(Acworth, Ga. – April 23, 2013) With a new version on the horizon, Adult Education officials at Chattahoochee Technical College are encouraging those who have not yet earned a GED to pass all sections of the test before a new version is launched January 2, 2014.
“Those who have taken the current GED test, but not passed all five parts, have until the end of 2013 to pass,” explained Adult Education Executive Director Jon Collins. “Partial scores are not going to carry over when the new test is implemented. That means students will have to start over again in 2014 to receive their high school equivalency credential.”
The GED test provides adults at least 16 years of age who are beyond the age of compulsory high school attendance under state law with an opportunity to earn a high school equivalency diploma. In order to pass the current version of the GED test, a student must pass a series of five tests in writing skills, social studies, science, interpreting literature and arts, and mathematics. Successfully passing these sections demonstrates that the student has acquired a level of learning that is comparable to that of high school graduates. Tests are scored from 200 to 800 points. A minimum standard score of 410 is necessary to pass each individual exam, and an average standard score of 450 is required to pass the full battery.
The changes set for next year are part of an update by the national GED Testing Service in Washington, D.C. The GED test is administered in Georgia by the Technical College System of Georgia (TCSG) Office of Adult Education.
Chattahoochee Technical College offers free classes to prepare students for the exams at locations in Bartow, Cherokee, Gilmer and Pickens counties, including placement testing and online resources.
“Taking the GED preparation classes greatly increases the student’s chances of passing the test over those who just ‘walk in,’” said Collins. “The hardest part of the whole process isn’t the math or the other subjects. It’s not the tests or the classes. It’s walking through that door for the first time or making a call about the next step.”
The test itself, which is now available in a computerized version at local testing centers, costs $32 per section. Each of the test’s five parts can be taken separately and in any order. Test-takers must pass all five parts to receive the high school equivalency credential.