Prepare for the GED Test
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. Classes are held Mondays and Wednesdays during the Fall, Winter and Spring academic terms in Newport, and on Tuesdays and Thursdays in Lincoln City. You can choose to attend morning or evening sessions.
What type of calculator is used?
A Texas Instruments TI-30XS on-screen calculator will automatically be available when you. You can also bring a 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.
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 (541-867-8501).
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, and more.
You must contact Pearson VUE Customer Services or call 1-877-EXAM-GED and not the OCCC Testing Center.
About GED® vouchers
Some programs will directly buy vouchers from Pearson Vue to use with their students.
Note: Vouchers are valid for 365 days from date of purchase. OCCC 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?
There are 4 tests:
Science: 90 minutes
Social Studies: 75 minutes
Reasoning Through Language Arts: 155 minutes, including a 10 minute break.
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 OCCC Testing Center: 541-867-8501.
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: College Ready
175-200: 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.