If you’re ready for more opportunities leading to success, congratulations! This huge step toward getting your GED® in Oregon will open up many exciting options. A GED® credential allows you to pursue goals at work and in higher education. No longer out of reach, you’ll attain that promotion or college degree and then the world. Earning your GED® means a more stable future. That’s what comes with a high school equivalency diploma in Oregon. Ours is the only official site for the GED® test, so let’s look at the process step by step.  

FAQs for Earning a GED in Oregon

Top Policies

How old do I need to be to take the test?

You must be 18 years old to test in Oregon.

You can be 16 and take the GED® test if you:

  • Are enrolled in an Oregon Option Program for In School Youth or exempted from the school district where you live
  • Are married or legally emancipated.

Please contact your local testing center for more information.


For those testing on the Online Exam:

  • A parent or guardian must be present at the pre-test check-in to give consent and authorize the underage tester to be recorded during testing. If the parent or guardian is not present, the exam session will be revoked.

You do not need to be a resident to test in Oregon.

Some states allow people who don’t live there to take the GED® test and others don’t. You’ll need to check the residency requirement for the state that you’re interested to test in.

No, Oregon doesn’t require you to prepare for the GED® test in an adult education classroom.

For those testing in-person at a Testing Center: 

  • No, you’re not required to take the GED Ready® practice test before taking the official GED® test. 

For those testing on the Online Exam: 

  • Yes, you're required to take the GED Ready® practice test before taking the official GED® test online. 

Price & Payment

What is my cost if I test at a Test Center?

  • Starting July 1, 2023: Oregon charges $44 per subject for the GED® test at a Test Center.


What is my cost if I test Online?

  • Oregon charges $44 per subject for the GED® test taken online

You will pay for the test online with a debit or credit card when you schedule your test.

Don’t have a credit or debit card? Some students use American Express Bluebird. Register for a free Bluebird card online and add funds with cash at a Walmart location. Learn more about Bluebird.

Test Retake Policies

For those testing in-person at a Testing Center 

  • In Oregon, there is no waiting period for your first two retakes. After taking a test subject 3 times, you'll have to wait 60 days before retesting. There's no limit to how many times you can test in a year.

For those testing on the Online Exam: 

  • The Online Proctored Exam allows for one retake before a 60 day waiting period. After taking a test subject two times online, you’ll have to wait 60 days before retesting.  

For those testing in-person at a Testing Center: 

  • Starting July 1, 2023: You will receive one discounted* retake for every GED® test subject you purchase but don’t pass. You have 365 days after your full price test to use this retake. This retake offer (1 full price:1 discount) repeats until you pass the test. GED Testing Service waives its $26 testing fee, however additional testing fees may still apply in your state.
    *In Oregon, there is a $10 test center fee for GED® test retakes.
  • Note: We have extended the limited-time offer of up to 2 discounted retakes for exams taken in test centers, as long as both retakes are completed by June 30, 2024.  

For those testing on the Online Exam: 

  • The Online Proctored Exam costs $44 for a retake in Oregon. Discounted retakes are not offered on the Online Proctored Exam. 

Transcripts & Diploma

Oregon has partnered with GED Testing Service for fulfillment of requests for GED® transcripts and diplomas.

After passing the GED® test, you will automatically receive one free electronic diploma, one free electronic transcript. You must take action to receive one free printed diploma.

Electronic Diploma and Transcript

The electronic diploma and transcript download links will be e-mailed to the e-mail address associated with your GED® account once you have passed all GED® test subjects and earned your diploma.

  • Links are only available for a limited time, so be sure to download your electronic documents right away.
  • Follow the instructions provided in the e-mail. These PDF documents are very valuable since they can be forwarded to employers and colleges that accept electronic credentials.
  • The PDF documents are verified by GED Testing Service/Parchment each time they are opened using Blue Ribbon Security. The blue ribbon symbol displayed in the PDF is assurance that the digital credential is valid, the document is authentic, and the contents of the credential have not been altered.

Printed Diploma

The printed diploma can be ordered in your GED® account at GED.com. After logging in, go to My Scores and select Order Duplicates. Select Diploma option and then select the Printed Diploma – Free option.

  • You will then be asked who and what address you want the diploma to be mailed to.
  • The free diploma link will only be available until it has been used and can only be used one time.
  • Carefully follow the instructions presented during the ordering process.

You can request your transcript and diploma here.

In Oregon the credential is called the Certificate of High School Equivalency.


For those testing in-person at a Testing Center:

  • Yes, in Oregon you can take all test subjects in the same day if you can find a testing center with hours that accommodate it.

For those testing on the Online Exam:

  • No, you must schedule your test appointments separately, one at a time. After you complete one online exam you may schedule another, based on appointment availability.

Yes, in Oregon, you can take the GED® Test in English or Spanish and you can combine the two languages to earn your credential.

It depends on whether or not that state has a residency requirement.  Check the residency requirements in that state and don’t hesitate to contact the GED Administrator in that state with questions.

Adrienne Ochs 
GED Administrator
Office of Community Colleges & Workforce Development
255 Capitol Street, NE
Salem, OR 97310-1341
Phone: (503) 934-0957  Fax: (503) 378-8434

How to Get a GED® in Oregon

Oregon residents and non-residents take note: this test is available to both categories. You can earn your GED® credential in Oregon if you’re not a high school graduate and not currently enrolled in high school. You must be 18 years of age to take the test independently. If you’re under 18, you need to be:
  • At least 16 years old.
  • Enrolled in an Oregon Option Program for in-school youth.
  • Exempted by your local school district.
  • Legally emancipated or pursuing the GED® with a parent or guardian’s permission.
Sixteen-year-olds may need a court order, and no one under 16 may take the test. The GED® in Oregon is available in a computer-based format. You can access it online or at an official GED® test center. Preparatory classes, while not required, are recommended. These classes will help you prepare for the test and give you more confidence. If you want to take the test online without going to a center, you’ll need to take our GED® Ready test and score in the “green zone” (likely to pass) to qualify for the exam. The first step is signing up for a free account. Then follow these step-by-step instructions. Do you already have an account? Log in and get started. When you pass the test, you’ll get a GED® certificate from the state of Oregon. The certificate is recognized nationally and means you’ve achieved the same level of knowledge as all other high school graduates in Oregon.

Classes and Testing Centers near You

You’ll likely need 2-3 months to prepare for your GED® adequately. Do you retain more knowledge and feel more confident when taking in-person classes? Join your fellow students in a traditional learning environment with dozens of in-person GED® classes all over Oregon.  You’ll enjoy mingling with a diverse group of students and benefit from the following:
  • Experienced teachers
  • Curriculum designed for different learners
  • Inclusive study groups
  • Flexible times
  • Professional work guidance
  • Thorough preparation
  • College admissions counselors
  • Quiz reviews
  • Practice tests
  • Supportive staff members
You can also take the test securely and privately in person at testing centers throughout Oregon.

GED® Tests Online in Oregon

If you prefer studying for the GED® and taking the test online from home or work rather than in person, that’s an option in Oregon. Do test your Wi-Fi system and computer ahead of time. Ensure everything works properly, including your webcam, and find a quiet workspace area. Online learning programs successfully prepare you while offering convenient times for your busy schedule. You don’t want to waste time commuting or driving if you’re juggling other responsibilities, like child care or work. You’ll take practice quizzes and learn studying strategies as well. Once you’ve earned a successful “green” score on the GED® Ready practice test, you take the exam! Discover how to get your GED® online and begin this exciting journey today. Find a testing center or in-person classes near you.