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Adult Learning Center Offers Specialized GED Classes

Posted: Updated: Jan 15, 2013 09:10 PM EST

By this time next year, the current version of the General Education Development (GED) test will be null and void. Test administrators are urging people to buckle down because if they don't pass by the end of the year, it's back to square one.

As of January 1, 2014 the current 2002-series test will be changed completely. GED administrators are working hard to make sure test takers will pass the current version of the GED before the 2014 test emerges.

The new test is based on emerging national and state standards and focuses on measuring both college and career readiness, arguably making the GED - and test takers - more competitive.

"And some of those pieces that go with the SOLs, such as more analytical reading, analytical writing, more math problem solving, those are the kinds of questions that you're going to see on the GED as well," said Billy Haun, Albemarle County assistant superintendent of student learning.

For those who don't pass the current test by the end of the year, their scores will expire and they will have to start over.

"Our understanding is that it's going to be a much more rigorous test, a lot more writing involved, and students will have to type as well and it's going to be a computer-based test," said Sabra Timmons, GED Flex instructor.

It's estimated more than a million adults have started, but not finished, the current test, which is why the Adult Learning Center is offering GED Flex. GED Flex is a blended learning approach that uses video conferencing, student chats and online work along with traditional training.

"We're able to differentiate on for the ones that need writing to concentrate on writing, for the ones that need math concentrate on math and really get them what they need," said Timmons.

The final goal is to help each student finish what they started. As a sign of solidarity, instructors are wearing special bracelets that say ‘No Limits, GED.' They plan to wear them until every student passes.

For more information on the new 2014 GED test click here. To sign up for classes at the Adult Learning Center click here.

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