GATE CITY — The new year is less than a week away, and Regional Adult Education of Lee, Scott and Wise counties and the city of Norton is taking the opportunity to remind students that major changes are in store for 2014 GED exams.
According to Norton and Scott County GED Examiner Rebecca Ramsey, the test will move from its current paper-and-pencil format to an all computer-based exam that is more in line with current career and college readiness standards.
“Today adult learners face new challenges to meet the growing demands of education and the job market,” Ramsey said. “The new 2014 GED test has been developed to help adults achieve high school equivalency and demonstrate readiness for opportunities in college and careers.
“We need to make sure that when these adults get a GED, that is equivalent to what a high school is all about, and they can go out and perform in the workplace and higher education.”
Adult Ed Regional Specialist Jan Stallard said she is excited about the change, for which the program has spent months helping adult learners prepare.
“In addition to upgraded computers and Internet access at all class sites, we have been working with our staff and instructors to prepare them for the new 2014 GED content,” she stated. “That means hours of training, as well as new instructional materials to help improve student scores.
In addition to new training and instructional materials, Stallard said Adult Ed is also ready to help its students become more computer literate as well.
“Because the new test is computer-based, we’ll be working with students on computer literacy, as well,” Stallard continued. “We are totally prepared to help our students become computer test ready and 2014 GED test ready beginning January 2, and we are eager to get started.”
Any student who has not completed the pencil and paper GED must retake the entire exam under the new computerized format.
The 2014 GED will be administered at testing centers located throughout the region, including the Lee County Testing Center at the Lee County School Board Office, 153 School Board Place, Jonesville; the Scott County Testing Center at the Regional Adult Education Office located at 1490 Bristol Highway, Gate City; and the Wise County and Norton testing center at the Wise County Career and Technical Center located at 621 Lake St., NE, Wise.
Stallard said scholarships are available to pay the $120 GED testing fee for students who pass the official practice test. The scholarship funding is provided by the Virginia Tobacco Commission.
In addition to the new test, Regional Adult Ed has also begun offering classes at a newly opened classroom on the campus of Mountain Empire Community College in Big Stone Gap.
The classroom is located in the Cyber Cafe in Holton Hall.
The Adult Ed classroom at MECC will offer classes for GED preparation, as well as courses for those wishing to improve basic skills needed to attend Mountain Empire.
The MECC classes begin Jan. 13 and will be offered Monday and Wednesday from 5:30 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. Classes will also be held on Tuesdays and Thursdays beginning at Jan. 21. Those classes run from 2 p.m. until 5 p.m.
All classes at Adult Ed’s 11 classroom locations are free for students age 18 and older.
For details on the testing schedule or to register for the GED exam, call Amy at 1-877 RACE 2 GED (722-3243) or email firstname.lastname@example.org.