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The "GED®Test" is made up of four separate computer-based tests offered through Pearson Vue:

  • Mathematical Reasoning
  • Reasoning Through Language Arts
  • Science
  • Social Studies

You must pass all four tests to complete your GED.  In January 2016, the GED established these scoring levels: 

Pass/High School Equivalency: 145-164
GED College Ready:                 165-174
GED College Ready + Credit:    175-200

Scores in the GED College Ready + Credit range may enable to test-taker to earn up to 9 hours of college credit. Contact your GED testing program to determine requirements and availability of college credit for GED scores.

Learn more about the Test by visiting the National GED Testing site.


The GED® Test cannot be taken at home. The Test is administered and monitored at Official GED Testing Centers, where you must check-in in person to take the test on a computer.

Local Community Colleges

Portland Community College, Clackamas Community College, and Mt. Hood Community College have GED preparation classes. Some classes may be available online. To find classes, check the college class schedules or use search features to locate ABE/GED classes. The colleges may also have intensive English preparation classes or classes in Spanish. You will find class schedules and program contact information for the GED programs on the websites.

For registration and scheduling of your test, please go to

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The Portland Literacy Council has been awarding GED Test Scholarships since 2003. Scholarships assist students with some or all of GED exam fees. Practice exams are not covered.

GED Scholarships are awarded as financial vouchers. Scholarship recipients will receive a voucher code number to be used as payment when they register for a GED test.

Qualifications to apply for the GED Test Scholarship

Applicants must be GED-ready.

  • Be enrolled in GED studies or have completed practice GED tests with scores of 145 or greater (likely to pass) in each of the four testing areas.
  • Have a plan for completing the four testing areas. The plan must include target dates for testing, the name and location of the testing center.

Additional Critieria

  • Must be 18 years of age or older.
  • Not currently enrolled in a traditional high school program.
  • Current Oregon resident living in Multnomah, Clackamas, or Washington counties.
  • Allow Portland Literacy Council access to test scores.

Download Instructions for Completing the Application Form: Scholarship Application Instructions

Download the Scholarship Application Form: GED Scholarship Application

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Study and Preparation

FREE-ED.NET - Free GED preparation online. The program is a 35-week study plan covering every topic required for passing the GED exams. New classes begin on the first Sunday of each month. Enrollment for new classes opens one month prior to the starting date.

LearningExpress - Find out if you are ready for the GED test. Libraries throughout Oregon offer access to these free resources to build basic skills and prepare for the GED (English and Spanish versions). You must have a library card at a participating library to use the LearningExpress resources. You may access LearningExpress via your library’s website. If you need a library card, contact the nearest public or school library. At Libraries of Oregon you may search for libraries by county or city name to find the closest participating library.

Khan Academy - Excellent Math Videos

Mometrix Academy - GED Study Videos

Official Practice Tests - Find out if you are ready for the GED tests.

Online Learning Guidebook - This guide looks at Khan Academy, Coursera and MIT OpenCourseware and gives tips and advice for success.

Portland Community College - PCC has online GED preparation classes available to anyone. Check the PCC website for information, such as course descriptions, prerequisites, technical requirements, and fees.

State of Oregon - GED sample questions, practice tests, transcript information, and more.

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NOTE: The availability of scholarships is limited. PLC reserves the right to determine the financial value of any award and the criteria by which recipients are selected.

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