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 (HSE) diploma that is accepted just like a common HS diploma.
Oregon GED Testing Requirements
- In Oregon, you need to be at least 16 years old. Applicants 16 and 17 years old must have permission from their school board as well as from a parent or guardian.
- In Oregon, the GED fee is $152 for the entire exam or $38 per subtest.
- Oregon has no residency requirement.
- You cannot hold a high school diploma or be registered for some other school program.
The Oregon GED program is available for non-state residents as well. Please bear in mind that the computer-based GED exam is a very challenging exam and that proper preparation is crucial!
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!
The GED tests are scored on a 100-299 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.
Oregon uses the entirely computerized GED test for the purpose of HS equivalency testing. The GED exam consists of four separate subtests (also called modules) in the fields of Science, Social Studies, Math, and Literacy.
The Literacy part has writing and reading combined. All over North America, the GED diploma is accepted in the same way as a high school diploma by educational institutions and employers.
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 but completion of all four subtests is required with a time restraint of maximally two years. Paper-and-pencil GED testing is no longer possible, all must be done on a computer.
So you see that 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.
You can find also a few pretty good and well-structured online GED prep courses available for a modest fee. Anyway, whichever way you prefer to study, make sure to get optimally prepared!
The latest edition of the GED test (2014-Series) is, as said above, 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.
Online GED testing is NOT possible. If you’re looking to earn your Oregon GED diploma, you will need to show up in person at an official Oregon GED testing center. 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.