GED Test Policies in Oregon
Earning your GED in Oregon involves fulfilling the state's prerequisites for testing. Knowing the costs and regulations that apply to the GED exams in Oregon can help ensure you are ready to take the tests.
The minimum age for taking the GED exams in Oregon is 18.
It is possible to take the tests if you are as young as 16 as long as you meet the age exception requirements. For example, individuals who are 16 or 17 years old and married are eligible to take the GED exams. It is also possible for underage students to take the tests if they are in special school programs or legally emancipated.
Anyone can take the GED exams in Oregon as long as they meet the age requirements. It isn't necessary to live in Oregon to take GED exams there.
The GED includes four separate tests on language arts, math, social studies and science. While many states charge $30 per test, the tests cost $38 each in Oregon. This means that the minimum cost of earning a GED in Oregon is $152.
All states require examinees to score at least 145 points on each test in order to earn their GED credential. In Oregon, this is called the General Educational Development Certificate.
While the minimum passing score is 145, examinees can earn the GED College Ready designation if they score 165 or more on the exams. College Ready + Credit scores of 175 or more on the GED tests can be used to earn course credit towards a college degree or certificate program.
Retaking the Exams
If you fail the GED tests, it's possible to take them again without any waiting period for your first two retakes. After taking the test for the third time, you are subject to a 60-day waiting period before you can take that test again.
It costs $18 to retake a test. This fee also applies to a third attempt. The only condition is that the tests are retaken within 1 year of the original test date. Examinees who take the test a fourth time have to pay the full test cost again.
Studying for GED Tests
In Oregon, it is not necessary to take an official pretest or complete a GED prep course prior to scheduling your GED exams. However, there are practice tests and study materials online for each of the 4 GED exams. Consider using the following resources to make sure you're prepared for your exams before you schedule a testing appointment.
- GED Science: Life, Physical and Chemical
- GED Reasoning Through Language Arts
- GED Social Studies: Civics & Government, US History, Economics, Geography & World
- GED Math: Quantitative, Arithmetic & Algebraic Problem Solving
You can also take advantage of a comprehensive GED Study Guide that covers material found on all 4 subtests as well as a GED Information and Study Strategies course. All of these resources are self-paced and accessible online through any mobile device.