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GED Frequently Asked Questions

What is a GED Certificate?

The certificate is not a high school diploma--rather, it is a high school equivalency. In other words, it certifies that the holder has a general educational background equal to that of the average high school graduate.

How can I practice for the GED?

The library has a database called LearningExpress Library which contains practice work for the GED® Test. A library card is not needed for off-campus access. You will need to create a free login to start.

Guide to Using LearningExpress Library for GED Practice

How do I sign up to take the GED tests?

You need to sign up online for the GED® test.

You can view step by step directions.

Tests are administered through Student Services on The Dalles Campus.

You must bring two pieces of acceptable identification. Acceptable forms of identification include government-issued identification (both national and foreign), provided that the identification includes date of birth, photograph, address and signature. Examples of acceptable identification include drivers' licenses, passports, and military and government identification cards. Your second piece of ID must include your name and signature, such as a credit card.

How long will it take me to get my GED?

This varies from student to student. Your progress will be determined by your skill level when you start and, more importantly, by the time and effort you put into studying and attending classes. Plan your schedule and commit to attending all your scheduled classes to make the most rapid progress toward your goals

How much does it cost to take the tests?

The GED® test is $38 per test. You will need to pay online when you register to take an official test.

What do I need to do to pass the GED?

To earn a GED® certificate, you must pass each of the four tests on the GED® test with a minimum standard score of 150. If you do not pass any of the four tests, you may take them again; three versions of each test are available during a twelve-month period.

Who may earn a GED Certificate?

To earn a GED® certificate, you must be at least 18 years old; if you are 16 or 17 years old you must obtain a written release from compulsory school attendance.

Why should you get a GED Certificate?

When selecting employees or accepting applicants to schools and training programs, most employers, schools, and apprenticeship programs consider the GED® certificate a satisfactory substitute for the high school diploma. The GED® certificate is accepted for admission to Oregon 4-year colleges. Please check with the college of your choice for admission requirements.