The Union Recorder

February 7, 2013

GED Tests set to change in 2014

Vaishali Patel
The Union-Recorder

MILLEDGEVILLE — Baldwin County adult learners in the midst of earning their GED diploma are encouraged to complete and pass the current tests by the end of the year in order to keep from starting over come Jan. 1, 2014.

“If people in Baldwin County have taken parts of the GED, but not completed the testing process, then they will have to take it all over again when the new test comes out Jan. 1,” said Lynn Batson, Milledgeville Central Georgia Technical College (CGTC) Adult Education Program instructor. “All of the scores prior to that will be erased if they have not completed the GED and passed all five parts. If you have parts you need to finish, we strongly encourage you to come in and get it done by Dec. 31.”

The American Council on Education, the national administrator of the GED Testing Service, and Pearson collaborated in March 2011 to develop a new GED test aligned with Common Core State Standards to assure colleges, universities and prospective employers that adults who have passed the GED are prepared to compete and succeed in a global economy. Test-takers will also do away with pen and pencil as all portions of the exam will be completed on a computer-based version for the first time.

To date, 38 students at CGTC have taken 64 parts of the GED Test in total and passed 54 parts.

The local campus of CGTC is offering adult learners an opportunity to learn more about the GED tests and get help with completing portions of the exam from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. Refreshments for the initial session last week were donated by Piggly Wiggly and southside McDonald’s.

“Last Saturday, about 10 people came in and we ran through the entire testing process. Nine of those people were the ones we were trying to target, and one was new to the program. This Saturday, students will have an opportunity to get one-on-one help. If there are people who haven’t taken any part of the GED, they can also come in and we will do an orientation with them in order to assign them to a class,” Batson said. “The overall purpose of Saturday’s initiative is to give those students who have not completed their GED an opportunity to come back and finish seeing what they need to do in order to complete the GED tests.”

The partnership between Communities In Schools Milledgeville-Baldwin County (CISMBC) and the Milledgeville campus of CGTC has successfully offered adult education classes at the Early Learning Center, Graham Homes and Greater Wesley Chapel for adult learners unable to attend classes at the local CGTC campus. 

CISMBC established a scholarship fund in partnership with CGTC to pay for GED testing fees for Baldwin County residents who go through the GED program and obtain their diplomas. CGTC also offers a scholarship for students attaining a score of 550 or above on the GED practice test. 

“Twenty-five students received Baldwin County scholarships,” Batson said. “Seven students are now graduates, or 18 percent of those that took parts.”

Georgia residents who pass the GED tests receive a $500 HOPE voucher to help pay for some of their expenses at an eligible Georgia post-secondary institution. The HOPE grant, which is separate from the voucher, will pay for most of the state technical college tuition. To keep the HOPE grant, the student must maintain at least a 3.0 college grade point average.

For more information about the new GED Tests, or to attend Saturday’s session, call the Milledgeville campus of CGTC adult education program at (478) 445-5669.

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