All About the GED: Oregon

Oregon's General Educational Development (GED) credential can help open the door to jobs and higher education. Individuals who want to prepare for earning this credential can find a number of resources in Oregon.

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Requirements of the GED in Oregon

Employers and institutions of higher education often see the GED credential as being the equivalent to a high school diploma. The test is a partnership between the American Council on Education (ACE) and Pearson Vue.

In order to be eligible to take the GED test in Oregon, candidates must be at least 18 years old. However, in Oregon you can be 16 to sit the test if you are enrolled in Oregon Option Program for In School Youth or exempted from the school district where you reside. You can also take this test if you are 16 and married or legally emancipated.

To obtain your GED in Oregon, you must pass the test with a minimum score of 145 on the four subject areas. The test assesses skills and knowledge in science, social studies, mathematical reasoning, and reasoning through language arts. The test is available in English, Spanish and Braille. The times, dates and locations of testing are handled by individual states by visiting the GED website.

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Preparing for the GED in Oregon

Students who want to prepare for the GED exam in Oregon have several choices. Each study option has its pros and cons depending upon a student's lifestyle and learning style.

Classes and Tutoring

Oregon has 17 official GED preparation programs through their community colleges. Enrollment in classes requires taking an assessment test in order to best meet the needs of the student. Class times, locations and fees vary from one community college to the next.

Online resources

Oregonians who prefer to study online on their own have a few choices in available programs. The student should use caution and ensure that the online program has up-to-date and relevant study material. The GED Testing Service offers a variety of web-based options on its website.

Libraries

Public libraries are often a treasure trove of study material for GED students. The state of Oregon has over 100 public libraries, many of which have an online presence making the search for GED study materials easier.

Testing

The GED test is offered at many of the same community colleges that offer the GED preparation programs. Testing center locations and hours will vary across the state. Students can register for the exam at www.GED.com.

The student will also be required to show proof of identity in the form of a government issued photo ID. The GED exam does not have to be taken in its entirety in one test session but the student should be aware that future changes to the GED test might affect scores earned in previous testing sessions if the student has not completed and passed the entire battery.

Oregon does not require test-takers to wait before retaking a section of the GED exam for the first two retakes. However, after taking a subject area test 3 times, a 60-day waiting period is required. You can take the test as many times as you need.

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