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The Athens Review
The GED test has been the same for more than a decade, but starting in 2014, that is going to change.
“Right now, the GED exam is the 2002 series,” said Chris Hicks, director of the Trinity Valley Community College Adult Education Program.
Beginning on Jan. 1, 2014, the test will change, said Hicks.
“The new test is more difficult, particularly in the math,” said Hicks. “Currently, the GED covers material up to the level of high school Algebra I and Geometry. The new test covers up to Algebra II.”
Also, said Hicks, the test will be moving to a more modern format.
“The days of pencil-to-paper will be gone,” she said. “Everything will be done on the computer.”
The updated test will naturally create a new level of challenge for the college, which teaches adult education/GED preparation classes around the five counties it serves. But it will also create some new challenges for students hoping to earn a high school equivalency. Students who have taken the exam, and only passed part of the current test, will be particularly affected, said Hicks.
“If you take the test before Dec. 31, 2013, and only pass part of it, those scores will not be carried over into 2014,” said Hicks. “We feel this can be particularly crucial to those in the community who have taken the exam, but still need to pass part of the test.”
The Adult Education Program provides students the opportunity to come in for a 4-week intensive course. The class covers materials needed to pass the high school equivalency test, and also includes a few extras, such as interview skills and resume preparation, integrated career awareness and more.
“At the end of the course, students should be better prepared to take and pass the GED test,” said Hicks. “A student who participates in our program, and secures their GED, will not only hold a high-school equivalency credential, but a roadmap for life’s success.”
If they pass they are invited to the program’s graduation ceremony in the spring. If they do not pass all sections of the test, they are given the option to come back and take another 4-week class.
“Students often think the 4-week block will be enough, but for some of them it takes longer,” said Hicks.
So, she noted, students who have passed a part of the exam are encouraged to participate in the Adult Ed program, and build their skills before re-testing before the end of next year.
“We really want to get the word out, and make sure people who still need to pass a portion have plenty of time,” said Hicks. “We see students work so hard, and want to make sure they do not lose the work they have already done.”
For more information on the TVCC Adult Education program, call 903-675-6398. More information about the program can also be found at www.tvcc.edu/adulted and at www.gedtestingservice.com.