CURRENT GED TEST TO CHANGE IN 2014

 

Starting in 2014, there will be a new GED® test.

The current version - the 2002 Series GED® tests - will expire at the end of 2013. This also means that students' scores will expire too if they have started but not finished and passed the GED® test by then.

Test-takers who have started the 2002 Series have until the end of 2013 to complete and pass each section. If they do not do so, they will have to start over with the new 2014 GED® test beginning January 2, 2014.

The 2002 Series of GED® tests are currently offered through all 58 of North Carolina's community colleges, including Guilford Technical Community College, which administers the test at its Greensboro and High Point campuses under its Adult Education Department. Currently, the college is the only testing site in Guilford County.

The 2002 Series GED® Test is the fourth test series developed by GED® Testing Service and is comprised of five parts - reading, writing, mathematics, science and social studies. Students must pass each section to receive their high school credentials.  

"The goal is to get them to finish it before the 2014 test comes," says Patricia Freeman, Director of the Adult Education Department at GTCC's Greensboro campus. "And if you haven't started it, it's a good time to start."

Here are a few helpful tips test-takers should know about testing before the end of 2013:

  • The GED® testing fee for paper-based testing is $35 per student for a complete battery of tests including re-testing. This one-time fee will be charged to all students who have not taken at least one paper-based test within the GED® battery prior to January 1, 2013.
  • Students who began the GED® test at the $7.50 or $25 rate prior to January 1, 2013 are not required to pay any additional fees.
  • The 2002 series of GED® tests will be available until Dec. 31, 2013.

 

Current 2002 Series of GED tests

The 2014 GED test

  • Paper-based testing is $35 per student for a complete battery of tests including re-testing. The one-time fee will be charged to all students who have not taken at least one paper-based test within the GED battery prior to Jan. 1, 2013.
  • Students who began the GED test at the $7.50 or $25 rate prior to Jan. 1, 2013 are not required to pay any additional fees.
  • Beginning Jan. 2, 2014, the new GED test may cost as much as $24 for each of the four exams and an additional $24 for each re-test.
  • The 2002 series of GED tests will be administered until Dec. 31, 2013.
  • The 2014 GED test will be administered beginning Jan. 2, 2014.
  • Comprised of five parts: reading, writing, mathematics, science and social studies
  • Comprised of four parts: literacy, mathematics, science and social studies
  • Paper-based testing ONLY offered.
  • Computer-based testing ONLY offered beginning Jan. 2, 2014.

Beginning Jan. 2, 2014, the new 2014 GED® test series will bring a variety of changes including:

  • The new assessment will be comprised of four content areas - literacy, mathematics, science and social studies.
  • The battery of tests may cost as much as $24 for each of the four exams and an additional $24 for each re-test. The exact fee for 2014 has not yet been determined.
  • The battery of tests will be delivered on computer ONLY.


The new test is more rigorous and is based on national and state standards that will provide more than a high school credential for adults but will also measure for the essential skills students need for college or a career.   

"Everyone is helping to create the mindset of going beyond just teaching for subject matter to contextualized instruction and planning for students transitioning into college and sustainable jobs," Freeman said. "We're assessing not just your academic skills, but also your career skills. We're not just offering a GED, we're aligning instruction and services with what employers need and with the NC Common Core State Standards."

To help students prepare for the GED® test, classes are offered for FREE at the Greensboro and High Point campuses. Student support resources are also available through the Adult Education's Center for Working Families at the High Point campus and the Student Support Center at the Greensboro Campus.


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General Education Development (GED)

This self-paced, flexible program prepares adults 18 years and older who want to earn a high school equivalency diploma. Students must pass 5 separate tests: Reading, Writing, Social Studies, Science, and Mathematics. A one-time $25 fee will be charged for taking the GED tests.
The GED diploma is the legal equivalent of a traditional high school diploma and serves the same purpose in meeting most college admissions and job requirements.

Greensboro

*GED Online Courses are now available at both campuses. For more information contact High Point
Campus at 454-1126 ext. 55043
or Greensboro Campus at 334-4822 ext.53107

Greensboro GED Classes

On-campus: Classes held at 3505 E. Wendover Ave in the Adult Education Center.

Reading/Language I & II / Math I & II / GED
Days: M, T, W, Th, F
Times:8a-9:30a / 9:30a-11a / 11a-12:30p / 12:30p-2p /2p-3:30p
Evening days: M, T, W, Th
Evening Time: 6p-9p

Off-campus:

Job Link Center, 303 N. Raleigh St.
M, T, W, Th 9a-10:30p, 10:30a-12p
Hampton Homes, 1300 Ogden Street
M,W 9a-12p
Salvation Army, 1311 S. Eugene St
M,W 5:30p-8:30p
Rankin Elementary School, 3301 Summit Ave
M,W 6p-8p
Smith High School, 2407 S. Holden Road
T,Th 6p-8p
Mount Zion Baptist Church, 1301 Alamance Church Rd
T,Th 6:30p-8:30p
Shalom Community Church, 2227 Pinecroft Road
Sat. 9a-12p
Family Literacy (childcare available)
Shiloh Baptist Church, 1210 S. Eugene St
T,W,Th 9a-12p

High Point

Students must take the GED Practice Test before taking the official GED Exam. Students must sign up at the intake office of building H3 before taking the GED Practice Test. The GED Practice Test is given on Mondays and Thursday from 9a-12n and 6p-9p in building H3, Room 135.
Students must arrive on time and bring verification of their TABE scores and a photo ID to be eligible to test. Students that arrive ten minutes after testing starts must go to the intake office of building H3 to sign up again to reschedule for the GED Practice test.

High Point GED Classes:

On-Campus: Classes held at 901 South Main Street.

Reading I & II / Language I & II / Math I & II /Computer Literacy
Days: M, Tu, W, Th
Times: 8:30a-11:30a / 9a-12p / 12:30p-3:30p / 6p-9p

Off-Campus:

These are combined classes for Adult Basic Education (ABE) and General Education Development (GED).

Guilford JobLink Center of High Point, 607 Idol Street
M -Th 9:00a-12:00p, 12:30p - 3:30p
Macedonia Family Resource Center, 401 Lake Ave.
M-Th 9a-12p
Community Development & Housing of High Point, 201 Fourth Street
M -Th 9:00a-12:00p, 12:30p - 3:30p
Open Door Ministries, 400 North Centennial Street
M-Th 9a-12:30p