Harney Co. Education Service Distr – 450 N Buena Vista Ave, Burns, OR 97720, 541-573-2122
Training & Employment Consortium – 118 S Washington St, Canyon City, OR 97820, 541-575-0251
North Central Ed Service District – 135 S Main St, Condon, OR 87823, 541-384-2732
SW Oregon Comm College – 1988 Newmark, Coos Bay, OR 97420, 541-888-7408
Training & Employment Consortium – 104 Litch St, Enterprise, OR 97828, 541-426-3149
Lane Comm College – 4000 East 30th Ave, Eugene, OR 97405, 541-463-5004
University of Oregon Counseling Ctr – 1590 E 13th Ave, Suite 270, Eugene, OR 97401, 541-346-3230
Rogue Comm College – 3345 Redwood Hwy, Grants Pass, OR 97526, 541-956-7100
Three Rivers School Distr – 8550 New Hope Rd, Grants Pass, OR 97527, 541-862-3111 x 5263
Mount Hood Comm College – 26000 S East Stark St, Gresham, OR 97030, 503 – 491-7592
Blue Mountain Comm College – 980 S E Columbia, Hermiston, OR 97838, 541-278-5958
NW Regional Ed Service Distr/Wash Co – 5825 N E Ray Circle, Hillsboro, OR 97124, 503-614-1419
Klamath Ad Learning Ctr – 2856 Eberlein Ave, Klamath Falls, OR 97603, 541-883-4719
Training & Employment Consortium – 1916 Island Ave, LaGrande, OR 97850, 541-963-7942
Lake Co. Education Service Distr – 357 N L St, Lakeview, OR 97630, 541-947-3371
Chemeketa Comm College – 500 N Hill Rd, McMinnville, OR 97128, 503-399-5219
Rogue Comm College Riverside – 202 S Riverside, Medford, OR 97501, 541-245-7695
Blue Mountain Comm Coll – 311 N Columbia, Milton-Freewater, OR 97862, 541-278-5958
Oregon Coast Comm College – 332 SW Coast Hwy, Newport, OR 97365, 541-574-7105
Treasure Valley Comm College – 650 College Blvd, Ontario, OR 97914, 541-881-8822 x 293
Clackamas Comm College – 19600 S. Molalla Ave, Oregon City-, OR 97045, 503 – 657-6958 x 2269
Blue Mountain Comm College – 2411 N West Carden, Pendleton, OR 97801, 541-278-5958
Portland Comm College – 705 N Killingsworth, Portland, OR 97217, 503-978-5681
Portland Night High School – 2245 NE 36th Ave., Portland, OR 97212, 503 – 916-6486
Umpqua Comm College – PO Box 967, Roseburg, OR 97470, 541-440-4610
Chemeketa Comm College – 4000 Lancaster Dr. North East, Salem, OR 97309, 503-399-6552
NW Regional Ed Service Distr/Columbia Co. – 800 Port Ave., St. Helens-, OR 97051, 503 – 397-0028
Columbia Gorge Comm. College – 400 E. Scenic Dr., The Dalles-, OR 97058, 541 – 506-6041
Comm College – 2510 First St, Tillamook Bay, OR 97141, 541-842-8222
Chemeketa Comm College – 120 E Lincoln St, Woodburn, OR 97071, 503-316-3255
Oregon Department of Community Colleges and Workforce Development, 255 Capitol Street NE, Salem, OR 97310-1341. Questions? Call Oregon’s state office at: 503-947-2446
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How to get started
You can enroll in the GED program when you don’t have a high school diploma, and if you are not engaged in any school program. Contact your nearest GED prep facility and see if you meet the criteria. On this website, you can find a host of relevant information as well. When you feel the GED path is right for you, keep the following guidelines at heart. Contact your nearest GED prep or test center and see how you can enroll in a prep class. Check if this is free or that there are costs involved. Learn about their registration policy, as there may be differences. Registration for the GED and test scheduling is done online via GED.com.
GED – prepare well
Get well informed about all relevant details and sit for the four tests (one at a time if you wish) only when you are totally prepared. Local bookstores and libraries will provide study material for preparation, and there are many locations all over Oregon where GED preparation is offered, often at no charge at all. Just click on a city near you above for all options. There are also some pretty good online preparation options. So prepare well, take the exam, and get your GED Diploma!
GED – what is new
The GED program was created in the 1940’s to support returning World War II veterans in their efforts to go on with their education or to reenter the workplace and get hold of well-paying jobs. A lot of youngsters in their late teens had gone to war without completing their normal high school program and this was the fastest way to let them acquire a high school equivalent credential. Since those days some 18 million adults people have completed the GED exam successfully. The 2014 series of the GED exam contains four separate tests in key topic sectors that students learn in high school: science, math, language arts, and social studies.
GED – one test at a time
A great advantage is that you “pay as you go”. You can take one test every time you feel all set for that part, and only pay for one test! Test results stand for two years from first registration. If you can find a test center that can accommodate it, you can take all four tests on the same day, but there is no need to do that.
No online GED testing
Most multiple choice questions have disappeared and you are required to give more essay-style answers. Please note that the GED exam is not offered via the internet and that you must show up in person at one of the state’s official GED testing centers. The GED test is just not available online, and websites that have a different message are fraudulent.
GED passing score
The passing score was 150 per individual test, on a scale that runs from 100 to 200 points, but in January 2016, the GED test publisher (GED Testing Service) adjusted the required score to 145 because it was demonstrated that the bar was raised too high. Averaging is not possible, so this is the minimally required score on each of the four tests. Oregon does not require you to be a state resident, neither do you need to take a practice test prior to sitting for the GED tests. You must be 18 years old, but if you are 16/17 years of age you also have the chance to take the GED exam, only under strict additional rules.