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PCC increases GED® testing opportunities as Dec. 16 deadline approaches

Published Thursday, October 31, 2013
by Elizabeth Townsend

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Piedmont Community College is increasing its frequency of GED® testing in November and December as the December 2013 deadline for the current edition of GED® testing approaches. The last GED® test session at PCC is scheduled for the week of Dec. 16, according to Cynthia Worth, GED Chief Examiner at PCC. Cost of the test remains $35 through December. Testing is offered at both the Person and Caswell County Campuses with both day and evening schedules provided.

Debra Harlow, Dean, Adult Basic Skills program, encourages those who have not completed the current edition of the test to do so before December’s close out of this edition of the test. “Those who do not complete will start from ‘scratch’ in January 2014 to prepare for a new version of GED® testing,” said Harlow. “In addition to starting over, students will pay higher fees to test since the current test content, and test fee will not transfer to the 2014 edition. The 2014 edition of GED® testing will cost $120 or $30 per subject (four subjects).”

From now until the last test session at PCC, GED® testing will be done using a “paper and pencil” test. Beginning in January 2014, the entire test will be computer-based with no paper or pencil allowed. Test administrators estimate that students will need to have word processing skills of at least 25-30 words per minute in order to complete the computer-based test within the timeframes allowed starting in 2014.

Students have approximately seven weeks from now to Dec. 16, to complete the current paper and pencil edition of GED® testing.

GED® testing is revised periodically, usually every 10 years to ensure that adult learners have an education equal to that of current high school graduates. The new 2014 test focuses on measuring students’ academic skills in relation to skills required for college and career readiness.

For more information, contact Cynthia Worth, Chief GED Examiner, or Barbara Currier, GED Examiner, at the Person County Campus at (336) 322-2142 or at the Caswell Campus at (336) 694-8055.