Frequently Asked Questions about OCCC’s GED Classes

How do I register for GED classes?                                                                                                                   

Basic Skills staff registers Newport GED students once they’ve completed orientation and attend the first class. Lincoln City staff registers Lincoln City GED students.

I took the GED before 2014 and lost my certificate. How to I get a replacement?

Simple. Click here and follow the instructions.

What is the cost of GED classes?

The cost of GED classes is $20 for each term.

Why do I have to attend orientation?

Orientations are offered in a relaxed and friendly setting. They are required because they allow plenty of time for answering questions, taking assessments, sharing helpful resources, connecting with other new GED students, providing information about the GED Test and “GED Ready” (the official GED practice tests), and to see if the program is right for you. Once you complete the two-session orientation, you may start class the following week.

May I attend one day orientation session and one evening session during an orientation week? 

 Yes. As long as you attend both Monday & Wednesday orientation sessions in Newport or both Tuesday & Thursday orientation sessions in Lincoln City, you may “flip flop” the morning and evening orientations if that best suits your schedule.

I missed the required orientation the first week of the term. May I attend orientation and enter the class later in the term?

Yes, you may enter class at mid-term, providing you attend both sessions of the orientation scheduled at mid-term. Normally two orientations are offered each term (at the beginning of the term and at mid-term).

I attended the first orientation session at the beginning of the term but wasn’t able to attend the second session. I still want to take the class. What can I do? 

Because we offer a second orientation at mid-term, you only need to attend the second session at mid-term orientation.

  I’m working with an agency who will be paying for my GED Class. What is the process?   

Agencies should initiate the billing process for class payments by first providing a voucher or an intent-to-pay document to Sharon Hahn, Oregon Coast Community College, 400 SE College Way, Newport, OR.  For more info about agency payments, please call (541) 867-8504.

May I alternate between attending GED day classes and night classes?                                               

This can be done in Lincoln City GED Classes (because the same instructor teaches both day and night classes) but not in Newport (because there are different GED instructors for the day and night class).

Are there grades or homework for GED classes?

Because GED classes are non-credit, there are no grades.  Homework is sometimes given as extra practice (and can be very helpful to making faster progress) but not graded by the instructor.

May teens attend GED classes?

Both 16- and 17-year-olds may attend OCCC’s GED classes with approval/documentation from Linn-Benton-Lincoln County Educational Service District’s Home School-GED Options Program. You will find more information at this website.

Mature behavior is expected in this adult learning environment. Many teens have completed their GEDs after attending the College’s GED classes.

Do you have online GED classes?

We do not offer online GED classes but do have some options for students who cannot regularly attend class. Call Patricia DiGiulio at (541) 867-8557 for more information.

How long will it take me to get my GED?

This depends on what skill set you have when you enter class, as well as how much time you can devote to your studies outside of class.  The average time is 6 months to one year. Some students finish sooner and some need more time. After your assessments at orientation, you will be given an estimate of how long it will take you to complete the GED Test.

I already have a high school diploma or GED but need to brush up on writing, math, and other basic skills. May I attend GED classes to brush up on basics so that I can place into college-credit classes, improve my workplace skills, and/or help my kids or teens with homework?

Absolutely, yes. We serve not only GED-seeking learners but also adults who need to brush up and/or improve skills for a variety for reasons. Orientation is still necessary.

I have to stop classes for a few weeks due to an emergency, family commitments, or a health issue. Can I rejoin the class?

As long as you communicate with your instructor, in most cases you will be able to resume classes.

I am unable to pay for the GED Test. Is there financial assistance to pay for the test? 

Yes, there is financial assistance to pay for the real GED Test. There are 3 requirements: 1) Regular class attendance. 2) Economic hardship/financial need.  3) Successful passing of all 4 sections (Language Arts, Math, Science, and Social Studies) of the “GED Ready” Official Practice Tests.

Are you on Facebook?

Yes we are. Once in Facebook, type in Oregon Coast Community College Basic Skills Dept. and there you will find important information and helpful resources; inspirational postings for students; recent photos of GED students, faculty, and staff; and more. (Or, click here.)