The General Education Development (GED) exam is for adults who have not completed their high school diploma. Students 16 and 17 years of age may also take the exam but require special documentation and should contact the Continuing Education Coordinator about this.
The certification that you receive upon completion of the Oregon GED examination is accepted as an equivalent credential to a high school diploma by employers, the military, and colleges throughout the United States.
The GED exam tests basic skills that students are taught in high school. Topics covered in GED classes and preparation materials include Reasoning Through Language Arts (reading and writing), Social Studies, Mathematical Reasoning, and Science. These are the subject areas that make up the GED exam.
The GED® has a passing score of 145 for each subject. Therefore, students need to reach a score of at least 145 on each subject and a total score of 580 or higher across the four-subject tests in order to receive the GED® test credential. Students may also earn an “Honors” score if they receive a score of 175 or higher on any subject. See below for the full score scale:
- Below Passing: 100 – 144
- Pass/High School Equivalency: 145-164
- GED® College Ready: 165-174
- GED® College Ready + Credit: 175-200
Funds are available for residents of Union County for both GED Ready Practice Tests and GED Testing.
Contact the Continuing Education Coordinator for more information.
This program is funded by Union County and Eastern Oregon University. Scholarship funds are provided by grants from Higher Education Coordinating Commission of Oregon, Wildhorse Foundation, and Soroptimist International of La Grande.