Current Version of GED Test to expire at end of 2013

GED test-takers encouraged to complete test to avoid risk of having to start over

GED Testing Service recently announced the launch of its campaign titled “Your Future is Calling” to alert test-takers who need to finish the GED test by the end of 2013. The current version of the test — the 2002 Series GED Test — will expire at the end of 2013, along with incomplete test scores.

The GED test contains five parts — Math, Language Arts Reading, Language Arts Writing, Social Studies and Science — that can be taken separately, but must all be passed with a total score of 2,250 to receive a high school credential. GED test-takers who have started the 2002 Series GED Test, but not finished and passed every section, have until the end of 2013 to do so. Otherwise, their scores will expire, and they will have to start over again with the new 2014 GED test.

Individuals can take all five components of the GED test at VC’s Testing Center in the Continuing Education Center on VC’s Main Campus. The GED test is administered on Tuesdays, but test-takers must pre-register and schedule an appointment for the exam in person at the Testing Center. Test-takers must be 18 years or older, provide a Texas-issued photo ID, a Social Security card, and pay the exam fee of $105 at preregistration.

Sharon Vaclavik, director of the Testing Center, encourages all GED test-takers to take the practice tests in all five areas test before taking official exams.

“The practice test is shorter than the official test and allows less time for completion,” Vaclavik said, “but the questions are designed to be a representation of what will actually be encountered on the official exam.”

Victoria College’s Adult Education Center offers free GED Official Practice Tests that help determine an individual’s readiness for the GED exam. It is not necessary to be enrolled as a student at VC’s Adult Education Center to take practice tests.

Official practice tests cover the same five components as the official exam and are given on Mondays and Wednesdays from 6-8 p.m., and on Fridays from 8-11 a.m. and 1-4 p.m. at VC’s Adult Education Center, 802 E. Crestwood. Appointments are not required. A score of 500 on each part of the five areas results in a referral to the VC Testing Center. A score of less than 500 will result in a referral for more tutoring or classes offered at the Adult Education Center.

“Each year, we serve more than 2,000 people from Victoria and the surrounding counties,” said Tiffany Johnson, director of the Adult Education Center. The Center’s primary services include Adult Basic Education and English as a Second Language courses.

“Since our program is state and federally grant funded, we are able to provide free classes to anyone below a 12.9 reading, writing and/or math level,” said Johnson. “Our program is making a difference in the lives of many people who had obstacles that interrupted their educational plans and are working to improve their skills in order to contribute more to our community.”

Adult Basic Education courses cover basic academic subjects to help adult students improve their skills in preparation to take the GED and reach a college-ready level. These classes are offered four times a year with each session lasting seven weeks. There is also a distance learning option that allows students to complete coursework using the Internet from home on their own time or working out of paper-based products.

The English as a Second Language courses help non-native English speakers become proficient enough in English to navigate the English speaking world and transition into higher education.

The new 2014 GED test will be based on emerging national and state standards. It will offer dual performance levels where test-takers can earn the high school equivalency credential as well as an additional endorsement that indicates career- and college-readiness. The test will be delivered solely on computer and offered only in official testing centers, including VC’s Testing Center.

About GED Testing Service
The GED test has opened doors to better jobs and college programs for more than 18 million graduates since 1942. Last year, nearly 800,000 adults took the GED test, which is accepted by virtually all U.S. colleges and employers. As the creator of the only official GED test, GED Testing Service ensures the program continues to be a reliable and valuable pathway to a better life for the millions of adults without a high school diploma.

For more information about the:
Official GED exam: www.VictoriaCollege.edu/GED, or call (361) 582-2589
Practice GED test: www.VictoriaCollege.edu/GEDPracticeExam, or call (361) 573-7323
“Your Future is Calling” Campaign: www.FinishTheGED.com

Published: Wednesday, 16 January 2013
 

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