Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
Who can attend Lane ABSE/GED classes?
- Students must be at least 16 years of age to attend ABSE classes
- If you are 16 to 17 years old, you must have a high school release or referral from the district where you currently live
How do I get started in ABSE classes?
These are the steps in our program:
- Decide upon your goal: Basic skills development? GED preparation? College preparation?
- Attend a placement and orientation session
- Decide where and when you want to study
- Attend classes regularly
- Take advantage of the support resources available to you through Lane
- Celebrate your success! You may participate in the LCC Graduation Ceremonies
How long is orientation and what happens there?
You can expect to spend 5-6 hours at orientation which is spread over 2 days. During orientation we focus on 3 things:
- Filling out an admissions form for our department
- Getting basic information about our classes and other benefits
- Completing assessment testing in reading, writing, and math
Can I take classes in more than one location?
No. However, you may begin taking classes in one location and then transfer your records to a different location.
How much do classes cost?
Currently, all Lane Community College GED preparation courses through the ABSE department are tuition free. Some of our college prep courses require that you purchase a textbook. Classes at Main Campus and Downtown Campus require a $27 per term transportation fee.
Can I get a free bus pass?
The ABSE/GED program at the Main Campus and Downtown Campus charges a LCC Transportation fee of $27. This will allow students at these 2 locations to obtain a free LTD Bus Pass. All other ABSE/GED sites will remain free of charge and students will not be eligible for a free or discounted bus pass.
Can I get a free tutor?
Yes! See the Support page for more information.
Do you have computers I can use?
The ABSE Computer Lab is located on Lane's Main Campus in Building 11, Room 255. There are 24 PC's with the latest Operating System. The computer lab is available to current ABSE students. Hours are posted outside the lab.
Students at the Downtown Campus, Florence, Cottage Grove, Junction City, or Springfield also have access to computer labs. Inquire at those campuses directly for location and hours.
What's the difference between a "hybrid" course and an "online" course?
A hybrid course means that some of your class material is found online and some of it happens in the classroom. This combination set-up is used by instructors differently, depending upon their preferences. Some instructors keep supplementary materials online, and others may require that you work online as part of the course.
Your teacher will show you how to use Moodle--Lane's online course system--and you can also login to Moodle instructions here. Go to Student> Support in the top menu.
Online courses are TOTALLY online. You might never meet your instructor, and there would be no classtime scheduled. None of our ABSE/GED courses are offered totally online at this time.
Do I have to take tests to get into your program?
Yes! The reason our classes are tuition free is because we are funded partially through federal grants that require testing for our program accountability. All ABSE students are placed into appropriate classes by taking CASAS pre-tests at orientation and periodic post-tests thereafter. The scores on the CASAS tests are for internal use only and do not affect your GED scores, college placement, or appear on any transcripts. Our teachers and advisors can give you help with test anxiety.
Will the scores I get at orientation tell me if I can pass the GED right now?
No. They are placement tests that show what skills you've mastered already and what skills still need work.
How long will it take me to pass the GED?
The time it takes to prepare for the GED depends on you:
- Your skill level in all subjects when you start
- The amount of time and effort you put into studying
- How regularly you attend classes
Can I just take the official GED practice tests through this department and not take classes?
Official GED practice tests are given online through the website myged.com and there is a $6 per test fee. You do not need to be registered in ABSE classes to take those tests. However, a Lane GED instructor can help you to prepare for these practice tests or may have alternate free practice tests to students that are registered and attending GED classes. Your instructor can help you determine when those tests are appropriate for you.
How do I go about taking my GED?
Check out the Testing Office here to learn more (what ID to bring, etc.)
How much will my GED tests cost? The 2014 GED test is a four-subject high school equivalency test that measures skills required by high schools and requested by colleges and employers. The four subjects are Science, Social Studies, Mathematical Reasoning, and Reasoning Through Language Arts. The current version of the GED tests cost $38 per test. If you need to retake an exam it will cost you an additional $10 per exam.
Can I get financial aid?
ABSE classes are non-credit, free or low-cost courses and therefore do not qualify for financial aid. A student has to be enrolled in credit classes to apply for financial aid. However...(see next question)
What if I can't afford the tests? Or what if I need help with fees and childcare? Is there financial help for me?
We do have limited scholarships available to students who could not otherwise afford to take the GED exams. The scholarships cover only a portion of the cost of the tests. For students who complete our program and meet eligibility requirements, we offer tuition waivers and scholarships for a good start with Lane credit classes.
May I participate in college graduation ceremonies?
Yes! Graduates of the GED preparation program are honored at the annual college graduation ceremony . The deadline for submitting your application for graduation will be announced in May, 2013.
Where can I get a copy of my GED Certificate or Transcript?
Effective July 1, 2013, the state GED administration office no longer issues GED certificates or transcripts. Rather, DiplomaSender™ (www.DiplomaSender.com) issues these documents as well as GED verifications.
For more information about this and other changes to the GED, Oregon's CCWD's website recently posted this information on its GED page. State of Oregon GED Program
Is there somebody I can talk to in person?
Yes! Please feel free to call any of our campus locations and ask to speak with our friendly ABSE staff. We are happy to answer your questions.
Or contact Ashton Kayser, advisor
Office Address: 4000 E 30th Ave
Building 11 - Room 219
Eugene, OR 97405-0640
Office Telephone: (541) 463-5723