Frequently Asked Questions - English

What does GED mean?

GED means General Educational Development. The GED is equivalent to a high school diploma from the United States and its territories. The GED is for persons 16 years or older who have not completed high school. The four GED exams measure your knowledge and skills in academic areas.

Why would I need a GED?

Many companies now require new employees to have a high school diploma or equivalent. A GED may also open more doors for you to continue your education.

Do I need to take GED preparation classes before taking the exams?

No. It is not necessary to take classes before taking the exams, but the classes can help you prepare for the exams. The classes are $70 a term and are offered in English, and Spanish.

Can I take Spanish GED preparation classes?

Yes, call 503.399.5224 for information about assessment and classes.

Do I need to take all the exams at once?

No. You can take any exam or exams on any scheduled testing day. You can call 503.399.6556 for more testing information.

What should I do now?

When you are ready to take the GED exams, you need to pay the $155* testing fee at the Business Office in Building 2 on the Salem campus. Then you need to attend a registration session on a day and time one is offered (call 503.399.6553 for current term schedule or additional information on GED testing). After having attended a registration session, you can begin taking the exams. If you feel you need to better prepare for the exams, you may in GED classes.

*The $155 payment covers all 4 exams. If you need to retest in a subject area, you will need to pay a retest fee. If you have already passed some of the GED tests elsewhere or have questions about testing, contact Testing Services at 503.399.6556.

If you would like more information about ABE/GED or Basic Skills Development classes, please contact the Academic Transitions Department at 503.399.5224.