by jamesc 8/23/2013 11:25:59 AM --
NORFOLK – Northeast Community College continues to advise those people who have not completed the current version of the General Education Development (GED®) test to do so immediately.
Nancy Schultz, adult education program director at Northeast Community College in Norfolk, said she still has three binders of names of students who have started the GED testing program and many of them have just one test left to complete. “If you have started testing with us, come back and we will help you finish.”
The current paper version of the test, known as the 2002 Series GED test, will expire at the end of 2013, along with incomplete test scores. It will be replaced with the new 2014 Series GED computer-only test on Jan. 2, 2014. The new GED test will be aligned with the Common Core Standards in an attempt to focus on knowledge and skills that most strongly correlate with success in college and career readiness. The standards are being implemented in kindergarten through grade 12 across the nation.
More than a million adults have started but not finished the current GED test,” said Nicole Chestang, executive vice president of GED Testing Service. “As a nation, we cannot afford to let millions of working-aged adults miss this opportunity to complete and pass the GED test, opening doors to college, training, and better jobs.”
The GED test contains five sections (writing, social studies, science, reading and mathematics) that can be taken separately, but each must be passed to receive a high school credential. “But all five must be completed by students who have started by the end of the year, or they will have to start over with the new computer-only test and there is no refund of fees for past testing,” Schultz said.
The new 2014 GED test will be based on emerging national and state standards. It will offer dual performance levels where test-takers can earn a high school equivalency as well as an additional endorsement that indicates career and college readiness. The test will be delivered solely on computer and offered only in official testing centers.
After a one-year implementation plan, the GED Testing Service reports a majority of the 40,000 adults who have taken the GED Test on computer are passing at higher rates and finishing faster. “We’ve been hearing for months that testing on a computer is simpler and less stressful for test takers,” said Randy Trask, president of the GED Testing Service. “Our first year results show that GED test takers are ready for technology, comfortable with testing on computer and even performing better.” Northeast is part of the pilot program.
GED classes are held in sessions where students are provided specific instruction in the five subjects. Schultz, who serves as the chief GED examiner at Northeast, said the college also offers one-on-one individual teaching of students with volunteers. “I will work on special one-on-one testing arrangements for students who need to complete their test,” Schultz said.
Schultz said it takes time to complete a GED. She said she has seen some students complete the program in three months while for others, it has taken years. “The GED is not a giveaway. When students test, they have to show competency in front of an examiner who is timing them. It’s a very difficult process,” she said. “If someone who needs extra assistance in preparing for the GED waits and comes in later in the year, they may not make the end-of-the-year deadline.”
Schultz said Northeast also has volunteer GED coordinators in the college’s 20 county service area. She said volunteers tutor students in their hometowns, but they will have to come to the Northeast campus in Norfolk to take the tests.
Northeast GED students take part in a cap and gown graduation ceremony each spring. Schultz said the number could be close to 100 this year because people may be coming in to finish up their degree before the deadline.
Schultz encourages anyone who knows of someone who wants to start or needs to complete their GED, to do so quickly in order to meet the deadline for the current version of the test.
The GED test has opened doors to better jobs and college programs for more than 18 million graduates since 1942. Last year, nearly 800,000 adults sat for the GED test, which is accepted by virtually all U.S. colleges and employers.
For more information, contact Schultz at 402-844-7254 or firstname.lastname@example.org or Adult Education administrative assistants at 844-7255 or 844-7256. People may also stop at the Adult Education Department at Northeast at 801 E. Benjamin Avenue in the Maclay Building, Room 180.