GED Testing Information
Get Your Official GED Documents Online!
Beginning July 7, 2013, you can order an official copy of your GED Transcript or Diploma online using a new service, Diploma Sender. Find out more!
You can still get your official transcript fromGED123.org, click https://www.nrspro.com/Unity/GED/123/Default.aspx with your access code until the end of 2013, but your certificate will no longer be automatically mailed to you. You will need to go to the above information and complete the form in Diploma Sender to receive your certificate.
IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR GED TEST TAKERS WHO HAVE TAKEN SOME OF THE TESTS: The GED test will upgrade to Computer-Based by January 2014.
The last date to complete GED testing for those who began at Lane Community College in the past is December 6, 2013. Failing to complete your GED by December 6, 2013 will cause you to wait until 2014 and start over again. You will be required to pay all fees and take ALL GED tests again. The GED schedule has the most up to date, accurate schedule.
- If you have previously taken GED tests at Lane and wish to finish by December 6, 2013, please contact the Testing Office as soon as possible at: email@example.com, as testing appointments are limited.
IMPORTANT! If you have previously taken GED tests at a location other than Lane Community College, it is too late for you to begin at Lane. Consider returning to the testing location you started at, or take the tests at another location, or wait until the new testing begins in January, 2014.
INFORMATION FOR NEW GED TEST TAKERS:
If you have never taken GED tests, you may begin taking them at Lane Community College in January 2014. If you need to begin taking them before January, please consider other testing sites.
The following information may not pertain to the new Computer-based testing to begin in January 2014. Please return in December for updated information on the new Computer-based testing.
Where can I take GED classes before Testing?
What is the GED Test?
GED stands for General Educational Development. It is a series of five tests that measure people's achievement in five major areas of high school education. When people pass all 5 GED tests and receive a GED certificate, it indicates they have knowledge and skills equivalent to high school graduates.
What forms are available?
We have English, Spanish, & large print versions of the GED available at Lane. Please let us know in advance if you need the Spanish or Large print editions of the test. We can also obtain the GED in French with advance notice. Please call the Testing Office for more information.
Testing accommodations for students with disabilities
If you have a physical or learning disability that requires special testing accommodations, you must request these in advance using special forms and provide documentation from your doctor. The approval process for special accommodations must go through the state GED office in Salem and can take several weeks. You must contact our Chief Examiner, Lora Dietmeyer at the Testing Office well in advance of the date you want to test. She will provide you with the forms and give you further information. Please contact her at (541) 463-5004 if you have any questions about special accommodations. For other GED questions, please contact us at (541) 463-5324.
What can you use the GED for?
When you fill out applications for jobs or educational programs, you can list your GED as equivalent to a high school diploma. In fact, most employers and colleges, including Lane, accept GED certificates. Some colleges will require higher scores than the minimum passing scores. The Testing Office has more information.
What is on the GED test?
- Writing 50 questions plus essay, 2 hour time limit
- Mathematics 50 questions, 1 hour, 30 minutes (2 parts)
- Social Studies 50 questions, 1 hour, 10 minutes
- Science 50 questions, 1 hour, 20 minutes
- Reading 40 questions, 1 hour, 5 minutes
Who can take the GED test?
- You may take the GED test if you have not graduated from high school and are 18 years of age or older.
- If you are 16 or 17 years old, and a resident of Oregon, you will need to get an "Exemption from Compulsory Attendance" letter OR be in an approved GED Options Program at a high school, community college, or other sponsoring educational agency.If you are in an Options Program or have been exempted from compulsory attendance, you must bring those documents to the Testing Office on the day of orientation/registration. The testing office doesn't issue these letters. Please contact your neighborhood High School in order to obtain such letters.
- Those age 15 or under are not eligible to take the GED in Oregon.
You can schedule a GED Test only after you have attended a Registration session. See GED schedule.
No appointment for Registration is required, but you will need to be here on the appointed date and time..
You will need to bring the appropriate paperwork to registration: Your receipt from Enrollment Services for payment. Your demographics page from www.ged123.org. Your paperwork from your high school if you are under 18 years of age and your ID. You may also contact the GED office at (541) 463-5324 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include your L number, birthdate and phone number when leaving a message so that we can get back to you.
What does it cost?
The fee is $95 and covers all 5 sub tests and retests if necessary. This fee is non-refundable once you have gone through the registration process.
Where do you pay the fee?
At Enrollment Services in the lobby of Building 1 (Student Services). See the Enrollment Services web page for hours and contact information.
How do you obtain you demographics form?
You must do your demographic information online; you will need an email address. Please go to GED123.org on the Internet to get started. Follow the instructions below:
- Click on begin to start because you are a new student.
- Click on Oregon in the map.
- Click on continue.
- Complete the information including email address and then click continue.
- Close this webpage and open your email account. You will get an email from GED123.org.
- Click on the highlighted information and you will complete your demographics from there.
- After you complete your demographics please click on print you must bring this page when you come to a specific drop-in Registration time.
What is acceptable identification?
The GED Testing Service requires that you verify your identity with a government issued photo I. D. (such as a driver's license or a passport). Your ID cannot be expired.
- I. D. cards from high schools are NOT acceptable.
- All I. D. cards must contain 5 elements: your name, photo, date of birth, current address and signature.
- If your ID does not contain your current address, bring in another document or piece of mail showing your current address.
The required Registration Session: what happens?
The Registration Session is given in the Testing Office, 116, Building 1. They are drop-in at these designated times and last approximately 15 minutes.
- Thursday between 2:30 pm and 3:30 pm.
- You need to bring: (1) your photo identification (2) Proof of your current address which is either on your Photo ID or another document or piece of mail.
- For 16 and 17 year-olds, the GED staff will collect your Exemption from Compulsory Attendance Letter or GED Options form and Option letter. Faxes or photocopies of these letters are not accepted.
- Please be here on time. You will not be admitted if you arrive late.
- During registration you will fill out several forms.
Can you test without an appointment?
- No, the Testing staff needs time to set up your testing material and give you the proper test book.
- After completing the Registration you can sign up for a test online.
- If you do not have a Computer or have access to one please call the Testing Office at (541) 463-5233 to register for a test.
What if you have attended a Registration session at a GED Prep class?
The Orientation offered at ABSE, is not equivalent to our GED orientation. Please keep in mind that registration procedures are handled differently at each GED testing center. If you haven't attended our GED Orientation, and wish to test through us, you must complete this process before testing, no exceptions.
Suppose you started at another GED Testing Center?
- Please call us in advance if you have started the testing process at another test center, in Oregon or in another state.
- If you started in at another test center in Oregon, you will still need to attend our Registration session, but you will only need to pay Lane's local fees (currently $12 per test to a maximum of $60) and the state fee if it has been longer than 3 years when you started testing). The total of all fees must be paid before registration.
- If you started in another state, you must attend a Registration session; pay the Oregon state fee ($35) plus Lane's local test fee (currently $12 per test to a maximum of $60). The total of all fees must be paid before registration.
- You must bring us an official score report of tests taken in another state.
- It will be a good idea to stop by our office, so we can review your records before you pay the fees.
When and where can you take the test?
All tests are given in Center Building-Room 12 (basement). Check the schedule for test dates and times. Please arrive 15 minutes before the test to check in and show your I. D. You may not start late. Late arrivals will not be admitted to the test; you will have to wait for the next test session where space is available.
This will change the week of June 24th. All tests will be given in building 1, room 116. Please see the schedule on the next page for appointment times because they will be changing.
What do you need to bring to the testing sessions?
- Bring your photo I. D. to each test.
- Bring a warm shirt or sweater because the testing rooms can be cool.
- Do not bring such personal possessions as purses, backpacks, cell phones, pagers, calculators, etc., because you cannot take them to your seat while you test. You must lock them in the lockers in the test room.
- The calculator for the math test is provided by the Testing Center.
DO NOT bring your own calculator.
Testing Sessions: What happens?
At each testing session a Testing staff member will check your ID, assign you a seat, read directions, hand out materials and start all the test-takers at a common time.
During the test you may not take any breaks!
You may leave early if you finish before the time limit is up. If you are staying for another test, you will need to return approximately 15 minutes before the start of your next exam.
How do you get score results?
After your last test of the day, testing staff members will scan the answer sheets. You will be able to check your scores on the Internet with a personal access code that we will provide you during the GED orientation. The Writing essay is sent to the state GED office for scoring and it takes approximately two days to get your scores.
WE CANNOT GIVE SCORES OUT OVER THE PHONE.
What are passing scores?
The GED sub tests use a Standard Score that ranges from 200 to 800. The passing score for each sub test is 410. In order to pass the GED and receive a certificate, your overall average for the 5 sub tests must be at least 450.
What if you fail one of the tests?
If you fail a test, you may retake it using a different form. We have 3 forms of each sub test available each year. Retests after a failed test are free. You should study before you test again, perhaps at GED preparation classes offered by Lane.
What if I passed, but want a higher score?
People who have earned their GED may retest to earn higher scores if required to meet an admission requirement for post secondary education or training or to meet employment conditions. This process will need to be approved by the state and it could take a few weeks before you are able to retest. Please contact us to assist you during this process.
The 3-year limit
Oregon's 3 year limit for completion is no longer in effect. A new series of GED tests was issued in 2002. Your scores on the 2002 edition GED tests are good until the next series of the test comes out. If you started before January 1, 2002, and did not finish, will have to pay the fee and take all 5 tests again. However, if you do not complete and pass all five tests within 3 years, you will have to pay the state GED fee of $35 again.
How can you prepare for the GED TESTS?
You can attend GED preparation classes to help you get ready to take the GED tests. Find out where the nearest class is by calling the Lane Adult Basic & Secondary Education (ABSE) office on the Main Campus at (541) 463-5214 or their office at the Lane Downtown Center at (541) 463-5945.
The Official GED Practice Test
We suggest that you take the Official GED Practice Test before you take the GED. By taking it you can find out quickly which tests you are ready to take and which ones you should study before testing. You can take it at any GED Preparation class through ABSE. Please call ABSE for more information at (541) 463-5214. The practice tests are NOT available at the Testing Office. See our study strategy links page for links to practice tests.
Learning Express Library
You'll find all the practice, preparation, and information you need to earn your GED. To get started, go to www.learnatest.com/LEL/index.cfm/learningCenter/ged