GED change is coming

Jan. 28, 2013 @ 06:50 PM

The General Education Development Test, better known as the GED, is changing and individuals who have passed some but not all of the five-part test are being urged to complete the other parts before the end of 2013, when the current 2002 series expires.

Catherine Barham, who directs the Adult Basic Skills Department at Vance-Granville Community College, said, “If an individual has started the 2002 series but hasn’t passes all five tests by the end of 2013, the scores will expire and they will have to start over.”

A new series will be released on Jan. 1, 2014, she said.

The current GED measures a person’s mastery of skills and general knowledge in five subject areas:

• Writing.

• Social studies.

• Science.

• Reading.

• Math.

A student who passes each of the tests is awarded a GED diploma, which is considered the equivalent of a high school diploma.

Any person, 18 years of age or older, may enroll in the Adult Basic Skills program. GED classes are available at each of the Vance-Granville Community College’s campuses and at other sites located throughout the area. The test is available in English, Spanish and French.

Barham said the 2014 version of the GED will have four tests: science, social science, math and reasoning through the language arts. The fourth test combines the reading and writing tests of the 2002 version.

“The reason for changing is to base it on the common core learnings, which the state of North Carolina has adopted,” she said.

She said her department is committed to helping students pass the tests so they can receive a GED diploma.


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