GED test changes are coming!
In 2009, Piedmont Community College’s
Adult Basic Skills program announced that the GED Test as it currently exists
will conclude in December 2011. GED Testing Service has changed the date to December 2013. That means
if you are thinking about enrolling in a GED study program or taking the GED
test to earn your high school equivalency, the time is now!
GED Placement testing and intake are underway
for new students to enroll for fall semester until Oct. 7 at both campuses of
PCC. GED classes have begun and are filling up! So, reserve your seat to be
able to prepare to take the GED test’s current edition as soon as possible.
Every 10 years, the American Council on
Education changes the content and format of the GED Test, a high school
equivalency exam. The change is necessary to correlate with the knowledge an
average high school graduate would have mastered while in school. As high
school content and requirements change so must the GED content.
More than 45 states have agreed to
adopt the Common Core State Standards (CCSS), college and career readiness
standards designed for the K-12 system, into adult education. The 2014 GED Test
will also be based upon these standards. Other changes to the GED Test for 2014
were explained at the NC Basic Skills Conference in August 2011 and include the
test will be computer based. (No pencil and paper)Scientific
calculator will be replaced by computer keyboard for math.Cost
for each subject (5 subjects) of the test will be $25 each or $125 total.
(Currently $25 for total cost which includes all 5 subjects)Science
and social studies content knowledge and applicable skills will be
required. (Current edition is based on student’s reading skills these
writing component will require knowledge of major historical events and
historical documents to develop a paper on a topic. (Not the current five
writing component will require word processing skills. (Current edition is
paper and pencil format.)
“We encourage people who have already
begun working on the current edition of the
GED test preparation to continue their study this fall because a new
version of the GED test will be launched in January 2014,” said Debra Harlow,
PCC’s Adult Basic Skills director. “Anyone who did not pass all five subjects before
the current test edition expires in December 2013 will have to take all five
subject tests of the 2014 edition.”
The GED test is given monthly at both
the Person and Caswell County campuses. Both day and evening test times are
offered. In order to take the GED Test, adults will first need to complete and
pass the Official GED Practice Tests. These tests and the GED Program of study
are offered through PCC’s Adult Basic Skills/GED classes and are free of
charge. However, the GED Test fee is $25 and must be paid prior to the official
GED testing. Students need a valid government issued photo identification card
to register for classes and to take the GED Test.
The GED Test is a timed test. Anyone
who cannot take the test as timed, needs one-on-one testing or any other test
format changes must complete the required documentation to qualify for special
accommodations testing and submit it to PCC’s GED Chief Examiner, Adelaide
Beeker, prior to testing. Content for the GED Test is as follows: Literature
Arts: Writing Skills, Math, Science, Social
Studies, and Literature Arts: Reading.
The N.C. Community College System and
the Commission of Accreditation of Service Experiences, American Council on
Education designates PCC as a GED Testing Center.
For additional information on GED
preparation, the GED Test schedule or the Official Practice Tests, contact the
Adult Basic Skills office in Roxboro at (336) 599-1181, ext. 268 or Yanceyville
at (336) 694-5707, ext. 238.