2014 Oregon

Use the links below to find out about your local testing center rules and requirements. If you’re still looking for information, visit your state’s GED® testing program website to learn more, or go back to the main map.

 

State Requirements

Price & Payment

Registration & Scheduling

Test Scores

Retake Policies

GED® Test Credential

Options Program

Different Languages

Veterans

 

State Requirements (top)

How old do I need to be to take the test (without exceptions)?

In Oregon, the minimum age required to take the GED® test is 18 years old.  

I’m underage. What do I need to do to take the test?

This rule changes based on which state you’re testing in. In Oregon, you can be 16 and take the GED® test if you have the following exception:

  • Must be a least 16 years old
  • Must be enrolled in an Oregon Option Program for In School Youth OR exempted from the school district where you live
  • If you are 16 years of age and married OR legally emancipated you may also qualify to take the GED® tests
  • Please contact your local testing center for more information

Do I need to take a class or receive instruction before I can take the test?

No, Oregon doesn’t require you to prepare for the GED® test in an adult education classroom. However, studying in a classroom setting is a good opportunity to get up to speed on the topics and areas you’ll find on the GED® test. 

Where can I find an adult education center?

Finding an adult education center is easy. Enter your ZIP code in our locator tool and we’ll show you the adult education centers closest to you.

Do I have to take the practice test before testing?

No, you’re not required to take the GED Ready® before taking the test. However, the  GED Ready® is available at GEDmarketplace.com and is a good measure to see if you’re ready to take the GED® test or not.

Do I need to prove I’m a resident of Oregon to take the test?

In Oregon, there is no residency requirement. Non-residents may take the GED® test in Oregon.

The closest testing center is in a different state.  Can I take the exam there?

Some states allow people who don’t live there to take the GED® test and others don’t. You’ll need to check the residency requirement for the state that you’re interested to test in.

For Oregon: There is no residency requirement, so non-residents may take the GED® test in Oregon.

I am in Job Corps, do I have to follow the underage requirements?

Yes, in Oregon this law applies to Job Corps participants.

I am in Job Corps, do I need to apply for the GED® Option Program even though my situation is different from other testing candidates?

Oregon Law does not hold Job Corps participants differently from any other minor. If the participant is under 18, Oregon Law requires them to be enrolled in the GED® Option Program unless they have graduated from high school or have an Exemption from Compulsory Attendance.

Price & Payment (top)

How much does the GED® test cost?

Oregon charges $38 per module for the GED® test.

How much does it cost to retake the test? Can I retake the test for free?

GED Testing Service offers a discounted retake program for all GED® test-takers. According to the program’s policy, you are eligible for:

  • Two discounted retakes for each subject area taken
  • GED Testing Service fees are waived every retake ($20 per subject area test)
  • States and testing centers can choose to waive their fees
  • You must schedule retakes one at a time for the discount to apply
  • Discounted retakes cannot be combined with any other discounts
  • Retakes must occur within 12 calendar months of your initial attempt
  • After your two discounted retakes, you will need to wait at least 60 days, pay the full retake price and then you will receive two more discounted retakes

Sign up for your next test now at GED.com.

 

Registration & Scheduling (top)

Can I take all of the parts at once or do I need to setup different appointment times?

Yes, in Oregon you can take all test parts in the same day if you can find a testing center with hours that accommodate it.

What happens if I move to a different state in the middle of testing? Can I continue testing in my new state or do I have to start all over?

It depends on whether or not that state has a residency requirement.  Check the residency requirements in that state and don’t hesitate to contact the GED Administrator™ in that state with questions.

For Oregon:  In Oregon you’re not required to be a resident to take the test there. 

Once I start testing, is there a time limit for me to finish all four subjects before my scores begin to expire?

No, there isn’t a time limit to finish the test in Oregon.

 

Test Scores (top)

What score do I need to pass the test?

You need to score a 145 on each module and 580 on the entire test battery (all four parts combined).

  • Below Passing: 100-144
  • GED® Passing Score: 145-164
  • GED® College Ready: 165-174
  • GED® College Ready + Credit: 175-200

 

Retake Policies (top)

If I don’t pass, how long do I have to wait before taking the test again?

In Oregon, there is no waiting period if you do not pass a subject area test the first time. After taking a test subject 3 times, you'll have to wait 60 days before retesting. There's no limit to how many times you can test in a year.

Retake rules are enforced for students retesting in different languages. For example, if you take an English test three times, then move to a Spanish test, the GED Testing Service 60-day wait period is enforced. If a state has additional retesting requirements, these requirements will also be enforced. 

How much does it cost to retake the test? Can I retake the test for free?

GED Testing Service offers a discounted retake program for all GED® test-takers. According to the program’s policy, you are eligible for:

  • Two discounted retakes for each subject area taken
  • GED Testing Service fees are waived every retake ($20 per subject area test)
  • States and testing centers can choose to waive their fees
  • You must schedule retakes one at a time for the discount to apply
  • Discounted retakes cannot be combined with any other discounts
  • Retakes must occur within 12 calendar months of your initial attempt
  • After your two discounted retakes, you will need to wait at least 60 days, pay the full retake price and then you will receive two more discounted retakes

Sign up for your next test now at GED.com.

Why can’t I re-test the subject that I failed?

Some states require people to finish taking all four subjects before being allowed to re-test in the areas that weren’t passed.

In Oregon, you’re not required to finish the entire test before re-testing on any subjects.

 

GED® Test Credential (top)

I took and passed the test but the jurisdiction won’t issue my diploma. Can you help me?

Oregon State GED Program has partnered with GED Testing Service for fulfillment of requests for GED transcripts and diplomas.

A Test-taker who passes the GED® test will automatically receive one free electronic diploma, one free electronic transcript. You must take action to receive one free printed diploma

Electronic Diploma and Transcript
The electronic diploma and transcript download links will be e-mailed to the e-mail address associated with your MyGED® account once you have passed all the tests and earned your diploma. Make sure to download your electronic documents right away since the links are only available for a limited time. Follow the instructions provided in the e-mail. These PDF documents are very valuable since they can be forwarded to employers and colleges that accept electronic credentials. The PDF documents are verified by GED Testing Service/Parchment each time they are opened using Blue Ribbon Security. The blue ribbon symbol displayed in the PDF is assurance that the digital credential is valid, the document is authentic, and the contents of the credential have not been altered.

Printed Diploma
The printed diploma can be ordered in your MyGED® account at GED.com. In your MyGED® account navigate to My Scores and select the Order Duplicates link. Select Diploma option and then select the Printed Diploma – Free option. You will then be asked who and what address you want the diploma to be mailed to. The free diploma link will only be available until it has been used; it can only be used one time. Carefully follow the instructions presented during the ordering process.

For diplomas earned prior to January 1, 2014:
You will request your credentials from GED Credentialing™ here.

After I start taking the exam modules, how much time do I have to complete all of them to get credentialed?

This depends on the state you’re testing in. In Oregon you don’t have a time limit to complete the GED® test.

I want to order a copy of my transcript and/or diploma.

Duplicate credential requests can be made by logging in to your MyGED® account at GED.com. Use the login at the top right of the page. Select the My Scores tab and click the Order Duplicates button on the Scores page.

For diplomas earned prior to January 1, 2014:
You will request your credentials from GED Credentialing™ here.

What is the GED® credential in my state called?

In Oregon the credential is called the General Educational Development Certificate.

I took my test® with Job Corps in the 60’s and 70’s. How to I obtain a copy of my GED® certificate?

In the late 60’s and throughout the 70’s, Job Corps followed the federal guidelines for passing the GED® (score of 35) while Oregon’s guidelines were higher at a score of 40.  To receive a copy of the certificate you earned via Job Corps during this time, please contact the National Job Corps Office at (415) 625-2600 or at http://www.jobcorps.gov/contact/san_francisco.aspx. 

 

Options Program (top)

What is the Options Program?

The Options Program allows students who are currently enrolled in high school to take the GED® test. Not everyone is eligible for the program. The Options Program is only available in a few states and school districts.

 

GED® Test Language Versions (top)

Can I take my GED® test in Spanish?

Yes, in Oregon you can take the GED® test in Spanish. 

Find a local testing center.

Can I take the GED® test in French?

No, you can’t take the French version of the GED® test in Oregon.

Am I allowed to combine different language versions of the test together?

Yes, Oregon residents are allowed to combine different versions of the GED® test. You can combine different language versions of the test to earn your credential.

Does Oregon have requirements for English as a Second Language (ESL)?

English as a Second Language (ESL) instruction can help any non-native English speaker, but there aren’t any requirements for ESL classes in Oregon.

Veterans (top)

I think I earned my high school diploma while serving my country.® Do I get that through GED® or through ODE?

Oregon passed a law (ORS 332.114 Issuance of diplomas to veterans), allowing eligible veterans to earn their high school diploma if they served in the Armed Forces of the United States during specific time frames. If you want to know if you are eligible, please contact Barbara Zeal, Veterans Education Specialist at the Oregon Higher Education Coordinating Commission Office (503) 947-5727, or e-mail her at Barbara.zeal@state.or.us. For more information on the bill and eligibility: https://www.oregonlegislature.gov/bills-laws/ors/ors332.html. The Veterans Education Specialist IS NOT able to assist you with GED® questions and/or certificates.