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As new test looms, PCC opens GED® testing gates

Published Wednesday, December 04, 2013
by Bonnie Davis

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As the deadline for the current GED® test approaches, Piedmont Community College (PCC) is attempting to assist as many people as possible with completing the test this month. The College is providing the GED® test (version 2002) on both its Person County Campus and its Caswell County Campus and allowing anyone age 18 or older to take the current version of the test (2002 version) without requiring the person to enroll in the College’s Adult Basic Skills/ GED® classes or to take the pre-qualifying with GED® Practice Tests. This procedure will end at PCC the week of Dec. 16.

“This is our ‘opening the gate’ to allow anyone to test at either campus in order for students to complete the 2002 edition of testing. This includes students who may be currently enrolled and want to try the current edition of the test,” said Debra Harlow, Dean, Adult Basic Skills.

Anyone who wants to sign up for GED® testing needs to:

1. Have paid the GED® test fee of $35 to PCC’s Business Office.
2. Contact Sylvia Gault in Person County (336) 322-2155 or Lori Watlington (336) 694-8057 in
    Caswell County to sign up for GED® testing in each county.
3. Indicate whether you want a day time, night time or weekend test (Saturday).
4. GED® Examiners, Cynthia Worth and Barbara Currier, will call anyone who wants to test
    to collect prior test information and schedule the adult for the next available GED® test session.
5. Keep and bring receipt of proof of payment of GED test fee to the GED® test session.
6. Bring government-issued photo ID to the assigned test session for each test session.


“Many colleges in our surrounding counties have filled their test schedules, and many of their students are contacting PCC to ask to test with us. They qualify with this “opening the gate,” so there are no pre-requisites to qualify to test. The waiver of pre-requisites will help those students and any adult in Person and Caswell County who needs a high school equivalency credential,” said Harlow.

A new version of GED® testing will begin in January 2014. Students who have not completed the current edition of GED® testing by December 2013 will start over with the new edition of GED® testing for 2014. Scores will not transfer between the old and new versions of the test.

“We encourage adult learners or any adult ages 18 or older who needs a high school equivalency credential to sign up to test. Minors, ages 16-17, must have a release from the superintendent and their guardian in order to be eligible to test,” said Harlow.