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 schedule any GED exam or exams by going to and creating an account or by calling Pearson Vue at 1.800.466.0450.

What should I do now?

When you are ready to take the GED exams go to and create an account. Each GED exam costs $38 per test; pay for your GED exams as you schedule them. There are four GED exams-

  • Language Arts
  • Math
  • Science
  • Social Studies

If you would like information about ABE/GED or preparation classes, please contact Academic Transistions Department at 503.399.5224.