Cordele Dispatch, Cordele, GA

Local news

July 24, 2012

Computerized GED testing offered

Cordele — South Georgia Technical College’s Adult Education department is now offering computer-based GED testing services for adult learners who want to improve their education by securing a General Education Diploma (GED).

In Americus, the GED computerized test center is located at the Stein Center, 200 Cotton Avenue. The new Pearson VUE lab features 15 computers and stations, including two ADA compliant test stations. 

An identical lab will be set up at the Crisp County Center in the next few weeks to assist with testing individuals in the Crisp County area.

Dr. Adrienne Beach-Duncan, director of GED Evaluations and GED chief examiner, at SGTC is a Pearson VUE certified test administrator. SGTC’s Al Harris and Kim Miller are also certified test administrators.

South Georgia Technical College will also submit Michele Seay, Vanessa Wall, Penny Pace, Connie Wise and LaKenya Johnson for certification as computerized GED test administrators at the Americus center and Lynn Langford and Kari Bodrey for the Crisp County Center.

Georgia’s adult learners who want to improve their education have easy access to free programs that offer adult education and GED preparation through SGTC and the Technical College System of Georgia’s (TCSG) Office of Adult Education.

The only cost that adult learners have to pay is the GED test fee. Beginning July 1, 2012, the cost for each individual part of the GED test is $32. The total cost for the five-part test will be $160.

This price structure applies to all current tests and coincides with the nationwide implementation of a computer-based GED test.

“The computer-based GED test is being implemented nationwide, and Georgia is one of the first states to use it,” said Beverly Smith, TCSG assistant commissioner for adult education.

“This is an important step for our state since the new GED test that’s scheduled for release in 2014 will be only available on computer. Our ability to begin student preparation early will be a plus for our test-takers.

“We’ve been working in close collaboration with the national GED Testing Service in Washington, D.C. to ensure that Georgia’s adult learners can make an easy and successful transition to the paperless test.”

The computer-based GED test is expected to provide additional benefits to Georgia’s test-takers, including the use of basic technology that’s required for many job applications as well as in training programs and workplaces.

From hospitals to construction sites, computer use is a common skill that’s expected in today’s job market. Technology integration in the workforce will continue trending upward, and Georgia’s adult learners will gain from using the basic keyboarding skills required to take the GED test on computer.

According to Nicole M. Chestang, executive vice president of the GED Testing Service, “Georgia’s test-takers will also benefit by receiving instant unofficial scores for four of the five subject tests, and in 2014 GED testing on computer will add a significantly enhanced and expanded score report – rather than the current pass/fail approach.

“Also, in 2014 test-takers will be able to receive not just the traditional high school equivalency, but also a new career- and college-ready endorsement for easier entry into the workforce and college training programs.”

In FY 2011, almost 28,000 people took the GED test in Georgia and over 19,000 passed it and earned their GED diploma. Once an individual earns a GED diploma, the state presents graduates who are Georgia residents with a $500 HOPE voucher that can be used to enroll at a TCSG college, which in turn opens the door to receive the HOPE grant.

The HOPE grant, which is separate from the voucher, will pay for a large portion of the state technical college tuition. To keep the HOPE grant, students must maintain at least a 3.0 college grade point average.


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