GED Preparation

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Don’t have a high school diploma?
Clatsop Community College can assist you in obtaining the equivalent to a high school diploma—the GED—which will enable you to pursue further education, improve your employment status, or fulfill a personal goal.

What is the GED?
The GED is a battery of four tests (Tests of General Educational Development) that when passed, serves as an equivalent to a high school diploma.

It is accepted by 98% of colleges and universities that require a high school diploma as well as 96% of companies whose jobs require a high school degree.  About 20 million people have earned a GED since its inception.
(2013 Annual Statistical Report on the GED ®Test)

The four tests that make up the GED:

Reasoning Through Language Arts 150 minutes
Social Studies 75 minutes
Science 90 minutes
Mathematical Reasoning 115 minutes

Click here for more information from the GED Testing Service.

An online version of the TI-30XS calculator will be available for use on part of the test.  Click here  and  here for practice using this calculator.


Who is eligible for the GED?
You must be at least 16 years old in order to take the GED classes or tests. If you are under 18, you must provide “Option Papers” or a “Release from Compulsory Education” from your high school before attending classes or taking the GED Tests.

Where can I prepare for the GED Tests?
Clatsop Community College’s GED preparation classes are held at the main campus in Astoria, at the South County Center in Seaside, and at Clatskanie High School.

GED Classroom 1 GED Classroom 2 GED Classroom 3

The GED classroom in Astoria--Columbia Hall 114

When are classes held?                                         

Fall, Winter, Spring Summer
Astoria Days Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu 9:00 am - 1:00 pm Tue, Wed, Thu   9:00 am - 1:00 pm
Astoria Nights Mon,  Wed 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm Mon, Wed 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Mon, Wed

6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Seaside Tue, Thu 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm Tue, Thu Check for times.
GED en español Llámale a 503-338-2368 o 503-338-2557 para más informacíon.  
Astoria miércoles 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm en Columbia Hall #114  

You do not need to attend all days or all hours.

How long does it take to get a GED?
The length of time varies from individual to individual. It depends on the skills and knowledge you have when you start and your commitment to earning your GED. If you want your GED, we are here to help make it happen.

Will I need to purchase textbooks?
We provide the necessary books and materials for you to study and prepare for the GED Tests. All we ask is that you bring paper and pencils and a desire and commitment to completing your GED.

Am I too old to get my GED?
Never! We have had students in their 60’s and even 70’s earn their GED. There is no age limit on the desire to learn!

What are the classes like?
GED classes are a combination of small group discussions with as much individualized, one on one instruction as we can provide. We strive to make the learning environment as comfortable as possible.

Where can I take the GED Tests?
GED tests MUST be taken at an official GED Testing Center.  Clatsop Community College is an official GED Test Site. Tests are given in the Testing Center,  Columbia Hall, Room 110.

Click here for more information about online testing

Call 503-338-2481 for information about scheduling the GED tests.

What do I need to bring to the Testing Center?
You must bring current photo identification (state issued, not school), and additional paperwork from the high school if you are under 18.

Call 503-338-2481 if you have any question about acceptable identification.

Click here for more Testing Center information

What are the costs?
The GED preparation classes are free!
The current fee for the battery of GED Tests is $152. 

Is financial assistance available for the GED tests?
There is a limited amount of assistance for students currently enrolled in the GED Program.  Some agencies provide assistance in paying for the GED. If you are a client of an agency, check with them for possible assistance.

How do I get started?
Twice each term (once for Summer Term) CCC offers an orientation for its GED preparation classes. At this time assessments of your reading, writing, and math skills are given and a recommendation is made as to whether you need classes to prepare for the tests or are ready for testing.

The GED class orientation is NOT drop-in.  Please sign up at least one week in advance of the next orientation by calling 503-338-2347 OR 503-338-2557 or stopping by Columbia Hall Room 114.





10:00-1:00 PM




5:30-8:30 PM

CALL 503-338-2347 OR 503-338-2557 TO RESERVE A SEAT.



Do I need to take the orientation and classes in order to test?
No. If you are 18, you may take the tests without going through the orientation or classes. If you are 16 or 17, you must get release papers from the local school district in order to test.

Is there a graduation ceremony for GED completers?
Yes. Currently, we hold an informal GED Graduation in June of each year for the past year’s GED graduates. Family and friends are encouraged to attend to help celebrate your achievement.

Call 503-338-2347 OR 503-338-2557 to get started!





It is the policy of Clatsop Community College that there will be no discrimination or harassment on the grounds of race, color, sex, marital status, religion, national origin, age, sexual orientation, or disability in any educational programs, activities, or employment. Questions or complaints should be directed to the Affirmative Action/Title IX Officer in Library 108 at 503-338-2450; TDD 503-338-2468. The Section 504 Coordinator is located in the Student Services Center 503-338-2474. For ADA and other accommodations call: 503-338-2474 TDD 503-338-2468

Last Updated: 
November 9, 2018, 3:47 pm
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