Frequently Asked Questions
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 an exemption from compulsory education or a referral for GED Option from the district where you currently live. Contact your school district for more information.
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.
How long is orientation and what happens there?
You can expect to spend about 5 hours at orientation which is spread over 2 days. During orientation we focus on 3 things:
- Completing an admissions form for our department.
- Providing basic information about our classes and other benefits to being a student with us.
- Assessing reading, writing, and math skills for accurate placement into classes.
Can I take classes in more than one location?
No. However, you may begin taking classes in one location and then transfer to a different location later in the term.
How much do classes cost?
Classes at Main Campus and Mary Spilde Downtown Center require a $27 per term transportation fee. Currently, all Lane Community College GED preparation courses through the ABSE Department are tuition free.
Can I get a LTD bus pass like other Lane Community College students?
The ABSE/GED program at the Main Campus and Mary Spilde Downtown Center charges a LCC transportation fee of $27. This will allow students at these 2 locations to obtain a LTD Bus Pass for no additional charge. All other ABSE/GED sites will remain free of charge to the student 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 and ESL students. Hours are posted outside the lab. Room 211 is also available to students during daytime hours, for studying and computer use.
Students at the Mary Spilde Downtown Center, 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 100% online. No classes are scheduled and you must organize and budget your time on your own. 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 provide important information for placement, so do your best. But they are for internal use only and do not affect your GED scores, college placement, or appear on any transcripts. Our teachers and advisors can explain the results and your progress to you.
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?
You can take official GED practice tests 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 GED Practice Tests. However, a Lane GED instructor can help you set up a GED online account and prepare for these practice tests or they may have alternate free practice tests for students who are registered and attending GED classes. Your instructor can help you determine when those tests are appropriate for you.
Can I just take the official GED tests without participating in GED preparation classes? Yes, if you are over 18 or have documentation from your school district. Learn more about the test and sign up on your own at https://ged.com, However, with at least 5 weeks of preparation classes, you will know more about what to expect, get help with the registration process, be eligible for scholarships only available to those who prepare at Lane and meet with advisors to learn what to help you transition to next steps. This investment in time may save you money in the long run. Taking official tests over will cost more time and money than preparing adequately and passing on the first try. If you want to take the tests without preparation, see the next question and schedule your test through myged.com.
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. You can retake an exam for $10. You can also take an official GED Practice Test for $6 per test, by signing up online.
Can I get financial aid while in GED classes?
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? 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 application for graduation will be announced every year in April.
Where can I get a copy of my GED Certificate or Transcript?
You can obtain a copy of your transcript by accessing the GED Testing service website.
For more information about this and other changes to the GED, see Oregon's Community Colleges and Workforce Development website.
Is there somebody I can talk to in person?
Yes! Call any of our campus locations and ask to speak with our ABSE staff. We are happy to answer your questions.
Office Address: 4000 E 30th Ave
Building 11 - Room 201
Eugene, OR 97405-0640
Office Telephone: (541) 463-5214